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Finding Aid Friday: Anderson Valley Advertiser Records

February 14th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

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.

 

Finding Aid Friday: Louis Grivetti Papers

February 7th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s installment of the Finding Aid Friday series features the Louis Grivetti Papers. Louis Grivetti served as Professor of Geography and Nutrition at the University of California, Davis from 1976-2007. The collection contains his correspondence, teaching, service, and advising materials, as well as research materials. Also included are materials related to Grivetti’s research on the history of chocolate and the book, Chocolate: History, Culture, and Heritage (2009) that he edited with Howard Shapiro.

 

Finding Aid Friday: University Archives Photographs

January 31st, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

Are you interested in historic images of the UC Davis campus? If so, you’ll want to know about this week’s Finding Aid Friday feature, the University Archives Photographs Collection. This collection offers a visual record of the history of UC Davis. The collection, which spans the years 1907-1987, contains photographic prints and negatives, and depicts buildings and grounds, faculty and staff, annual events such as Picnic Day, campus events, classes and classrooms, student clubs and activities, departments, and sporting events.

We’ve been working on a project to provide these photographs online. We’re excited to announce that this week we completed the last stage of the project. Now 3377 images in all eleven series in the collection are available online. You can view the online images via the finding aid which is available here.

We’d be interested to hear if the images bring back any campus memories for you. Also, we’d appreciate knowing if you can provide further identification for any of these images.

Aerial view of campus, circa 1941

Aerial view of campus, circa 1941

Finding Aid Friday: Student Development Office Records

January 24th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Finding Aid Friday series is the collection of Student Development Office Records. The Student Development Office provided centralized coordination among related student service programs including the following units: Advising Services, Counseling Center, Housing Office, Learning Assistance Center, Student Special Services and Women’s Resources and Research Center. The collection, which spans the years 1971-1981, contains annual reports, meeting minutes, and a department training manual.

 

Finding Aid Friday: Memorial Union Art Gallery Records

January 17th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Finding Aid Friday series is the collection of Memorial Union Art Gallery Records.

The Memorial Union Art Gallery began as “The Painting of the Month” in the 1950s featuring the work of the Art Department faculty and students. An enclosed gallery was established on the fourth floor of the expanded Memorial Union Tower in 1966. In 2008, the Art Gallery was transformed into the Art Lounge.

The collection contains exhibit files which include artist information, press releases, correspondence between artists and the Gallery Manager, installation notes, publicity materials, exhibit catalogs, and slides.

Finding Aid Friday: Records of the Davis Chapter of the California Club

January 3rd, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

The Records of the Davis Chapter of the California Club of the University of California are this week’s feature in our Finding Aid Friday series. The California Club of the University of California was founded in 1934 by Robert Gordon Sproul, President of the University. According to its constitution, the purpose of the California Club: “shall be to maintain harmonious relations and unity among the student groups of the several campuses of the University of California through the development and maintenance of the highest possible standards of sportsmanship, friendship, and cooperation.”

This small collection, which spans the years 1950-1969, contains materials from the Davis chapter of the club including the club’s constitution, correspondence, conference materials, and song books.

Finding Aid Friday: Women’s Athletic Association Records

December 27th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Finding Aid Friday series is the collection of Women’s Athletic Association Records. The Women’s Athletic Association, which sponsored intramural and extramural activities, served to “promote interest in athletics, to create a spirit of good sportsmanship and fellowship, and to cooperate in promoting and maintaining the highest standards of University life.” This small collection, which spans the years 1948-1960, contains the Sports Manager’s record book and the Treasurer’s account book.

 

Finding Aid Friday: Golden Hoof Records

December 13th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Finding Aid Friday series is the collection of Golden Hoof Records. This small collection contains the club’s by-laws, correspondence, transcripts of two speeches, and newspaper clippings.

The Golden Hoof Club was organized in April 1920 by students who were interested in livestock industries. According to the 1921 El Rodeo Yearbook, the club’s purpose was to “awaken a more general interest among the students of livestock and stockmen for the promotion and development of the animal industries; to cooperate with all agencies that tend to encourage the raising of more and better livestock to do its best to elevate the standards of American agriculture through better farming, breeding, and livestock management; to help bring about a student’s annual livestock judging contest; the purpose of the contest being to encourage the students of the College of Agriculture and the University Farm to learn how to judge livestock, with a direct aim towards the formation of a judging team to meet other universities.”

Finding Aid Friday: Quarter Century Club Minutes

December 6th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s installment in our Finding Aid Friday series is the collection of Quarter Century Club Minutes.  This small collection contains the club’s meeting minutes from 1939-1989 as well as several clippings that feature the club.

The Quarter Century Club, whose members had been affiliated with the Davis campus for twenty five years or more, was organized in 1939. According to the minutes of the club’s first meeting in September 1939, the idea for the group was formed at a reunion of men who had been affiliated with the University Farm (now UC Davis). The minutes state: “To commemorate the olden days and to stage a sort of old timer’s reunion, it was suggested that we call the “actives” together during the sheep show at the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island.” The Quarter Century Club, still in existence today, now includes all UC Davis employees who have dedicated twenty five years or more to the university.

Finding Aid Friday: UC Davis Web Archives

November 22nd, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s installment in our Finding Aid Friday series is a bit different from the collections that we’ve featured previously. This finding aid isn’t for a physical collection but rather for an entirely digital web archive.

The UC Davis Web Archives, created using the California Digital Library’s Web Archiving Service (WAS), preserves websites in the entire “ucdavis.edu” domain to document the history of the University’s activities and accomplishments. Special Collections, as the repository for the University Archives, collects records of historical value for the University. Previously, many of these records have been in print form, now much of that information can be found on campus websites. This ongoing project, started in 2011, captures the websites of the University’s administration, schools and colleges, academic departments, administrative units, organized research units, intercollegiate athletics, and student organizations. The finding aid for the UC Davis Web Archives is available here.

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