Located in: Tomás Rivera Library

The UCR Library has built an extensive collection of books, exhibition catalogs, and periodicals about photography, which began at the same time that the California Museum of Photography at UCR was established in 1973.

The Library has also acquired a number of important manuscript collections and collections of photographs, including the papers of Sadakichi Hartmann, one of the earliest critics of photography as art; 427 glass plate negatives, prints and lantern slides of the Mexican Revolution taken by Sabino Osuna; and 5,000 images in a variety of formats, including panoramic prints, documenting the growth of the city of Riverside, California, taken by Avery Field.

The collection also includes the important microfilm set, History of Photography, which contains reproductions of primary and secondary materials on the history, technology, and aesthetics of photography.