Colby E. “Babe” Slater Collection: Olympic Rugby Champion and Aggie Legend

May 20 - Dec 16, 2016

Shields Library Lobby - Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections

Sara Gunasekara

Public Services Specialist

For more information, please contact Special Collections, (530) 752‑1621,

Special Collections presents the Colby E. “Babe” Slater Collection in an exhibit in the Shields Library lobby. The exhibit profiles Colby E. “Babe” Slater (1896-1965) who was the first UC Davis alumnus to win an Olympic gold medal. Slater graduated from the University Farm School (now UC Davis) in 1917. An outstanding athlete, Slater played on the U.S. Olympic Rugby Team and won gold medals for rugby in 1920 and in 1924 when he served as captain of the team. The 1924 Olympic Games were the last to feature rugby – until now. Rugby returns to the Olympics this summer in Rio de Janeiro.

A website highlighting the collection is available at