A workshop for teachers serving as coaches for students
taking part in the 2008 National History Day competition was held in Folsom
in October. Sponsor group was the Sacramento County History Day Committee.
Prime purpose was to steer students toward California
history as subjects of their entry in the National History Day competition.
The workshop acquainted participants with major sources of reference
material which can be accessed by students statewide.
CALIFORNIA SECTION — STATE LIBRARY
Telling the State Library story was Karen Paige. Paige has a Masters in
Library Science specializing in California history. The California section
has a massive collection of over 800,000 references covering dates from the
1850s through the present.
Documents range from books, maps, newspapers and periodicals
to pictorial materials, including daguerreotypes, lithographs, stereographs
and paints, and ephemera such as posters, programs, pamphlets and sheet
music. If a subject and/or individual was in California at any time, there
will be something in the California section.
All researchers — authors, historians, reporters,
legislators, filmmakers, genealogists, historic preservationists, graduate
students, History Day students, teachers and ordinary California citizens —
visit the California History Room to use these resources. All are welcome!
Log onto www.library.ca.gov for more information.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, UC DAVIS
Head of Special Collections at University of California, Davis, is Daryl
Morrison. Her background: 17 years at Holt Atherton Center for Western
Studies at University of Pacific, Stockton. Morrison has a Masters in
Library Science and a Masters in Anthropology. CCHS members remember her as
executive director of the Conference in the early 1990s.
The Department of Special Collections, established in 1966,
houses the library’s rare books, manuscript collections and the archives of
UC Davis, as well as other noncirculating research materials requiring care
and control that cannot be provided in the open stacks. The department’s
purpose is to acquire these materials, make them available for use and
preserve their integrity for future generations of students and scholars.
Manuscript collections, archives and personal papers comprise about 17,000
linear feet of unique primary research material.
Subject areas represented within the collections correspond
to the breadth, diversity and focus of instruction offered at UC Davis. Many
of the collections in the general categories of Agriculture, Animal Science,
and California History, for example, correspond to local history and the
early years of the University Farm, when the Davis campus offered practical
assistance to local farmers and ranchers.
Collections in the category of Viticulture and Enology
correspond to UC Davis’ integral part in the growth and development of the
California wine industry. Personal papers, collections and archival
materials gathered in the fields of Literature and the Performing Arts, as
well as Political Science and Ethnic Studies, attest to the university’s
commitment to the liberal arts and the humanities.
The department is open to the public between 10 a.m. and 5
p.m., Monday through Friday. A patron should call or e-mail ahead whenever
possible to consult the staff on the availability of collections. The patron
may be directed to catalogs, finding aids, indexes and bibliographies
listing book collections, manuscript materials, pamphlets, photographs,
ephemera and other materials as available.
For more information, contact:
Ms. Daryl Morrison, Head, Special Collections
UC Davis — Shields Library
100 NW Quad
Davis, CA 95616-5292
GOLD RUSH, EARLY STATEHOOD, GOVERNMENT AT SAMCC
Senior archivist Pat Johnson, with a Masters in History with archival focus,
oversees the distinguished Sacramento Archives and Museum Collection Center
The center houses nearly five million photographic imprints.
These images capture the dramatic evolution of the gold rush and the
evolution of our state’s government during the last 150-plus years.
The archive also holds the KCRA (NBC affiliate) film
collection which contains over nine million feet of film in black and white
Performing searches of SAMCC’s catalog, PastPerfect, is
possible via the Internet. The online catalog provides access to nearly
50,000 entries, including over 30,000 images.
SAMCC is located at 551 Sequoia Pacific Boulevard,
Sacramento, California 95811. Phone 916-264-7072. Fax 916-264-7582. E-mail