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Love on Haight: The Grateful Dead and San Francisco in 1967

June 6, 2017 - June 2018

Located in Dead Central on the 2nd floor of McHenry Library

View the digital exhibit here

Love on Haight: the Grateful Dead and San Francisco in 1967, will highlight materials from multiple collections housed in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives. The exhibit will feature posters, photography and ephemera from the Grateful Dead Archive and photographs from Ruth-Marion Baruch’s 1967 Haight-Ashbury series. Additionally, the exhibit will include a selection from the Library’s exceptionally rich holdings in alternative publications from this time period: a variety of newspapers and magazines, comic books, literary journals and broadsides as well as political tracts. There will also be an audiovisual component in Dead Central – films about the Summer of Love, snippets of performances and of course, music.

Image: Grateful Dead stand on the corner of Haight & Ashbury, 1966. Herb Greene.

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

June 15 - October 6, 2017

Located on the 3rd floor outside of Special Collections



This year, the Center for Archival Research and Training (CART) fellows processed 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. While we were organizing these records and making them available for research, questions about institutional engagement began to emerge: What makes a "public" university? Whom does a public university serve? In exploring these questions, CART fellows considered the influence of these archives across three spheres of public dialogue: the university community, the city of Santa Cruz and state of California, and across the globe. In influencing thesecommunities, the university also transformed itself. 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.

This exhibit was curated by the 2016-2017 fellows of the Center for Archival Research and Training: Alina Ivette Fernandez, Megan Martenyi, LuLing Osofsky, Alex Ullman, and Maggie Wander. 

View the digital exhibits here

Pictures and Progress: the Black Panther 1966-2016

November 10, 2016 - May 1, 2017

Located on the 3rd and 4th floors of McHenry Library

View the digital exhibit here.

The Black Panther Party was officially formed in 1966, shortly after the creation of Marvel Comics Black Panther character. Fifty years later, two interconnected exhibits examine the role of women in the Party and the comic.

Curators explore the role of women in the Party through photographs from the Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch collection, ephemera, and original posters by Emory Douglas. About 40 comics have been selected to explore the portrayal of the Black Panther character and African Americans in the second half of the twentieth century. The curators created a digital exhibit featuring extended analysis of these themes available here.

These exhibits have been curated by crystal am nelson, Cathy Thomas, and Kiran Garcha, PhD students at UC Santa Cruz.

Image: Mother and child, Free Huey Rally, De Fremery Park, Oakland, CA July 28, 1968. Ruth-Marion Baruch.

Reading Nature, Observing Science

June 8-October 15, 2016
Located on the 3rd floor outside of Special Collections
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 fellows of the Center for Archival Research and Training (CART), Danielle Crawford, Alex Moore, and Christine Turk. The exhibit will be accompanied by a digital exhibit, also curated by the CART fellows.
Please join us in celebrating our 2015-2016 CART fellows and their work at the opening for the exhibit on June 8 from 5-6pm on the third floor of McHenry Library.
Image: Kenneth Norris, Laysan Island, 1971.

What is a Book?

December 3, 2015 to May 15, 2016

Artists’ books are one of the great strengths of UCSC’s Special Collections. This exhibit features a large selection of formats and themes and explores the question “what is a book?” There is no one definition for the term “artists’ books”, but one expert in the field, Stephen Bury from the Frick Museum, says it well: “books or book-like objects over the final appearance of which an artist has had a high degree of control; where the book is intended as a work of art in itself." And another expert on the subject, Johanna Drucker, says, “an artists’ book should be a work by an artist self-conscious about book form, rather than merely a highly artistic book.” We decided that it was high time to let some of our treasures out of the closed stacks and into the public eye – they deserve the limelight and all of you deserve a chance to peruse the 16 cases that we have filled.

This exhibit has been a collaborative effort of the Special Collections and Digital Initiatives departments. Janet Young is the chief curator of the exhibit. Special thanks are due to Jess Waggoner, Irene Reti, Luisa Haddad, Kate Dundon and Scott Campbell. Our terrific student assistants Sally Lee, Ashlynn Prasad, Pa Lee, Brittany Saephan and Cameron Baker worked alongside us --both on installing cases and preparing the checklist.

The exhibit will run from December 3, 2015 to May 15, 2016. Printed guides are available in our reading room; you can also access the exhibit checklist on your computer or phone:

This exhibit is just an “amuse bouche” – you can only see one static moment for each piece. But we invite you to wander from case to case, using your digital guide, or one of our paper guides to create a shopping list for a return visit where you can actually handle these items and peruse them at your leisure in our reading room. 

Please consider helping the library to maintain and add to our special collections by making a donation online.

Activism in the Archives: Radical Imaginaries in the Papers of Ruth-Marion Baruch, John Thorne, and Karen Tei Yamashita

Open June 8 – October 15, 2015
Located on the 3rd floor outside of Special Collections
The Center for Archival Research and Training (CART) program is a fellowship program for UCSC graduate students interested in learning about archival research. This year, three students worked with materials from four collections: the Ruth-Marion Baruch & Pirkle Jones Photographs and Papers, the John E. Thorne Papers, and the Karen Tei Yamashita Papers. Containing a diverse set of materials, each of these collections is united by the insight they offer into the lives and works of four activists with roots in the San Francisco Bay Area. This exhibit is accompanied by a digital exhibit, also curated by the CART Fellows.
2014-2015 CART Fellows: 

crystal am nelson, History of Art and Visual Culture

Melissa Eriko Poulsen, Literature Department

Samantha Williams, History Department

Image: Demonstrators in front of the International Hotel, 848 Kearny Street at Jackson show their support for the tenants who are under eviction orders, August 1977. Photo by Nancy Wong

Chancellor Dean McHenry, the Political Mastermind behind UC Santa Cruz

Open April 5 - September 20, 2015

Founding UCSC Chancellor Dean McHenry's education, research, and practical experience in California politics from the 1930s to the 1950s helped him develop the savvy and political acumen to create and lead a boldly experimental campus of the University of California. This  exhibit explores McHenry's political career, focusing particularly on his participation in Upton Sinclair's 1934 End Poverty in California (EPIC) campaign for governor of California and his key role in authoring the 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education.

The physical exhibit, located outside of Special Collections on the third floor of McHenry Library,  is accompanied by an online exhibit, Chancellor Dean McHenry, the Political Mastermind behind UC Santa Cruz.

Artists and their Books: Medieval and Modern Examples from Special Collections

Open March 19 - October 5, 2015

Artists and their Books: Medieval and Modern examples from Special Collections focuses on the circumstances under which these medieval manuscripts were produced and first used. How were they intended to be used and by whom? What is the relationship between text and image in each of the books, and how does the page layout inform the way a reader looks or looked at the page?

This exhibit was organized, prepared and installed by UCSC students in the senior seminar on the “art of the medieval book” taught by Elisabeth Remak-Honnef. The physical exhibit is on display in the Special Collections Reading Room and  is accompanied by an  online exhibit created by students in the class.

As part of their coursework, students wrote descriptive captions for the items on display as well as longer essays on single manuscripts. Students also selected a 20th or 21st century artists’ book to compare with their medieval manuscript and prepared short reports on such aspects of book production as parchment preparation, pigments and gilding, scripts and paleography, writing materials and binding techniques.

See the digital exhibit here.

Marie Severin: Comic Book Artist

Open February 23 – May 15, 2015

Special Collections and Archives is delighted to exhibit over 40 comic books selected from the recent and very generous donations of UCSC alumni James Gunderson and Peter Coha that form the Gunderson-Coha Marvel Comics Collection. Other items on exhibit have been drawn from existing library holdings.

Marie Severin is a comic book artist best known for her work as a colorist at EC in the 1950s and as an artist at Marvel in the 1960s through the 1990s. Her first major penciling assignment was the Doctor Strange series in Marvel’s Strange Tales, followed by stories featuring the Hulk, Sub-Mariner and Kull. She is the first woman to have been inducted into the Will Eisner Comics Hall of Fame. Learn more about the exhibit here.

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