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Special Collections

Happy Fourth of July!

June 30th, 2011 by Sara Gunasekara

In honor of the Fourth of July, here is an image of July 4, 1912 in Alturas, California from our Eastman’s Originals Collection.

Alturas-On-The-Fourth, 1912

Happy Birthday Special Collections!

June 29th, 2011 by Sara Gunasekara

From the July 8, 1966 issue of the Library newsletter titled, CUD:

“On July 1, 1966 the Department of Special Collections opened its door for service to the public at 201 Library. As announced in the January 21 issue of CUD, Donald Kunitz has been appointed Head of the Department.”

Happy 45th Birthday to us! Here is an image from our Eastman’s Originals Collection.

Untitled from the Eastman's Originals Collection

Wouldn’t it taste good?

June 15th, 2011 by Admin

Ice Cream on a hot day taste so good. This photograph taken by Hal Halberstadt makes the ice cream look good enough to eat. Halberstadt was acclaimed as a genius for photographing ice and ice cream. A Jack Keeler cartoon in the collection implies that the photograph was taken in a walk-in freezer, using a blowtorch to melt the ice cream.

June 9 is Ask Archivists Day on Twitter

June 8th, 2011 by Sara Gunasekara

June 9 is Ask Archivists Day on Twitter. Have you ever wanted to ask an archivist about their profession and or about the collections located in archives? Then ask away on #AskArchivists Day! A list of participating archives is available here.

Although we won’t be participating in the Twitter event, you are always welcome to e-mail us at with questions.

June 9 is also International Archives Day, organized by the International Council on Archives (ICA).

First group of University Archives Photographs can now be viewed online

June 7th, 2011 by Sara Gunasekara

Special Collections is excited to announce that the first group of our University Archives Photographs can now be viewed online. The University Archives Photographs offer 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.

The first images to become accessible online are found in Series 2. This series contains prints and negatives of administrators, faculty and staff from 1915 to 1980. You can view these images on the Online Archive of California (OAC) by clicking here and we’ve posted one image from the group below.

We are working on providing online images for the other series in the collection and will post announcements on the blog as those online images become available.

Abbott, Ursula K., undated