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Posts by Sara Gunasekara

Pass It On: Preservation Week, April 24-30, 2016

April 25th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara

Preservation Week, a presentation of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), is a national campaign to help raise awareness about collecting and preservation, to connect the general public to preservation information and expertise, and to emphasize the close relationships among personal, family, community, and public collections and their preservation.

Events during the week include two free webinars. The webinars, which require registration, will each begin at 11 a.m. PDT and will last about one hour. To register and learn more go to ALCTS events.

The webinars are:.

From Cassette to Cloud: Reformatting Audiotape, Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Description:  Oral histories can provide a wealth of information about individual and community life. This webinar explores ways these recordings can be digitized, and the challenges in doing so.

For additional information and access to the free registration links, please go to the following website: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/042616

 

Preserving Your Digital Life, Thursday, April 28, 2016

Description: Many of us record and keep personal and family stories in digital formats. This webinar explores steps to take now to for preserving these narratives for future generations. means considering how we create the files and how we store them. What steps can we take now to make the ensure the best possibility of retaining these important files into the future?

 

For additional information and access to free registration links, please go to the following website: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/042816

These webinars are primarily intended for individuals, but will also be of interest to local historical societies and other cultural heritage groups.

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Visit Special Collections during Picnic Day Open House

April 13th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara

Special Collections will be participating in Picnic Day as part of the Library’s Open House which is Saturday April 16, 2016 from 10am-2pm. We’ll be featuring several of our exhibits including:

Come visit us on Picnic Day so that you can see how the past and present collide!

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Exhibit for April: Diamond Jubilee of the Shields Library Building: 1940-2015

March 28th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara

The year 2015 marked 75 years since the building, now known as the Peter J. Shields Library, opened.

Now through April 2016, Special Collections presents an expanded version of our previous exhibit, Diamond Jubilee of the Shields Library Building: 1940-2015. The exhibit, located in the cases in front of Special Collections, features highlights of the main library building drawing on materials from several University Archives collections including the University Archives Photographs.

Do you know which Sacramento buildings were designed by the same architects as the north wing of the Library? What happened to the Library during World War II? How long was the construction of the west wing? Stop by the exhibit to find out the answers to these questions and more!

North wing of the Library, circa 1940

North wing of the Library, circa 1940

 

On This Day: Planting the Centennial Tree on March 28, 1968

March 28th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara

Today’s On This Day post take us to March 28, 1968 and the dedication of the centennial tree. In the image below from the University Archives Photographs, Chancellor Emil Mrak and Vera Mrak planted a magnolia tree at Howard Way and Russell Boulevard to commemorate the centennial of the founding of the University of California and the 63rd anniversary of the act of the Legislature establishing the University Farm.

Planting the centennial tree, March 28, 1968

Planting the centennial tree, March 28, 1968

 

 

 

Apples for Johnny Appleseed Day

March 11th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of Johnny Appleseed Day today, here is an image from the Ellen Schutt Pomological Watercolors. Ellen Isham Schutt (1873-1955) was an illustrator with the United States Department of Agriculture who was active from 1904-1914. This collection contains 286 original watercolors of fruits, mostly apples, rendered by Schutt for the University of California. The watercolors illustrate examples of a variety of conditions including cold storage, core rot, injury damage, and moth damage, among others. The apples are usually shown in two views: a full view and a half section. The watercolors are available online here.

Ben Davis, Mendocino Co., California, 1915 July.

Ben Davis, Mendocino Co., California, 1915 July.

 

 

New online exhibit: Celebrating A Century of the Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department

March 10th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara

The Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department celebrated its centennial with a gala dinner held at Shields Library on October 3, 2015. As part of the celebration, Special Collections created an exhibit with highlights from the department’s first century. That exhibit is now presented online.

Agricultural Engineering class in Irrigation Machinery lab, undated.

Agricultural Engineering class in Irrigation Machinery lab, undated.

 

National Pancake Day

March 8th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of National Pancake Day today, here is a photograph from the Milton Halberstadt Papers.

Seven pancakes in a round cast iron pan, undated.

Seven pancakes in a round cast iron pan, undated.

 

On This Day: From the March 8, 1916 Weekly Agricola

March 8th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara

Today’s On This Day post features an article from the March 8, 1916 Weekly Agricola newspaper which announced the formation of a Fire Department for the University Farm.

You can find more information about the history of the UC Davis Fire Department on their website.

 

March 8, 1916 Weekly Agricola

March 8, 1916 Weekly Agricola

On This Day: February 2, 1916

February 2nd, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara

Today’s On This Day post takes us back one hundred years to February 2, 1916 when the article, “Beautiful Snow Again In Davis,” ran in the Weekly Agricola.

The snow, which fell off and on during Thursday, January 27, 1916, remained on the ground until late the next day. As the article notes, the weather provided the students with the ammunition necessary for a snowball fight to take place between the residents of the North, South, and West Hall dormitories.

1916 wasn’t the only time that Davis has seen snow. Another storm in 1973 was captured in this image from our University Archives Photograph Collection.

Here’s hoping we see snow in Davis again!

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From the February 2, 1916 Weekly Agricola

Fourth group of materials digitized by CAVPP now online

November 12th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

We are excited to announce that the next group of audiovisual materials digitized through our participation in the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) are now online at the Internet Archive. The recordings contain footage from several 1970s Whole Earth Festivals which include speeches by Buckminster Fuller and Russell Schweickart, various agricultural technology equipment in action, as well as the narration of a slide show about UC Davis campus development.

Here is the list of items with links to the digitized versions:

 

Blackwelder Manufacturing Company Records, D-326

Blackwelder’s Tow Type Tomato Harvester, Hastings Island (Rio Vista), California

Case Model G

Electronic sorting and fresh market harvester

Experimental two row harvester

Ford Loader at Brentwood, California

Ford Loader, bucket loading

Ford Loader in citrus

Ford Loader in Hollister, California

Green Tom pick and pack

Green Tomato harvest

Harvesting prunes

Harvesting single row

Original thinner, Ryer Island

Original weeder, Ryer Island

Pickle harvest, exp. ideas

Prunings sweeper

Sugar Beet Harvester, Imperial Valley

Sugar beet harvesting

Thinner (beets)

Tomato Harvester with Auto Header Height Control near Winters, California

Truck loading

UC Blackwelder tomato harvester

UC First Machine, BMC #1, Field Day and close-ups

 

Whole Earth Festival Records, AR-118

Buckminster Fuller Speech at the Whole Earth Festival, UC Davis

Future Fair, Whole Earth Festival, UC Davis

Ram Dass at the Whole Earth Festival, UC Davis

Russell Schweickart and Buckminster Fuller at the Whole Earth Festival, UC Davis

Scenes of the UC Davis campus and Whole Earth Festival

Whole Earth Festival, UC Davis

 

Paul Stumpf Slides of UC Davis and the City of Davis, MC107

UC Davis Campus Development