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Gerome highlights the San Francisco Mime Troupe Records

August 27th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week Gerome has chosen to highlight one of our manuscript collections, the San Francisco Mime Troupe Records. The San Francisco Mime Troupe is San Francisco’s critically acclaimed and oldest professional political musical theater. It began in 1959 when Ronald G. Davis formed the R.G. Davis Mime Troupe while affiliated with the San Francisco Actor’s Workshop. Initially, the Troupe improvised silent mime performance “events,” but soon added sound, music, and dialogue. In 1962 they began producing free shows in San Francisco parks and moved from mime into other forms of drama: first adaptations of commedia dell’arte, then vaudeville, melodrama, and other American theater. In 1963, they severed connections with the Workshop, and changed the group’s name to the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

The San Francisco Mime Troupe Records consist of unique items relating to the history of the Troupe. The collection contains original and adapted scripts, financial papers, photographs, audio visual items, promotional material, correspondence, clippings, and office files. A finding aid for the collection is available on the Online Archive of California here.

The Mime Troupe, which celebrated its 50th year in 2009, continues to create and perform today. They will be performing their new show, Freedomland, this weekend in Sacramento on August 29 and in Davis on August 30. You can find out more information about the performances on their website.

Gerome hopes that you are able to enjoy a performance of Freedomland!

Gerome with posters from the San Francisco Mime Troupe Records, D-061

Gerome with posters from the San Francisco Mime Troupe Records, D-061

 

Travel Tuesday: Woodland

August 25th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

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

Woodland Motel, Woodland, Calif., 1951.

Woodland Motel, Woodland, Calif., 1951.

Hotel Woodland, Woodland, Calif., 1946.

Hotel Woodland, Woodland, Calif., 1946.

PPIE Centennial: Toyland Zone

August 21st, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Here is this week’s post in our Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) centennial series. This image is from our Panama Pacific International Exposition Collection.

Toyland Zone. Two women sliding down a slide at the PPIE, 1915.

Toyland Zone. Two women sliding down a slide at the PPIE, 1915.

Gerome travels vicariously this summer

August 21st, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Gerome has enjoyed traveling vicariously this summer through the adventures of our patrons, colleagues, and student assistants. Here he is with the collection of postcards that were sent to us from those travels to Italy, Sweden, Tanzania, Oregon, and Colorado.

Will you be traveling soon? If so, Gerome would love a postcard from you! You can send it to him at:

Special Collections
UC Davis – Shields Library
100 NW Quad
Davis, CA 95616-5292

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Happy National Sandwich Month!

August 20th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of National Sandwich Month, here is a photograph from the Milton Halberstadt Papers.

Del Monte Fresh Cucumber Chips next to a tall stack of sandwiches, undated.  From the Milton "Hal" Halberstadt Papers

Del Monte Fresh Cucumber Chips next to a tall stack of sandwiches, undated. From the Milton “Hal” Halberstadt Papers

 

Travel Tuesday: Willows

August 18th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

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

Willows Motel, 1949.

Willows Motel, 1949.

Willows Hotel, Willows, Calif., 1944

Willows Hotel, Willows, Calif., 1944

Music Monday: Sweetest Melody of All

August 17th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s Music Monday feature is The Sweetest Melody of All from the Sheet Music Collection.

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Gerome says “Cheers” to Davis Beer Week

August 14th, 2015 by Jenny Hodge

Gerome is brewing up interest in beer! This weekend marks the end of Davis Beer Week, where the city celebrates and encourages our regions craft beer culture. In honor of this spirit Gerome is highlighting a book from the A.W. Noling Hurty-Peck Collection of Beverage Literature: Brew in your Stew!: Recipes and adventures in the ancient, honorable and all-but-lost art of cooking with beer! published by the National Brewing Company in 1948. While beer is an excellent accompaniment with food it can also be in your food. This wonderful book offers a series of unusual recipes involving beer.

Noling TX726.3 B74 1948

Noling TX726.3 B74 1948

If you have any interest in making Curried Beef with Beer or Beer Souffle then this is the book for you, come check it out! Here’s one unusual recipe perfect for a hot summer day:

 Iced Beer Soup

  • ¾ cup Pumpernickel Crumbs
  • 2 tsps. Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. Cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp. Lemon rind (grated)
  • 1 ½ cups White Wine
  • 2 tsps. Lemon juice
  • 3 cups National Premium Beer [pale dry beer]

Combine in a large cocktail shaker the pumpernickel crumbs, sugar, cinnamon, rind, lemon juice, beer, wine and 1 ½ cups of water. Shake vigorously and chill thoroughly. Shake again just before serving. Serve in bouillon cups.

Travel Tuesday: Willits

August 4th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Willits, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1949.

Delong's Motel, Willits, Calif., 1949

Delong’s Motel, Willits, Calif., 1949

Music Monday: That Wolverton Rag

August 3rd, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s Music Monday feature is a recently cataloged item, That Wolverton Rag, from the Sheet Music Collection. The piece was written expressly for the Sacramento Coast League baseball team by Clay W. Chipman and the cover features a photograph of Harry Wolverton, who was manager of the Sacramento Solons, during 1913-1914.

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