Special Collections

Mission of Special Collections

Special Collections acquires, arranges, describes, preserves, and makes available records of enduring historic value that support the information needs of faculty, students, and members of the CSUSM community and beyond. In doing so, the resources in Special Collections represent and complement the university's dynamic, multi-disciplinary, and diverse curriculum and community.


The Brewchive® is to be a comprehensive archive of San Diego county's brewing activity from personal and business aspects. The archives hold evidence in a wide variety of forms from individuals, breweries, organizations, and affiliated businesses involved primarily with beer, but also cider, mead, and kombucha.

The Paul Ecke Ranch, Inc. Business Records and Family Papers consist primarily of the business and administrative records of The Paul Ecke Ranch, Inc., from its origin in the early 1900s to its eventual sale to the Dutch-based Agribio Group in 2012. The Ecke Ranch was a privately-owned horticulture company that specialized in the development of new varieties of floral products and the production of floral cuttings for sale to growers of finished products. At one point, the Ranch was the world's largest supplier of poinsettia genetics. Spanning over 650 cubic ft., the bulk of the records in the collection document the operations, sales, strategic planning, correspondence, and marketing efforts of the business from 1923 (when the business moved from Los Angeles to Encinitas, CA) to 2012 and cover business operations across the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, and South America. In addition, the collection includes family papers, photographs, various media formats, and artifacts. As of February 2019, the Ecke collection is being processed, arranged, and described. 

The Finding Aid for the Ecke Collection is available on the CSUSM ArchivesSpace website. Researchers can get in touch with the Archivist for more information. 

CSUSM Student Newspaper: The First 25 Years (1990-2015) showcases five different student newspapers that reflect the daily life and activities of CSUSM students, diverse editorial focus, and changing attitudes over the course of our first 25 years. 

The CSUSM Collection at California Light and Sound (link is external) offers a selection of events held during our early existence as San Diego State University-North County as well as the CSUSM Arts & Lectures program. The events range from Native American storytelling to lectures and musical performances. A notable supplement to this group is a video recording of a day-long hearing on Border Issues held in San Diego on February 5, 1993, with California Senator William Craven, Chair.

The Dan Rios papers provide visual documentation of the San Diego North County geographic region, community, and events that helped shape its history. There are an estimated 1,000,000 negatives contained within the collection, in varying sizes, in both color and black and white. The collection also contains correspondence between Dan and members of the general public, photographic prints, and information related to the articles and events that Dan was assigned to photograph.

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