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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.
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.
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.
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.