News: Special collections

Special Collections houses the Library’s rare books and pamphlets, manuscript collections, photographs, the University Archives, and the Map Collection.
Below is a photograph from the Frosh-Soph Brawl of 1954, the event tug of war.  A previous blog post explained what the stakes were but we would love to know some of the people involved in this classic campus tradition.  Who were these students?  Were all freshmen and sophomores involved ...
September 30, 2011 • Jenny Hodge
Next up in the UC Davis Traditions series: the Tank Rush and the Frosh-Soph Brawl. Class rivalry dates back to at least 1913 when a class “fight” took place at the swimming tank on October 3. In subsequent years, a tank rush was formalized and the freshmen and upperclassmen battled ...
September 27, 2011 • Sara Gunasekara
How was your first week at UCD?  If you’re like this new freshman you are probably being introduced to many new and fun Aggie traditions (see earlier post on freshman dinks).  What we know about this photograph from the University Archives is that it was taken during orientation week in ...
September 23, 2011 • Jenny Hodge
In celebration of the first day of classes of the Fall Quarter 2011, let’s take a trip back in time to campus 100 years ago. If you were a student at the University Farm (now UC Davis) in 1911, here’s what you would find: 110 undergraduate students 1 graduate ...
September 22, 2011 • Sara Gunasekara
Our next installment in the UC Davis Traditions series features the frosh dinks. Members of the freshman class, as a sign of unity, wore caps known as dinks. The dinks, which were blue with a gold button and had “Cal Aggie” lettered in gold across the front, were worn by ...
September 19, 2011 • Sara Gunasekara
With the end of summer session II preparation for the fall quarter begins including many events to welcome new and returning students back to campus.  Here is an undated photograph capturing the Steak Bake.  The Steak Bake is part of a fall Orientation program to welcome students.  Can anyone tell ...
September 9, 2011 • Jenny Hodge