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College Archives

Archives Information:

The Cabrillo College Archives was created to collect, preserve, and make available records and documents pertaining to the business and activities of Cabrillo College. The Archives serves as an information source for students, faculty, staff, and administration, as well as to the general public. The college archives consists primarily of the following:

  • Primary campus publications, e.g. college catalogs, schedules of classes, The Voice

  • Primary committee meeting minutes & documents, e.g. Governing Board, Faculty Senate
  • Primary photographic records of campus
  • Documents recording college events and history, e.g. newspaper clippings, special publications, oral history collections
  • Founding documents and materials
  • Campus accreditation reports and documents
  • Key campus collections of opportunity, e.g. Cabrillo Stage, annotated curriculum history, athletic hall of fame

Digital Archives

The Cabrillo College Digital Archives project was initiated in Summer 2008 to provide wider access to selected historical documents and materials located in and maintained by the Cabrillo College Library, and grew to include over 300 photographs, hundreds of newspaper clippings, several early yearbooks, staff directories and many other items. Materials have been selected primarily from the earlier years of the college, from 1959 to 1980. Unfortunately, due to vendor changes beyond our control, we had to retire access to this collection in June 2018. We hope to be able to restore access to these materials at some point in the future.

Note: Two separate digital collections are still available, for recent college accreditation documents and for recent faculty sabbatical proposals and reports.

Viewing materials stored in the Archives

  • Administrators, faculty, and staff at Cabrillo are allowed to go up into the Archives and view materials on site. A reference librarian will typically escort them to the Archives and provide a quick tour of materials.
  • Archives materials requested by students and the general public will be retrieved by a librarian or library staff member, and made available for viewing in the vicinity of the Reference Desk.
  • Archives materials may not be removed from the building but some materials may be photocopied.

Using the Library Catalog to find materials held in the Archives

  1. Begin at the Library home page ( and click on the Books, Videos, and More button.
  2. Click on the Advanced Keyword link.
  3. Type your keywords (i.e. facilities, sabbatical reports, etc.) in the search box.
  4. Click on the drop-down menu arrow next to Location and select Archives.
  5. Click on Submit button.


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