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Center for Archival Research and Training (CART)

Descriptions of projects by current and former CART fellows

CART projects usually involve 10 weeks of in-person archival processing on a specific collection, then a subsequent collaborative curation of a physical exhibit based on that collection.

In 2020-2021, students completed projects that were able to be worked on remotely. These projects often included more creative and personal pursuits using collection materials, and fellows created digital exhibits presenting their work.

Read more below about current and past CART projects.

2022-2023 Projects

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2022: Miriam C. and Ray Rice Papers



Fellows Sienna Ballou and Joseph Finkel are processing the papers of California-based artists Miriam C. and Ray C. Rice. Miriam Rice was well known for her work in mushroom dyeing and her husband, Ray Rice, was a mosaicist, painter, poet, and animator of short experimental films. 


Miriam’s papers include her research materials on mushroom dyeing, manuscript drafts for her publications Let’s Try Mushrooms for Color (1974) and Mushrooms for Dyes, Paper, Pigments and Myco-Stix (2007), photographs, correspondence, travel files, audiovisual materials, dye tests, teaching and workshop files, and files on her professional activity with the International Mushroom Dye Institute. 



In the 1950s and 1960s, Ray Rice had a key role in developing the "Art and Architecture" movement, which integrated sculpture, mosaic and painting with architecture. Ray’s artistic work in this collection include his writings, drawings and sketchbooks, photographs and slides, and films. Also included are correspondence files between Ray and Miriam, and records from Ray’s time in the US Army during World War II. 

The fellows are surveying, arranging, organizing, and describing the materials that the Rices created ranging from the 1940s to the 2000s, and will collaboratively curate and exhibit to open in June 2022.

2022: Yamashita Family Papers


photo album


Fellows Jacob Stone and Anny Mogollón are processing 45 boxes of the papers of the Yamashita family, donated by Karen Tei Yamashita. Yamashita is an author and Professor of Literature at UC Santa Cruz since 1997.


photo album 2 letters


The Yamashita family was based in Oakland, California -- Kishiro and Tomi, who immigrated from Japan around the turn of the 20th century, along with their seven children born in the US: Kimi, Susumu, Chizuru, Hiroshi John, Iyo, Kiye Kay, and Isao Thomas. The family experienced forced removal and incarceration at the Tanforan and Topaz detention camps during World War II after the issue of Executive Order 9066. After the war, some family members returned to the Bay Area, while others dispersed to Chicago and elsewhere around the country. 


files of letters wedding photo


This family archive contains the papers of Karen Tei Yamashita’s father, Hiroshi John, and of his 6 siblings, their parents, and their extended family and friends. The collection contains family correspondence, photographs, albums and scrapbooks, artwork, oral history materials, film reels, and manuscripts, which all span from the 1910s through the early 2000s.



Materials from this collection were used extensively in Karen Tei Yamashita’s recent book, Letters to Memory.


The fellows are surveying, arranging, organizing, and describing the materials in the Yamashita family archive, and will collaboratively curate an exhibit to open in June 2022.



Past CART Fellows & Projects



Jazmin Benton: "See you when I see you...": Black Student Life at UCSC 1965-present

Katie Ligmond: Viva los Libros: Latinx Artist Books in UCSC Special Collections

Christina Ayson Plank: Watsonville is in the Heart Oral History Interviews (exhibit: More than their Labor: Sites of Manong Labor and Leisure in the Pajaro Valley)

Sienna Ballou and Joseph Finkel: Miriam C. and Raymond C. Rice Papers

Anny Mogollón and Jacob Stone: Yamashita Family Papers


Brock Stuessi: Sara Halprin Interviews of Seema Weatherwax (exhibit: Echoes of Seema)

Joseph Finkel: "If I had to live my life over again, I would be a botanist": John Cage's Mycology Collection

Anny Mogollón: seeds and whispers: a glimpse into the Karen Tei Yamashita Papers

Eric Sneathen: Another Renga


Christian Alvarado and Patrick King: Hayden White Papers

Emily Travis: Kay Metz Papers

Vivian Underhill: Frederick A. Hihn Records


Jessica Calvanico, Morgan Gates, Hannah Newburn, Nicholas Whittington: Trianon Press Archive (exhibit)

Wyatt Young: Grateful Dead Artwork



Jay Arms, Madison Heying, and Jon Myers: Other Minds Records (exhibit)

Alessia Cecchet and Gabriel Mindel: Grateful Dead Business Records (exhibit)


Celebrating Innovation

Alina Ivette Fernandez: UCSC Feminist Studies and Women of Color Research Cluster Records

Megan Martenyi, LuLing Osofsky, and Alex Ullman: Shakespeare Santa Cruz Records

Maggie Wander: Ray Dasmann Papers


Reading Nature

Danielle Crawford: Ken Norris Papers

Alex Moore and Christine Turk: Lick Observatory Records


Activism in the Archives

crystal am nelson: Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones Photographs and Papers

Melissa Eriko Poulsen: Karen Tei Yamashita Papers

Samantha Williams: John Thorne Papers