Special Collections

Posts by Sara Gunasekara

Travel Tuesday: Donner Lake

September 16th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to the Lakeshore Hotel at Donner Lake. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1949.

Lakeshore Hotel at Donner Lake, Calif., 1949.

Lakeshore Hotel at Donner Lake, Calif., 1949.

Mark your calendar for the 4th annual Sacramento Archives Crawl on October 11

September 12th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

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 11, 2014.

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 Having Fun in the Sacramento Region.

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 2014 Archives Crawl will receive a set of the limited-edition coasters seen below. Coasters 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

Coasters for Blog

On This Day: September 11, 1974

September 11th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

The latest installment of On This Day features the groundbreaking ceremony for the Medical Sciences Unit I which took place on September 11, 1974. According to the program for the event: “The first permanent building for the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences Unit 1, is being built in two phases. The initial construction includes a cluster of low-rise buildings which will house the health sciences library, bookstore, lecture and seminar rooms, study areas, and administrative offices. The four story structure, Phase 2, will contain laboratories, offices, and classrooms.” Stone, Marraccini, and Patterson served as the architect for Phase 1 while the contractor was Campbell Construction Company. Phase 2, completed in September 1977, was named Tupper Hall in June 1996 in honor of C. John Tupper, the founding dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine.

 

medsci1bmedsci1

 

 

 

 

Travel Tuesday: Delleker

September 9th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Delleker, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1941.

"Delleker Inn," at Delleker, Calif., 1941.

“Delleker Inn,” at Delleker, Calif., 1941.

Travel Tuesday: Corning

September 2nd, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

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

Maywood Hotel, Corning, Calif., 1946.

Maywood Hotel, Corning, Calif., 1946.

Western Manor Motel, Corning, Calif., 1957

Western Manor Motel, Corning, Calif., 1957

The Orchard Inn, Corning, Calif., 1956.

The Orchard Inn, Corning, Calif., 1956.

The Shastaway Motel, Corning, Calif., 1953.

The Shastaway Motel, Corning, Calif., 1953.

Then & Now

August 27th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of the first day of the Davis public schools, here is the latest installment of our Then & Now series. You may recognize this building and know its current use, but do you know why it was originally built?

This brick Romanesque Revival structure, located at 23 Russell Boulevard, was constructed in 1927 as the first Davis Joint Union High School. Prior to 1924, when high school classes were offered in the elementary school, high school students from Davis enrolled in schools in Woodland, Dixon, Sacramento, or other districts.

The Davis High School occupied the building from 1927 until 1960 when the new Davis Senior High was completed. The classroom wing was then used as administrative offices for the Davis Joint Unified School District. In the 1980s the building was remodeled as the City of Davis City Hall.

The historic image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1944.

 

specol_tn-name-homepage-lcd_final

Travel Tuesday: Crescent Mills

August 26th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Crescent Mills, California. The image of the Sorsoli Hotel, from our Eastman Originals Collection, is undated.

At Crescent Mills, Calif., undated.

At Crescent Mills, Calif., undated.

 

Travel Tuesday: Chico

August 5th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

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

"Hotel Oaks," Chico, Calif., 1940

“Hotel Oaks,” Chico, Calif., 1940

"Park Hotel," Chico, Calif., 1938.

“Park Hotel,” Chico, Calif., 1938.

 

Stayton Motel at Chico, Calif., 1947.

Stayton Motel at Chico, Calif., 1947.

Stayton Motel at Chico, California, 1948.

Willard Motel at Chico, California, 1948.

 

August in the Central Valley means…

August 4th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

…that it is tomato time!  You’ll certainly see trucks of recently harvested tomatoes on the local highways now. Here is an image from the Forrest Jackson Photograph Collection.

Tri Valley Growers Plant 5 at Volta: Filled gondolas of harvested tomatoes and other tomatoes being unloaded go up elevators into the plant where they will go through evaporators to be made into tomato paste, undated.

Tri Valley Growers Plant 5 at Volta: Filled gondolas of harvested tomatoes and other tomatoes being unloaded go up elevators into the plant where they will go through evaporators to be made into tomato paste, undated.

View newly digitized films

July 16th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

We’re excited to announce that the first group of films that were digitized through our participation in the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) are now online.

The fifteen digitized films, which range in date from circa 1933-1958, are comprised of: eight from the Eastman Originals Collection, four from the Henry Dart Greene Papers, one from the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation Collection, and two of UC Davis campus activities.

The Eastman Originals Collection films are of scenes from the following Northern California counties: Lassen, Modoc, Shasta, Tehama, and Trinity. Two of the films from the Henry Dart Greene Papers focus on water issues (the Oroville Dam site and the Feather River Project) while the other two contain footage of the Sacramento River Association and Nevada County, as well as the California State Fair. The film, Native Trees and Shrubs for California Gardens, was produced as a public information service by the Saratoga Horticultural Research Foundation.

The two films related to UC Davis provide glimpses of historic campus activities including on-field performances by the Cal Aggie Marching Band for three football games in 1939 and Military Day exercises circa 1941-1942.

Each film will have a catalog record in the Harvest catalog. The digitized films are hosted on the Internet Archive as part of the California Light and Sound Collection. You can view a list of the films here.

In March we nominated additional audiovisual materials for digitization as part of the CAVPP. We’ll make another announcement when those items are available online.

Cal Aggie Marching Band film