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Special Collections Receives CLIR Grant

The UC Davis University Library's Special Collections Department is the recipient of a $67,400 Council on Library and Information Resources Grant (CLIR): Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives. Other libraries receiving grants include the California Digital Library, California State University Chico, California State University Fresno, Humboldt State University, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC Riverside, and the University of Southern California. The collection will be cataloged and mounted on the Online Archive of California where the information will be available worldwide.

The grant project is titled Uncovering California's Environmental Collections: a Collaborative. It will provide access to 33 hidden collections at institutions across California related to the state's environment and environmental history. The collections were selected and assembled for their unique and diverse perspectives on this broad theme. They document an array of important sub-topics such as irrigation, mining, forestry, agriculture, industry, land use, activism, and research. Together they form a multifaceted picture of the natural world and the way it has been probed, altered, exploited, and protected in California over the past century.

UCD's Special Collections staff selected the Nikolai P. Prokopovich Papers as a research collection of import due to its content on land subsidence, geology, and water history.

Nikolai Prokopovich (1918-1999) was a geologist for the Bureau of Reclamation, Sacramento, California (1958-1986). He wrote Irrigation history of the West-Central San Joaquin Valley-San Joaquin Valley drainage program (1989) and Lithology and physical properties of alluvium in the West-Central San Joaquin Valley (1989).

The Prokopovich Papers contain personal drafts of Bureau of Reclamation publications and internal reports dealing with California's Central Valley Project, including information about engineering geological investigations of several dam sites, canal alignments, land subsidence, hydro compaction, geochemical studies and related features. There is an extensive collection of over 10,000 color slides documenting sites in California's Central Valley where hydro compaction and subsidence was evident.


For more information on the entire grant: UC Newsroom | Uncovering California's environmental collections

Published: December 2, 2009


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