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Travel Tuesday: Paradise

March 31st, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Paradise, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1958.

Palos Verdes Motel, Paradise, Calif., 1958.

Palos Verdes Motel, Paradise, Calif., 1958.

Music Monday: America

March 30th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s Music Monday feature is America, from the Christopher A. Reynolds Collection of Women Song.

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Travel Tuesday: Oroville

March 24th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Oroville, California. The images below are from our Eastman Originals Collection.

"Oroville Inn," Oroville, Calif., 1938.

“Oroville Inn,” Oroville, Calif., 1938.

"Webster's Motel" on the Feather River Highway at Oroville, Calif., 1938.

“Webster’s Motel” on the Feather River Highway at Oroville, Calif., 1938.

National Puppy Day

March 23rd, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of National Puppy Day today, here is an image from our Eastman Originals Collection.

At St. Bernard Lodge, Mill Creek, P.O. Calif., 1949.

At St. Bernard Lodge, Mill Creek, P.O. Calif., 1949.

Music Monday: College Life

March 23rd, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s Music Monday feature is College Life: March and Two-step from the Sheet Music Collection.

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PPIE Centennial

March 20th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Here is this week’s post in our Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) centennial series. This image is from our Panama-Pacific International Exposition Collection.

Baby Day winner, 1915.

Baby Day winner, 1915.

Gerome says “Happy St. Patrick’s Day”

March 17th, 2015 by Jenny Hodge

There are many traditions and folktales surrounding St. Patrick’s Day and Gerome decided he wanted to learn more about Irish fairies, specifically the leprechaun. Upon exploring Special Collections Gerome discovered Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry edited and selected by W.B. Yeats. According to Yeats, “The Irish word for fairy is sheehogue [sidheog], a diminutive of “shee” in banshee. Fairies are deenee shee [daoine sidhe] (fairy people).” Below is a page from the chapter on solitary fairies where the description of the lepracaun is found. Turns out not the same as the leprechaun we think of today. Find this book and others to further your own explorations of Irish folk tales.

Gerome and the Fairies

PPIE Centennial: Souvenir Guide

March 13th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Here is this week’s post in our Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) centennial series. This image, the cover of the PPIE Souvenir Guide, is from the Vera Gottlieb Collection.

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Limited Services on March 20, 2015

March 13th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Limited Services on March 20, 2015

Special Collections is having its floors waxed on March 20 from noon to 5:00 p.m. We will not have access to the Special Collections stacks for retrieval of materials. If you plan to visit that day, please let us know (email speccoll@ucdavis.edu) by Wednesday March 18, so that we can have materials available for you that afternoon.

Gerome says “Come to California!”

March 13th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week Gerome is highlighting our California Collection. The collection contains nearly 3,000 pamphlets, brochures, flyers, and smaller sized books from various California cities and counties documenting events which played a role in the formation of the West. Also included is a group of late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries items reflecting the boosterism in various California counties with an emphasis on tourism, irrigation, real estate investment, agriculture, and the growth and lure of cities and counties.

Items in the California Collection may be located through the Harvest online catalog by searching:

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Gerome with items from the California Collection

Gerome with items from the California Collection