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Main Street Monday: Quincy

November 25th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s installment of Main Street Monday takes us to Quincy, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, is undated.

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

Quincy Calif., Old cars, Main Street, undated.

Quincy Calif., old cars, Main Street, undated.

Finding Aid Friday: UC Davis Web Archives

November 22nd, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s installment in our Finding Aid Friday series is a bit different from the collections that we’ve featured previously. This finding aid isn’t for a physical collection but rather for an entirely digital web archive.

The UC Davis Web Archives, created using the California Digital Library’s Web Archiving Service (WAS), preserves websites in the entire “ucdavis.edu” domain to document the history of the University’s activities and accomplishments. Special Collections, as the repository for the University Archives, collects records of historical value for the University. Previously, many of these records have been in print form, now much of that information can be found on campus websites. This ongoing project, started in 2011, captures the websites of the University’s administration, schools and colleges, academic departments, administrative units, organized research units, intercollegiate athletics, and student organizations. The finding aid for the UC Davis Web Archives is available here.

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Main Street Monday: Portola

November 18th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s installment of Main Street Monday takes us to Portola, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1937.

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

"Main Street," Portola, Calif., 1937.

“Main Street,” Portola, Calif., 1937.

Finding Aid Friday: Boxing Team Reports

November 15th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Finding Aid Friday series is the collection of Boxing Team Reports. Did you know that UC Davis once had a Boxing Team? Boxing was one of the most popular sports on campus up through the 1930s. By the late 1950s, interest waned and the campus no longer fielded a team.  This small collection, which spans the years 1929-1956, contains match reports and student manager’s reports.

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Finding Aid Friday: Western Signal Corps School Collection

November 8th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Finding Aid Friday series is the Western Signal Corps School Collection. From 1943-1944, in the midst of World War II, the UC College of Agriculture at Davis (now the University of California, Davis) was closed and converted to a training facility for the Western Signal Corps School (WSCS). The WSCS took over the dormitories, the gymnasium and swimming pool, the judging pavilions and most of the academic buildings. The library became the radio school

The WSCS collection contains the school newsletters, a student guide, commemorative album, farewell menu, as well as several photographs including the one below.

Be sure to check out the Yolo at War series in the  Davis Enterprise this week. The series, which focuses on how World War II affected the Davis community and the region, features two of the photographs from this collection.

 At the end of the WSCS activities, the Army returned the keys of the campus to Controller Ira Smith (right), chief acting university officer, 1944 October 31

At the end of the WSCS activities, the Army returned the keys of the campus to Controller Ira Smith (right), chief acting university officer, 1944 October 31

 

Main Street Monday: Mount Shasta

November 4th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s installment of Main Street Monday takes us to Mount Shasta, 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, Mount Shasta, California, 1946.

Main Street, Mount Shasta, California, 1946.

Finding Aid Friday: Campus Songs and Song Books Collection

November 1st, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s installment of our Finding Aid Friday series is the Campus Songs and Song Books Collection. This small collection contains sheet music and song books for Davis campus songs and University of California songs including: Aggie Fight Song, Big C, California Aggies Hail, Hail to California, and Sons of California. While processing this collection we discovered the campus song, We’re California Aggies.

Can you name the first song written expressly for the Davis campus? If not, the article from 1965 that is found below will give you the answer.

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