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Special Collections Room

The Special Collections Room, located behind the Reference Desk, includes documents and photographs relevant to the history of Pierce College and the surrounding area. Some of the items held in the Special Collections room include:

  • Pierce College Catalogs and Class Schedules from 1947 to the present
  • Issues of the student magazine, The Bull, from 1975
  • LAPC Brahman Yearbook from 1949-1955
  • The Early History of Pierce College by Robert McHargue
  • Dissertations by past and present Pierce College Faculty
  • Photographs, slides, and ephemera

Rare Books Collection

The Rare Books Collection is kept behind the reference desk just outside of the Special Collections Room. It includes a collection of hard to find historical volumes on subjects including art, history, literature, politics, and others. 

For inquiries about Special Collections or the Rare Books Collection, please call the reference desk at 818-710-2833 or stop by during our regular hours

Featured Special Collections Resource: "Miracle on Winnetka" by Rocky Young

Former President Rocky Young standing next to the plaque for Pierce's Rocky Young Park.

Written by former Pierce College President and LACCD Chancellor Rocky Young, "Miracle on Winnetka: One Story of a Community College Turnaround," offers a look at the challenges Young faced when he became Pierce's President in 1999 and the methods he used -- in collaboration with other members of the campus community -- to reinvigorate Pierce College.

Read former President Young's "Miracle on Winnetka" here

Featured Rare Book: "13 Mexican Painters"

Cover and contents of 13 Mexican Painters Table of Contents for 13 Mexican Painters Text and image of one of the 13 Mexican Painters included

13 Mexican Painters is a collaborative work by some of the best-known artists to arise from the movement known as Mexican Muralism. The public art projects funded by the post-revolutionary Mexican government in the 1920s jumpstarted the careers of artists like Diego Rivera and David Siqueiros. This boxed set of art prints on cardstock was printed in 1939. It contains representative samples of artwork, along with stylistic descriptions and line drawing portraits of the artists themselves. Only 400 copies were printed. 

Want to learn more about Mexican Muralism? See the books, articles and other resources you have access to through the Library here