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On This Day: October 23, 1959

October 23rd, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

Today’s feature in our On This Day series takes us back fifty-five years to October 23, 1959 and the inauguration of Emil Mrak as the second Chancellor of UC Davis. Mrak’s appointment as Chancellor began on July 1, 1959 following the retirement of Chancellor Stanley Freeborn and the official inauguration ceremonies followed several months later in October.

Some 1500 University students, faculty, community members, and delegates from 42 other California colleges and universities attended the inauguration ceremony which took place in the Sunken Garden (now the site of the courtyard of Shields Library). University of California President Clark Kerr conducted the ceremony which included a speech by President Conrad A. Elvehjem of the University of Wisconsin. As part of the ceremony, honorary degrees were presented to Elvehjem and food engineer David Peebles.

Mrak (1901-1987) was appointed as an instructor in Food Technology in 1937 at UC Berkeley. He became Professor and Department Chairman in 1948, and in 1951 transferred with most of his staff to the UC Davis campus to reorganize and expand the Department of Food Science and Technology here.

Mrak served as Chancellor during a time of unprecedented growth for the campus. When he became Chancellor, UC Davis had approximately 2,000 undergraduates and more than 600 graduate students. By 1967, student enrollment was over 10,000. During Mrak’s tenure the following campus units were established: Graduate Division (1961), College of Engineering (1962), National Center for Primate Biology (now the California National Primate Research Center) (1962), School of Law (1964), Crocker Nuclear Laboratory (1965), and the School of Medicine (1966).

Mrak retired as Chancellor in 1969 and was succeeded by James Meyer.

 

President Clark Kerr of the University of California grips the hands of Chancellor Emil M. Mrak, right, and Vice-Chancellor Everett Carter at the conclusion of inaugural ceremonies in the Sunken Garden of the Davis campus, 1959 October 23.

President Clark Kerr of the University of California grips the hands of Chancellor Emil M. Mrak, right, and Vice-Chancellor Everett Carter at the conclusion of inaugural ceremonies in the Sunken Garden of the Davis campus, 1959 October 23.

Travel Tuesday: Garberville

October 21st, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

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

Tiskilwa Motel - Garberville Calif., 1949.

Tiskilwa Motel – Garberville Calif., 1949.

Hotel Benbow near Garberville, Calif., 1949.

Hotel Benbow near Garberville, Calif., 1949.

Travel Tuesday: Emigrant Gap

October 14th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

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

Nyack Lodge, 1949.

Nyack Lodge, 1949.

Rancho Sierra Inn on Highway 40, 1949.

Rancho Sierra Inn on Highway 40, 1949.

Travel Tuesday: Dunsmuir

October 7th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

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

Weed Hotel at Dunsmuir, Calif., 1944.

Weed Hotel at Dunsmuir, Calif., 1944.

The Travelers Hotel, Dunsmuir, Calif., 1956.

The Travelers Hotel, Dunsmuir, Calif., 1956.

The Lookout Point Motel, Dunsmuir, Calif., 1949.

The Lookout Point Motel, Dunsmuir, Calif., 1949.

Best-in-the-West Motel, Dunsmuir, Calif., 1958.

Best-in-the-West Motel, Dunsmuir, Calif., 1958.

October is American Archives Month

October 6th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

Archives Month is a collaborative effort by archivists around the nation to highlight the importance of historical records. More information about Archives Month events in California is available on the California Archives Month website.

Special Collections is celebrating Archives Month by participating in the fourth annual Sacramento Archives Crawl on Saturday, October 11. We’ll have a table at the California State Library. Stop by and say hello!

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National Coffee Day

September 29th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of National Coffee Day today, here is an image from the Milton Halberstadt Papers.

Diet Delight sweetener with white porcelain coffee cup and coffee pot, undated.

Diet Delight sweetener with white porcelain coffee cup and coffee pot, undated.

Then & Now

September 25th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

The latest installment in the Then & Now series takes us to one of the oldest original campus buildings that is still standing, South Hall. The building was constructed in 1912 as a dormitory to house sixty-seven men. It remained a dormitory until 1961 when it was converted to office use. Over the years the building has housed the Advisory Skills Center, Learning Skills Center, Internship and Career Placement Center, Services for International Students and Scholars, Student Activities, Student Affairs Research and Information, and the Student Employment Center. As of 2014, the building contains offices for the following units and programs: Academic Peer Advising, Educational Placement, Graduate Letter Service, Health Sciences Advising, Internship and Career Center, Peace Corps, Pre-Graduate Advising, Pre-Health Advising, Tipsy Taxi, UC Davis Washington Program, and Unitrans.

The historic image of South Hall, taken in 1957, is from the Eastman’s Originals Collection.

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Travel Tuesday: Downieville

September 23rd, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to the Riverside Motel in Downieville, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1951.

Riverside Motel, Downieville, 1951.

Riverside Motel, Downieville, 1951.

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

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