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Gerome learns about the Memorial Union

May 22nd, 2015 by Jenny Hodge

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While many college campuses have a Student Union, here at UCDavis we have a Memorial Union which stands as a memorial to Aggies who lost their lives in the service of their country. With Memorial Day coming up Gerome decided to explore the UC Davis publications, which are part of the University Archives. He discovered a pamphlet from the dedication ceremony for the Memorial Union in October of 1955. The original building served many purposes but the focal point was in the student lounge area where the mosaic fireplace held the memorial plaque listing 112 Gold Star Aggies. The Memorial Union continues to grow, providing many services to the students, faculty, staff and alumni. However, throughout the renovations and changes the Memorial Union remains a tribute to our fallen Aggies, which now number 135.

 

PPIE Centennial: Tower of Jewels

May 22nd, 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.

Tower of Jewels from the Great South Gardens, PPIE, 1915.

Tower of Jewels from the Great South Gardens, PPIE, 1915.

Travel Tuesday: Soda Springs

May 19th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

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

Helgren's Lodge, Soda Springs, Calif., 1953.

Helgren’s Lodge, Soda Springs, Calif., 1953.

Soda Springs Hotel, Soda Springs, Calif., 1950.

Soda Springs Hotel, Soda Springs, Calif., 1950.

Trailsyde Lodge, Soda Springs, Calif., 1949.

Trailsyde Lodge, Soda Springs, Calif., 1949.

Gerome highlights a selection of Patron Published Projects

May 15th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week Gerome the gnome has decided to highlight a selection of works by researchers who have used Special Collections resources and have cited our collections in their publications. A list of these publications can be found on our website here. We welcome additional information that can be added to this list.

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PPIE Centennial: Palace of Liberal Arts

May 15th, 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.

Western Entrance Palace of Liberal Arts from Court of Palms, PPIE, 1915.

Western Entrance, Palace of Liberal Arts from Court of Palms, PPIE, 1915.

Travel Tuesday: Sierra City

May 12th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

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

Bassetts Station, Sierra City, Calif., 1958.

Bassetts Station, Sierra City, Calif., 1958.

Pioneer Lodge, Sierra City, Calif., 1950.

Pioneer Lodge, Sierra City, Calif., 1950.

Music Monday: Cinderella in Flowerland

May 11th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s Music Monday feature is Cinderella in Flowerland or, The Lost Lady’s Slipper: Operetta for Children from the Christopher A. Reynolds Collection of Women Song.

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Gerome says “Happy Thank Goodness for Staff Day!”

May 7th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Gerome the gnome hopes that UC Davis staff members enjoy the 35th Thank Goodness for Staff (TGFS) Celebration today. In celebration of TGFS, Gerome has brought out our collection of TGFS buttons from the University Archives. You’ll notice that we don’t have a button from each year’s celebration. If you have buttons for those years that we don’t hold and you’d be willing to donate them to the University Archives, please email us at speccoll@ucdavis.edu

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Gerome with TGFS buttons

 

Travel Tuesday: Richardson Springs

May 5th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Richardson Springs, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1937.

Richardson Springs Hotel, Richardson Springs, Calif., 1937.

Richardson Springs Hotel, Richardson Springs, Calif., 1937.

May is Bike Month

May 5th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of May is Bike Month, here is an  image from the University Archives Photograph Collection.
Here is a recap of previous posts that we have done on some of our collections that focus on bicycles and bicycling.

The William Clauson Cycling Collection contains bicycling books, journals, trade publications and directories, racing programs, rule books, posters, comics and other materials relating to bicycling.

The Matthew Sarna-Wojcicki Collection contains periodicals that focus on bicycles and cycling. Titles include: Velo-News, Winning, Berkeley Bike Club Newsletter/Pneusletter, Cycle, Cycling USA, NCNCA (Northern California/Nevada Cycling Association) Newsletter, and NORBA News: official publication of the National Off-Road Bicycle Association.

Dale Lott (1933-2004), Professor of Psychology and Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, worked on the design of bicycle paths in Davis. His Papers contain some materials related to the usage, design, and evaluation of bicycle lanes, as well as 35mm slides of bicycle lanes.

Our University Archives Photographs contain images of bicycles and bicyclists on campus.

Print  Image caption: Bicycles outside of Roessler Hall, undated.