Research Help

Ask the Archives!

Archives staff are here to answer queries regarding the history of Saint Mary’s College, and related issues and events.

Please note:

  • To ask a question or to make an appointment to visit the Archives, contact the Acting Archivist, Susan Birkenseer at or telephone (925) 631-4234.  We will respond to your question within 3 working days, and generally sooner.

  • We are available to assist researchers by orienting you regarding Archives collections, collating Archives materials for your review, and making digital copies of materials.

  • We will send you either the answer to your question or information about the sources in the Archives related to your query. We may contact you for clarification of your question.
  • The bulk of our collections is stored off site and requires 4-6 days to retrieve.
  • Questions from the Saint Mary’s College community are given highest priority.