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Take Your Dog to Work Day

June 22nd, 2012 by Sara Gunasekara

Did you know that today, June 22, is Take Your Dog to Work Day? In celebration of it, here is a photograph from our Eastman Originals Collection.

Gus and Jerry, Roxbury Lodge, Horse Creek, Calif., 1949

New exhibit: UC Davis Traditions

June 21st, 2012 by Sara Gunasekara

Labor Day. Frosh Dinks. Tank Rush. Frosh-Soph Brawl. Wild West Days.

What do all of these things have in common? They are UC Davis traditions!

Our latest exhibit contains selections from the University Archives Photographs Collection which feature campus traditions, some of which continue to this day. The University Archives Photographs Collection offers 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, campus events, classes and classrooms, student clubs and activities, departments, and sporting events.

A finding aid for the University Archives Photographs Collection can be found on the Online Archive of California.

Stop by the display cases in front of our department to view UC Davis Traditions: Past & Present. The exhibit can be viewed anytime Shields Library is open.

For more information or to share your memories of UC Davis traditions, please email Special Collections at

Frosh-Soph Brawl, tug of war, circa 1968

Happy Summer!

June 20th, 2012 by Sara Gunasekara

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

Municipal Pool, Redding, Calif., 1949

Chronicles of Mr. Spud

June 15th, 2012 by Jenny Hodge

Congratulations to all the new UCDavis graduates!

Look Familiar???

June 15th, 2012 by Jenny Hodge

It’s that time of year when all over campus you see students running around in caps and gowns snapping photographs of there final moments as UCD students.  Over the years the commencement ceremony has taken place in many different locations and times. This weeks photograph from the University Archives is of a commencement circa 1959 and looks to be right in front of what is now the 24 hour reading room. What college’s commencement was this? Can you identify any of the people in this photograph? Were ceremony’s broken up by individual colleges or was there just one large commencement ceremony? How long was this a commencement location? Did you or anyone you know receive their degree in this location? Any stories or memories from your own graduation are welcome so please share!