Museums and Collections

1902 reproduction of a large blackfigured amphora

The University of California, Berkeley is home to many extremely valuable collections of non-book artifacts and objects housed in campus museums, libraries, and archives. Managing, conserving, and providing access to these collections is an important contribution to the fulfillment of the University's research, teaching, and public service missions. These collections, including those that increasingly feature digitized materials, document the cultural, biological and physical diversity of California and many other regions and cultures of the world. The collections support research and teaching in many disciplines across campus, from Art to Zoology. The collections are large and diverse in content and many are among the premier collections of their kind in the world. The following archives, centers, departments, institutes, museums, libraries, and other university organizations house and maintain these collections.

Bancroft Library

Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

Hans Hofmann, Combinable Wall, I and II Exhibitor manual from the film, Aida (1953)

The Berkeley Folklore Program Archive

Berkeley Language Center Collections and Archives

Berkeley Natural History Museums

C.V. Starr East Asian Library Digital Collections

Department of Linguistics

Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library

The Earthquake Engineering Online Archive

College of Environmental Design Archives and Visual Resources Center

Essig Museum of Entomology

Human Evolution Research Center

Lawrence Hall of Science

Media Resources Center

Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Yoruba figures, carved and painted wood Modern reproduction of Roman amphora and lid

University of California Botanical Garden

Entrance to the UC Botanical Garden, a collection of living plants Agave parryi from the UC Botanical Garden

University of California Museum of Paleontology

University & Jepson Herbaria

Acer pentaphyllum, collected in China (1932)

University Library

University of California Online Archive of California


The Research IT unit at UC Berkeley manages collection management systems for several campus museums using the CollectionSpace system.