UC Davis has made tremendous contributions to knowledge and society in its 100-plus year history, and the UC Davis Library is the primary steward of that legacy. Through strategic acquisition, management, preservation and curation of faculty papers and research output, the library increases access to UC Davis research and highlights the impact of our faculty and researchers on their students, their disciplines, and the world. The library is also the university’s historian, maintaining an archive that tells the story of UC Davis — its leaders, notable alumni and campus life.
The way information is gathered, shared and preserved is changing and we are reimagining the library to meet the challenges and opportunities of the digital age. Today we are leveraging the power of Big Data and modern technologies to provide access to knowledge, and to extract and connect data to catalyze discovery and use worldwide. Here are a few examples of University Archives and Institutional Asset projects, some of which were made possible by private donations and grants to the library.
Learn Winemaking from UC Davis Greats
These videos of legendary UC Davis faculty teaching viticulture and enology courses in 1973-74 include Maynard Amerine, Harold Olmo, Vernon Singleton, and more. Thanks to E & J Gallo Winery and the Napa Valley Wine Library Association for supporting this digitization project.
Aggie Legend, Olympic Champion
An online exhibition tells the story of UC Davis’ first Olympic champion, Babe Slater, whose Olympic memorabilia is housed in Special Collections. The entire collection was digitized thanks to the support of Marilyn (Slater) and Richard H. McCapes, Slater’s daughter and son-in-law.
UC Davis viticulture and enology professor Maynard Amerine is widely considered the driving force behind the post-Prohibition wine industry in California. During his career, he collected and annotated more than 5,000 wine labels, which provide a unique window onto the history of wine from the late 1800s through the 1950s. Through Label This, the library is turning his label collection into a searchable online database.
To learn more about private support of the UC Davis Library and how you can help, please contact Toni Arellanes-Miller, Senior Director of Development, UC Davis Library at (530) 752-2422 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Jane Fortner, Assistant Director of Development, Library and Student Affairs at (530) 754-0933 or email@example.com.