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Look Familiar???

December 23rd, 2011 by Jenny Hodge

This week’s photograph captures an uncommon moment in Davis’ weather history and for some may act as as a trigger for memories of snow days in Davis.  What we have is a photograph from the University Archives of a woman and young child admiring the ducks on a cold winter’s day.  In fact it’s soo cold that there is snow on the ground and possibly part of the creek is frozen!  This fact alone gives some definitive possibilities as to the year as it rarely snows in Davis.  The chances are high that this was taken along Putah Creek in the arboretum as one will often be greeted by ducks while walking along the paths.  So what is there to identify you ask?  Well first off there is the question of when the photograph was taken.  Next could be where in the arboretum are they?  And for fun what are some of your own memories of experiencing it snow in Davis?

Happy Winter!

December 21st, 2011 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of the first day of winter, here is an image from our Eastman’s Originals Collection.

Up and Over, 1941

Intersession Hours & Holiday Closure

December 12th, 2011 by Sara Gunasekara

During the Intersession weeks of December 12-23, 2011 and January 3-6, 2012 Special Collections is open 10-4 (Monday-Friday). We will be closed from December 24, 2011-January 2, 2012.

As always, researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.

Happy Holidays!

Look Familiar???

December 9th, 2011 by Jenny Hodge

Below is a photograph from the University Archives of a group of students in a class working on an assignment or project.  Do any of these students look familiar?  The photograph has no other information so we do not know what class this is for or when it was taken.  Can anyone identify the equipment on the table?  What are these students working on? Any information or suggestions are welcome so please comment.

Look Familiar???

December 2nd, 2011 by Jenny Hodge

This week we are featuring a previously undiscovered photograph from the University Archives.  It appears to be of a fashion held on campus.  What we don’t know is when it was held.  When did the tradition of a fashion show on Picnic Day begin?   Could this be during a Picnic Day?  Who held the fashion show?  Was this a senior showcase or open to any and all design students?  Who were these models?  Where was this held?  This looks to have been in the courtyard of the library.  Before the courtyard we currently have in Shields Library was enclosed by additional library wings many events were held in the courtyard.  Assuming this is where the fashion show was held was this a unique or annual occurrence?  Any and all information is welcome!