English Reading Room
The English Reading Room is a library maintained by the Department of English that houses close to 30,000 book and periodical volumes in the fields of British and American literature, as well as references and interdisciplinary sources needed to support these areas of study.
Charles E. Young Research Library
Holdings for the study of British and American literature are extensive, beginning with comprehensive reference works, complete runs of major and secondary periodicals, and circulating copies of works by authors and poets covered in the English Department's graduate curriculum, as well as extensive holdings of other writers beyond those covered in formal instruction.
The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library is part of the UCLA library system. It is a rare books and manuscripts collection, with particular strengths in English literature and history (1641-1800), Oscar Wilde, and fine printing. It stands thirteen miles off campus (about a half-hour drive), in the West Adams District of Los Angeles north of USC. It is administered by UCLA's Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies.
UCLA Library Department of Special Collections
The strengths of Special Collections lie primarily in British and American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Collections of the period 1750 to 1900 were formed around the Michael Sadleir Collection of Nineteenth-Century British Fiction, which numbers today nearly 18,000 volumes and is considered the finest in the world. Women writers of the period are well represented, and American writers who published simultaneously in England--such as Melville--are also found in the collection. Related to the Sadleir Collection is another world-class collection: British and American Children's Books, whose strength lies particularly in the period up to 1840.
American Indian Studies Center
The AISC maintains a reference library, publishes books as well as the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, provides academic counseling and support to students, actively promotes student recruitment and retention, supports academic programs in American Indian Studies (AIS) and administers postdoctoral and predoctoral fellowships and research awards through the Institute of American Cultures. The Center acts as a focal point for scholars, staff, students and community members who are interested in research, education, and issues about Native Americans.
Asian American Studies Center
The Reading Room/Library houses the most extensive archive on Asians and Pacific Islanders in the nation. With its holding of over 5,000 books and monographs, 30 Asian Pacific ethnic and regional newspapers, over 300 community and campus newsletters, and 5,000 pamphlets, it serves as a valuable resource for scholars and students seeking information on Asian Pacific Americans. In support of the Asian American Studies research and teaching program at UCLA, the library also develops indexed bibliographies, electronic reference aids, and other valuable reference guides. In collaboration with UCLA's University Research Library, the Center has established special collections that will preserve and provide access to rare, hard-to-find materials donated by members of the Asian Pacific community in Southern California. The Asian American Movement Archive Collection, Japanese American Research Project, the Chinese American Archives, and the Korean American Research Project Archives are examples of the valuable materials donated by and available to the community.
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Each year, the Center sponsors and co-sponsors lectures, seminars, and conferences and hosts visiting professors, post-doctoral scholars, and other visiting researchers. A widely respected journal, Viator, is edited and published annually by CMRS, as is a graduate-student journal, Comitatus. A variety of books and monographs have also been published under the Center's aegis.
Center for Modern and Contemporary Studies
The UCLA Center for Modern and Contemporary Studies promotes humanistic research and provides a forum for scholarship concerned with 19th- and 20th-century society and culture. It sponsors small seminars, mid-size workshops, larger public lectures, conferences and various special events. The Center houses the UC Transnational & Transcolonial Studies Multicampus Research Group, an interdisciplinary community of scholars in the humanities and the social sciences from throughout the University of California system.
Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies
The Center, a member of the UCLA Humanities Consortium, provides a forum for the discussion of central issues in the field of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century studies. It organizes academic programs, bringing together scholars from the area, the nation, and the world, with the goal of encouraging research in the period from 1600 to 1800. It seeks to enlarge the Clark's holdings in this period in order to enhance research opportunities. Its publications program is dedicated to making the results of its conferences known to the larger scholarly public. It provides resident fellowships and scholarships to support research in early modern studies and other areas central to the Clark's collections.
Center for the Study of Women
The UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW) is a nationally recognized center for research on women and gender. Established in 1984, it is the only unit of its kind in the University of California system, and it draws on the energies of 245 faculty from 10 UCLA professional schools and 34 departments. By bringing together scholars with similar interests, CSW has played an important role in the intellectual life of UCLA. Through its conferences, seminars and administration of grants, CSW has enabled feminist scholars to exchange ideas and secure funding. CSW works in conjunction with the UCLA Women's Studies Program to develop curriculum and promote feminist learning among both undergraduate and graduate students. Together, the Center for the Study of Women and the Women's Studies Program constitute an important platform for women's concerns in Southern California. The UCLA Center for the Study of Women contributes to the advancement of women by expanding and sharing knowledge.
Chicano Studies Research Center
The research collection assembled by the Chicano Studies Research Center Library at UCLA is considered among the most important national and international research collections on the Chicano experience. In addition to a definitive collection of Chicano-related research guides and directories, the library holdings consist of monographs; serials; pamphlets and clippings; dissertations and theses; journal articles; as well as maps, films, videotapes, tape recordings, slides, and serveral important archival collections. Of special note are library holdings that include monolingual and bilingual English and Spanish newspapers and journals published throughout the southwestern United States beginning in the late nineteenth century.
Electronic Literature Organization
The Electronic Literature Organization was established in 1999 to promote and facilitate the writing, publishing, and reading of electronic literature. Electronic Literature Organization programs support new forms of literature that utilize the capabilities emerging technologies to advance the state of the art for the benefit of present and future generations of readers. Since its formation, the Electronic Literature Organization has taken great strides in creating programs designed to assist writers and publishers in bringing their literary works to a wider, global readership and also to provide them with the infrastructure necessary to reach one another. The Electronic Literature Directory is a unique and valuable resource for readers and writers of digital texts. It provides an extensive database of listings for electronic works, their authors, and their publishers. The descriptive entries cover poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction that makes significant use of electronic techniques or enhancements.
Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies
The UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies Library and Media Center was established in 1969 to provide specialized reference and information services on the experiences of people of African descent. The most notable holdings in the library include: the sixteen-volume Black Women in the United States History collection, The Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers, selected volumes of The Schomburg Library Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers sixteen-volume bibliography, Crisis magazine (1916-present), the sixty-volume UCLA Oral History Program collection, the Journal of Negro History (1916-present), and the Bibliographic Guide to Black Studies (1975-present). The library also has an extensive vertical file based on the Lexicon of African American Subject Headings, audiocassette tapes of campus and regional lectures, special web-based Bunche Center library-generated pathfinders and bibliographies, and the only regional print collection of major national African American newspapers.
Hammer Poetry Series
Organized and hosted by Stephen Yenser, poet and professor at UCLA, this series brings nationally and internationally renowned poets to the Museum for readings from their own work.
Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts
The UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts is one of the finest university collections of graphic arts in the country. The Grunwald Center's holdings consist of over 35,000 works of art on paper including prints, drawings, photographs, and artists' books from the Renaissance to the present. Among the artists represented are Albrecht Dürer, Ishikawa Toyonobu, George Cruikshank, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Barbara Morgan, Jasper Johns, June Wayne, and Carlos Almaraz. A primary resource for teaching and research, the Grunwald Center serves UCLA students, faculty, and the public and is available for scholarly study by appointment; call 310.443.7078.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Located in San Marino, California, the institution serves some 1,800 scholars each year conducting advanced research in the humanities. The library's rare books and manuscripts comprise one of the world's largest and most extensively used collections in America outside of the Library of Congress. Researchers who use our collections produce the leading scholarly books and articles in their fields; these in turn become the basis for the textbooks that are used in elementary, secondary, and undergraduate education across the nation. The Huntington also serves some 20,000 school children in the Los Angeles area, providing informal botanical, art, and library education through extensive on-site programs. Among the treasures for research and exhibition are the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, a Gutenberg Bible on vellum, the double-elephant folio edition of Audubon's Birds of America, and an unsurpassed collection of the early editions of Shakespeare's works.
J. Paul Getty Center
The Research Library's Special Collections houses rare and unique materials, supported by the secondary resources of the library, that enable scholars and other advanced researchers to conduct primary research in all fields relevant to the visual arts. Its holdings range in date from the late 14th century to the present. Its geographic coverage, while strongest in Western European materials, includes significant holdings in Central and Eastern Europe, with selective strengths in North and Latin America, particularly of the 20th century. Special Collections contains rare books and archival materials as well as rare photographs, prints and drawings for the study of the visual arts and culture. Included are artists' journals and sketchbooks, albums, architectural drawings, art and architectural treatises, early guidebooks, emblem books, festival books, prints, and drawings.