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Snow in Davis

February 25th, 2011 by Sara Gunasekara

After hearing about the possibility of snow flurries in the local area during the weekend, I decided to post this photograph of a bicyclist during a previous snowfall on campus. The image, from the University Archives Photographs, was taken in 1973. The January 1973 edition of the UC Davis Spectator noted “Snow flurries for half a day on Jan. 8 pushed vacation-rested students into building snowmen and ‘snoopies’ and doing battle with snowballs on the quadrangle and elsewhere.”

The University Archives Photographs Collection offers a visual record of the history of the University of California, Davis. The collection contains photographic prints and negatives, and depicts buildings and grounds, faculty and staff, annual events such as Picnic Day, campus events, classes and classrooms, student clubs and activities, departments, and sporting events.

Bicyclist traveling north on California Avenue during snowfall, 1973

Recently Processed Collections

February 16th, 2011 by Sara Gunasekara

Special Collections announces that the following collections have been processed during July 1, 2010-February 16, 2011 and now have finding aids on the Online Archive of California (OAC). To view any of these finding aids, click on the collection name which will automatically take you to finding aid on the OAC site. To view the list of all UCD finding aids on OAC, click here.

New Rare Book on brewing

February 15th, 2011 by Admin

With the grand opening looming of the Department of Viticulture and Enology Teaching and Research Winery and the August A. Busch III Brewing and Food Science Laboratory, the General Library at the University of California, Davis reflected on how it too could celebrate the momentous event and showcase the wonderful collections that the library holds.  Axel Borg, Wine and Food Librarian and Daryl Morrison, Head of Special Collections selected a rare book for purchase: William Y-worth’s (Yarworth’s) Cerevisiarii comes; or, the new and true art of brewing illustrated by various examples in making beer, ale, and other liquors, so that they may be most durable, brisk and fragrant; and how they may be so ordered as to yield the greatest quantity of spirits in distillation…. London: J. Taylor & S. Clement, 1692.

This book is a rare first edition of Y-Worth’s early study of English beer providing an account of the “right way” to refine and bottle beer and cider.  The book was not previously held by the University of California system and is to be found only in a few libraries in the country.   The purchase and cataloging of the book was rushed so that it could make its appearance in the Art Sensory Building along with other rare 16th and 17th century books from the Department of Special Collections.  Daryl Morrison and Rare Book Librarian John Sherlock provided the display and responded to questions as well as featured bibliographies on selected rare books on wine, beer, and distillation held by Special Collections.  Questions about the library’s holdings in rare books and a request for the bibliographies may be made by contacting:


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Welcome to the Special Collections Blog.  We will be posting frequently about new collections, new Rare Book purchases, and in interesting photographs.