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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.

Sacramento aerial view from sixty years ago

January 14th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

Below is an aerial view of Sacramento taken sixty years ago in 1953. The image is from our Eastman’s Originals Collection. Jervie Eastman (1880-1969) owned a commercial photography studio in Susanville, California and shot photographs across Northern California, primarily in the area north of I-80 and east of I-5.

Can you find the following landmarks in the image: Tower Bridge, State Capitol, Old Sacramento, and the Union Pacific Railyard? Much has changed in this view in the past sixty years!

Sacramento, 1953

Chronicles of Mr. Spud

October 31st, 2012 by Jenny Hodge

This Steamed Potato wants to wish you all a Happy Halloween and be sure to check out the Steampunk exhibit in the lobby of Shields Library!

Chronicles of Mr. Spud

September 27th, 2012 by Jenny Hodge

Ready for the start of a new school year!