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Pop-up Exhibit: Spring Blooms – Botanical Watercolors by Margaret Stones

March 10th, 2017 by Sara Gunasekara

Special Collections is pleased to present this pop-up exhibit which can be viewed in our Reading Room during the hours of Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm.

 

Spring Blooms: Botanical Watercolors by Margaret Stones

Special Collections Reading Room, Shields Library

March 10 – June 16, 2017

 

Margaret Stones (1920- ), botanical artist, served for twenty-five years as the principal illustrator for Curtis’s Botanical Magazine and worked under commission for the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, England.

 

Special Collections holds six original watercolors of Northern California plants, painted by Stones in March-April 1987, while she was visiting California. We are presenting this small exhibit on the thirtieth anniversary of that visit.

 

For further information, contact: speccoll@ucdavis.edu

Iris macrosiphon by Margaret Stones, Occidental, California, April 7, 1987.

Iris macrosiphon by Margaret Stones,
Occidental, California, April 7, 1987.

 

Our newly digitized recordings from the California Audiovisual Preservation Project

February 15th, 2017 by Sara Gunasekara

We are excited to announce that our fifth and sixth groups of audiovisual materials digitized through our participation in the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) are now online at the Internet Archive. The moving image recordings include footage of: several McClellan Air Force Base events which were related to the community lobbying effort to keep the base in Sacramento off the federal base closure list in 1993; Greenville (Plumas County, Calif) High School activities in 1936; and a sugar beet harvester.

 

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

 

Eastman’s Originals Collection

[Autumn Scenes in Shasta County, Calif.]

[Greenville, Calif. High School Activities]

 

Vic Fazio Papers

President Bill Clinton Visit to McClellan Air Force Base 

Save McClellan Air Force Base Celebration

Vic Fazio and Bill Clinton at Armed Forces Day at McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento, California

Sacramento Veterans Day Parade with Vic Fazio as Grand Marshall 

 

UC Davis Oral History Office Records

Helen Harbison Power Oral History interview

 

Blackwelder Manufacturing Company Records

Marbeet Harvester 

 

Dan Crawford Papers

Boating Scenes

 

New exhibit: Davis 1917-2017: Celebrating 100 Years of Community

January 18th, 2017 by Sara Gunasekara

Special Collections is pleased to announce our latest exhibit, Davis 1917-2017: Celebrating 100 Years of Community. The exhibit, which is located in the display cases in front of Special Collections, can be viewed anytime that Shields Library is open.

2017 marks the centennial of the incorporation of Davis, California as a city. In this exhibition, 100 years of Davis history come to life through photographs, newspaper clippings and other archival materials from Special Collections.

You’ll learn about some of the people and stories that shaped the city of Davis, including:

Jerome C. Davis, a stock farm owner for whose family the city is named.

The disastrous fire that destroyed the downtown business district and brought attention to the need for city services.

The evolution of Davis real estate, from when you could buy a $9,250 home in Oeste Manor in 1950 to a community site map for the Cannery, which is still being built today.

The display draws from more than 15 separate collections, ranging from professional and personal photographs to the institutional archives of the Sacramento Union newspaper and UC Davis.

The collections include:

Alfred F. Smith Papers – Materials related to the 300-acre Stonegate development, designed and developed by Alfred Smith.

California Collection – Contains nearly 3,000 pamphlets, brochures, and flyers from various California cities and counties documenting events which played a role in the formation of the West.

City of Davis Collection – Records describing local politics, city administration, business activity, and more.

Davis Boy Scout Troop No. 1 Photographs – Featuring the troop during scout meetings, events, and construction of the Boy Scout cabin circa 1922-1927.

Davis Food Co-op Collection – This small collection includes brochures, fliers, and materials related to cooperatives and small farms.

Eastman’s Originals Collections – Photographs, negatives, and postcards of Northern California events such as dam construction, logging, mining, food processing, and community activities.

Harry Hazen Papers on the University Farm – Photographs and memorabilia collected by Harry Hazen, a student who studied at the University Farm (now UC Davis) from 1916-1918.

Institute of Government Affairs Collection – Clippings about Davis/Yolo County, Sacramento City/County, and the California State Government.

John Lofland Papers – Research materials on demonstrations in or near the California State Capitol building in 1977 for two of his books. Also included are materials relating to the formation of the sister city relationship between the City of Davis and the Ukrainian city of Uman.

Julie Partansky Papers – Reports, memos, clippings, and correspondence created during Partansky’s terms as Davis City Council member and Mayor.

Map Collection, Aerial photographs – Extensive collection of aerial photography for the Central Valley of California with special emphasis on the immediate area, i.e. Yolo, Solano, Sacramento, and San Joaquin Counties, California.

Norman Riley Photographs – Negatives and silver gelatin prints of scenes in the Davis and Sacramento areas.

Pierce Family Papers – George Pierce Jr. was the foremost advocate of Davis as the location for the University Farm (now UC Davis). Items include diaries, photographs, business records, travel guides, and more.

Robert Laben Papers – Materials related to the campus dairy herd and dairy operations as well as Laben’s personal photographs of the local area.

Sacramento Union Records – Archives of the Sacramento Union newspaper, which was the oldest daily newspaper west of the Mississippi until it closed its doors in 1994.

University Archives Photographs – A visual record of the history of UC Davis, including images of campus grounds, staff, annual events, classrooms, student clubs, and sporting events.

Every Tuesday through June, we will share another archival item about Davis history — using the hashtag #DavisCA100. Look for them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, or use the same hashtag to share your own memories.

If you have materials related to the history of Davis that you would like to donate to Special Collections, please send an email to SpecColl@ucdavis.edu.

Exhibit visitors are welcome to take home a free souvenir postcard that depicts what downtown Davis looked like in 1945.

Holiday hours

December 14th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara

Special Collections is on intersession hours of 10am-4pm Monday-Friday from December 12-22, 2016 and January 3-6, 2017. We are closed from December 23-January 2, 2017.

 

Happy holidays from all of us in Special Collections!

Workshops about Library Space Planning next week

October 21st, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara

Throughout 2016, the University Library is talking with students, faculty, and researchers about how the Library’s physical space, technology, and services can best meet their needs.

Next week, there are four workshops for you to share your ideas on the future of space in the Library buildings. If you are interested in attending, please register at the link for the specific workshop. The workshops are:

  1. The Library as a Place for Individual and Small-Group Study and Research,  October 24, 2016
  2. The Library as a Partner in Research and Scholarship, October 25, 2016
  3. The Library as a Place for Collaboration, October 25, 2016
  4. The Library as Academic Hub, October 26, 2016
  • Shields Library First-Floor Conference Room
  • Limited to 20 attendees
  • Refreshments served
  • Register at the link for the specific workshop

More information is available here.

Mark your calendar: Sacramento Archives Crawl on October 8

September 20th, 2016 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 8, 2016.

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 A Thirst for History.

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 2016 Archives Crawl will receive a set of beautiful limited-edition coasters. The coasters, which you can preview below, 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, California, 1953 from our Eastman Originals Collection.

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50 Features of Special Collections: Eastman’s Originals Collection

August 9th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara
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In celebration of the centennial of Lassen Volcanic National Park which occurs today, we are featuring our Eastman’s Originals Collection, which holds a number of historic images of the park. The Eastman Originals Collection contains photographs, negatives, and postcards for a wide variety of northern California locations and events, including dam construction, logging, mining, food processing, and community buildings and activities from circa 1890-1960.

Jervie Henry Eastman was born on July 20, 1880 in White Cloud, Michigan and moved with his family to northern California in 1886. In 1921, he moved to Susanville and established Eastman & Company as a commercial photography and post card studio. In 1936, Eastman hired Mirl Simmons, a young photographer from Hillsborough, West Virginia, to help with the postcard photography. Later, Eastman and Simmons became partners and the business expanded to provide photographic supplies to southeastern Oregon and studios in Westwood, Weed, and Susanville.

Eastman, who retired from photography in 1959 and sold his share of the business to Simmons, passed away in Susanville on February 11, 1969. Simmons ran the Eastman Studios until 1980, when he retired and sold the business to John and Shirley Castle. The Eastman’s Originals Collection (the historical postcards and negatives) was sold to Anne Fisher in 1982. She managed the collection until her retirement in 1994, when she donated it to UC Davis.

Special Collections has digitized 13,212 negatives in the collection. Those images can be viewed on Calisphere.

Several 16mm films from the collection have recently been digitized through our participation in the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP). The films, which are of scenes of Lassen, Modoc, Shasta, Tehama, and Trinity Counties, can be viewed here.

Cinder Cone and Butte Lake, Calif, 1938.

Cinder Cone and Butte Lake at Lassen Volcanic National Park (Calif.), 1938.

Happy 50th Birthday Special Collections!

July 1st, 2016 by Jenny Hodge

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We are excited to celebrate 50 years of Special Collections in the University Library!

“On July 1, 1966 the Department of Special Collections opened its door for service to the public at 201 Library. As announced in the January 21 issue of CUD, Donald Kunitz has been appointed Head of the Department.” From the July 8, 1966 issue of the Library newsletter titled, CUD.

As part of our celebration we will be highlighting 50 features of Special Collections. Each week we will present a unique feature adding up to 50. Stay tuned for our first post in this series!

 

 

Birthday celebration, undated.

Birthday celebration, undated. Image from the Eastman’s Originals Collection.

 

Event announcement: Doing Ethnic Studies Research with Special Collections

May 11th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara

Please join us for this program:

Professor Richard Kim from the UC Davis Asian American Studies Department will be speaking on his forthcoming book, Freedom without Justice, which draws on the papers of the influential investigative reporter Kyung Won Lee. The Kyung Won Lee Papers are in Special Collections and also online through the Online Archive of California.

Daryl Morrison, Head of Special Collections will introduce Professor Kim’s presentation, which underscores the importance of Special Collections and the work it does in facilitating contemporary research.

Event details:

Professor Richard Kim

Thursday May 19, 2016

3:00-4:30 PM

Library Instruction Room, Room 205

Peter J. Shields Library

UC Davis

This event, organized by LAUC-D, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Congratulations to Professor Dolan

May 11th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara

Congratulations to UC Davis English Professor Frances Dolan on receiving the 2016 Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement! Special Collection was pleased to support the research and instruction needs of Professor Dolan. We were also gratified to highlight 17-19th century books from Special Collections at the Teaching Award gala dinner and be featured in the video about her activities.

Here are examples of the books she has used in Special Collections:

Blith, Walter,active 1649.:  The English improver improved;or, The svrvey of hvsbandry svrveyed, discovering the improueableness of all lands .All clearly demonstrated from principles of reason, ingenuity, and late, but most real experiences; and held forth … under six peeces of improvement (London, Printed for J. Wright, 1652).  S509 .B6 1652.

Garrick, David,1717-1779.: Catherine and Petruchio :a comedy /altered from Shakespeare by David Garrick ….( London : Printed by R. Butters …, [ca. 1785]). PR2832.A2 G37 1800

Livingston  (Mrs.):    Love each other, or, Strive to be good :stories designed to advance the young in virtue and morality /by Mrs. Livingston.. (Lowell : S. Wilkins, 1854). PS3523.I96 L68 1854

Plat, Hugh,1552-1608.: The jewel house of art and nature: containing divers rare and profitable inventions, together with sundry new experiments in the art of husbandry. With divers chimical conclusions concerning the art of distillation, and the rare practises and uses thereof. By D.B. Gent. (London:  Printed by Bernard Alsop …, 1653). T44 .P7 1653

Shakespeare, William,1564-1616.: Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.Published according to the true Originall copies..The Second Impression. (London, Printed by Tho. Cotes, for Robert Allot, and are to be sold at the signe of the Blacke Beare in Pauls Church-yard. 1632). Oversize PR2751 .A2

Topsell, Edward,1572-1625?: The history of four-footed beasts and serpents…Collected out of the writings of Conradus Gesner and other authors, by Edward Topsel. by T. Muffet…. (London, Printed by E. Cotes, for G. Sawbridge [etc.] 1658) Oversize QL41 .T68

Woolley, Hannah, active 1670.: The queen-like closet, or, Rich cabinet :stored with all manner of rare receipts for preserving, candying & cookery : very pleasant and beneficial to all ingenious persons of the female sex /by Hannah Wolley. (London : Printed for R. Lowndes …, 1670). Noling TX705 .W6 1670

Worlidge, John, active 1669-1698.: Systema agriculturæ :the mystery of husbandry discovered : treating of the several new and most advantagious ways of tilling, planting, sowing … all sorts of gardens, orchards, meadows … & coppices : as also of fruits, corn, grain … cattle, fowl, beasts, bees, silk-worms, &c. : with an account of the several instruments and engines used in this profession : to which is added Kalendarum rusticum, or, The husbandmans monthly directions : also … Dictionarium rusticum, or, The interpretation of rustick terms … /published for the common good by J. W. gent..  (London : Printed by J. C. for Thomas Dring, 1675) S509 .W92 1675

Worlidge, John, active 1669-1698.: Vinetum britannicum, or, A treatise of cider, and other wines and drinks extracted from fruits growing in the kingdom :to which is added, a discourse teaching the best way of improving bees.. (London : T. Dring, 1691).  SF525 .W8