Archive for the ‘Clark Library’ Category

The Robert B. and Blanche Campbell Student Book Collection Competition

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Excerpts from the 2014 Winning Collections

May 12 – 30

Second floor rotunda and landing

Honoring book culture in the digital age, the Robert B. and Blanche Campbell Student Book Collection Competition rewards UCLA graduate and undergraduate students who have assembled outstanding book collections. The competition is named for the Campbells, founders of Campbell’s Bookstore, the original book supplier to UCLA and a vital part of the university community for fifty years. Launched in 1948, the competition is one of the oldest in the country and one of the most distinguished. Displayed are portions of this year’s winning collections selected by the winners themselves.

For more information about the competition visit the website.

Win Big with your Research Work!

Friday, January 10th, 2014

The Library Prize for Undergraduate Research recognizes and honors excellence in undergraduate research at UCLA. If you are a current UCLA undergraduate student and can answer “yes” to the questions below, your paper or project may be just what the selection committee is looking for!

  • Did you or your team use the UCLA Library collections for a research project you completed for a course in the last twelve months?
  • Did your use of library collections and services help you to increase the scope, depth, and significance of what you learned?
  • Did your skills as a researcher grow because of your use of library collections?
  • Did pursuing your use of library collections inform and strengthen other types of research you performed?

The application deadline for the 2014 prize is Friday, March 14.

Prizes will be available in the following categories. More categories may be added in the coming weeks.

  • Best minor projects* in the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Arts and Humanities: three prizes of $250 each
  • Best major projects* in the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Arts and Humanities: three prizes of $450 each
  • Best project (major or minor) incorporating resources from the UCLA Library Special Collections: one prize of $350
  • Best project (major or minor) on music after 1900 or film music: one prize of $350 (funded by the Hugo and Christine Davise Fund for Contemporary Music, UCLA Music Library)

The award ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 30, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Powell Library Building. Reservations are requested by Friday, April 18 by email to or by phone at 310.206.8526.

Apply now and win some money for your hard work!

Rethinking Enlightenment c.1650–c.1800

Monday, November 26th, 2012

A conference at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library

Friday and Saturday, December 7th and 8th

Approaching the Enlightenment “from below” opens up interesting possibilities that build on the rethinking of the historical phenomena in ways that Peter Reill, Margaret Jacob, Saree Makdisi and others at UCLA have already begun to explore. Rather than exploring Enlightenment themes through canonical texts or a relay race of “great thinkers,” this conference seeks to explore the Enlightenment through everyday practice and social interaction, through the press, clubs and societies, scientific lectures, and other multiple forms of social mediation. This relocates the Enlightenment in the culture of the period, opening up the question of whether groups of society that were themselves condemned by some as  ignorant, passionate, superstitious, and even irrational, affiliated themselves with it.

Registration deadline is Novemember 30.

Free for UCLA students, faculty and staff.  Be ready to show your ID.

Click here for the website, and look for calendar of events to sign-up.


Chamber Music at the Clark

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Parisii Quartet

Sunday, November 4
2 p.m.

William Andrews Clark Memorial Library

Approaching its thirtieth anniversary, the award-winning Parisii Quartet has earned international acclaim for its performances and recordings of distinctive and unusual repertoire from the eighteenth through the twenty-first centuries. This program will feature compositions by Ernest Chausson, Claude Debussy, and Maurice Ravel.

A limited number of discounted tickets for UCLA students are $10 each; contact theUCLA Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-century Studies for information.


a lecture

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Unfinished Business: Incomplete Bindings Made for the Book Trade from the Fifteenth to the Nineteenth Century 

Given by Nicholas Pickwoad, Univeristy of the Arts London

This lecture is co-sponsored by The Huntington Library, UCLA Library Special Collections, and UCLA Department of Information Studies, with support from the Breslauer Chair Fund

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

4:00 p.m.

William Andrews Clark Memorial Library

It has long been assumed that most books in the era of the handpress were sold in unbound sheets. Today this assumption is being challenged by the suggestion that many, if not most, books were sold bound. The survival, however, of significant numbers of books as sewn book blocks without covers and with or without boards offers another possibility, which is that the book trade offered books for sale either within the trade or to their customers in an incomplete state, but ready to be completed whenever that may have been required. This lecture looks at the surviving examples, the evidence for the practice and its implications for the history of bookbinding.

Professor Nicholas Pickwoad trained in bookbinding and book conservation with Roger Powell, and ran his own workshop from 1977 to 1989. He has been an adviser on book conservation to the National Trust since 1978. He was chief conservator in the Harvard University Library from 1992 to 1995, and is now project leader of the St Catherine’s Monastery Library Project based at the University of the Arts London, where he is director of the Ligatus Research Centre, which is dedicated to the history of bookbinding.

Click here for the reservation form.