Here is this week’s post in celebration of the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) centennial. This image is from our Panama Pacific International Exposition Collection.
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For this week’s highlight, Gerome has decided to feature an item in celebration of Sacramento Beer Week, which starts today. His featured item is the book, Beer, Its History and Its Economic Value as a National Beverage, by F.W. Salem, which was published in Hartford, Connecticut in 1880. Our copy of this book is part of the A.W. Noling Hurty-Peck Collection.
According to this work, California had 195 breweries in 1878-1879 and sold 379,373 barrels of beer from May 1, 1877-1878. Brewers in Sacramento included: Borchers & Schwartz, E. & C. Gruhler, Kerth & Nicolaus, F.C. Knauer, P. Scheld, and M. Ochs. Those Sacramento brewers sold a combined 15,936 barrels of beer in 1878. Davisville (now Davis) was home to one brewer in 1878, William Faber, who sold 74 barrels that year.
The Library has a second copy of this work in the Viticulture and Enology Collection. That copy was recently digitized through the Library’s Google Book Digitization Project. You can view the full text via the catalog record.
Welcome to the first post in our latest blog series, Music Monday. Each Monday we’ll post the cover of a piece of music from one of our sheet music collections. The first one, below, is Bohemia: One-Step Song, Music by Ethel Broaker; Lyric by Louis Weslyn, from the Christopher A. Reynolds Collection of Women Song.
Today, February 20th, marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) in 1915 in San Francisco. The PPIE was a world’s fair which celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal. At the time, it was the third exposition to be held in the United States and the twelfth exposition held in the world.
The fair featured commercial, scientific, and educational displays in exhibition palaces and courts, amusement concessions, and an aviation field. Nearly nineteen million people attended the fair which was held on 635 acres in the area now known as the Marina District.
Throughout 2015, San Francisco is celebrating the PPIE centennial. View the PPIE100 website for more information on the celebratory events.
Each Friday, for the duration of the fair’s run, we’ll highlight materials in our collection related to the PPIE. The first one, below, is from our Panama Pacific International Exposition Collection.
For Aggie Pride Friday, Gerome decided to wear his Aggie Pride mustache while highlighting one of our oldest pieces of University memorabilia. This University Farm pennant, circa 1920, is from the McKinnon and Ruble Families Papers. Lewis Ruble McKinnon (1901-1956) studied agriculture at the University Farm School (now the University of California, Davis) in the early 1920s.
Since today is Wear Red Day, which raises awareness about heart disease and stroke in women, Gerome has decided to highlight an image of the heart. The image below is an engraved plate from Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers, Par une Société de Gens de Lettres.
The Encyclopédie, edited by Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond D’Alembert, was published from 1751-1777. It is comprised of thirty-two volumes which include twenty-one volumes of text and eleven volumes of engraved plates that illustrate many of the articles.
Our latest Then & Now installment takes us to a place near and dear to us, the Main Reading Room of Shields Library.
The north wing of the Library, which houses the Reading Room, was completed in 1940. Prior to the completion of this building the Library was housed in the Creamery (1908-1915), the Classroom Building (1915-1938), and in temporary quarters in the recreation building behind West Hall (1938-1940).
The north wing which is comprised of 114,857 square feet, cost $265,750 to build and was financed by state appropriations. Designed by Starks & Flanders, the building anchored the south side of the Quad. Originally, the campus administration shared the building with the Library.
Several years after the completion of the building, it was used for purposes other than those of a Library. During the fall of 1942 the U.S. Army negotiated with university President Robert Sproul for the use of the Davis campus as a military training school. On January 1, 1943 the entire Davis campus was officially converted into a training facility for the Western Signal Corps School (WSCS). The WSCS, administered as a subunit of Camp Kohler by Lt. Col. E.A. Allen, 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 historic image below shows the radio school students in the Reading Room of the Library. In October 1944 the WSCS closed, having trained a total of about 1,800 men for active duty during the 22 months that the campus was under the jurisdiction of the Army.
As the Library’s collections grew, subsequent additions were made to the original building including: the East wing (1963), South wing (1967), and West wing (1990).
You can find additional information about the history of the Library here.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the completion of the north wing of the Shields Library building. Be sure to watch the Library’s Facebook page for posts highlighting this anniversary and the history of the Library.
Captions for the historical photographs below:
Radio school students in the Reading Room of the Library, circa 1943-1944
Main Reading Room, Shields Library, circa 1981