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Gerome highlights an early chocolate book, Chocolata Inda

May 1st, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

For this week, Gerome has decided to highlight the book, Chocolata Inda: Opusculum de Qualitate & Natura Chocolatae (1644) by Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma.

This rare, early book on chocolate was purchased through the Maynard Amerine endowment to celebrate the groundbreaking on June 23, 2005 of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Food and Wine. The volume features an engraving of a Native American representing the New World presenting chocolate to the Old World represented by Neptune. First published in Spanish in Madrid in 1631, this is the first Latin translation. It is also bound with, Johann Georg Volkamer’s Opobalsami orientalis in theriaces confectionem Romae revocati examen (Nuremberg, 1644), a very interesting text on balms and pulmonary medicine. The author was a physician and the chocolate text discusses the therapeutic and health invigorating aspects of chocolate and includes a recipe. In view of the two works that are bound together, a physician probably also owned the volume.

Gerome with Chocolata Inda

Gerome with Chocolata Inda

PPIE Centennial: Palace of Fine Arts

May 1st, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Here is this week’s post in our Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) centennial series. This image is a plate from Views of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in Natural Colors.

Colonnade of the Palace of Fine Arts, 1915.

Colonnade of the Palace of Fine Arts, 1915.

Travel Tuesday: Redding

April 28th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Redding, California. The images below are from our Eastman Originals Collection.

Hotel Redding, Redding, Calif., 1939.

Hotel Redding, Redding, Calif., 1939.

Hotel Lorenz at Redding, California., 1945.

Hotel Lorenz at Redding, California., 1945.

99 Motel, Redding, Calif.,  undated.

99 Motel, Redding, Calif., undated.

The California Motel, Redding, Calif., 1950.

The California Motel, Redding, Calif., 1950.

Music Monday: If I Were a Knight of Old

April 27th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s Music Monday feature is If I Were a Knight of Old from the Christopher A. Reynolds Collection of Women Song. This piece of sheet music was recently digitized through the Library’s Google Book Digitization Project. You can view the online version via the catalog record.

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Pass It On: Preservation Week, April 26-May 2, 2015

April 27th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Preservation Week, a presentation of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), is a national campaign to help raise awareness about collecting and preservation, to connect the general public to preservation information and expertise, and to emphasize the close relationships among personal, family, community, and public collections and their preservation.

Events during the week include two free webinars. The webinars, which require registration, will each begin at 11 a.m. PDT and will last about one hour. To register and learn more go to ALCTS events.

The webinars are:

Moving Image Preservation 101

Tuesday, April 28

Presented by Siobhan C. Hagan

This presentation covers the basic composition and history of film and video technology, particularly as it relates to formats found within personal and family collections. Tips and tricks for preserving your personal moving image materials will be addressed so that future generations can continue to enjoy your family movies and videos.

 

Digital Preservation for Individuals and Small Groups

Wednesday, April 29

Presented by Mike Ashenfelder

This webinar can help increase your understanding of what it takes to preserve commonly used digital files such photos, recordings, videos and documents. Learn about the nature of the digital-preservation challenge and hear about some simple, practical tips and tools to help you preserve your digital stuff.

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PPIE Centennial: Festival Hall

April 24th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Here is this week’s post in our Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) centennial series. This image is a plate from Views of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in Natural Colors.

Festival Hall, Across the Great South Gardens, 1915.

Festival Hall, Across the Great South Gardens, 1915.

Gerome the Gnome on the Roam to Celebrate Earth Day

April 22nd, 2015 by Dawn Collings

Gerome travels to the Map Collection room to take a look at the climate globe of Earth.

The globe, Klima-Globus by von Georg Jench in 1970 (Shields Library, Map Collection, Call Number: MAP G3171.C81 1970 .J4), has an accompanying booklet to explain the symbols and markings.  English translation included. The globe shows different climate zones of the world and the intertropical convergence (ITC) lines which circle the globe.  It also includes low-pressure areas, high-pressure areas, and winds for January and July.

For more information about Earth Day 2015, visit the official website.

http://www.earthday.org/2015

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Travel Tuesday: Red Bluff

April 21st, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Red Bluff, California. The images below are from our Eastman Originals Collection.

Hotel Tremont, Red Bluff, Calif., 1944.

Hotel Tremont, Red Bluff, Calif., 1944.

Red Bluff Hotel, Red Bluff, California., 1945.

Red Bluff Hotel, Red Bluff, California., 1945.

Manahan's Auto Court, Red Bluff, Calif., 1948.

Manahan’s Auto Court, Red Bluff, Calif., 1948.

The Crystal Motel, Red Bluff, Calif., 1949.

The Crystal Motel, Red Bluff, Calif., 1949.

The Mt. Lassen Motel, Red Bluff, Calif., 1949.

The Mt. Lassen Motel, Red Bluff, Calif., 1949.

On This Day: April 20, 1990

April 20th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Today’s On This Day post celebrates the twenty-fifth anniversary of the signing of the UC Davis Principles of Community. More information about the history of the Principles of Community can be found on the Office of Campus Community Relations website here.

The photo below, from the Strategic Communication Records, ran in the April 27, 1990 issue of Dateline. The caption reads: “The Principles of Community” document was ceremoniously signed last week by Chancellor Theodore L. Hullar and representatives from five of the six constituent organizations that govern UC Davis. Noting that the document was a group product, Hullar said “We did this together – that’s what community is. Everything we believe about our campus can fit within these principles.” Signers in this photo included clockwise from left seated: Jane Kimball, chair of the Academic Staff Organization; Charles Nash, chair of the Academic Senate; Hullar; Steven Johns, president of the Associated Students of UC Davis; Pierre duVair, chair of the Graduate Student Association; and Davis Heller, chair of the UC Davis Staff Assembly. Margaret Hayes, who represented the sixth constituency as chair of the UC Davis Medical Center Staff Assembly, was on vacation Friday but signed the document this week to complete the signatures.

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Music Monday: Snowflakes

April 20th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s Music Monday feature is Snowflakes from the Christopher A. Reynolds Collection of Women Song.

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