Arizona. From John S. Kiewit Photography Collection

Adam Matthew Collections

Adam Matthew publishes unique primary source collections from archives around the world. As a contributor to their Trade Catalogues and the American Home digital collection, UC Santa Barbara has access to several other beautifully presented digital materials.

Aerial Photography

The Library has made more than 400,000 of it's 2.4 million aerial photographs available for public download.  Photographs of California date back to 1927.

Alexandria (used to be UCSB Library Digital Collections)

The Digital Collections Portal highlights the library's unique and rare collections, including, historic photographs, rare books, art prints, historical sound recordings, maps, government documents and other materials from Special Research Collections and elsewhere in the library. Materials from Special Research Collections include the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions Audio Archive (Mss 18), the Bernard Herrmann Papers (PA Mss 03) and the Joel Conway/Flying A Studios Photograph Collection (SBHC Mss 78), among much more.


CEMA has contributed approximately 8,000 images to Calisphere, the University of California's gateway to digitized items. Calisphere's California Cultures pages include Chicano and Latino topics. Many CEMA image contributions are in the Politics, Culture, and Art (1960s-Present) section.

Cylinder Audio Archive

The UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive provides free access to a digital collection of nearly 13,000 cylinder recordings held by the Department of Special Research Collections. You can find out more about the cylinder format, listen to thousands of musical and spoken selections from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and discover a little-known era of recorded sound.

Discography of American Historical Recordings (DAHR)

The Discography of American Historical Recordings (DAHR) is an index to master recordings (matrixes) and published discs made by major American record companies including the Victor Talking Machine Company, Columbia Records, Berliner, and OKeh beginning in 1894. The database is edited by a team of researchers based at the UC Santa Barbara Library with funding from the Packard Humanities Institute. In cooperation with the Library of Congress, recordings made by Victor, Columbia and other companies are being systematically digitized. Streaming copies of 10,300 recordings can be listened to through the DAHR or the National Jukebox.


ImaginArte was an interdisciplinary humanities project that drew upon CEMA collections to foment new research, scholarship, exhibitions, and publications. Its overall goal is to support new scholarship, research, exhibitions, publications, and greater online access to the visual legacy of the Chicano movement.

Internet Archive

Through collaboration with the California Audio Visual Project (CAVPP),  CEMA contributed about 230 videos from Califas: Chicano Art and Culture in CaliforniaEl Teatro Campesino Archives, and Sojourner Kincaid Rolle Papers which are digitized and available on the Internet Archive.