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Then & Now

August 27th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of the first day of the Davis public schools, here is the latest installment of our Then & Now series. You may recognize this building and know its current use, but do you know why it was originally built?

This brick Romanesque Revival structure, located at 23 Russell Boulevard, was constructed in 1927 as the first Davis Joint Union High School. Prior to 1924, when high school classes were offered in the elementary school, high school students from Davis enrolled in schools in Woodland, Dixon, Sacramento, or other districts.

The Davis High School occupied the building from 1927 until 1960 when the new Davis Senior High was completed. The classroom wing was then used as administrative offices for the Davis Joint Unified School District. In the 1980s the building was remodeled as the City of Davis City Hall.

The historic image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1944.

 

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Travel Tuesday: Crescent Mills

August 26th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Crescent Mills, California. The image of the Sorsoli Hotel, from our Eastman Originals Collection, is undated.

At Crescent Mills, Calif., undated.

At Crescent Mills, Calif., undated.

 

Travel Tuesday: Chico

August 5th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

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

"Hotel Oaks," Chico, Calif., 1940

“Hotel Oaks,” Chico, Calif., 1940

"Park Hotel," Chico, Calif., 1938.

“Park Hotel,” Chico, Calif., 1938.

 

Stayton Motel at Chico, Calif., 1947.

Stayton Motel at Chico, Calif., 1947.

Stayton Motel at Chico, California, 1948.

Willard Motel at Chico, California, 1948.

 

August in the Central Valley means…

August 4th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

…that it is tomato time!  You’ll certainly see trucks of recently harvested tomatoes on the local highways now. Here is an image from the Forrest Jackson Photograph Collection.

Tri Valley Growers Plant 5 at Volta: Filled gondolas of harvested tomatoes and other tomatoes being unloaded go up elevators into the plant where they will go through evaporators to be made into tomato paste, undated.

Tri Valley Growers Plant 5 at Volta: Filled gondolas of harvested tomatoes and other tomatoes being unloaded go up elevators into the plant where they will go through evaporators to be made into tomato paste, undated.

View newly digitized films

July 16th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

We’re excited to announce that the first group of films that were digitized through our participation in the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) are now online.

The fifteen digitized films, which range in date from circa 1933-1958, are comprised of: eight from the Eastman Originals Collection, four from the Henry Dart Greene Papers, one from the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation Collection, and two of UC Davis campus activities.

The Eastman Originals Collection films are of scenes from the following Northern California counties: Lassen, Modoc, Shasta, Tehama, and Trinity. Two of the films from the Henry Dart Greene Papers focus on water issues (the Oroville Dam site and the Feather River Project) while the other two contain footage of the Sacramento River Association and Nevada County, as well as the California State Fair. The film, Native Trees and Shrubs for California Gardens, was produced as a public information service by the Saratoga Horticultural Research Foundation.

The two films related to UC Davis provide glimpses of historic campus activities including on-field performances by the Cal Aggie Marching Band for three football games in 1939 and Military Day exercises circa 1941-1942.

Each film will have a catalog record in the Harvest catalog. The digitized films are hosted on the Internet Archive as part of the California Light and Sound Collection. You can view a list of the films here.

In March we nominated additional audiovisual materials for digitization as part of the CAVPP. We’ll make another announcement when those items are available online.

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Travel Tuesday: Calpine

July 15th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Calpine, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1947.

At Calpine Lodge, Calpine, Calif., 1947

At Calpine Lodge, Calpine, Calif., 1947

New website features historical information about campus buildings

July 9th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

We’re frequently asked, “Where do I find historical information about UC Davis campus buildings?” To help answer that question, we’ve created a new website that contains such information. The page has entries for many, but not all, campus buildings. The entry for each building includes the following: date completed, building materials, cost, financing, architect, dedication, history, and an image. During the coming year we’re hoping to include information about additional campus buildings.

You can view the new page here.

East Hall, circa 1918.

East Hall, circa 1918.

Travel Tuesday: Bucks Lake

July 8th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to the Bucks Lake Lodge in Bucks Lake, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1943.

Lodge at Buck's Lake, 1943.

Lodge at Buck’s Lake, 1943.

On This Day: July 2, 1973

July 2nd, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

Today, we’re launching a new series on our blog, On This Day. The series will highlight campus events that happened “on this day” in history.

Our inaugural post features the Transfer Ceremony for the Sacramento Medical Center of the University of California, Davis on July 2, 1973. The Sacramento Medical Center, founded in 1852 as the Sacramento County Hospital, became a community hospital in 1966. That same year the UC Davis School of Medicine was founded. To meet immediate needs for a clinical teaching facility, the university signed an agreement with Sacramento County for the temporary use of its hospital, which was officially renamed the Sacramento Medical Center (SMC) in 1968.

In 1973 UC Davis officially acquired the SMC and the July 2 ceremony celebrated the transfer. On July 1, 1978 the hospital officially became known as the University of California, Davis Medical Center (UCDMC).

Stay tuned for our next installment of On This Day.

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Travel Tuesday: Blairsden

July 1st, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to the Feather River Inn in Blairsden, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1937.

Feather River Inn, near Blairsden, Calif., 1937.

Feather River Inn, near Blairsden, Calif., 1937.