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Daily Sundial

This digital collection features print issues of the CSUN campus newspaper, the Daily Sundial, from its inception as part of Valley State College in 1957 through the current year.  This is an exceptional source for understanding local and national history as experienced by the students of this academic institution.

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Daily Sundial

Sunburst – Yearbook of CSUN

Beginning in 1957, Associated Students published Sunburst, the first yearbook of San Fernando Valley State College (renamed California State University, Northridge in 1972.) This collection contains yearbooks from 1957 to 2009, however, occasional gaps do exist. We are attempting to track any volumes in existence that are not …

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Sunburst – Yearbook of CSUN

CSUN Leaders

The collection contains the oral histories of CSUN presidents and provosts Blenda Wilson, Jolene Koester, Luanne Kennedy and Harry Hellenbrand. Some of the topics discussed include the 1994 earthquake, budget crises, campus diversity, and strategies for student success.

CSUN Leaders

CSUN University Archives

The history of the California State University Northridge is represented through over 400 photographs, documents and memorabilia selected from the CSUN University Archives. These images capture student life, athletics, homecoming, student housing, politics and much more. The virtual exhibit site, 50 and Fabulous: The Oviatt Library …

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CSUN University Archives

Northridge Earthquake Photo Collection

The Northridge Earthquake Photo Collection contains a series of photographs taken by Geography Department staff members in the days and months after the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Northridge was the epicenter of the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that occurred in the early morning of January 17, 1994 killing dozens of people and damaging …

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Northridge Earthquake Photo Collection

About the collections



The Oviatt Library Digital Collections feature historically significant documents, photographs, oral histories, artistic works and exhibit materials selected from the Oviatt Special Collections and Archives. Additional project contributors include local heritage organizations, neighboring academic institutions and private collectors. The majority of these collections focus on Los Angeles history with emphasis on the San Fernando Valley. Other collections include digital reproductions of documents from the Civil War, Slavery and it's aftermath,  Chinese antiquities, and photographs from our Old China Hands Archives that document the experiences of foreign residents of China in 1946. The CSU Japanese American Digitization Project brings together diverse World War II documents from across fifteen campuses of the California State University system.

Our International Guitar Research Archives (IGRA) feature extensive collections of guitar compositions, recording notes and correspondence that lend insight into the development of this unique music culture. Collections drawn from the University Archives reveal some of the rich history of the California State University Northridge. Virtual exhibits capture the essence of past exhibitions held at the Library Gallery.

The Oviatt Library Digital Collections are selected from archival and heritage collections under contexts defined by digital collections organizers. These do not necessarily represent nor do they replace the entire contents and contexts embodied within the corpus of collections from which they are derived. Because of this, researchers are strongly encouraged to extend their inquiries into the collections of the Oviatt Library Special Collections and Archives as well as those held by participating institutions as indicated within the information attached to these digital objects. Information regarding the repository, source collection, and finding aid are provided for this purpose.

Copyright. The items in our Digital Collections are made available for educational purposes. Commercial use of works that are not in the public domain is strictly prohibited by law without prior written consent from the copyright holder(s). The responsibility for the use of these materials rests exclusively with the user.

We look forward to learning more about our digital holdings, and to hearing from any copyright owners who may not be properly identified. If you have any additional information about our collections, or if you would like to suggest a correction, please contact the Library Webmaster.

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