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Look Familiar???

February 17th, 2012 by Jenny Hodge

Everyone likes to leave a reminder that they were “here” at one point or another. This photograph from the University Archives is a perfect example. Numerous names, dates and locations cover the walls of this dorm room? rec room? hallway? Some of the sections have been enlarged so you can make out the reminders these occupants of Rm. 333 left behind for future generations.  We’d love to hear stories about these men, the location, as well as the what, when, why and how this tradition started. Do these signatures still exist? Do any dorms today have a similar tradition? Have you left your mark anywhere? Please share any information or memories you remember.

Building the UC Davis Campus Web Archives

February 13th, 2012 by Sara Gunasekara

Special Collections holds the University Archives and it is our role to preserve the University of California, Davis’ history by maintaining a record of UC Davis publications. Traditionally this has meant print publications but the web has become the primary mode of communication and publication for campus events and issues.

Special Collections staff recently worked with the California Digital Library’s (CDL) Web Archiving Service (WAS) to capture the entire “” domain as part of the University Archives.

This entry on the CDL’s blog discusses the Davis project as well as a similar project done at UC Irvine. As the blog post mentions, these web archives are not yet available to the public. In accordance with the Section 108 Study Group recommendations concerning web archiving, an embargo period is observed before captures can be made publicly available. We anticipate going live with the UC Davis Web Archives in early Summer 2012.

Here at Davis we look forward to continuing to work with campus departments and groups to preserve the history of the University of California Davis. Please contact us at with comments or questions.

Look Familiar???

February 10th, 2012 by Jenny Hodge

For the most part the lovely weather in Davis allows for lectures, discussions or meetings to happen outside. Here is an undated and unlabeled photograph from the University Archives of a group of people doing just that. Is this a general group discussion? A class? Who do you think the main speaker is and what was the topic of the lecture? While we don’t know any of the particulars we do know that everyone enjoys a day outside. Please share any insights on this photograph or your own memories of being taught in the sunshine.

Paper Takes exhibit now on display in the Library

February 8th, 2012 by Sara Gunasekara

The exhibit Paper Takes: The Power of Uncivil Words that was created as part of the campus’s Civility Project is  on display in the lobby of Shields Library in front of the Special Collections Department through Spring Quarter 2012. It was previously on display in the Walter A. Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.

More information about the exhibit and the Civility Project can be found here.

Happy Birthday, Blog!

February 7th, 2012 by Sara Gunasekara

Our department blog turns one on February 11! In celebration of that milestone, here is an image from our Eastman’s Originals Collection.

Untitled image of people eating cake, undated