Animals in the Archives

Jan 4 - Mar 29, 2019

Shields Library Lobby - Special Collections

From the earliest days of campus as the University Farm to the Picnic Day “dachshund derby,” animals can be found throughout Special Collections and the University Archives. This exhibit puts a spotlight on animals and their place in Special Collections.

Archives and Special Collections

Jenny Hodge

Public Services Assistant

Exhibition Curated by: Jenny Hodge & Christine Cheng

Including rare books that depict unicorns and other fantastic beasts as well as faculty research on livestock, this exhibit explores the role of animals in the UC Davis Library’s Special Collections and University Archives, and the animals’ place in academia and research, artistic expression, and campus history. Within the six exhibit cases we provide a small sampling of the ways that animals have and continue to influence the campus, research, academia, and creative arts. The cases highlight:

  • Instruction, Judging, and Study
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty Papers and Manuscripts Collections
  • This and That
  • Historical Depictions
  • Fine Press and Artists’ Books