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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

 

50 Features of Special Collections: Henry Dart Greene Papers

October 13th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara
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This week we are highlighting the Henry Dart Greene Papers as part of our 50 Features of Special Collections series.  Henry Dart Greene (1900-1978) was the son of noted architect Henry Mather Greene and his wife Emeline Dart Greene. His professional life spanned several careers: he served as the Executive Manager of the Feather River Project Association; conducted public relations campaigns for the American Fruit and Produce Auction Association; and ran his own film production company.

The Henry Dart Greene Papers contains photographs, motion picture films and a small amount of personal and business papers. The photographs date from 1914 to the late 1960s, and are a mix of personal and professional subjects. Images from Greene’s years at UC Berkeley and of his wife Ruth Haight Greene’s childhood in Sacramento are the earliest ones in the collection. The collection includes photographs from Argentina, where Greene worked with the Argentine Fruit Distributors from 1928 to 1931 and from his public relations work with the American Fruit and Produce Auction Association (AFPAA) from 1933 to 1941.

The collection also contains films made by Greene between 1933 and 1970. The films include footage of Eastern fruit auctions, including New York City and Chicago during the 1930’s; the California State Fair; and films made for the Feather River Project Association. As part of the California Audiovisual Preservation Project, we digitized five of Greene’s films. The films, listed below, can be viewed on the Internet Archive.

 

California Scenes and Other Sites, circa 1933-1934.

Packing fruit in California and Other Scenes, circa 1934-1935.

Sacramento River Association and Nevada County, Calif., 1936.

California Waterama: The Story of the Feather River Project, 1957.

Oroville Dam Site, 1961.

 

You can find out more information about Henry Dart Greene and the collection via the finding aid here.

 Henry D. Greene outside California State Capitol, circa 1925-1928.

Henry D. Greene outside California State Capitol, circa 1925-1928.

50 Features of Special Collections: Ellen Schutt Pomological Watercolors

September 16th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara
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With apple season now in full swing, it is only fitting that we feature the Ellen Schutt Pomological Watercolors this week.

Ellen Isham Schutt (1873-1955) was an illustrator with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) from 1904-1914. From 1914-1915, she worked with the Department of Pomology at the University of California where she created this collection of 286 watercolors of fruits, most of which are apples. These watercolors, which were created as part of the department’s work to systematically identify apple varieties, were created for classroom use and for demonstration purposes. They illustrate examples of a variety of conditions including cold storage, core rot, injury damage, and moth damage, among others. The apples are usually shown in two views: a full view and a half section. The watercolors are available online here.

Some examples from Schutt’s work with the USDA are available on their website.

Jonathan, Mendocino Co., California, 1915.

Jonathan, Mendocino Co., California, 1915.

50 Features of Special Collections: Blackwelder Manufacturing Company Records

August 16th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara
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Since we’ve started to see trucks of recently harvested tomatoes on the local highways, we thought that it would be appropriate to feature the Blackwelder Manufacturing Company Records this week.

Blackwelder Manufacturing Co., located in Rio Vista, California, focused on the development of tomato harvesters and other agricultural equipment. In 1949, UC Davis agricultural engineer Coby Lorenzen and UC Davis vegetable crops researcher Jack Hanna developed a harvester and a tomato variety that could withstand the rigors of mechanical picking. During the 1950s, they refined the experimental harvester and in 1959 convinced Blackwelder Manufacturing to commercialize the design. The tomato harvester is said to have saved California’s processed tomato industry in the 1960s.

The collection contains business records, correspondence, photographs, films, patent information, manuals, bills of material, drawings, blueprints, and specifications. As part of the California Audiovisual Preservation Project, we’ve recently digitized a number of films from the collection. You can view the films on the Internet Archive here.

In addition, an oral history interview of Ernest Blackwelder is available here.

Blackwelder tomato harvester, undated.

Blackwelder tomato harvester, undated.

50 Features of Special Collections: Colby E. “Babe” Slater Collection

July 15th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara
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Since this is our 50th golden anniversary, it is only fitting that our next feature is the collection of UC Davis’ first Olympic gold medalist, Colby E. “Babe” Slater.

 

Colby E. “Babe” Slater (1896-1965) graduated from the University Farm School (now UC Davis) in 1917. An outstanding athlete, Slater played on the U.S. Olympic rugby team and won gold medals for rugby in 1920 and 1924, when he served as captain of the team. The 1924 Olympic Games were the last to feature rugby – until now. Rugby returns to the Olympics this summer in Rio de Janeiro.

 

In celebration of rugby’s return to the Olympic Games after a 92 year hiatus, we’ve created an exhibit and a website highlighting the Slater Collection, which includes correspondence, publications, ephemera, and photographs from his participation in the Olympics Games. You can view the exhibit on display in Shields Library and the website at slater.lib.ucdavis.edu

 

Additionally, the Library will host a special celebration of the legacy of Babe Slater on July 30. Event and rsvp details are available here.

 

Colby E. “Babe” Slater, third from left, plays in the gold medal rugby match at the 1924 Olympics.

Colby E. “Babe” Slater, third from left, plays in the gold medal rugby match at the 1924 Olympics.

Apples for Johnny Appleseed Day

March 11th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of Johnny Appleseed Day today, here is an image from the Ellen Schutt Pomological Watercolors. Ellen Isham Schutt (1873-1955) was an illustrator with the United States Department of Agriculture who was active from 1904-1914. This collection contains 286 original watercolors of fruits, mostly apples, rendered by Schutt for the University of California. The watercolors illustrate examples of a variety of conditions including cold storage, core rot, injury damage, and moth damage, among others. The apples are usually shown in two views: a full view and a half section. The watercolors are available online here.

Ben Davis, Mendocino Co., California, 1915 July.

Ben Davis, Mendocino Co., California, 1915 July.

 

 

Fourth group of materials digitized by CAVPP now online

November 12th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

We are excited to announce that the next group of audiovisual materials digitized through our participation in the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) are now online at the Internet Archive. The recordings contain footage from several 1970s Whole Earth Festivals which include speeches by Buckminster Fuller and Russell Schweickart, various agricultural technology equipment in action, as well as the narration of a slide show about UC Davis campus development.

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

 

Blackwelder Manufacturing Company Records, D-326

Blackwelder’s Tow Type Tomato Harvester, Hastings Island (Rio Vista), California

Case Model G

Electronic sorting and fresh market harvester

Experimental two row harvester

Ford Loader at Brentwood, California

Ford Loader, bucket loading

Ford Loader in citrus

Ford Loader in Hollister, California

Green Tom pick and pack

Green Tomato harvest

Harvesting prunes

Harvesting single row

Original thinner, Ryer Island

Original weeder, Ryer Island

Pickle harvest, exp. ideas

Prunings sweeper

Sugar Beet Harvester, Imperial Valley

Sugar beet harvesting

Thinner (beets)

Tomato Harvester with Auto Header Height Control near Winters, California

Truck loading

UC Blackwelder tomato harvester

UC First Machine, BMC #1, Field Day and close-ups

 

Whole Earth Festival Records, AR-118

Buckminster Fuller Speech at the Whole Earth Festival, UC Davis

Future Fair, Whole Earth Festival, UC Davis

Ram Dass at the Whole Earth Festival, UC Davis

Russell Schweickart and Buckminster Fuller at the Whole Earth Festival, UC Davis

Scenes of the UC Davis campus and Whole Earth Festival

Whole Earth Festival, UC Davis

 

Paul Stumpf Slides of UC Davis and the City of Davis, MC107

UC Davis Campus Development

 

Third group of materials digitized by CAVPP now online

October 8th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

We are excited to announce that the next group of audiovisual materials digitized through our participation in the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) are now online at the Internet Archive. The recordings include a panoramic view of the UC Davis campus from nearly sixty years ago, early footage of the UC Blackwelder tomato harvester, and audio recordings from a number of the UC Davis oral history interviews that were conducted with faculty and community members in the 1970s.

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

 

Audiovisual Collection

Panoramic View of the UC Davis Campus

 

Roy Bainer Papers

Windrow Loader at George Wilson’s Place, Clarksburg, Calif.

 

Blackwelder Manufacturing Company Records

Almond Harvest

Fordson Cultivator

Harvesting Operation with the University of California; Johnson, Hume, FMC

UC Blackwelder Tomato Harvester

 

UC Davis Oral History Office Records

The College Cowboy–Reuben Albaugh: Interviews

The Engineering of Abundance: An Oral History Memoir of Roy Bainer

Adventurer in Animal Science–Harold H. Cole: Interviews

Earl Coke Oral History: Reminiscences on people and change in California Agriculture

Chemical Weed Control Researcher, Alden S. Crafts

James P. Fairbank: Engineer on the Land

An Old Professor Ruminates: Interviews With Max Kleiber

William J. “Bill” Kuhrt, Dean of California Marketing Programs

Ben A. Madson, Pioneer in Agricultural Education

John O. Rowe:  Johnnie Shorthorn: Interviews

The World is My Campus: Interviews with Knowles A. Ryerson

Henry Schacht and the Art of Agricultural Communication: Interviews

Bernie Sisk in the House: An Oral History

An Heir To a Land Grant: Julius Trescony

C. John Tupper

Henry A. Weinland:  Recollections of Forty Years Work with California Farmers as County Farm Advisor

 

From Interviews With Persons Involved in the Development of the Mechanical Tomato Harvester:

Gordie C. Hanna

Coby Lorenzen

Eugene Winters

Mel Zoble

From Selected Recollections of the Founding & Early Years of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine:

Ronald Bolstad

Donald R. Cordy

Donald E. Jasper

Logan M. Julian

Stewart H. Madin

Margaret Meyer & Paul D. DeLay

New Calisphere site release

September 15th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

The California Digital Library (CDL) is pleased to announce the official, public release of the new Calisphere website, currently in beta mode. Calisphere provides free access to unique and historically important artifacts for research, teaching, and curious exploration. The collections on Calisphere have been digitized and contributed by all ten campuses of the University of California and other libraries, archives, and museums throughout the state. You’ll find digital images from UC Davis Special Collections here.

The new Calisphere boasts a clean modern look, user-centered design, and new features, including:

-Collection and institution browse and landing pages, for more context

-Filters for type, decade, collection, and institution to help users drill down into search results

-View and sort options for further customizing and making sense of search result sets

-Intuitive item-level controls like “get citation” and “contact owner” buttons

-A “sticky” search results carousel that keeps track of a user’s search while on a selected item

-Fully responsive design, meaning users can access the site on tablets and mobile devices

CDL will be adding more collections and functionality over the coming months (including migrating the Themed Collections, California Cultures, and the Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive to the new site), with the goal of replacing the old site in late 2016.

 


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Paul Stumpf Slides of UC Davis now online

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.

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