About the Department

The Department of Special Collections, established July 1966, houses the Library's rare books, manuscript collections, the University Archives, and other noncirculating research materials requiring care and control that cannot be provided in the open stacks.

The Department's major purposes are to acquire these materials, make them available for use, and preserve their integrity for future generations of students and scholars. Its collections have grown to more than 183,000 volumes and 17,000 linear feet of archives and manuscript collections, as well as other related materials that are available for research and instruction.

For more information about our collections, contact:

Department of Special Collections
1st Floor, Shields Library, University of California
100 N.W. Quad, Davis, CA 95616-5292
(530) 752-1621; Fax (530) 754-5758
Blanchard reading Room

On June 22, 1994 the Special Collections Reading Room was dedicated as the Blanchard Reading Room in honor of University Librarian Emeritus J. Richard Blanchard and his wife, Christine Blanchard.

J. Richard Blanchard (1912-1996) served as the University Librarian from 1951 until his retirement in 1974. Christine Blanchard (1907-2005) was active in community activities which included serving on the Davis Board of Education from 1962-1974 and as the first president of the Yolo Family Service Agency.

On June 14, 1974, the J. Richard Blanchard Rare Book Collection was dedicated in recognition of his distinguished achievements as University Librarian.

Special Collections also holds the Christine H. Blanchard Rudyard Kipling Book and Pamphlet Collection.