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UC San Diego University History and Archives: Overview

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The UC Office of the President has designated the University Archives, housed in Geisel Library’s Special Collections & Archives, as the official repository for records documenting the history of the San Diego campus. Archives staff members select, preserve and make inactive records of enduring value available for use, which relate to the university community's history, function, and activities. Inactive records are those with no current administrative use to the unit or group that created them. These materials are collected by the University Archives for their enduring administrative, fiscal, legal, or historical value.

Transfering (sending) records to the University Archives ensures that historically significant correspondence, policy files, and other administrative records will be preserved for future generations of researchers.

We welcome historical archives and records from administrative offices, campus organizations and student groups. As you consider transfering records, please consult the University of California Records Retention Schedule and the University Archivist, Marlayna Christensen at (858) 534-8605 or

Staff will meet with you to discuss your unit’s records, answer questions, arrange for their transfer, and provide additional assistance as needed.