The University Archives documents the history of the University, particularly the Office of the President and the Berkeley campus, through the collecting of University publications and of records of enduring historical interest. The collection is strong in student protest literature, particularly in the form of leaflets, and in student publications generally. In addition to printed materials and administrative records, University Archives includes holdings in other formats: pictorial, maps, audio-visual, and memorabilia. The collection largely dates from the founding of the University in 1868, although it contains some materials pertaining to the College of California (1855-1868). The collection began as a repository of University of California printed documents in the mid 1870s; it was finally designated as repository of University administrative records of historical importance in 1964. The collection consists, with very few exceptions, of English language material.
Among the holdings of the University Archives are the papers of UC Berkeley faculty who have worked in the field Jewish Studies. Some of these scholars, like William Brinner (1924-2011), were directly involved in the development of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. The papers of other faculty are instead relevant in studying the development of Jewish life on the UC Berkeley Campus throughout its history.