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El Niño Concerns Prompt Special Collections Expansion

Office of the ProvostJan 20, 2016

The Library's Holt-Atherton Special Collections announces the expansion of its archives collection space. The archives preserves and provides access to the history of the University, famed naturalist John Muir, jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, former mayor of San Francisco George Moscone as well as hundreds of other collections that document the history of the region.

In Fall 2015, in response to concerns about potential flooding during this winter, Archives and Library staff worked with preservation and architectural consultants to identify additional spaces within the Library that would meet or surpass the security and environmental standards of the existing archives. The newly created space is referred to as the El Niño Room. Just before the winter break, Support Services/Physical Plant staff worked tirelessly to build a new wall, add almost 500 linear feet of archival storage space and install motion and flood detectors and door alarms. The project also included a detailed revamping of the archives disaster plan and paved the way for a comprehensive plan to increase the visibility of the archives and its services.

The most critical aspect of Pacific's archival program is providing access to the materials being preserved, and Archives and Library staff have ensured that access to the collections is not affected. The archives is open for research to anyone Monday through Friday from 10am - 5pm. Visit to learn more. 

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