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Special Collections & Archives at UCSC

news on exhibits, publications, and events featuring our collections

Now on Exhibit in the 3rd Floor Gallery

Turned Texts: Alterations by Artists, Readers, and Nature

14 December 2017 - 29 April 2018

Location: 3rd Floor Gallery, McHenry Library

Notes in margins. An old volume repurposed in ways never anticipated by its original creator. An artist’s response to, and re-envisioning, of a novel’s physical form. Ghostly traces left behind by plants and insects whose lives intersected with a text. Just as we are transformed every day by texts that inspire new knowledge, these materials themselves are, in turn, changed through their encounters with both human and nonhuman actors. Turned Texts explores the unique stories, the questions, and  the creative possibilities of altered texts.

Selected work by students in Porter College’s Fall 2017 Core Course: Composition, Creative Inquiry, and the Arts is featured in Turned Texts. Special Collections & Archives was proud to collaborate with Porter College in this course by introducing students to the world of artists’ books, in anticipation of the students creating their own unique altered book projects. 

Now on Exhibit In Dead Central

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

6 June 2017 - 1 May 2018

Location: Dead Central, 2nd floor (main level), McHenry Library

View the digital exhibit here

Love on Haight: the Grateful Dead and San Francisco in 1967, highlights materials from multiple collections housed in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives. The exhibit features posters, photography and ephemera from the Grateful Dead Archive and photographs from Ruth-Marion Baruch’s 1967 Haight-Ashbury series. Additionally, the exhibit includes 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. The audiovisual elements in this exhibit include 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.

Selected Previous Exhibits

Nuestras Historias, 30 November-14 December 2017

Nuestras Historias

30 November - 14 December 2017

Location: California Room (inside Special Collections & Archives), Third Floor, McHenry LibraryThe UCSC

Chicano Latino Research Center (CLRC) celebrated its 25th anniversary with the opening of its archive, with a student-curated exhibit featuring materials from the center's archival records, and with the launch of a digital project, Nuestras Historias, which documents the critical work done by this important research center. Read more about it at this article on the Nuestras Historias CLRC archive.

CART 2017: Celebrating Innovation and Public Engagement at UC Santa Cruz - 15 June-6 October 2017

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 - 10 November 2016-1 May 2017

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 - 8 June-15 October 2016

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.