Special Collections will be participating in Picnic Day as part of the Library’s Open House which is tomorrow, April 12, between 11-1. We’ll be featuring our exhibit, Picnic Day: A Century of Celebration, as well as other treasures from Special Collections. Stop by and say hello!
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Picnic Day: A Century of Celebration
Exhibit on display during Spring and Summer Quarters in Special Collections Display Cases, Shields Library
The Special Collections Department of the University Library presents an exhibit highlighting a century of the University’s annual event, Picnic Day. This exhibit draws on materials from several University Archives collections including the Picnic Day Collection and the University Archives Photographs.
The Picnic Day tradition started on May 22, 1909 with a “Dedication Basket Picnic,” said to have been suggested by Mrs. Carolee Shields, wife of Peter J. Shields, to honor the opening of North Hall, the first dormitory on the campus of the University Farm (now the University of California, Davis). Peter J. Shields helped to write the legislation for the creation of the UC Davis campus and the main library building is named in his memory.
Picnic Day has since become the annual open house for the campus and has grown into one of the largest student-run events in the U.S.
As part of this exhibit Special Collections digitized three historic 16mm films of Picnic Day from 1939, 1947, and 1953. The 1939 film, recorded by Remi C. O’Connor, Class of 1941, contains the oldest known footage of campus. The films can be viewed here.
For more information or to share your memories of Picnic Day, please email Special Collections at email@example.com.
Join in the festivities for the 100th Picnic Day on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The Library will host an open house from 11-1.
This week’s feature in our Theater Thursday series is a twofer with the State and Empire Theatres located in the same shot. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in Oroville, California in 1948. Did you ever attend a movie at the Empire or State Theatres? If so, please share your memories with us.
Can you venture a guess as to the location of this building? This installment of Then & Now takes us further east on 2nd Street to the northwest corner of 2nd & G Streets in Davis.
John B. Anderson, Mayor of Davis in 1917, financed the construction of this Prairie School style commercial building. The brick structure, known as the Anderson Bank Building, was completed in December 1914 by C. Guth, a contractor in Sacramento. Original occupants of the building included the Bank of Davis, the Davis Post Office on the north, three shops on the south and numerous offices on the upper floor. In October 1917, Anderson sold the building to the Bank of Davis which served the community until 1964 when it was sold to the Bank of Sacramento. Today the building houses several retail establishments along with offices.
Both of the historic images of the building are from our Eastman Originals Collection. The view looking west on 2nd Street was taken in 1953 while the view looking north on G Street was taken in 1944. Can you spot the differences in the building from then to now?
This week’s installment of the Finding Aid Friday series features the Anderson Valley Advertiser Records. The Anderson Valley Advertiser (AVA) was established in 1956 by Elizabeth and Steven Malgrem as a small community newspaper in Boonville, California, in Mendocino County. Bruce Anderson bought the newspaper in 1983 in an effort to establish a publication that featured not only local news but national political news as well.
The collection contains correspondence, secondary research, ephemera, photographs, and other materials related to Bruce Anderson, editor of the AVA. The collection spans the years 1944-2011 with the bulk of the collection comprising the years 1984-1991. The collection features materials related to Earth First!, environmental activist Judi Bari, the Mendocino County School Board, the Wanda Tinasky controversy, and the New Boonville Hotel. The collection also features newspaper clippings from various Bay Area newspapers and magazines, such as the San Francisco Chronicle, and includes back issues of the AVA from 1978-2011.