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50 Features of Special Collections: Colby E. “Babe” Slater Collection

2/502/50

Since this is our 50th golden anniversary, it is only fitting that our next feature is the collection of UC Davis’ first Olympic gold medalist, Colby E. “Babe” Slater.

Colby E. “Babe” Slater (1896-1965) 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 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.

In celebration of rugby’s return to the Olympic Games after a 92 year hiatus, we’ve created an exhibit and a website highlighting the Slater Collection, which includes correspondence, publications, ephemera, and photographs from his participation in the Olympics Games. You can view the exhibit on display in Shields Library and the website at slater.lib.ucdavis.edu

Additionally, the Library will host a special celebration of the legacy of Babe Slater on July 30.

 

Colby E. “Babe” Slater, third from left, plays in the gold medal rugby match at the 1924 Olympics.Colby E. “Babe” Slater, third from left, plays in the gold medal rugby match at the 1924 Olympics.