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Library Shelfie Day

January 28th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

New York Public Library has deemed today, Wednesday January 28, as #libraryshelfie day. We’re posting our contribution here on our blog.

Our photo below is from the Michael and Margaret B. Harrison Western Research Center Collection, which consists of more than 21,000 volumes relating to the history of the Trans-Mississippi West, including rare and fine press books, serials, pamphlets, maps, and other printed items. Subject strengths include Native Americans, cowboys and cattlemen, western military history, Custer and the Battle of the Little Big Horn, western art, transportation, trails, and national parks.

These volumes are from the Baja California Travels Series which was published by Dawson’s Book Shop.

Happy Library Shelfie Day!

Baja California Travels Series

Baja California Travels Series

Travel Tuesday: Marysville

January 27th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

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

Rio Rancho Motel, Marysville, Calif., 1949.

Rio Rancho Motel, Marysville, Calif., 1949.

Hotel Marysville, Marysville, Calif., 1957.

Hotel Marysville, Marysville, Calif., 1957.

Western Hotel, Marysville, California, 1945

Western Hotel, Marysville, California, 1945

Gerome the gnome says “Happy Robert Burns Day!”

January 26th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of Robert Burns Day which was yesterday, Gerome has decided to highlight the 1787 London edition of Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect by Robert Burns. This is the third edition of the work and a reprint of the Edinburgh edition. This edition contains a typographical error. In the ʻAddress to a Haggis,̕ the word ʻskinking ̕ (meaning watery), is printed ʻstinking.̕ This misprint is also found in a supplementary Edinburgh edition of the same year, and both are known to collectors as the ʻStinking edition.̕

Our copy is bound in full crushed red morocco, with gilt tooling and inside borders, by Rivière. The inscription reads “From James Mill of Camba …[?] to his friend Robert Brown of Stoke Cottage, Ipswich, 1787.

Gerome with Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect by Robert Burns

Gerome with Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect by Robert Burns

Gerome the gnome highlights the Noling Beverage Collection

January 21st, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Did you know that we hold a collection of more than 5,000 books and pamphlets related to beverage making and bottling? Well, Gerome the gnome has chosen to tell you about the collection for this week’s highlight.

The A.W. Noling Hurty-Peck Collection was received as a donation from the family of A.W. Noling, an Indiana businessman who built a successful beverage flavoring firm, the Hurty-Peck Company, which was subsequently taken over by Universal Foods Corporation. Strengths in the collection include brewing, winemaking and grape growing, liquors, cocktails,  soft drinks, cocoa and chocolate, cookery with beverages, drinking customs, coffee and tea, and flavorings.

A.W. Noling’s Beverage Literature: A Bibliography (Methuen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1971) is considered to be the most comprehensive bibliography on this subject to date, and was based in large part on this collection.

Items in the collection may be located through the Harvest online catalog by searching: WPC = (noling collection of beverage literature)

Stay tuned for next week’s highlight!

Gerome with the Noling Collection

Gerome with the Noling Collection

National Hat Day

January 15th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of National Hat Day today, here is an image from our Eastman’s Originals Collection.

Ethel Linville; Edda Clark, undated.

Ethel Linville; Edda Clark, undated.

Travel Tuesday: Lucerne

January 13th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Lucerne, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1949.

Hotel Lucerne - Lucerne, Calif., 1949.

Hotel Lucerne – Lucerne, Calif., 1949.

Gerome the gnome highlights the Christine H. Blanchard Rudyard Kipling Collection

January 12th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Last week we introduced you to Gerome the gnome. Since then, Gerome has roamed our stacks and found the first collection to highlight, the Christine H. Blanchard Rudyard Kipling Collection.

Christine Blanchard (1907-2005), wife of University Librarian J. Richard Blanchard, was active in community activities which included serving on the Davis Board of Education from 1962-1974 and as the first president of the Yolo Family Service Agency. In 1997 she donated a collection of Rudyard Kipling’s published works to Special Collections. This collection includes the first editions (usually both the British and American) of almost all of Kipling’s books, as well as many scarce pamphlet publications of individual poems and short prose pieces, and a number of journals containing the original appearances of his works.

A notable part of the collection is an assemblage of the first Indian editions of Kipling’s earliest books, which were published while the young Kipling was working as a newspaper editorial assistant in British Colonial India.

Other works in the Blanchard Collection include the scarce first edition of Kipling’s first collection of short stories, Plain Stories from the Hills; a complete set of The Indian Railway Series books; Michael Sadleir’s copies of the first editions of The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book, and a copy of the rare suppressed edition, Letters of Marque.

The Christine H. Blanchard Rudyard Kipling Book and Pamphlet Collection is available for use in the Special Collections Blanchard Reading Room. Books in the collection may be located through the Harvest online catalog by searching:
WPC = (Christine H. Blanchard Rudyard Kipling Collection)

Stay tuned till next week when Gerome will find another collection to highlight!

Gerome with the Christine H. Blanchard Rudyard Kipling Collection

Gerome with the Christine H. Blanchard Rudyard Kipling Collection

Travel Tuesday: Loyalton

January 6th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

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

Loyalton Hotel, Loyalton, Calif., 1958.

Loyalton Hotel, Loyalton, Calif., 1958.

Golden West Hotel, Loyalton, Calif., 1946.

Golden West Hotel, Loyalton, Calif., 1946.

Introducing Gerome the gnome

January 5th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Our colleagues at Athletics recently completed a campus scavenger hunt on Instagram with the Gunrock Gnome. We enjoyed following along on the hunt and thought it would be fun to have our own gnome adventures! So, here we introduce our UC Davis gnome who we’ve named Gerome. Each week Gerome will roam through our stacks and find an item or collection to highlight.

Stay tuned till next week for Gerome’s first collection highlight!

Gerome the gnome

Gerome the gnome

“Hi Aggie” Spirit

December 30th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

You may have seen that UC Davis was recently named among the top twenty schools on a new list of colleges with the friendliest students. Friendliness has long been a tradition on the Davis campus and it is noted as far back as 1930. According to that year’s California Aggie Freshman Handbook: “The friendly attitude that you first noticed on campus is genuine. We mean it when we say “Hello.” Get the habit early. We are all Aggies and we all know each other; the sooner you fall in with this spirit, the more California Aggies will mean to you.”

The 1956-1957 Welcome Aggies publication defined the “Hello Spirit” as “the basis for our reputation as the friendly Davis campus. It begins your first days on campus. Each time you pass someone, whether you know him or not, say ‘Hello.’ This ‘Hello Spirit’ is evident in faculty-student relations and in town-campus relations as well.” By 1961 the tradition was known as “Hi Aggie” Spirit.

Do you remember the “Hi Aggie” spirit? If so, please share your memories in the comments.