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Graphic Collection

The photograph and graphic collections encompasses a variety of research materials, including photographs, postcards, historical maps, and ephemera covering a wide variety of topics from Second World War propaganda posters to antiquarian maps.

Photograph Collections

Special Collections houses two photographic collections: the Chapman University Photo Collection and the UPI Photo Collection. Arranged by subject, the Chapman University Photo Collection includes images of the University from its inception to the present, faculty, students, administration as well as photographs of various academic programs and buildings.

The UPI Photo Collection of over 35,000 stock photographs was given to Chapman University from the Los Angeles branch office of United Press International (UPI) upon its closing in 1980. These photographs capture many historical moments from the 1960s and 1970s and are arranged into the following categories: Charles Lindbergh, Blacks in America, U.S. Presidential Campaign (1972), the Nixon presidency, Henry Kissinger, the Ford presidency, Arab/Israeli Conflict (1969-1975), Vietnam War, U.S. Presidential Campaign (1976), the Carter presidency, and miscellaneous files including sports and entertainment personalities of the time.

One can access the UPI collection by visiting the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives. Additionally, select photographs are made available for viewing in our online digital collection. In addition, many manuscript collections in Special Collections also include photographs such as the Laura Scudder Papers, Frances Fay Brunstein Levine Papers and the Chapman Family Archive.

Photographs in Special Collections must be viewed in the Special Collections Reading Room and may only be photocopied, photographed, or scanned with the permission of the Special Collections Staff. For all questions regarding digital reproductions please contact us.


Antiquarian maps in Special Collections cover early California and North America with the oldest being a map of the Holy Land from 1588.

Pamphlet Collection and Ephemera

We have an extensive pamphlet collection that covers a wide range of subjects.

Our ephemera collection is found among our manuscript collections as well as in our flat files. Please contact us for more information on the material that is available.