University Archives

Archives and Special Collections at the UC Davis Library is the repository for the University Archives and collects the non-current records of historical value for the university. The University Archives preserves and makes these documents available for research and instruction. Archives and Special Collections provides reference assistance and an environmentally sound storage location for archival materials. It is our role to preserve the history of the university’s activities and accomplishments. For more information on the roles and activities of the University Archives visit the Archives and Institutional Assets Program.


In 1963 UC President Clark Kerr established a systemwide UC records management program to manage the increasing volume of university records and to ensure the preservation of records of historical importance. UC archives are intended to support UC’s commitment to instruction, research, and public service as stated in the Master Plan (1960) and in A Review of the University of California, a multi-campus System in the 1980’s.

Materials found in the University Archives include: