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Finding Aid Friday: University Archives Photographs

January 31st, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

Are you interested in historic images of the UC Davis campus? If so, you’ll want to know about this week’s Finding Aid Friday feature, the University Archives Photographs Collection. This collection offers a visual record of the history of UC Davis. The collection, which spans the years 1907-1987, contains photographic prints and negatives, and depicts buildings and grounds, faculty and staff, annual events such as Picnic Day, campus events, classes and classrooms, student clubs and activities, departments, and sporting events.

We’ve been working on a project to provide these photographs online. We’re excited to announce that this week we completed the last stage of the project. Now 3377 images in all eleven series in the collection are available online. You can view the online images via the finding aid which is available here.

We’d be interested to hear if the images bring back any campus memories for you. Also, we’d appreciate knowing if you can provide further identification for any of these images.

Aerial view of campus, circa 1941

Aerial view of campus, circa 1941

Theater Thursday: Cedarville

January 30th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Theater Thursday series takes us to Cedarville, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1948. Did you ever attend a movie at the SV Theatre in Cedarville? If so, please share your memories with us.

At Cedarville, Calif., 1948

At Cedarville, Calif., 1948

Library Shelfie Day

January 29th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

New York Public Library has deemed today, Wednesday January 29, as #libraryshelfie day. We’re posting our contribution here on our blog.

Our photo below is from the Michael and Margaret B. Harrison Western Research Center Collection, which consists of more than 21,000 volumes relating to the history of the Trans-Mississippi West, including rare and fine press books, serials, pamphlets, maps, and other printed items. Subject strengths include Native Americans, cowboys and cattlemen, western military history, Custer and the Battle of the Little Big Horn, western art, transportation, trails, and national parks.

Michael Harrison organized his collection under broad subject areas (such as Indians), by publisher (such as University of Oklahoma Press), or by format (such as periodical or map). His arrangement on the shelves followed these categories. These books are from Harrison’s subject area of “Bad Men and Peace Officers.”

Happy Library Shelfie Day!

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Finding Aid Friday: Student Development Office Records

January 24th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Finding Aid Friday series is the collection of Student Development Office Records. The Student Development Office provided centralized coordination among related student service programs including the following units: Advising Services, Counseling Center, Housing Office, Learning Assistance Center, Student Special Services and Women’s Resources and Research Center. The collection, which spans the years 1971-1981, contains annual reports, meeting minutes, and a department training manual.

 

Theater Thursday

January 23rd, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

Today we’re debuting a new series on our blog: Theater Thursday. Each Thursday we’ll post an image of a Northern California theater from our Eastman Originals 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 photograph in the series, found below, is of the Shasta Theater in Boomtown near the Shasta Dam. Can you guess the date of the image from the movies that were playing?

In Boomtown near Shasta Dam, Calif.

In Boomtown near Shasta Dam, Calif.

Then & Now

January 22nd, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

After a short hiatus, our Then & Now series is back. Do you recognize this campus building? Here is a hint: It is the oldest building on campus. This “Stick and Shingle” style building, built in 1907 on what is now the southeast corner of Shields Avenue and East Quad, was first used as the livestock judging barn and an all purpose meeting place.

In the 1930s it was moved to the corner of California Avenue and Hutchison Drive (the present day site of Rock Hall). In 1963, it was moved to Old Davis Road and remodeled and converted into an Elizabethan Theatre. William Shakespeare’s King Richard II was the inaugural performance in the new theatre in December 1963. The building, then renamed the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre, was dedicated to Fred S. Wyatt (1890-1974) whose monetary donation made the movement of the building and its renovation possible. From 1961-1974, Wyatt served as assistant to the Chancellor of UC Davis as a volunteer gifts and endowments officer.

Today, the theatre, which is still located on Old Davis Road, seats 200 people in a three quarter round fashion. It is used by the Music and Theatre and Dance Departments for performances.

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Finding Aid Friday: Memorial Union Art Gallery Records

January 17th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Finding Aid Friday series is the collection of Memorial Union Art Gallery Records.

The Memorial Union Art Gallery began as “The Painting of the Month” in the 1950s featuring the work of the Art Department faculty and students. An enclosed gallery was established on the fourth floor of the expanded Memorial Union Tower in 1966. In 2008, the Art Gallery was transformed into the Art Lounge.

The collection contains exhibit files which include artist information, press releases, correspondence between artists and the Gallery Manager, installation notes, publicity materials, exhibit catalogs, and slides.

Main Street Monday: Woodland

January 13th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s installment of Main Street Monday takes us to nearby Woodland, 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.

Today’s post brings us to the end of this series. Thanks for following along as we traveled the Main Streets of Northern California. Stay tuned as we launch a new series later this week.

Main Street, Woodland, Calif., 1946.

Main Street, Woodland, Calif., 1946.

Main Street Monday: Willows

January 6th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s installment of Main Street Monday takes us to Willows, 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, Willows, Calif., 1944

Main Street, Willows, Calif., 1944

Finding Aid Friday: Records of the Davis Chapter of the California Club

January 3rd, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

The Records of the Davis Chapter of the California Club of the University of California are this week’s feature in our Finding Aid Friday series. The California Club of the University of California was founded in 1934 by Robert Gordon Sproul, President of the University. According to its constitution, the purpose of the California Club: “shall be to maintain harmonious relations and unity among the student groups of the several campuses of the University of California through the development and maintenance of the highest possible standards of sportsmanship, friendship, and cooperation.”

This small collection, which spans the years 1950-1969, contains materials from the Davis chapter of the club including the club’s constitution, correspondence, conference materials, and song books.