Happy 100th Birthday, California Aggie!
On this, the first day of instruction of the fall quarter, Gerome says Welcome Aggies! This week he presents the publication titled, Welcome Aggies which served as an orientation handbook for new students. Published during the 1950s-1960s, it contained information about orientation week, housing, traditional activities, ASUCD, campus publications, musical organizations, sports, songs and yells, the Library, as well as traffic rules.
We compile a list of works by researchers who have used Special Collections resources and have cited our collections in their publications. The list is available on our website. Recent additions to the list include:
-Longhurst, James. Bike Battles: a History of Sharing the American Road. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015.
-Purcell, Hugh. A Very Private Celebrity: The Nine Lives of John Freeman. New York: Biteback Publishing, 2015.
-Schneider, David. Crowded by Beauty: the Life and Zen of Poet Philip Whalen. Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2015.
-Vanderhoef, Larry N. Indelibly Davis: a Quarter-century of UC Davis Stories … and Backstories. Davis, Calif.: The Regents of the University of California, Davis Campus, 2015.
We welcome additional information that can be added to the list. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The California Digital Library (CDL) is pleased to announce the official, public release of the new Calisphere website, currently in beta mode. Calisphere provides free access to unique and historically important artifacts for research, teaching, and curious exploration. The collections on Calisphere have been digitized and contributed by all ten campuses of the University of California and other libraries, archives, and museums throughout the state. You’ll find digital images from UC Davis Special Collections here.
The new Calisphere boasts a clean modern look, user-centered design, and new features, including:
-Collection and institution browse and landing pages, for more context
-Filters for type, decade, collection, and institution to help users drill down into search results
-View and sort options for further customizing and making sense of search result sets
-Intuitive item-level controls like “get citation” and “contact owner” buttons
-A “sticky” search results carousel that keeps track of a user’s search while on a selected item
-Fully responsive design, meaning users can access the site on tablets and mobile devices
CDL will be adding more collections and functionality over the coming months (including migrating the Themed Collections, California Cultures, and the Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive to the new site), with the goal of replacing the old site in late 2016.
This week’s Music Monday feature is the song, You’re a million miles from nowhere: when you’re one little mile from home, from the Sheet Music Collection.
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.
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 3, 2015.
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 Powered by the Past.
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 2015 Archives Crawl will receive a set of beautiful limited-edition coasters. The coasters, which you can preview below, are available while supplies last.
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.
California was admitted as the 31st state on Sept 9, 1850, and it was the first territory to become a state from land acquired from Mexico under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildalgo which ended the Mexican-American War.
Gerome found the oldest original map of the State of California in the Map Collection room: A new map of the Gold Region in California by Charles Drayton Gibbes, 1851. (Call Number: MAP G4360 1851 .G4 Old Maps)
Of particular interest, this map focuses on Northern California and shows Lake Tahoe–named “Mountain Lake”–located entirely in Nevada. County lines are very different than current counties. “Lake D. L. Tulares”–a large lake in southern Central Valley –no longer exists.
The Map Collection holds other original California maps in the Old Maps cabinet (1920 and older) along with newer maps in the rest of the collection showing progression of change in California over the past 165 years. The Map Collection room is located on the lower level of Shields Library and is open Monday-Friday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
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.