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Then & Now

August 12th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

Here’s the latest entry in our Then & Now series. Can you name this building? Here’s a hint: it is located on the northern side of campus across from the Memorial Union. If you guessed Hunt Hall, you are correct!

This reinforced concrete building, completed in 1949 at a cost of $1,454,716, was designed by architect Elkbridge T. Spenser.

The building was dedicated on March 22, 1949 to Thomas Forsyth Hunt (1862-1927). Hunt served as Professor of Agriculture at the University of California, Berkeley and Dean of the College of Agriculture (now the University of California, Davis).

Hunt Hall, which contains a 200 seat lecture hall, previously housed the Department of Agronomy and Range Sciences. Today, it houses the Agricultural Issues Center, Environmental Design and Landscape Architecture, Global Livestock CRSP, Human Ecology, and the Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology.


From Farm to Table: Support your local Farmers Market

August 9th, 2013 by Jenny Hodge

In celebration of National Farmers Market Week we present an image from our Nursery Seed Catalog Collection.

Peter Henderson & Co.  1888

From local family farms of early California settlers to collections describing farming technology, climate, natural environment, and crop productivity, Special Collections holds a wealth of materials that focus on the role of agriculture in California and the United States. Some notable collections include the Ferry-Morse Seed Company Archives, the Nursery and Seed Catalog Collection, and the F. Hal Higgins Collection. As the above image illustrates the Nursery and Seed Catalog Collection contains hundreds of colorful drawings of early vegetable and flower varieties.  A field of research awaiting the harvest.