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Television and Film

SDSU Special Collections & University Archives

These entries describe historical primary source collections available for research in Special Collections at the SDSU Library. Special Collections houses unique archival and manuscript collections, rare books and manuscripts, and graphic/ephemera collections. For more information on accessing these collections, contact SCUA at or 619-594-6791.

Our Rare Books Collection contains many historical items related to the subject of performing arts, including Use the Library Catalog's Advanced Keyword Search in OneSearch. After searching, use the limits on the left to limit the location to “Special Collections.”

Chater Science Fiction Collection
Elizabeth Chater, professor emeritus of English at San Diego State University, began donating her personal library to Special Collections in 1977. The original collection consisted of science fiction (especially Golden Age and New Wave), fantasy, horror and gothic literature, and was distinguished by a number of first editions, many signed, as well as numerous rare "pulp" serial titles. The original collection has been expanded over the years by several generous donors, and currently totals over 4,300 book and serial titles. Search by title: "Chater Science Fiction Collection" in the library catalog to view a complete list of holdings. To perform a focused search, use the catalog's Advanced Search function to search keyword "Chater" with any author and/or title keywords, and limit to location: Special Collections.

San Diego State University School of Theatre, Television and Film (1.25 linear ft.)