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Center for Archival Research and Training (CART)

2018 Exhibits

Inquiring into Other Minds: The Cultivation of Experimental Music in the Bay Area and Beyond


View the Digital Companion Exhibit here, curated by Madison Heying and Jay Arms


The San Francisco based organization Other Minds has been a leading institution supporting new and contemporary music since it was founded in 1993. The mission of the organization has centered around the propagation of new and experimental music, primarily by living composers around the world. Inquiring into Other Minds chronicles the evolution of the Other Minds (OM) organization from the early activities of co-founders Charles Amirkhanian and Jim Newman in the San Francisco Bay Area to the organization’s work on more recent OM Festivals. In addition to these high-profile festivals and events, OM embarked on a number of interrelated activities in the promotion of new and experimental music including the founding of its record label, Other Minds Records; efforts at audio recording preservation; and documentation of Amirkhanian’s work as a broadcaster at Pacifica Radio’s KPFA 94.1 FM. The mission of Other Minds is ongoing and the organization continues to present annual festivals of new and experimental composers from around the world. This exhibit highlights the history of Other Minds and its various activities as documented in the organization’s records, now held in Special Collections & Archives at UC Santa Cruz.


This exhibit is on view through July 31, 2018 on the Third Floor Gallery of McHenry Library, and was curated by Madison Heying and Jay Arms, 2017-2018 CART Fellows.​



"Put Your Gold Money Where Your Love Is, Baby": Counterculture, Capitalism, and the Grateful Dead


View the Digital Companion Exhibit here, curated by Gabriel Saloman Mindel


This new exhibit in Dead Central explores how the Grateful Dead invented, improvised, redefined, and pioneered business practices that revealed new ways of thinking about work, about being in business, and about the relationship between creators and their communities. It draws on the newly processed business records of the band. 


The typical Grateful Dead show was a tale of two economies. On the one hand there was the massive corporate entertainment machinery needed to put on multi-night concerts for tens of thousands of people, with massive stage crews, concert promoters, sports arena venues, record labels, radio, official merchandise and of course the band themselves. On the other side of the wall was the parking lot scene, the social, cultural and economic hub of the legions of Deadheads who followed the band from concert to concert.


This exhibit was co-curated by Gabriel Saloman Mindel, 2017-2018 CART Fellow, along with Jessica Pigza and Alix Norton, and was made possible through a generous grant from the Brittingham Family Foundation.​




2017 Exhibit: Celebrating Innovation and Public Engagement at UC Santa Cruz

Celebrating Innovation and Public Engagement at UC Santa Cruz showcases four collections from the University Archives: the Raymond F. Dasmann papers, the Shakespeare Santa Cruz records, the records of the Feminist Studies Department at UCSC, and the UCSC Women of Color Research Cluster records. This exhibit highlights the contributions these people and organizations made to the university and beyond, and shows ways in which they innovated in their own communities of practice, engaging UCSC students, faculty, and staff along the way.


These exhibits were curated by the 2016-2017 CART Fellows:

Alina Ivette Fernandez

Megan Martenyi

​​LuLing Osofsky

​Alex Ullman​

Maggie Wander


View the Digital Companion Exhibits Here

2016 Exhibit: Reading Nature, Observing Science

Reading Nature, Observing Science: Examining Material Practices in the Lick Observatory Archives and Kenneth S. Norris Papers examines the Lick Observatory Records and the Kenneth S. Norris Papers through the historical construct of the "book of nature, and questions how science has treated nature as a text to be understood through objective practices of "reading" and which must be carefully reproduced and analyzed through objective modes of representation.


This exhibit was curated by the 2015-2016 CART Fellows: 

Danielle Crawford

Alex Moore

Christine Turk


View the Digital Companion Exhibit Here

2015 Exhibit: Activism in the Archives


Activism in the Archives focuses on the papers of Ruth-Marion Baruch, John Thorne, and Karen Tei Yamashita, three activists from the local northern California region. These international icons are united by their dedication to cultural and political activism and their involvement in and/or relationship to the social justice movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s: the Black Power, Flower Power, Red Power, and Yellow Power movements.


This exhibit was curated by the inaugural cohort of CART Fellows in 2014-2015: 

crystal am nelson

Melissa Eriko Poulsen

​Samantha Williams


View the Digital Companion Exhibit Here