Arthur Dunning Spearman, SJ served as university archivist from 1957 - 1977, and was chairman of the Historical Landmarks Commission from 1960 to 1964. It is thanks to his work bringing together various manuscripts created during the Mission period that SCU has the largest intact mission manuscripts collection in California, second only to the Mission Santa Barbara Archives.
In some cases, Archives & Special Collections staff reserve the right to insist on researcher use of digital surrogates in lieu of the originals due to fragility of the originals. These cases include researchers interested in the sacramental records and Fr. Viader's Miscellany Book. If you feel you have a good reason to consult the original, please contact us to discuss this.
Otherwise, items from the Santa Clara Mission Manuscript Collection are available for researchers to use in the Norman F. Martin, S.J. Reading Room Monday - Friday, 10 am - 7 pm. Access to the collections are by appointment only. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment. Researchers are required to complete the user register form before interacting with materials.