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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

Travel Tuesday: Alturas

May 27th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

Welcome to the latest series on our blog: Travel Tuesday. Each Tuesday we’ll post images featuring Northern California hotels, motels, inns, and lodges from our Eastman Originals Collection. Today’s post highlights hotels in Alturas, California.

"Big Tree Hotel" Alturas, Calif., 1945.

“Big Tree Hotel” Alturas, Calif., 1945.

Niles Hotel – Alturas, undated.

Niles Hotel – Alturas, undated.

Hotel Modoc, Alturas, Calif., 1936.

Hotel Modoc, Alturas, Calif., 1936.

National Arbor Day

April 25th, 2014 by Jenny Hodge

In celebration of National Arbor Day here is an image from our Eastman Originals Collection.

"One of our Pine Trees" 1944

“One of our Pine Trees” 1944

Main Street Monday: Cedarville

September 30th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s installment of Main Street Monday takes us to Cedarville, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1946.

We welcome comments about the image including observations on the changes to the Main Street from this image to the present.

Main Street, Cedarville, Calif., 1946

Main Street, Cedarville, Calif., 1946

Happy ITLAP Day!

September 19th, 2013 by Jenny Hodge

Ahoy landlubbers, today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Now is the time to throw some pirate talk into yer everyday conversations.  It can be as simple as “Arrrr ye serious” or rather complex such as the language used in the below passage from Charles Selby’s The Pirates of Putney: A Nautical Extravaganza, in one act

TOM. (without, c.) Back your taupsel, you Parfleet porpoise,
and bring up short, or I’ll run aboard of you.
Enter TOM TITTLEBAT up stairs into balcony, c.
Hollo ! old spigot and faucet, how are you my buck o’

If interested in learning about the actual lives of pirates be sure to check out this pirate bibliography held in Special Collections.  Phillip Gosse, My pirate library…With an introductory note by Sir Edmund Gosse, 1926. If ye be interested in learnin’ more about International Talk Like a Pirate day check out the official website. So brush up on yer pirate talk and me hearty, a fine gentleman of fortune ye shall be.

Cap'n Spud

Cap’n Spud

Look Familiar???

March 15th, 2013 by Jenny Hodge

The photograph below is from the University Archives Photographs Collection, AR-013. It features student working in the Sculpture Lab sometime in the 1960’s. Do any of these students look familiar to you? How about the projects they are working on? Do you have any of your own memories/experiences to share of working in this lab? Can anyone provide a more exact date or even identify the class? Any information regarding this photograph or your experiences in the Art Department in the 1960’s is welcome.

Sculpture Lab

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.