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Welcome to the Boone Special Collections and Archives at Pepperdine! In this space - both physical and virtual - scholars are nourished, students are engaged, visitors are inspired, and cultural heritage is valued.

In our collections you will find unique, physical artifacts that range from medieval manuscripts to 20th-century film reels. Students and interns work in a pristine environment to organize, preserve, and digitize these materials, and researchers of all ages and with many purposes investigate the artifacts.

About Us

Mission

To collect, organize, preserve, and make available materials with enduring historic value that are used by students, faculty, staff, scholars, and the public, for purposes of research, teaching, administrative activities, and enjoyment of cultural heritage.

The department consists of rare book collections, the University Archives, the Malibu Historical Collection, the Churches of Christ Heritage Center, film and television archives, and other book and archival collections. Materials in these collections are available for use by any interested users.

Staff

Melissa Nykanen
Associate University Librarian for Special Collections and University Archives
310.506.4434
melissa.nykanen@pepperdine.edu

Kelsey Knox
Archivist for Special Collections and University Archives
310.506.4323
kelsey.knox@pepperdine.edu

Brendan Morris
Special Collections Assistant
310.506.4836
brendan.morris@pepperdine.edu

Jerry Rushford
Director of the Churches of Christ Heritage Center
310.383.0620
jerry.rushford@pepperdine.edu

Location

Location

Special Collections is located in Room 352 in Payson Library on Pepperdine's Malibu campus, located at 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA. Click here for a map. If you are coming from off campus, please request a visitors' permit and a token at the security guard booth and proceed to the Visitors' Lot within the Seaver Main Lot.

Mailing Address
Boone Special Collections and Archives
Pepperdine Libraries
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4786

News and Updates

Latest News from Special Collections

Internships and Employment

Internship Opportunities
Special Collections Interns at Pepperdine have the unique opportunity to work hands-on with original, historical materials and to complete a professional-level project that correlates with their academic interests and professional goals. Internships are offered to Pepperdine students in any major and to graduate students in library and information science from any institution. Others who are interested in the internship program should consult us as we can often accommodate other circumstances. Course credit is offered.

Internships are ideally suited to anyone pursuing a career in library or information science, archival studies, museum studies, digital humanities, history, English, religion, art history, and related fields. Projects will be customized based on conversations with the intern and current departmental needs, and may include activities such as processing an archival collection, creating collection guides, or performing preservation tasks. Special collections staff will provide training and guidance throughout the project, and will offer professional support to students as they move into their careers. Interns will have the opportunity to work in a newly renovated, state-of-the-art special collections facility.

To apply for an internship, please contact us [link] with a resume and a paragraph expressing the reasons for your interest in an internship and your desired semester or term. We will follow up to schedule an in-person meeting.

Student Employment
Special Collections Student Assistants (paid positions) gain valuable job experience while working with unique, historic materials. We are a collaborative, supportive team and we welcome any Pepperdine students to apply to join us in our work of preserving cultural heritage materials. Attention to detail and organizational skills are especially desired. Please see this InfoGuide for information on how to apply to be a Special Collections Student Assistant.