March 28th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara
The year 2015 marked 75 years since the building, now known as the Peter J. Shields Library, opened.
Now through April 2016, Special Collections presents an expanded version of our previous exhibit, Diamond Jubilee of the Shields Library Building: 1940-2015. The exhibit, located in the cases in front of Special Collections, features highlights of the main library building drawing on materials from several University Archives collections including the University Archives Photographs.
Do you know which Sacramento buildings were designed by the same architects as the north wing of the Library? What happened to the Library during World War II? How long was the construction of the west wing? Stop by the exhibit to find out the answers to these questions and more!
North wing of the Library, circa 1940
March 28th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara
Today’s On This Day post take us to March 28, 1968 and the dedication of the centennial tree. In the image below from the University Archives Photographs, Chancellor Emil Mrak and Vera Mrak planted a magnolia tree at Howard Way and Russell Boulevard to commemorate the centennial of the founding of the University of California and the 63rd anniversary of the act of the Legislature establishing the University Farm.
Planting the centennial tree, March 28, 1968
March 10th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara
The Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department celebrated its centennial with a gala dinner held at Shields Library on October 3, 2015. As part of the celebration, Special Collections created an exhibit with highlights from the department’s first century. That exhibit is now presented online.
Agricultural Engineering class in Irrigation Machinery lab, undated.
March 8th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara
Today’s On This Day post features an article from the March 8, 1916 Weekly Agricola newspaper which announced the formation of a Fire Department for the University Farm.
You can find more information about the history of the UC Davis Fire Department on their website.
March 8, 1916 Weekly Agricola
February 2nd, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara
Today’s On This Day post takes us back one hundred years to February 2, 1916 when the article, “Beautiful Snow Again In Davis,” ran in the Weekly Agricola.
The snow, which fell off and on during Thursday, January 27, 1916, remained on the ground until late the next day. As the article notes, the weather provided the students with the ammunition necessary for a snowball fight to take place between the residents of the North, South, and West Hall dormitories.
1916 wasn’t the only time that Davis has seen snow. Another storm in 1973 was captured in this image from our University Archives Photograph Collection.
Here’s hoping we see snow in Davis again!
From the February 2, 1916 Weekly Agricola
October 8th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara
September 29th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara
On this day in 1915, publication of the Weekly Agricola, a four page student newspaper, began. Renamed the University Farm Agricola in 1916, the paper became the California Aggie in November 1922.
Happy 100th Birthday, California Aggie!
September 24th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara
On this, the first day of instruction of the fall quarter, Gerome says Welcome Aggies! This week he presents the publication titled, Welcome Aggies which served as an orientation handbook for new students. Published during the 1950s-1960s, it contained information about orientation week, housing, traditional activities, ASUCD, campus publications, musical organizations, sports, songs and yells, the Library, as well as traffic rules.
September 2nd, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara
We’re pleased to announce that the Paul K. Stumpf Slides of the University of California, Davis and the City of Davis are now online. Paul K. Stumpf (1919-2007) served as Professor of Biochemistry at the University of California, Davis from 1959-1984. While serving as a member of the Campus Building Committee during the 1960s, he photographed construction of various buildings on campus. These slides are part of a slide show that Stumpf assembled in 1990 to illustrate the “then and now” images of the University of California, Davis campus. Several images of the city of Davis are also found in the collection.
You can view the images via the finding aid on the Online Archive of California and via Calisphere.
Here is one of the images from the collection. Can you identify the location? We’ll give you a hint: this building is currently in a similar state today.
May 22nd, 2015 by Jenny Hodge
While many college campuses have a Student Union, here at UCDavis we have a Memorial Union which stands as a memorial to Aggies who lost their lives in the service of their country. With Memorial Day coming up Gerome decided to explore the UC Davis publications, which are part of the University Archives. He discovered a pamphlet from the dedication ceremony for the Memorial Union in October of 1955. The original building served many purposes but the focal point was in the student lounge area where the mosaic fireplace held the memorial plaque listing 112 Gold Star Aggies. The Memorial Union continues to grow, providing many services to the students, faculty, staff and alumni. However, throughout the renovations and changes the Memorial Union remains a tribute to our fallen Aggies, which now number 135.