UCSD Libraries Celebrates 50 Years of Collecting With Special Collections Exhibit

Exhibit marks University’s 50th anniversary and 40th anniversary of Geisel Library

From March 14 thru July 4, UC San Diego’s Mandeville Special Collections Library is exhibiting some of the Libraries most rare and valued collections in honor of the University’s 50th anniversary. The exhibit also marks the 40th anniversary of the Geisel Library building, which was officially dedicated in March 1971.

“Fabulous at 50: Fifty Years of Collecting” features materials from the Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages, including rare editions of early voyages to the Pacific Ocean, as well as documents and drawings from the Spanish Civil War from the Southworth Spanish Civil War Collection, the largest collection of its kind in the world. The exhibit also includes manuscripts from the Archive for New Poetry, recognized as one of the most comprehensive research collections of American poetry in the nation. The Archive includes the personal papers of many prominent poets, including UCSD’s Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout.

Also featured in the exhibit are: the papers of Nobel Laureate Francis Crick; materials documenting historic San Diego; rare manuscripts from the AIWF Culinary Collection; a selection of artists’ books; and original drawings from the Dr. Seuss Collection.

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