Primary Source Literacy at USC Libraries & Beyond

Welcome to Special Collections!

Before we jump into the nitty-gritty of primary sources and rare materials, we want to provide you with a general overview of Special Collections here at the USC Libraries. In the video below, you will learn what kind of materials you can find in a Special Collections department, and what subject areas USC Libraries Special Collections are particularly known for.

Please watch the video below.

You can find more information about materials held by Special Collections at the USC Libraries on our webpage.

We understand that navigating our rare book and archival holdings can be a bit overwhelming at the beginning.

You will learn more about how to navigate our holdings and on how to interrogate primary sources on the following pages, but we want you to know that you can contact us anytime by email with any questions you have - we are here to help! 

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Watch the following video to learn from Professor Lindsay O'Neill and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs Marje Schuetze-Coburn about what fascinates them (and many researchers!) about working with materials in Special Collections.

Header Image: Rare Books in USC's Feuchtwanger Memorial Library. By Paula Goldman for USC Libraries.

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