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Dominican University of California Archives

Welcome to the Dominican University of California Archives


The Dominican University of California Archives exists to identify, preserve, and make accessible historically significant records in a variety of formats that reflect the unique culture of the University and support administration, teaching, research, and service.

Its scope includes records created or received by the University, its faculty, staff, alumni, students, and administration.

Access & Use

Materials in the Archives are available to Dominican University faculty, staff, students as well as alumni and public researchers. Access is by appointment only. Archives and Special Collections materials do not circulate and are to be used only in designated research areas.

Please contact the Archivist to set up an appointment

Research Area Rules

  • No food, drink, or gum is allowed while using archival material.
  • Leave coats, purses, book bags, backpacks, and other personal items with research area staff. 
  • Use pencils only for note taking. Laptops are permitted.
  • Cameras without flash are allowed for personal research purposes, excluding any restricted materials.
  • Maintain the original order and arrangement of materials.
  • Marking, folding, or removing any archival material is not allowed.
  • Cotton gloves (provided) are required when handling photographs.
  • All photocopies and scans must be completed by staff.
  • Return material to its container and check out with the archivist.

Donate & Transfer

Gifts and donations to the Archives are welcomed, but we will not appraise the value of donated materials and reserve the right to determine whether donated materials will be accessioned into the collection. If applicable, the Archives will provide a copy of a signed deed of gift.

Depending on the size of the gift or donation, a Vice President, the President, or other University staff may become involved in the acceptance of gifts or donations. 

Contact the Archivist to arrange for gifts and donations.

University offices transferring materials to the archives

please follow these guidelines:

  • Contact the Archivist before discarding any files and materials
  • Please keep files and materials in their original order
  • Include a box or inventory list
  • The Archivist will then survey the materials for accession
  • Once materials are accessioned administrative custody of the materials will be transferred to the Archives


Requesting and examining materials or making copies does not constitute authorization to publish. A separate written request to publish must be sent to the Archivist.

In all cases publication or display of archival materials must be credited as, Dominican University of California Archives, Photograph Collection or Dominican University of California Archives, Publications etc. based on the collection being used.

For citations in published or unpublished papers, the Archives & Special Collections repository should be cited as, Dominican University of California Archives, San Rafael, CA.

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