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Main Street Monday: Cedarville

September 30th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s installment of Main Street Monday takes us to Cedarville, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1946.

We welcome comments about the image including observations on the changes to the Main Street from this image to the present.

Main Street, Cedarville, Calif., 1946

Main Street, Cedarville, Calif., 1946

Welcome New Students!

September 26th, 2013 by Jenny Hodge

UC Davis is known for it’s friendly atmosphere and as such Special Collections would like to extend a “Spirited Hello” to all our new and returning students. You can see from the below image that saying “Hello” is a tradition that campus members actively promoted. Later this became known as the “Hi Aggie Spirit”. Friendliness is part of being an Aggie.

Taken from a page out of the 1939-1940 California Aggie Freshman Handbook.Hello Frosh Combo

Start of the school year in 1923

September 24th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

With the start of the school year upon us, we thought it would be fun to flashback 90 years to the start of the school year in 1923. According to the 1923-1924 California Aggie Freshman Handbook, these are the procedures that you would need to follow to register. How the times have changed!

Registration Procedures for Degree Freshmen (Dairy Industry Building)
August 17th and 18th [1923]

-Secure room before registering, if possible, in order that you may have a college address. Be sure that your college address in the Recorder’s office is correct at all times.

-Go to Room No. 211, Dairy Industry Building.

-Fill out registration sheet.

-Fill out activities blank.

-Fill out residence blank.

-Secure your credentials slip. If person in charge does not have this slip report to Mr. Tavernetti in Room No. 204.

-Go to Room No. 212 for registration in courses and approval of study-card by Professor E. H. Hughes.

-Go to Infirmary for physical examination and secure signature of Dr. W.E. Bates on your study card.

-Return to Dairy Industry Building – Room No. 203 – pay fees and buy a Student Body card.

-Go to Room No. 204, Recorder’s Office, and file your study card.

-Take examination in Subject “A” – Saturday, August 18th, at 2:00 p.m. in Room No. 202, Class Room Building.

-Freshmen “Mixer” Saturday Night, Grammar School Auditorium.

-Join in “Freshmen Jaunt” over the Farm, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Sunday, August 19th. It is a trip of explanation by Seniors and Faculty of facts about the Farm and Divisional activities. Start from the lawn in front of Class Room Building

-Attend first class indicated on your card Tuesday morning, August 21st.

-Attend assembly of all students, Wednesday August 22nd, at 11 o’clock, in Auditorium of Class Room Building.

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Main Street Monday: Bieber

September 23rd, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s installment of Main Street Monday takes us to Bieber, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1949.

We welcome comments about the image including observations on the changes to the Main Street from this image to the present.

Main Street Bieber, Calif., 1949

Main Street Bieber, Calif., 1949

Happy ITLAP Day!

September 19th, 2013 by Jenny Hodge

Ahoy landlubbers, today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Now is the time to throw some pirate talk into yer everyday conversations.  It can be as simple as “Arrrr ye serious” or rather complex such as the language used in the below passage from Charles Selby’s The Pirates of Putney: A Nautical Extravaganza, in one act


TOM. (without, c.) Back your taupsel, you Parfleet porpoise,
and bring up short, or I’ll run aboard of you.
Enter TOM TITTLEBAT up stairs into balcony, c.
Hollo ! old spigot and faucet, how are you my buck o’
thunder!

If interested in learning about the actual lives of pirates be sure to check out this pirate bibliography held in Special Collections.  Phillip Gosse, My pirate library…With an introductory note by Sir Edmund Gosse, 1926. If ye be interested in learnin’ more about International Talk Like a Pirate day check out the official website. So brush up on yer pirate talk and me hearty, a fine gentleman of fortune ye shall be.

Cap'n Spud

Cap’n Spud

Then & Now

September 17th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

Do you recognize the building in this installment of Then & Now? Here’s a hint: it is a two story building that has a frieze featuring animals. If you guessed Haring Hall, you are correct!

Haring Hall, a two story building located on the corner of California Avenue and Hutchison Drive, was completed in 1949. The firm Blanchard & Maher served as architects. When the building opened, the division of Veterinary Science moved from the Animal Sciences Building (now Hart Hall) to Haring Hall.

The structure was named in 1953 in honor of the school’s first dean, Clarence M. Haring (1878-1951).  He was the primary organizer of the School of Veterinary Medicine and served as dean from 1947-1948.

When the Vet Med 3B building opened in 2013, it provided replacement space for Veterinary Medicine laboratories and offices previously located in Haring Hall.

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Main Street Monday: Alturas

September 16th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s edition of Main Street Monday takes us to Alturas, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1944.

We welcome comments about the image including observations on the changes to the Main Street from this image to the present.

Main Street, Alturas, California, 1944

Main Street, Alturas, California, 1944

 

Shields Scholar Project 2012/13

September 12th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

The library was pleased to partner with the History Department to sponsor a Shields Scholar to develop a research topic of the student’s own choosing utilizing the holdings of Special Collections. Nickolas Perrone, a graduate student in history working under faculty adviser, Professor of History Eric Rauchway, focused on the individual archives of radical intellectuals, both academic and working class, as well as the pamphlet collections on the American Left. Nickolas is primarily interested in the convergence of labor and the environment in California. Working closely with the Special Collections staff, Rare Book Librarian John Sherlock, University Archivist John Skarstad, and Department Head Daryl Morrison, Nickolas explored five radical political collections and described the collections and their research potential for graduate and undergraduate students. His work culminated in “An Essay on Five Collections in Special Collections.”  The essay and a description of the collections used may be found on our website.

Sacramento Archives Crawl on October 5

September 11th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

Special Collections is excited to be participating again this year in the Sacramento Archives Crawl. This year’s event will occur from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

The California State Library, California State Archives, Center for Sacramento History and Sacramento Public Library will serve as hosts and open their doors in celebration of National Archives Month. This year’s theme is A Passion to Preserve.

As with past Sacramento Archives Crawls, participants will start at any of the four host locations and gather stamps in their passports as they view treasures from dozens of archives and special collections libraries, visit with archivists, and go on special behind-the-scenes tours. Those who visit at least three host locations during the 2013 Archives Crawl will receive a set of beautiful limited-edition coasters.

Special Collections staff will be hosting a table at the California State Library, 900 N Street, Sacramento. Stop by and say hello!

More information about the Sacramento Archives Crawl can be found here.

Image on the homepage is Sacramento, Calif, 1953 from our Eastman Originals Collection.

Main Street Monday

September 9th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara
Today we’re launching a new series on our blog: Main Street Monday. Each Monday we’ll post a photograph of a Main Street scene from a Northern California city or town. The photographs in this series will come from our Eastman Original Collection.

Jervie Henry Eastman (1880-1969) began his photographic career in 1898 in Sisson, California (later named Mount Shasta), as a view photographer. In 1921, Eastman moved to Susanville and established Eastman & Company as a commercial photography and post card studio. Eastman typically shot photographs in the geographic area that is north of I-80 and east of I-5. However, his work also took him to parts of Oregon and Nevada. The Eastman Originals Collection contains photographs, negatives, and postcards for a wide variety of Northern California locations and events, including dam construction, logging, mining, food processing, and community buildings and activities.

Our first image in the series, found below,  is an undated photograph of Main Street in Susanville. We welcome comments about the image including observations on the changes to the Main Street from this image to the present.
Main Street Susanville, Cal., undated

Main Street Susanville, Cal., undated