50 Features of Special Collections: University Archives Photographs Collection, AR-013

By Jenny Hodge – June 26, 2017
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One of the most widely used collections within Special Collections is the University Archives Photographs Collection, AR-013. It is a collection of over 3,400 photographs which include albums and scrapbooks spanning from 1907-1987. The University Archives Photographs Collection offer a visual record of the history of the University of California, Davis. The collection contains photographic prints and negatives depicting buildings and grounds, faculty and staff, annual events such as Picnic Day, campus events, classes and classrooms, student clubs and activities, departments, and sporting events. Unfortunately many of these photographs have limited descriptions and/or are undated. However, it is through discussions with researchers, visitors and campus faculty and students that we learn additional information about the photographs which can be added to the collection.
Many of the photographs within this collection are used for blog posts and outreach events as they track the visual history of activities on the UC Davis campus. If you are interested in viewing these historic photographs of the UC Davis campus you will be happy to discover that almost all the photographs have been digitized and are accessible online. You can view the University Archives Photographs Collection, AR-013 on both the Online Archive of California and Calipshere. On the Online Archive of California the images are arranged in 11 series:
1. Buildings and Grounds

AR-013 UAP-00096 Title: Aerial Date: 1923
2. Administrators, Faculty and Staff

AR-013 UAP-01173 Title: Abbott, Ursula K., UCD poultry scientist observes a newly hatched Himalayan snow partridge, the first one hatched under artifical conditions undated Date: Undated
3. Annual Events

AR-013 UAP-01536 Title: Commencement, Toomey Field Date: circa 1965-1969
4. Picnic Day

AR-013 UAP-02978 Title: Picnic Day, Molly’s Pete making a running start for Berkeley Date: 1921
5. Campus Events

AR-013 UAP-03463 Title: Planting the Centennial Tree, Chancellor Emil Mrak and Vera Mrak planting a magnolia tree at Howard Way and Russell Boulevard to commemorate the centennial of the founding of the University of California and the 63rd anniversary of the act of the Legislature establishing the University Farm Date: 1968 March 28
6. Classrooms, Lecture Halls, and Classes

AR-013 UAP-02002 Title: Students in a class Date: circa 1935-1955
7. Miscellaneous

AR-013 UAP-02134 Title: Unitrans bus Date: circa 1968
8. Student Clubs and Activities

AR-013 UAP-02195 Title: Cal Aggie Marching Band Date: circa 1940
9. Departments

AR-013 UAP-02475 Title: Viticulture and Enology, William Cruess (at barrel, right) Date: circa 1918
10. Sports

AR-013 UAP-02532 Title: Track and field, women Date: 1973
11. University Farm.

AR-013 UAP-03569 Title: Title: Creamery, Judging barn, University House Date: circa 1914
On Calisphere you can arrange the images by date and view them in a grid display. There is also a link that will direct you to the finding aid for the University Archives Photograph Collection, which is on the Online Archive of California. When you have found photographs that you are interested in for a class, presentation, or personal interest there are two pieces of information to take note of: the collection number (AR-013) and the unique identifier for the photograph (UAP_0????). This way should you like to purchase a copy we here in Special Collections can locate the photograph to provide you with a high resolution copy.

There is a wealth of campus history to be viewed in this collection and we invite you all to look through and discover for yourself the treasures inside.