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Look Familiar???

July 29th, 2011 by Jenny Hodge

Do you recognize this location? Does the background provide any clues? It was obviously an entrance to the campus at some point but when? What is currently at this location if not these gates? These are just a few questions to ask yourself when trying to uncover the story behind the photograph. Please comment on this photograph from the University Archives (UAP-00696).

Mark your calendar for the Sacramento Archives Crawl

July 27th, 2011 by Sara Gunasekara

Join Special Collections and other area archival repositories on Saturday, October 1, 2011, for Sacramento’s first annual “Explore History: Sacramento Archives Crawl.” From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., eighteen archives and special collections libraries from the Sacramento area and beyond will be celebrating National Archives Month by exhibiting rarely-seen historic treasures from their collections at four host locations in the downtown area.

Start off at any of the host locations – the California State Archives (1020 O Street), California State Library (900 N Street), Center for Sacramento History (551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd.), or Sacramento Public Library (828 I Street), and “crawl” to the others using the map provided in your Archives Crawl passport. At each location, you can view archival collections on display and take behind-the-scenes tours.

Representatives from other archives and special collections libraries will be on hand to discuss their archival collections – historic photographs, rare books, historic artifacts – and answer your questions about how to connect with local history resources.  Special Collections staff from UC Davis will be at the California State Library.

Those who have their passports stamped by at least three of the host locations will receive a set of limited-edition collectible coasters with images from Sacramento’s former Buffalo Brewing Company.

Additional information will be posted on the Archives Crawl blog in the coming weeks.

We hope to see you on October 1!

Look Familiar???

July 22nd, 2011 by Jenny Hodge

Do you recognize this location? Who are these people and what are they doing? Does the clothing style  or background suggest a possible date range? These are just a few questions to ask yourself when trying to uncover the story behind the photograph. Please comment on this photograph from the University Archives (UAP-03069).

Hal Halberstadt’s photography

July 21st, 2011 by Admin

Hal Halberstadt was a famous photographer who taught with Ansel Adams. He was very good at catching the light in clouds as you can see in these two photographs.

July is National Ice Cream Month

July 18th, 2011 by Sara Gunasekara

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month. In celebration of it, here is an image from the University Archives Photographs of students in the ice cream short course on campus.

Ice cream short course students, College of Agriculture, circa 1925

Look Familiar???

July 15th, 2011 by Jenny Hodge

There are many unidentified and undated images in the University Archives including some of Shields Library, and who better to help identify and date those images than the very people who work and study in the library. So today marks the beginning of a campaign to collect campus history from those who make up the campus, whether they have been here for months, years or decades. We will share an image from the University Archives every Friday in our blog under the title “Look Familiar???”. If you recognize the location, date, etc. please feel free to comment on any additional information you may have about the image. Even if it’s an “I remember when…” any information is welcome and of interest. So let’s dig through our memory banks and start commenting!

General Library Courtyard, c.1964.

Can anyone identify the sculpture in the foreground?