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Gerome highlights the book, Around the World on a Bicycle

July 17th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

With the Tour de France in full swing, Gerome has cycling on his mind. So, this week’s highlight is Around the World on a Bicycle (1889) by Thomas Stevens. This two volume work details Stevens  journey as the first person to ride around the world on a bicycle.

His trip, which began in San Francisco on April 22, 1884, included a stop in Davisville (now Davis). Here’s what he said: “Already I realize that there is going to be as much “foot-riding” as anything for the first part of my journey; so while halting for dinner at the village of Davisville, I deliver my rather slight shoes over to the tender mercies of an Irish cobbler of the old school with carte blanche instructions to fit them out for hard service.”

Nearly four months later, Stevens arrived in Boston on August 4, 1884. After spending the winter of 1884-1885 in New York, he embarked to Liverpool on April 9, 1885 to continue his trip.

If you are interested to know more about Stevens journey, including what happened during his travels through Europe and Asia, you can read Volume 1 and Volume 2 at the HathiTrust Digital Library.

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May is Bike Month

May 5th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of May is Bike Month, here is an  image from the University Archives Photograph Collection.
Here is a recap of previous posts that we have done on some of our collections that focus on bicycles and bicycling.

The William Clauson Cycling Collection contains bicycling books, journals, trade publications and directories, racing programs, rule books, posters, comics and other materials relating to bicycling.

The Matthew Sarna-Wojcicki Collection contains periodicals that focus on bicycles and cycling. Titles include: Velo-News, Winning, Berkeley Bike Club Newsletter/Pneusletter, Cycle, Cycling USA, NCNCA (Northern California/Nevada Cycling Association) Newsletter, and NORBA News: official publication of the National Off-Road Bicycle Association.

Dale Lott (1933-2004), Professor of Psychology and Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, worked on the design of bicycle paths in Davis. His Papers contain some materials related to the usage, design, and evaluation of bicycle lanes, as well as 35mm slides of bicycle lanes.

Our University Archives Photographs contain images of bicycles and bicyclists on campus.

Print  Image caption: Bicycles outside of Roessler Hall, undated.

May is Bike Month

May 2nd, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of May is Bike Month, here is an image from the University Archives Photograph Collection.
Here is a recap of previous posts that we have done on some of our collections that focus on bicycles and bicycling.

The William Clauson Cycling Collection contains bicycling books, journals, trade publications and directories, racing programs, rule books, posters, comics and other materials relating to bicycling.

The Matthew Sarna-Wojcicki Collection contains periodicals that focus on bicycles and cycling. Titles include: Velo-News, Winning, Berkeley Bike Club Newsletter/Pneusletter, Cycle, Cycling USA, NCNCA (Northern California/Nevada Cycling Association) Newsletter, and NORBA News: official publication of the National Off-Road Bicycle Association.

Dale Lott (1933-2004), Professor of Psychology and Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, worked on the design of bicycle paths in Davis. His Papers contain some materials related to the usage, design, and evaluation of bicycle lanes, as well as 35mm slides of bicycle lanes.

Our University Archives Photographs contain images of bicycles and bicyclists on campus.

Women riding bicycles on campus, circa 1967

Women riding bicycles on campus, circa 1967

May is Bike Month

May 3rd, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

Here’s a recap of an earlier post that we did for May is Bike Month:

Since May is Bike Month, here is a sampling of some of our collections that focus on bicycles and bicycling.

The William Clauson Cycling Collection contains bicycling books, journals, trade publications and directories, racing programs, rule books, posters, comics and other materials relating to bicycling.

The Matthew Sarna-Wojcicki Collection contains periodicals that focus on bicycles and cycling. Titles include: Velo-News, Winning, Berkeley Bike Club Newsletter/Pneusletter, Cycle, Cycling USA, NCNCA (Northern California/Nevada Cycling Association) Newsletter, and NORBA News: official publication of the National Off-Road Bicycle Association.

Dale Lott (1933-2004), Professor of Psychology and Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, worked on the design of bicycle paths in Davis. His Papers contain some materials related to the usage, design, and evaluation of bicycle lanes, as well as 35mm slides of bicycle lanes.

Our University Archives Photographs contain images of bicycles and bicyclists on campus. Below is one image from that group.

Bicycles outside Roessler Hall, undated. Photograph by Dennis Galloway

October is American Archives Month

October 3rd, 2012 by Sara Gunasekara

Archives Month is a collaborative effort by archivists around the nation to highlight the importance of historical records. Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has issued a proclamation making October 2012 “Archives Month” in California. More information about Archives Month events in California is available on the California Archives Month website.

Special Collections is celebrating Archives Month by participating in the second annual Sacramento Archives Crawl on Saturday, October 6. We’ll have a table at the California State Library. Stop by and say hello!

Here is a preview of one of the images that we will have on display at the Archives Crawl.

Start of the bicycle races at the State Fair Grounds, undated.

Another school year begins.

September 27th, 2012 by Jenny Hodge

Students are back and classes have started! Summer is behind us and the student population has exploded as the hustle and bustle of the academic year takes over once more. Freshman welcome to UC Davis and returning students welcome back. Keep an eye out for new bikers as our quiet summer campus goes from this:

To this (note the freshmen dinks on many of these bicyclists):

To learn about UC Davis traditions, such as the freshman dink, visit the current fall exhibit in front of Special Collections in Shields Library.

May is National Bike Month

May 1st, 2012 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of May is National Bike Month, here is an image from the University Archives Photographs of bicycles on campus. Our post from last year, mentions some of our bicycle and bicycling collections.

Two women riding bicycles, five pedestrians, on wet concrete outside of the Memorial Union, 1960

May is Bike Month: Sampling of Bicycle Collections

May 2nd, 2011 by Sara Gunasekara

Since May is Bike Month, here is a sampling of some of our collections that focus on bicycles and bicycling.

The William Clauson Cycling Collection contains bicycling books, journals, trade publications and directories, racing programs, rule books, posters, comics and other materials relating to bicycling.

The Matthew Sarna-Wojcicki Collection contains periodicals that focus on bicycles and cycling. Titles include: Velo-News, Winning, Berkeley Bike Club Newsletter/Pneusletter, Cycle, Cycling USA, NCNCA (Northern California/Nevada Cycling Association) Newsletter, and NORBA News: official publication of the National Off-Road Bicycle Association.

Dale Lott (1933-2004), Professor of Psychology and Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, worked on the design of bicycle paths in Davis. His Papers contain some materials related to the usage, design, and evaluation of bicycle lanes, as well as 35mm slides of bicycle lanes.

Our University Archives Photographs contain images of bicycles and bicyclists on campus. Below is one image from that group.

Students riding bicycles, University of California, Davis, circa 1960

Bike Barn started 40 years ago

March 14th, 2011 by Sara Gunasekara

This winter marks 40 years since the founding of the Bike Barn.

Below is an excerpt from the February 1971 UCD Spectator article titled: “Bike Repair Shop Earns Approval:”

“An ASUCD bicycle repair shop providing students with a facility in which to repair their own bikes has been approved by the Legislative Assembly.

The project, piloted through planning stages and before the assembly by Vice President Duke Armstrong, provides for a manager, supplies, expenses and operation on a trial basis during the winter quarter. At the end of the quarter the assembly transportation committee will review and recommend to the full body whether the shop should be continued.”

Congratulations on 40 years to the Bike Barn!