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Good enough to eat: Halberstadt food photographs at UC Davis

April 23rd, 2013 by Admin

One of our collections, D-468 Milton Halberstadt Papers and Photographs is being highlighted at this time by the California Digital Library (CDL) at The Photographer, Milton “Hal” Halberstadt was a premier food photographer in San Francisco in 1940-2000.  His images were widely sought after by companies such as Del Monte, Dole, and  Spice Island to create photographs to advertise their products.  He is especially known later in his career for still-lifes based on tromp l’oeil paintings.   Many of the digital images we received were digitally enhanced by Piet Halberstadt, one of his sons.

Pass It On: Preservation Week, April 21-27, 2013

April 22nd, 2013 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 three free webinars: The Preservation of Family Photographs, Personal Digital Archiving, and Archival 101: Dealing with Suppliers of Archival Products.

Colby E. “Babe” Slater Student Internship

April 19th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

The Colby E. “Babe” Slater Student Internship in Special Collections is generously funded by Richard and Marilyn Slater McCapes. The internship is named in honor of Marilyn’s father, Colby E. Babe Slater. Slater, a 1917 graduate of the University Farm School (now the University of California, Davis), won Olympic gold medals for rugby in 1920 and 1924. Special Collections holds the Colby E. Babe Slater Collection.

This position provides a graduate student in library science or public history with experience working in a Special Collections Department. The student works with an archivist to arrange and describe collections and create finding aids.

Brittani Orona, a student in the Masters in Public History Program at California State University, Sacramento, is the first recipient of the named internship. Brittani began work in May 2012 and has processed the following collections to make them accessible for research:

David Brody Papers
Richard Clemmer Papers
Kenneth Knox Collection

Visit Special Collections During Picnic Day Open House

April 19th, 2013 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 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

On display will be selections from the Colby E. “Babe” Slater Collection. Slater, a 1917 graduate of the University Farm School (now the University of California, Davis),  won Olympic gold medals for rugby in 1920 and 1924. Slater’s daughter, Marilyn Slater McCapes, graduated from UC Davis in 1955. Her husband Dick McCapes graduated from UC Davis in 1956 and received a DVM from the School of Veterinary Medicine in 1958. The McCapes are this year’s Picnic Day parade marshals. Dick will represent Marilyn who passed away in 2012. Babe Slater is also being honored as a parade marshal.

On display in the cases in front of Special Collections is the exhibit, Maynard Amerine: In His Own Words. Amerine, a professor in the Viticulture and Enology Department, was an acknowledged authority on both the cultural and technical aspects of grape growing and wine making. Amerine left a legacy to the State of California and the world through the hundreds of students he trained who have become wine makers and grape growers. In addition to the exhibit, you can also view Professor Amerine’s 1973 class lectures for his course Sensory Analysis of Wine. These historic videos were recently converted to digital files.

Stop by to see these “snapshots” in the history of UC Davis. We hope to see you on Picnic Day!

UC Davis Traditions exhibit is now a web exhibit

April 16th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

If you weren’t able to see the UC Davis Traditions exhibit that was on display during the Summer and Fall, you can now view it as a web exhibit! It is available on our website here.

We’re always interested to hear your memories of these UC Davis traditions or others that we didn’t capture in the exhibit.

Wild West Days, 1966