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Colby E. “Babe” Slater Student Internship

April 19th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

The Colby E. “Babe” Slater Student Internship in Special Collections is generously funded by Richard and Marilyn Slater McCapes. The internship is named in honor of Marilyn’s father, Colby E. Babe Slater. Slater, a 1917 graduate of the University Farm School (now the University of California, Davis), won Olympic gold medals for rugby in 1920 and 1924. Special Collections holds the Colby E. Babe Slater Collection.

This position provides a graduate student in library science or public history with experience working in a Special Collections Department. The student works with an archivist to arrange and describe collections and create finding aids.

Brittani Orona, a student in the Masters in Public History Program at California State University, Sacramento, is the first recipient of the named internship. Brittani began work in May 2012 and has processed the following collections to make them accessible for research:

David Brody Papers
Richard Clemmer Papers
Kenneth Knox Collection

Recently processed collections

March 4th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

Special Collections announces that the following collections have been processed during October 12, 2012-March 1, 2013 and now have finding aids on the Online Archive of California (OAC).

The collections that are marked with an asterisk were processed as part of our participation in the project, Uncovering California’s Environmental Collections: A Collaborative Approach. This project was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program.  The Nikola P. Prokopovich Papers were also processed as part of this project.

To view any of these finding aids, click on the collection name which will automatically take you to finding aid on the OAC site. To view the list of all UCD finding aids on OAC, click here.

Bradford, G. E. Papers

Brody, David. Papers

Burnett Family Papers

Dannreuther, Edward. Collection

Dunn, John S. Papers*

Gleason, Lydia Vineyard. Papers

Hagan, Robert Mower. Papers*

Hall, John S.  Papers

Hayden, Charles and Richard. Papers

Helwig, John H. Papers*

Institute of Governmental Affairs Collection (University Archives)

Lofland, John. Papers

Mining Collection*

Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection

Moores, Eldridge M. Papers*

North Bloomfield Gravel Mining Company Records*

Olmsted, John D. Papers

Pioneer Reduction Company Records*

Reed Quicksilver Mine Collection*

Ruth Pierce Mine Collection*

Searls Family Papers*

Schneeman, Barbara O. Papers

Shapiro, Daniel. Papers

Lights! Camera! Action!

January 25th, 2013 by Jenny Hodge

You may have noticed some new activity in the Special Collections Reading Room at UC Davis.  Brighter lights may be seen as patrons use digital cameras to take photographs. Special Collections has a pilot project to allow still cameras in the Reading Room.   Camera use reduces the need to handle materials when making photocopies and allows a more cost effective and accessible approach for our faculty, students, and traveling researchers.

Images for publication still need to be processed by staff in order to ensure high quality works. Patrons are required to sign off on handling rules and copyright regulations and to capture the information with each photograph taken that provides the UC Davis ownership and the item location for follow-up reference and retrieval, this is a continuation of current practice.

We have implemented a  daily fee of $10.00 for non-UC researchers and $8.00 for UC researchers when photographing manuscript collections.  This fee covers  the oversight of staff monitoring the handling of manuscript materials and provides the forms needed for our copying record keeping.  Books and serials may be photographed at no charge.  The department still maintains its regular photocopying and digital scanning services.

The new pilot service has already proved very popular with researchers.  In a single week in December, researchers from Great Britain, Finland, and Germany had their cameras in use.

New Service in Special Collections

January 25th, 2013 by Jenny Hodge

Digital cameras are now allowed in the Special Collections reading room! For a daily fee researchers can take photographs of manuscript collections.

photograph taken with patron's permission

Our first patron to use a camera was Dr. Jacqueline Bolton who was working with our theater collections. Dr. Bolton was here working on a project coordinated by the University of Reading and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. We are very pleased to offer this additional feature to our photocopy/reproduction service.

Recently Processed Collections

October 11th, 2012 by Sara Gunasekara

Special Collections announces that the following collections have been processed during January 9, 2012-October 11, 2012 and now have finding aids on the Online Archive of California (OAC). To view any of these finding aids, click on the collection name which will automatically take you to finding aid on the OAC site. To view the list of all UCD finding aids on OAC, click here.

Asmundson, Vigfus. Papers

Audiovisual Collection

Bay Area Playwrights Festival Collection

Beekeeping Supply Catalog Collection

Clemmer, Richard O. Papers

Committee for Arts and Lectures Records (University Archives)

College Park Association Collection

Davis Land Records

DePaoli, Geri. Papers

Fermentation Technology Collection

Harrison, George John. Papers

Kendrick, James B. Correspondence

Knox, Kenneth. Collection

McPherson, Sandra. Papers

Public Health History of California Collection

Torrence, Jackie. Collection

Raveling, Dennis G. Papers

Underground Comic Book Collection

Building the UC Davis Campus Web Archives

February 13th, 2012 by Sara Gunasekara

Special Collections holds the University Archives and it is our role to preserve the University of California, Davis’ history by maintaining a record of UC Davis publications. Traditionally this has meant print publications but the web has become the primary mode of communication and publication for campus events and issues.

Special Collections staff recently worked with the California Digital Library’s (CDL) Web Archiving Service (WAS) to capture the entire “ucdavis.edu” domain as part of the University Archives.

This entry on the CDL’s blog discusses the Davis project as well as a similar project done at UC Irvine. As the blog post mentions, these web archives are not yet available to the public. In accordance with the Section 108 Study Group recommendations concerning web archiving, an embargo period is observed before captures can be made publicly available. We anticipate going live with the UC Davis Web Archives in early Summer 2012.

Here at Davis we look forward to continuing to work with campus departments and groups to preserve the history of the University of California Davis. Please contact us at speccoll@ucdavis.edu with comments or questions.