Hail to the Chief! Exhibit Showcases Library’s Presidential Papers

79_HailToTheChiefEvery four years, American voters go to the polls to cast their ballot (or, increasingly, mail in their ballot) to elect the nation’s commander-in-chief. With less than six months away from this year’s presidential election, the UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections & Archives has mounted an exhibit of presidential papers that takes the long view, back to the nation’s first president, George Washington.

Hail to the Chief!— which is on display in Geisel Library until September—includes a wide range of materials from the manuscript and book collections of the Library’s Special Collections & Archives. According to Lynda Claassen, director of Special Collections & Archives, although the presidency has never been an area of focus for the Library, a number of intriguing items have accumulated over the years. The Library’s holdings now include at least one item related to each of the nation’s 43 presidents, said Claassen, from a letter written in 1778 from Valley Forge by founding father George Washington, the first U.S. president, to a citation sent by President Barack Obama to UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla.

One item featured in the exhibit was actually owned by America’s third president, Thomas Jefferson. A copy of C. F. Volney’s Les ruines, ou Meditation sur les revolutions des empires (1791), a book Jefferson reputedly loved and agreed to translate it into English. Anonymously, as Jefferson was mindful of both controversial issues in the book and the fact that a presidential election year was coming up. Read more…

Artist & Alumna Joyce Cutler-Shaw, ’72, Gives Back to the Library

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Most visitors to Geisel Library first learn about artist Joyce Cutler-Shaw’s work when viewing her intriguing calligraphic installation, Alphabet of Bones, in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives exhibition space. In creating this fascinating work, Cutler-Shaw was inspired by the hollow bones of birds—pigeons, specifically—resulting in a series of anatomically correct drawings depicting an “alphabet of bones,” consisting of 26 double characters. While many artists would leave it at that, Cutler-Shaw is not “many artists.” She went on to digitize the alphabet, and rendered it translatable into both English, and a symbolic code. Then, she copyrighted it. It is her own personal font or typeface.

A UC San Diego alumna who was a member of the university’s first MFA (Master of Fine Arts) class in 1972, Cutler-Shaw’s artistic works range from multi-media, drawings, and installations, to public projects, sculpture, and artists’ books. She has long been a supporter of the Library and the campus, and has collaborated with the Library on many exhibitions and special projects over the years. In addition, the Joyce Cutler-Shaw Papers are preserved in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives; the archive of her work comprises original writings and drawings, correspondence, project proposals, photographs, and slides, as well as audio and video recordings. Read more…

“Happy Birthday To You” Dr. Seuss’ 112th Birthday Celebration March 2nd

DrSeuss16DSC_9660_UCSanDiegoPublication_ErikJepsenThe University of California, San Diego campus is making preparations for its annual birthday party to celebrate one of the campus’s most beloved luminaries, Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. The fantastically creative children’s book author’s 112th birthday celebration coincides with national Read Across America Day and comes on the heels of the UC San Diego Library’s recent announcement to name its new café in honor of the author’s wife, Audrey Geisel.

The party, which is open to Dr. Seuss fans both on and off campus, will be held at noon on Wednesday, March 2, in front of Geisel Library, the campus’s flagship building named in 1995 for Theodor and Audrey Geisel. The event will be hosted by University Librarian Brian E. C. Schottlaender. Birthday festivities include a giant inflatable Cat in the Hat as well as free cake and Seussian musical entertainment by The Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra, directed by the Library’s Scott Paulson.

FullSizeRender (3)In addition to the birthday party, a modest exhibit of materials from the Dr. Seuss Collection will be on view from February 23 through March 7, 2016 in Geisel Library.

The UC San Diego Library received Theodor Seuss Geisel’s collection of drawings, manuscripts, notebooks, and other memorabilia after his death in 1991. In 1995, Audrey Geisel made a substantial donation to support the university’s Library, which was subsequently named Geisel Library. Last year, Audrey Geisel made a $3 million donation to the Library to refurbish the building’s main public spaces. The Library’s Special Collections & Archives is the world’s main repository for the original works of Dr. Seuss. The Dr. Seuss Collection holds more than 15,000 items, including original drawings, sketches, manuscript drafts, books, notebooks, photographs and memorabilia, documenting the full range of Geisel’s creative achievements, from his high school activities in 1919 through his death in 1991.

For more information about the Dr. Seuss Collection at the UC San Diego Library, visit http://lib.ucsd.edu/dr-seuss-collection.

Wondrous Manifestations of Nature: Celebrating California’s National Parks

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service, and the Library’s Special Collections & Archives is exhibiting items that illustrate some of California’s magnificent national parks and monuments. The exhibition, “Wondrous Manifestations of Nature: Celebrating California’s National Parks” is on view until April 2016, on the main floor of Geisel Library.

August 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau within the Department of the Interior. The Service would be responsible for protecting the 25 national parks and monuments already established and managed by the Department, as well as those yet to be established. The Service was to “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” Read more…

Papers of SAIC Founder J.R. Beyster to Shed Light on Entrepreneurial Success

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Betty and J. Robert “Bob” Beyster

Last December, in honor of the one-year anniversary of J. Robert Beyster’s  passing at the age of 90, the Beyster family donated Bob Beyster’s Papers to the UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections & Archives, where they will serve as an outstanding resource for students, scholars, and business owners interested in entrepreneurial innovation and success. Beyster founded the highly profitable government contractor, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), which was modeled on his successful blueprint for entrepreneurial, employee-empowered companies.

Beyster’s papers include SAIC business records, correspondence, committee meeting minutes and materials related to employee ownership. They also host records on a broad range of government-funded research and development projects including Strategic Air Command during the Cold War, safety of the international space station, critical hull design for a number of U.S. entries in the America’s Cup race, clean-up of Three Mile Island, commercialization of the Internet, and more. Beyster’s papers also comprise the more than 60 technical publications he authored along with the numerous awards and honors he received for his innovations and accomplishments. Read more…

Geisel Library is Backdrop for Food Network’s Cake Wars Filming

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Photo Credit: Erik Jepsen, UC San Diego Publications

 

“One Cake, Two Cake, Red Cake, Blue Cake!” On Monday, January 18th the Food Network’s popular Cake Wars show aired a special Dr. Seuss-themed episode to celebrate Seuss’s newest book, What Pet Should I Get? Everyone from the Cat in the Hat to Thing 1 and Thing 2 joined the sugar-packed competition as host Jonathan Bennett worked hard to inspire the four competing cake artists, who were tasked with recreating the world of Dr. Seuss in cake form.

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Photo Credit: Erik Jepsen, UC San Diego Publications

In the first round, the bakers rushed against the clock to design a cake that featured their own version of a Seussian character as well as two surprise ingredients: green eggs and ham. After the elimination of one contestant, the three remaining cake artists went head-to-head in a challenge for the grand prize: $10,000 and a chance to have their winning creation on center stage at a celebration with UC San Diego students at Geisel Library. Guest judge Susan Brandt, President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, was on-hand to ensure the winning cake would live up to the seussical standards of the late children’s book author.

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Photo Credit: Erik Jepsen, UC San Diego Publications

Self-taught baker Melissa Zunich from Colorado and her cousin Sunny Hintze were the winning bakers, creating a towering buttermilk vanilla bean cake that “screams Dr. Seuss,” according to judge Waylynn Lucas. Their artful creation was studded with familiar characters, including the Lorax, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and a host of other Seussian props, such as a plate of green eggs and ham, and the famous fish bowl and hat from Cat in the Hat. The cake was topped off with the two children from What Pet Should I Get? The winners visited the UC San Diego campus in early December to celebrate in Seussian style, with 50 students who were filmed for the show while eating cake. Click here to view some behind-the-scenes photos that UC San Diego photographer Eric Jepsen took of the filming adjacent to the Dr. Seuss statue near the forum level of Geisel. If you missed out on the Cake Wars show, you can still taste the cake! Visit the Food Nework website for Zunich and Hintze’s winning recipe.

Papers of SAIC Founder J.R. Beyster Donated to UC San Diego Library

2-BobBeysterPapers of the late J. Robert “Bob” Beyster, founder of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and a business innovator who developed a successful blueprint for entrepreneurial, employee-empowered companies, are being donated to the UC San Diego Library by the Beyster family.

Beyster’s papers, which reflect his passion for entrepreneurship and employee-owner enabled entrepreneurial practices, include correspondence, SAIC business records, committee meeting minutes and materials related to employee ownership, as well as records on a broad range of government-funded research and development, including Strategic Air Command during the Cold War, safety of the international space station, critical hull design for a number of U.S. entries in the America’s Cup race, clean-up of Three Mile Island, commercialization of the Internet, and many other transformational programs. The collection will also contain his more than 60 technical publications and a complete record of the numerous awards and recognitions he received for his public service, global leadership in science and technology, and entrepreneurship.

After the materials are processed, the Beyster Papers will be housed in the UC San Diego Library’s Mandeville Special Collections, where they will be available for use by scholars, researchers and educators. The Beyster family has also provided funding to facilitate the processing of the archival materials to make them available for research and discovery online via the Web. The collection is expected to be made available to the public in 2017. Read more…

“The Legacy of Jonas Salk” Exhibit on Display at Geisel Library thru Jan. 10, 2016

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Pictured above is Jonathan Salk, who is on the receiving end of the polio vaccine, being administered by his father, in 1955.

Fall 2015 marks the close of world-renowned scientist Jonas Salk’s centenary year. To mark the occasion, the UC San Diego Library is presenting “The Legacy of Jonas Salk,” an exhibition of materials from the Jonas Salk Papers, which will be on display in Geisel Library through January 10, 2016. The papers—which comprise more than 600 linear feet (or nearly 1000 boxes)—were donated to the Library’s Mandeville Special Collections in 2013 by Salk’s sons, Peter, Darrell, and Jonathan, all of whom—like their father—trained as physicians and are involved in medical and scientific activities.

According to Lynda Claassen, director of the Library’s Special Collections & Archives Program, the papers document Jonas Salk’s professional and scientific activities from the mid-1940s to his death in 1995.  Especially well-documented are activities related to the development of the Salk polio vaccine in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s and the founding of the Salk Institute. The papers cover general correspondence, files relating to polio, his writings and philosophy, photographs, artifacts—including two dictating machines—personal writings, and various research materials.

“The archive represents the enormous scope of our father’s creativity and productivity,” said Jonathan Salk. “This collection of his papers and the insight to be gained into how he approached and solved problems might be his greatest legacy. He would be pleased to find that his life’s work was continuing to do good for the world. Read more…

Oct 10: Opening Reception – Paul Espinosa Film Series

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Film Series to Celebrate Acquisition of Filmmaker Paul Espinosa’s Papers

The University of California, San Diego Library has acquired the papers of Paul Espinosa, an award-winning independent filmmaker, well known for his documentary and dramatic films focused on the U.S.-Mexican border region, which helped to increase awareness about a host of immigration and cross-cultural issues. Espinosa, who has been the recipient of eight Emmy Awards for his films, recently retired from Arizona State University, where he was on the faculty at the School of Transborder Studies. He continues to make films through his company, Espinosa Productions, now located in San Diego.

Pancho Villa and John PershingThe Library will be celebrating the acquisition of Espinosa’s archive with a Fall film series, beginning with an opening reception on October 10 in Geisel Library, and film screenings on October 23 at the University’s Cross Cultural Center, November 4 at the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park, and November 10 at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA). All events are free and open to the public. (Click here to RSVP)

“We are honored to have acquired Paul Espinosa’s papers, which will be widely used on this campus,” said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian at UC San Diego. “Our Library collections have particular strengths on California and Baja California history, as well as on Chicano culture and activism. The Espinosa Papers will certainly strengthen and complement these materials.”

According to Lynda Claassen, the Library’s director of Special Collections & Archives, Espinosa’s papers are rich, diverse, and plentiful.  The materials include approximately 200 linear feet (200 boxes) documenting Espinosa’s more than 35 years of filmmaking, including interviews, research materials, photos, and correspondence, as well as films scripts, DVD’s, and video.

“As a longtime resident of San Diego, where so much of my professional work was created, I was delighted that my papers found a home at UC San Diego, where scholars will have access to this extensive archive for decades to come,” said Espinosa.”

Espinosa has written, directed, and produced many national documentary films for PBS, including:  The Lemon Grove Incident, (1986), In the Shadow of the Law (1988), Uneasy Neighbors (1990), The Price of Renewal (2006), California and the American Dream (2006), The U.S.-Mexican War: 1846-1848 (1998), Ballad of an Unsung Hero (1985), Taco Shop Poets (2004), The Border (1999) and …and the earth did not swallow him (1995), an American Playhouse adaptation of a Tómas Rivera novel, among others.

Lemon Grove class photoThe Lemon Grove Incident, produced and written by Espinosa, traces the unsuccessful efforts of the Lemon Grove School District in the 1930’s to establish a separate school for Mexican students.  The film was described by The New York Times as “the story of the nation’s first successful legal challenge to school segregation, 14 years before the Supreme Court outlawed separation by race in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education.” The film will be screened on October 23, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the UC San Diego Cross Cultural Center as part of the 25th anniversary celebration for the University’s Department of Ethnic Studies.

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