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50 Features of Special Collections: Harry Hazen Papers on the University Farm

September 21st, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara

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As today marks the first day of instruction for the 2016 Fall Quarter, we’ve chosen to highlight the collection of Harry Hazen, a student who enrolled at the University Farm (now UC Davis) exactly one hundred years ago in the Fall of 1916.

The Harry Hazen Papers on the University Farm document student life during the earliest years of the Davis campus. The collection, which includes a scrapbook of photographs and memorabilia from 1916-1918, the booklet “Harry and I on the University Farm,” Hazen’s 1918 diploma, two family photographs, as well as booklets on apiculture, was donated in April 2016 by Hazen’s granddaughter.

Harry Edward Hazen was born in 1897 in Los Angeles, California to Reverend E.A. and Eleanor Hazen. He attended Los Angeles Polytechnic High School, graduated in 1915, and attended the University of California beginning in the fall of 1916. In 1918, Hazen was awarded his diploma from the University of California Farm, College of Agriculture. He then moved to Modesto, California, and became a commercial beekeeper. In 1920, Hazen married Ethel Thamer Blackburn; their daughter Lorraine was born in 1923. Later that year, the Hazen family returned to Los Angeles, where Harry founded the Hazen Hardwood Flooring Company in North Hollywood. Harry Hazen remained in Los Angeles until his death in 1953.

The photo shown below is found on one of the first pages of the scrapbook. Taken on September 19, 1916 it shows the student body in front of West Hall, a dormitory which was located where the Memorial Union now stands.

Stay tuned throughout the year as we’ll be posting other items from Harry’s scrapbook while we look back at campus one hundred years ago.

First Day of School, September 19, 1916.

First Day of School, September 19, 1916.

New online exhibit: Celebrating A Century of the Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department

March 10th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara

The Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department celebrated its centennial with a gala dinner held at Shields Library on October 3, 2015. As part of the celebration, Special Collections created an exhibit with highlights from the department’s first century. That exhibit is now presented online.

Agricultural Engineering class in Irrigation Machinery lab, undated.

Agricultural Engineering class in Irrigation Machinery lab, undated.

 

On This Day: From the March 8, 1916 Weekly Agricola

March 8th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara

Today’s On This Day post features an article from the March 8, 1916 Weekly Agricola newspaper which announced the formation of a Fire Department for the University Farm.

You can find more information about the history of the UC Davis Fire Department on their website.

 

March 8, 1916 Weekly Agricola

March 8, 1916 Weekly Agricola

Happy 100th Birthday to the California Aggie newspaper!

September 29th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

On this day in 1915, publication of the Weekly Agricola, a four page student newspaper, began. Renamed the University Farm Agricola in 1916, the paper became the California Aggie in November 1922.

Happy 100th Birthday, California Aggie!

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Gerome says “Welcome Aggies!”

September 24th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

On this, the first day of instruction of the fall quarter, Gerome says Welcome Aggies! This week he presents the publication titled, Welcome Aggies which served as an orientation handbook for new students. Published during the 1950s-1960s, it contained information about orientation week, housing, traditional activities, ASUCD, campus publications, musical organizations, sports, songs and yells, the Library, as well as traffic rules.

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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 says “Happy Thank Goodness for Staff Day!”

May 7th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Gerome the gnome hopes that UC Davis staff members enjoy the 35th Thank Goodness for Staff (TGFS) Celebration today. In celebration of TGFS, Gerome has brought out our collection of TGFS buttons from the University Archives. You’ll notice that we don’t have a button from each year’s celebration. If you have buttons for those years that we don’t hold and you’d be willing to donate them to the University Archives, please email us at speccoll@ucdavis.edu

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Gerome with TGFS buttons

 

On This Day: May 4, 1965

May 4th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Today’s On This Day post takes us to the May 4, 1965 dedication of the Carolee Shields Garden in the UC Davis Arboretum. Carolee Shields (1876-1971), was an avid gardener and wife of Peter J. Shields, a Sacramento Superior Court judge who wrote the legislation that led to the establishment of the University Farm (now UC Davis). The dedication program included remarks by Chancellor Emil Mrak, Judge MacBride, and Knowles Ryerson. The nearby Peter J. Shields Oak Grove was dedicated three years earlier at the 1962 Charter Day ceremonies.

The Shields Garden features a collection of all white flowering plants and shrubs. A large gazebo, added in 1966, has become a popular spot for gatherings and weddings.

 Dedication of the Carolee Shields Garden in the Arboretum, Knowles Ryerson at podium, Chancellor Emil Mrak, right, 1965 May 4.

Dedication of the Carolee Shields Garden in the Arboretum, Knowles Ryerson at podium, Chancellor Emil Mrak, right, 1965 May 4.

Dedication of the Carolee Shields Garden in the Arboretum, in the foreground is the the rock which holds the plaque marking the site of Shields Grove., 1965 May 4.

Dedication of the Carolee Shields Garden in the Arboretum, in the foreground is the the rock which holds the plaque marking the site of Shields Grove., 1965 May 4.

On This Day: April 20, 1990

April 20th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Today’s On This Day post celebrates the twenty-fifth anniversary of the signing of the UC Davis Principles of Community. More information about the history of the Principles of Community can be found on the Office of Campus Community Relations website here.

The photo below, from the Strategic Communication Records, ran in the April 27, 1990 issue of Dateline. The caption reads: “The Principles of Community” document was ceremoniously signed last week by Chancellor Theodore L. Hullar and representatives from five of the six constituent organizations that govern UC Davis. Noting that the document was a group product, Hullar said “We did this together – that’s what community is. Everything we believe about our campus can fit within these principles.” Signers in this photo included clockwise from left seated: Jane Kimball, chair of the Academic Staff Organization; Charles Nash, chair of the Academic Senate; Hullar; Steven Johns, president of the Associated Students of UC Davis; Pierre duVair, chair of the Graduate Student Association; and Davis Heller, chair of the UC Davis Staff Assembly. Margaret Hayes, who represented the sixth constituency as chair of the UC Davis Medical Center Staff Assembly, was on vacation Friday but signed the document this week to complete the signatures.

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Gerome highlights the Picnic Day Collection during Picnic Day Pre-Week

April 15th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

It is Picnic Day Pre-Week here on campus so what better collection for Gerome to highlight than the Picnic Day Collection!  The collection contains programs, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia from Picnic Day celebrations from 1909 to the present. We also hold the Picnic Day Board of Directors Records which include reports, financial records, meeting minutes, and publicity materials that document the Board’s work in organizing UC Davis’ annual open house.

Special Collections will be participating in Picnic Day on Saturday, April 18 as part of the Shields Library Open House. Special Collections will be open from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Stop by and say hello!

Gerome with items from the Picnic Day Collection

Gerome with items from the Picnic Day Collection