About the UCSC Library Digital Collections

Explore over 100,000 digitized items from UCSC Special Collections & Archives. This site is a living database with new photographs, documents, maps, audio and video added regularly. While only a small fraction of the Library’s archival collections are digitized, you can learn more about the unique archives from which these items originate in the Collection Guides linked to each item.

All Collections

Frank Kofsky Audio and Photo Collection of the Jazz and Rock Movement

This collection includes photographs of renowned jazz and rock musicians, created by jazz scholar Frank Kofsky in the late 1960s. Included are photographic prints, contact sheets, negatives, and 35mm slides of such recording artists as John Coltrane, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Ornette Coleman, and Archie Shepp.

388 items

Frank Zwart papers

This collection contains images from Frank Zwart's work as yearbook student photographer for Cowell College "Markings, 1969".

266 items

Gordon R. Sinclair papers

This collection contains photographs documenting the City of Santa Cruz's bid for the new UC campus led by the Santa Cruz Sentinel's Managing Editor, Gordon R. Sinclair.

395 items

Grateful Dead Archive Media

Selected audio files from the Grateful Dead Records. Recordings along with additional descriptive information are also available at gdao.org.

323 items

Harry Mayo Surfing Photography Collection

This collection contains photographs of Santa Cruz Surfing Club members and associated individuals from the 1930s-1940s. Most images capture the surfing scene centered around Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz.

1341 items

Lick Observatory Records

The Lick Observatory Archive documents one of the most historically important observatories in the world, and is a unique resource for the study of the history of modern astronomy. The digital collection contains digitized historical photographs from Series 6 and 7 of the larger collection and includes portraits of astronomers, telescope and lens makers and other prominent scientists, scenes of life at the observatory on Mount Hamilton, instruments, and documentation of expeditions. The physical archive includes records beginning in 1870 describing the founding construction and operation of the observatory, and documenting aspects of the early astronomical ambitions and achievements of its founders. Correspondence, copybooks, drawings, diaries and logs, and the personal papers of resident and visiting astronomers make up a large portion of the Archive.

3259 items

Morton Marcus, “The Poetry Show” Recordings

This collection includes recordings of The Poetry Show dating from 1985-2014. The longest running poetry show in the United States, The Poetry Show was broadcast on KUSP and co-hosted by Santa Cruz poet, Morton Marcus. UCSC Library Special Collections & Archives holds the papers of Morton Marcus.

216 items

Norman O. Brown lectures

Audio recordings of lectures by and interviews with Norman O. Brown.

13 items

Peggy Long slides of the University of California, Santa Cruz

This collection consists of photographs taken by Peggy Long at the University of California, Santa Cruz, from 1964 to 1968. The images of the campus include early construction, aerial views, and events significant to campus history, such as Dean McHenry's inauguration as chancellor in May 1966, and commencement ceremonies, 1967 and 1968.

124 items

Porter College dedication photographs

The Porter College dedication photographs include a scrapbook of photographs and ephemera marking the dedication of Porter College (formerly College Five) at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1981. Also included are photographs of College Five students and faculty dating from the period.

58 items