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Gerome Celebrates California Admissions Day, 165th Anniversary

September 9th, 2015 by Dawn Collings

California was admitted as the 31st state on Sept 9, 1850, and it was the first territory to become a state from land acquired from Mexico under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildalgo which ended the Mexican-American War.

Gerome found the oldest original map of the State of California in the Map Collection room: A new map of the Gold Region in California by Charles Drayton Gibbes, 1851. (Call Number: MAP G4360 1851 .G4 Old Maps)

Of particular interest, this map focuses on Northern California and shows Lake Tahoe–named “Mountain Lake”–located entirely in Nevada. County lines are very different than current counties. “Lake D. L. Tulares”–a large lake in southern Central Valley –no longer exists.

The Map Collection holds other original California maps in the Old Maps cabinet (1920 and older) along with newer maps in the rest of the collection showing progression of change in California over the past 165 years. The Map Collection room is located on the lower level of Shields Library and is open Monday-Friday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

PPIE Centennial: Quaker Oats Company’s exhibit

July 31st, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Here is this week’s post in our Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) centennial series. This image is from our Panama Pacific International Exposition Collection.

Quaker Oats Company’s exhibit at the PPIE, 1915.

Quaker Oats Company’s exhibit at the PPIE, 1915.

Gerome sends greetings from Denver

May 29th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week Gerome traveled to Denver, Colorado with several of our staff who are attending the Western Roundup, a joint conference of the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists, Northwest Archivists, Society of California Archivists, and Conference of Intermountain Archivists. Gerome reports that he is having a great time on his first trip out of Davis!


Gerome learns about the Memorial Union

May 22nd, 2015 by Jenny Hodge

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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.


Gerome the Gnome on the Roam to Celebrate Earth Day

April 22nd, 2015 by Dawn Collings

Gerome travels to the Map Collection room to take a look at the climate globe of Earth.

The globe, Klima-Globus by von Georg Jench in 1970 (Shields Library, Map Collection, Call Number: MAP G3171.C81 1970 .J4), has an accompanying booklet to explain the symbols and markings.  English translation included. The globe shows different climate zones of the world and the intertropical convergence (ITC) lines which circle the globe.  It also includes low-pressure areas, high-pressure areas, and winds for January and July.

For more information about Earth Day 2015, visit the official website.


Travel Tuesday: Paradise

March 31st, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Paradise, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1958.

Palos Verdes Motel, Paradise, Calif., 1958.

Palos Verdes Motel, Paradise, Calif., 1958.


February 20th, 2015 by Jenny Hodge


If you mustache, YES we have Aggie Pride and the University Archives! Gunrock the original school mascot has also joined in on showing his #GoAgs spirit. Today the familiar blue Aggie mascot is of Gunrock the mustang, however, the original campus mascot was a Thoroughbred named Gunrock. In the 1920’s the student body voted to make him the official mascot for the campus.  Special Collections houses the Library’s rare books, manuscript collections, University Archives, and other noncirculating research materials.


Gerome the gnome says “Happy Valentine’s Day”

February 13th, 2015 by Jenny Hodge

As Valentine’s Day approaches many people will be celebrating by shopping for sweets for their loved ones. In honor of the holiday Gerome has decided to highlight Macarons : The Recipes by Ladurée, Vincent Lemains (Author), and Antonin Bonnet (Photographer) The page below is from the “Sweet Love” section and highlights the heart-shaped Coeur Rose-Framboise macaron, one of many delicious looking macarons found in this beautifully published book.

Each season Ladurée celebrates this little round cake that’s crispy outside and soft inside, a perfect balance of aromas and textures, by creating new flavors. Each year the palette of flavors and colors grows, from the classic chocolate or raspberry to festive macarons, exotic flavours for certain destinations, fashion designers, perfumes etc. This book presents, for the first time, each of the eighty Ladurée macarons, their aromas, inspirations, trend books and of course recipes to make them at home.


Sweet Love Macarons

Sweet Love Macarons


Special Collections Wears Red!

February 6th, 2015 by Jenny Hodge

Today is the second annual UC Davis Wears Red Day to raise awareness of heart health and support the UC Davis Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program. While the rain may have dampened out enthusiasm to form a heart on Hutchison we were happy to make our own hearts in the Special Collections Reading Room. Happy National Heart Month!

Staff and Students in Special Collections

Staff and Students in Special Collections

Happy Halloween from Special Collections!

October 31st, 2014 by Jenny Hodge
Steampunk Adventurist, Belle and Book Fairy

Steampunk Adventurist, Belle and Book Fairy