News: Special collections

Special Collections houses the Library’s rare books and pamphlets, manuscript collections, photographs, the University Archives, and the Map Collection.
The Little International Livestock Show or “Little I” was started in 1937 by the Golden Hoof Club to provide competition in grooming and showmanship for students working with animals from the University herds. At some point, ASUCD assumed sponsorship of the event which was then advertised as an event designed ...
October 26, 2011 • Sara Gunasekara
This week features a photograph with an entirely unknown back story.  Do you recognize the location? The people? The activity?  Any ideas about a possible date range?  Could this be a performance in a dormitory or is it a campus hosted music event?  Clues can be gathered from the outfits, ...
October 21, 2011 • Jenny Hodge
This week’s post in our UC Davis Traditions series features Wild West Days. Wild West Days were originally held on the Davis campus in the fall of 1960. The event, which occurred over a weekend, wasn’t held during 1961-1962 but resumed again in the spring of 1963. According to the ...
October 19, 2011 • Sara Gunasekara
Tonight the 99th annual Pajamarino will take place beginning at the Davis Amtrak Train Station and continuing on into the evening with entertainment, games, face painting, food and prizes.  Below is an undated photograph from the University Archives of a past Pajamarino.  The students are awaiting the arrival of ...
October 13, 2011 • Jenny Hodge
Our latest feature in the UC Davis Traditions series highlights Pajamarino. The present day Pajamarino traces its roots back to 1912 when according to the 1913 El Rodeo Yearbook: “A big pajama rally was held for the basketball team on December 6, 1912. A large bonfire, quartets, and violin solos ...
October 12, 2011 • Sara Gunasekara
Who are these students and what are they doing?  Well we know the answer to the latter half of that question.  This photograph from the University Archives shows students taking part in the Pajamarino rally during Homecoming, circa 1950-1959.  Students wore pajamas and other adornments on their way to the ...
October 7, 2011 • Jenny Hodge