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Our newly digitized recordings from the California Audiovisual Preservation Project

February 15th, 2017 by Sara Gunasekara

We are excited to announce that our fifth and sixth groups of audiovisual materials digitized through our participation in the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) are now online at the Internet Archive. The moving image recordings include footage of: several McClellan Air Force Base events which were related to the community lobbying effort to keep the base in Sacramento off the federal base closure list in 1993; Greenville (Plumas County, Calif) High School activities in 1936; and a sugar beet harvester.

 

Here is the list of items with links to the digitized versions:

 

Eastman’s Originals Collection

[Autumn Scenes in Shasta County, Calif.]

[Greenville, Calif. High School Activities]

 

Vic Fazio Papers

President Bill Clinton Visit to McClellan Air Force Base 

Save McClellan Air Force Base Celebration

Vic Fazio and Bill Clinton at Armed Forces Day at McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento, California

Sacramento Veterans Day Parade with Vic Fazio as Grand Marshall 

 

UC Davis Oral History Office Records

Helen Harbison Power Oral History interview

 

Blackwelder Manufacturing Company Records

Marbeet Harvester 

 

Dan Crawford Papers

Boating Scenes

 

Debuting our first gif

October 19th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara

We’re excited to debut our first gif with the image below from our Eastman’s Originals Collection.

Up and Over from the Eastman's Originals Collection

Up and Over from the Eastman’s Originals Collection

 

If you’re interested in viewing the original image, you can see it here. Stay tuned as we create more gifs from images from our collection!

50 Features of Special Collections: Eastman’s Originals Collection

August 9th, 2016 by Sara Gunasekara
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In celebration of the centennial of Lassen Volcanic National Park which occurs today, we are featuring our Eastman’s Originals Collection, which holds a number of historic images of the park. The Eastman Originals Collection contains photographs, negatives, and postcards for a wide variety of northern California locations and events, including dam construction, logging, mining, food processing, and community buildings and activities from circa 1890-1960.

Jervie Henry Eastman was born on July 20, 1880 in White Cloud, Michigan and moved with his family to northern California in 1886. In 1921, he moved to Susanville and established Eastman & Company as a commercial photography and post card studio. In 1936, Eastman hired Mirl Simmons, a young photographer from Hillsborough, West Virginia, to help with the postcard photography. Later, Eastman and Simmons became partners and the business expanded to provide photographic supplies to southeastern Oregon and studios in Westwood, Weed, and Susanville.

Eastman, who retired from photography in 1959 and sold his share of the business to Simmons, passed away in Susanville on February 11, 1969. Simmons ran the Eastman Studios until 1980, when he retired and sold the business to John and Shirley Castle. The Eastman’s Originals Collection (the historical postcards and negatives) was sold to Anne Fisher in 1982. She managed the collection until her retirement in 1994, when she donated it to UC Davis.

Special Collections has digitized 13,212 negatives in the collection. Those images can be viewed on Calisphere.

Several 16mm films from the collection have recently been digitized through our participation in the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP). The films, which are of scenes of Lassen, Modoc, Shasta, Tehama, and Trinity Counties, can be viewed here.

Cinder Cone and Butte Lake, Calif, 1938.

Cinder Cone and Butte Lake at Lassen Volcanic National Park (Calif.), 1938.

Happy 50th Birthday Special Collections!

July 1st, 2016 by Jenny Hodge

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We are excited to celebrate 50 years of Special Collections in the University Library!

“On July 1, 1966 the Department of Special Collections opened its door for service to the public at 201 Library. As announced in the January 21 issue of CUD, Donald Kunitz has been appointed Head of the Department.” From the July 8, 1966 issue of the Library newsletter titled, CUD.

As part of our celebration we will be highlighting 50 features of Special Collections. Each week we will present a unique feature adding up to 50. Stay tuned for our first post in this series!

 

 

Birthday celebration, undated.

Birthday celebration, undated. Image from the Eastman’s Originals Collection.

 

Travel Tuesday: Yuba Pass

September 8th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

The last feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Yuba Pass, California. The image below,  from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1941.

"Camp Pioneer Lodge" on the Yuba Pass, Calif., 1941.

“Camp Pioneer Lodge” on the Yuba Pass, Calif., 1941.

Travel Tuesday: Yreka

September 1st, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Yreka, California. The image below,  from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1941.

"Yreka Inn" Yreka, Calif., 1941.

“Yreka Inn” Yreka, Calif., 1941.

Travel Tuesday: Woodland

August 25th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Woodland, California. The images below are from our Eastman Originals Collection.

Woodland Motel, Woodland, Calif., 1951.

Woodland Motel, Woodland, Calif., 1951.

Hotel Woodland, Woodland, Calif., 1946.

Hotel Woodland, Woodland, Calif., 1946.

Travel Tuesday: Willows

August 18th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Willows, California. The images below are from our Eastman Originals Collection.

Willows Motel, 1949.

Willows Motel, 1949.

Willows Hotel, Willows, Calif., 1944

Willows Hotel, Willows, Calif., 1944

Travel Tuesday: Willits

August 4th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Willits, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1949.

Delong's Motel, Willits, Calif., 1949

Delong’s Motel, Willits, Calif., 1949

Travel Tuesday: Westwood

July 28th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Westwood, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1947.

Blue Ox Inn, Westwood, Calif., 1947.

Blue Ox Inn, Westwood, Calif., 1947.