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50 Features of Special Collections: The Many Faces of Davis Maps

February 22nd, 2017 by Dawn Collings


The Map Collection include maps of the local area and California communities.  Various types of maps show different aspects and concerns which are important to the development and growth of a city or region.  The Map Collection includes street maps, zoning maps, school districts, voting precincts, census tracts, bus routes, bicycle paths, and flood zones.  Maps printed over a period of time show historical changes in city boundaries, street names, neighborhood development, park and recreation facilities, schools and city buildings, and sometimes names of buildings such as hospitals.

In the spirit of celebrations, Special Collections is also honoring the Centennial of the City of Davis.   Let’s celebrate with the panel covers of some Davis maps available in the Map Collection.

Davis + UC Davis guide + map  MAP G4364.D3 2011 .Y6



Street map of Davis                  MAP G4364.D3 2004 .T2



Davis bike map                                 MAP G4364.D3E63 2016 .U6


Welcome to Davis, California  MAP G4364.D3P2 2013 .D3


Davis Art Walk        No Call Number                     (Ask staff for help)


Davis, California : home of UC Davis MAP G4364.D3P2 2015 .D3


Map of Davis
MAP G4364.D3 1988 .C6

Map of Davis
MAP G4364.D3 1990 .C6

Map of Davis, Yolo County, California
MAP G4364.D3 1980 .C6

The Map Collection room is located on the Lower Level of Shields Library.  Doors open to the public Monday-Friday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Contact the Special Collections Department for map related questions by email at or by phone at 530-752-1621.

Post created by Dawn Collings and Kristoffer Landes

Gerome says “Cheers” to Davis Beer Week

August 14th, 2015 by Jenny Hodge

Gerome is brewing up interest in beer! This weekend marks the end of Davis Beer Week, where the city celebrates and encourages our regions craft beer culture. In honor of this spirit Gerome is highlighting a book from the A.W. Noling Hurty-Peck Collection of Beverage Literature: Brew in your Stew!: Recipes and adventures in the ancient, honorable and all-but-lost art of cooking with beer! published by the National Brewing Company in 1948. While beer is an excellent accompaniment with food it can also be in your food. This wonderful book offers a series of unusual recipes involving beer.

Noling TX726.3 B74 1948

Noling TX726.3 B74 1948

If you have any interest in making Curried Beef with Beer or Beer Souffle then this is the book for you, come check it out! Here’s one unusual recipe perfect for a hot summer day:

 Iced Beer Soup

  • ¾ cup Pumpernickel Crumbs
  • 2 tsps. Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. Cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp. Lemon rind (grated)
  • 1 ½ cups White Wine
  • 2 tsps. Lemon juice
  • 3 cups National Premium Beer [pale dry beer]

Combine in a large cocktail shaker the pumpernickel crumbs, sugar, cinnamon, rind, lemon juice, beer, wine and 1 ½ cups of water. Shake vigorously and chill thoroughly. Shake again just before serving. Serve in bouillon cups.

Gerome says Happy Fourth of July!

July 1st, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of the Fourth of July, Gerome presents this pamphlet, Live in Davis on the Fourth: the 1956 Fourth of July Program by the Davis Jr. Chamber of Commerce. As you can see the events celebrating the Fourth in Davis that year included: a gala booster dance, a parade, fly-over, baseball, a swim meet, picnic supper, and concert, as well as fireworks. The program also provides a history of the Davis Kiddie Parade, which is still held today.

Do you have any programs from other Fourth of July celebrations in Davis that you’d be willing to donate to us for our collection? If so, please email us at

Happy Fourth of July!


Then & Now

August 27th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of the first day of the Davis public schools, here is the latest installment of our Then & Now series. You may recognize this building and know its current use, but do you know why it was originally built?

This brick Romanesque Revival structure, located at 23 Russell Boulevard, was constructed in 1927 as the first Davis Joint Union High School. Prior to 1924, when high school classes were offered in the elementary school, high school students from Davis enrolled in schools in Woodland, Dixon, Sacramento, or other districts.

The Davis High School occupied the building from 1927 until 1960 when the new Davis Senior High was completed. The classroom wing was then used as administrative offices for the Davis Joint Unified School District. In the 1980s the building was remodeled as the City of Davis City Hall.

The historic image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1944.



Then & Now

February 24th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

Can you venture a guess as to the location of this building? This installment of Then & Now takes us further east on 2nd Street to the northwest corner of 2nd & G Streets in Davis.

John B. Anderson, Mayor of Davis in 1917, financed the construction of this Prairie School style commercial building. The brick structure, known as the Anderson Bank Building, was completed in December 1914 by C. Guth, a contractor in Sacramento. Original occupants of the building included the Bank of Davis, the Davis Post Office on the north, three shops on the south and numerous offices on the upper floor.  In October 1917, Anderson sold  the building to the Bank of Davis which served the community until 1964 when it was sold to the Bank of Sacramento. Today the building houses several retail establishments along with offices.

Both of the historic images of the building are from our Eastman Originals Collection. The view looking west on 2nd Street was taken in 1953 while the view looking north on G Street was taken in 1944. Can you spot the differences in the building from then to now?



Main Street Monday: Davis

October 7th, 2013 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s installment of Main Street Monday takes us to our own city, Davis. Eastman titled this image, which he shot in 1944, “Main Street, Davis, Calif.” However the actual street in Davis is not named Main Street.

Can you identify the location of this photograph? Here are some hints: the building on the left corner still stands while the building on the right corner was torn down in 2000. Stay tuned for the location of the image.

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

Main Street, Davis, Calif., 1944

Main Street, Davis, Calif., 1944