News: Special collections

Special Collections houses the Library’s rare books and pamphlets, manuscript collections, photographs, the University Archives, and the Map Collection.
One hundred fifty years ago today, on April 12, 1861, the United States Civil War began at Fort Sumter. Two of our manuscript collections contain correspondence from the Civil War. The Palmer Family Papers contain twenty-five letters written by or to various members of the Palmer Family during ...
April 12, 2011 • Sara Gunasekara
Our new exhibit, More Than Just A Picture: A Garden of Graphics in Special Collections, is now up.  In order to be aware of new plant breeds, scientists and growers need to receive accurate renderings of new cultivars. Photographs have been used to provide these renderings since the late ...
April 4, 2011 • Sara Gunasekara
We have a new page on our website that lists some of our frequently asked questions. Have you ever wondered “What is the oldest item in Special Collections?” Check out the new page for the answer to that question and others! ...
April 4, 2011 • Sara Gunasekara
In the spirit of this year’s Picnic Day theme, we’ll “rewind” to the first Picnic Day. The first “Dedication Basket Picnic” was held May 22, 1909 to honor the opening of North Hall, the first dormitory. The event drew an estimated 3,000 people by train, horse and wagon, or ...
March 30, 2011 • Sara Gunasekara
Charter Day, officially March 23, the day on which in 1868 Governor Henry H. Haight signed the legislative act creating the University of California, was first celebrated in 1874 when University President Daniel C. Gilman declared a University holiday, From 1874 to 1891, the celebration of Charter Day was sponsored ...
March 28, 2011 • Sara Gunasekara
As we mentioned in our last post, Special Collections is the repository for the University Archives. It is our role to preserve the University of California, Davis’ history by maintaining a record of UC Davis publications. The University Archives attempts to collect two copies of each publication, one for permanent ...
March 23, 2011 • Sara Gunasekara