UCSD Libraries' Exhibits Focus on U.S. Presidency, Past and Present

October 8, 2008 – Three exhibits at the UC San Diego Libraries shed light on the U.S. presidency, the current presidential campaign, and one of the major issues—health care—being discussed in this year's election. The exhibitions will be on display until after the Nov. 4 election.

"Presidential Fragments: An Election-Year Exhibition" at Mandeville Special Collections Library in Geisel Library is showcasing some of its unique items related to the U.S. presidency from its many manuscript and book collections. Items on display include: a letter written in 1778 from Valley Forge by George Washington, the first U.S. president; a broadside address by Thomas Jefferson; the draft of a letter by Albert Einstein to Franklin Roosevelt that led to the creation of the Manhattan Project and the development of the atomic bomb; and Dwight Eisenhower's commendation to biologist Jonas Salk for his discovery of the polio vaccine.

"Election 2008: Health Care Issues" is currently on display at the UCSD Biomedical Library. The exhibit tracks where the presidential candidates stand on a wide variety of health care issues, including health insurance, prescription medications, and stem cell research. Also included is information on health-related propositions which will be on the California ballot this year. The exhibit includes polls on health care issues and numerous links to helpful Web sites. For a virtual look at the exhibit go to: http://biomed.ucsd.edu/election2008.htm

"Declare Yourself!" an exhibit at the Social Sciences & Humanities Library (SSHL) in Geisel Library, presents a comprehensive and historical look at elections past and present. The exhibit includes a political timeline, political advertisements, and polls on this year's issues. Visitors can cast their vote in SSHL's mini-elections contest and get a chance to win a 1 GB flashdrive. For more information about the exhibit and the presidential election go to: http://blog.ucsd.edu/sshl/2008/09/19/declare-yourself

All exhibits are open to the campus community and the public during regular library hours. For hours information, please visit the UCSD Libraries' main Web site at: http://libraries.ucsd.edu

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