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Look Familiar???

April 27th, 2012 by Jenny Hodge

The sun is out and gardens everywhere are getting in on the action.  Here on campus we have many greenhouses and in today’s post we have a photograph of one of those greenhouses filled with plants.  Unfortunately that’s all we know. This is an undated and unidentified University Archives photograph taken by Dennis Galloway.  If any plant enthusiasts out there recognize these plants or the man tending them please leave a comment.

Taken by Dennis Galloway

Pass It On: Preservation Week, April 22-28, 2012

April 23rd, 2012 by Sara Gunasekara

The Society of American Archivists has partnered with the American Library Association, the Library of Congress, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and many other cultural heritage organizations to launch Preservation Week – a national campaign to help raise awareness about collecting and preservation, to connect the general public to preservation information and expertise, and to emphasize the close relationships among personal, family, community, and public collections and their preservation.

Visit the Preservation Week website for a list of the week’s events, including two free webinars: Taking Care: Family Textiles and Preserving Your Personal Digital Photographs.

National Park Week

April 23rd, 2012 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of National Park Week, here is an image of Lassen Volcanic National Park from our Eastman Originals Collection.

A Waterfall in the Devil's Kitchen Lassen Volcanic National Park, Calif., 1937

Look Familiar???

April 20th, 2012 by Jenny Hodge

What is going on in with this tractor?

Here’s what we know: This photograph is from the University Archives. It was taken during Picnic Day. A John Deere tractor is being held up on its hind wheels by wires.

Here’s what we’d like to know: When was this photograph taken? Why is the tractor being displayed this way? Was this a Picnic Day activity or some sort of tractor exhibition?

We have many photographs from Picnic Days of the past and many feature various activities, displays, and parade floats. We’d love to hear about your favorite activity on Picnic Day past or present.

Visit Special Collections during Picnic Day Open House

April 19th, 2012 by Sara Gunasekara

Special Collections will be participating in Picnic Day as part of the Shields Library Open House. Shields Library and Special Collections will be open from 11-1 on Saturday, April 21. We will be displaying historic Picnic Day photographs and memorabilia as well materials from our recent exhibit, Happy 150th Birthday, Peter J. Shields. See below for a sneak peek at one of the images that will be on display. We will also be handing out our new Special Collections bookmarks.

We hope to see you on Picnic Day!

Picnic Day, University Farm, 1910

Picnic Day: Then, Now, Always

April 18th, 2012 by Sara Gunasekara

The 98th annual Picnic Day will take place this Saturday, April 21, 2012. In the spirit of this year’s theme, here’s our take on Then, Now, Always.

Then
Did you know that Picnic Day festivities used to include an Aquacade? The Aquacade featured synchronized swimming, live music, and a poolside variety show. It was a Picnic Day tradition from 1948 until the early 1990s. Below is an undated image of the Aquacade from the University Archives Photographs.

Now
Special Collections will be participating in Picnic Day as part of the Shields Library Open House. Shields Library and Special Collections will be open from 11-1 on Saturday, April 21. We will be displaying historic Picnic Day photographs and memorabilia as well materials from our recent exhibit, Happy 150th Birthday, Peter J. Shields. You can also view our current exhibits: The Ground Beneath Our Feet and Paper Takes: The Power of Uncivil Words.

Always
Special Collections is charged with collecting, preserving, administering, and providing access to the University Archives. It is our role to preserve the University of California, Davis’ history. Materials in Special Collections related to Picnic Day include: the Picnic Day Collection which contains  programs, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia from the event and the Picnic Day Board of Directors Archives which contains reports from the various Picnic Day Directors such as Chairperson, Animal Events, Exhibits, and Parking. Historic photographs from Picnic Day can be found in the University Archives Photographs.

Do you have Picnic Day materials that you’d like to donate to the University Archives? Email us at speccoll@ucdavis.edu

Aquacade, Picnic Day, undated

Look Familiar???

April 13th, 2012 by Jenny Hodge

As moments of sunshine and blue skies increase so will traffic on the quad. This week’s University Archives Photograph features a live band performing on the quad as students layout and enjoy a music break.  What is your favorite quad memory? Favorite band performance? Favorite quad event? We’d love to hear any stories that come from enjoying a concert on the quad. If anyone can identify who is performing or when this photo was taken those comments would also be much appreciated.

Answers to Peter J. Shields Trivia

April 5th, 2012 by Sara Gunasekara

Here are the answers to our Peter J. Shields trivia questions from yesterday:

  1. Besides the Library name two other campus landmarks that are named for Shields. A: Shields Oak Grove is located in the Arboretum and Peter J. Shields Avenue is located directly north of the Library.
  2. How old was Shields when he passed away? A: Shields passed away on September 28, 1962 at the age of 100.
  3. What year was the Library named for Shields? A: The Library was named in memory of Shields in 1972. The naming ceremony took place in May 1973.
  4. Name Shields’ occupation for the majority of his life. A: He was a Sacramento County Superior Court Judge from 1900 until his retirement in 1949.
  5. What was the name of Shields’ wife? A: He married Carolee Wilsey in 1901. The Carolee Shields White Flower Garden and Gazebo in the Arboretum is named for her.
  6. Where was Shields born? A: He was born in Hangtown Crossing, a small farming town fourteen miles east of Sacramento, California.

Peter J. Shields Trivia

April 4th, 2012 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of Peter J. Shields 150th Birthday, we created the trivia questions below. How many can you answer?

Submit a comment with your guesses. Please note that our blog comments are moderated by staff and will not automatically appear after you enter them. We’ll post the answers tomorrow. Good luck!

  1. Besides the Library, name two other campus landmarks that are named for Shields.
  2. How old was Shields when he passed away?
  3. What year was the Library named for Shields?
  4. Name his occupation for the majority of his life.
  5. What was the name of Shields’ wife?
  6. Where was Shields born?

Happy 150th Birthday, Peter J. Shields!

April 4th, 2012 by Sara Gunasekara

Today marks what would have been Peter J. Shields 150th Birthday. Shields, considered one of the founding fathers of the University Farm (now the University of California, Davis), helped to write the legislation for the creation of the Davis campus.

In 1972, the campus honored Peter J. Shields by naming the main library building in his memory.

We’ve created a small exhibit to celebrate Shields birthday. The exhibit, located in the library lobby, will be on display until April 6, 2012.

Here’s a quote by Shields from April 1925:

“Some day one of your students will write, not of the origin of the School, but of its accomplishments, and it will be a glorious story.”

Happy 150th Birthday, Peter J. Shields!