Recently Processed Collections

April 10th, 2014

The following collections were recently processed, and are now open for research.

Hans H. Baerwald Papers (Collection 531). Hans Baerwald was a UCLA professor emeritus and internationally renowned scholar of Japanese politics. The collection consists of correspondence, Baerwald’s master publication file, lecture notes, professional organization and conference files and research files on subjects such as the purge, the Lockheed case, elections, the Economic Bubble, occupation policy, the Diet, Japanese Prime Ministers and the Showa Emperor.

Everett Claire Olson Papers (Collection 583). Dr. Everett C. Olson, a zoologist, paleontologist and geologist, began his long-term field program in the American Southwest, studying Permian vertebrate fossils during the 1930s while working within the University of Chicago’s Department of Geology. In 1969, Olson joined the UCLA faculty where he taught zoology and later served as chair of UCLA’s Department of Biology. The collection includes research documents such as field notes, geological maps, photographs, negatives, slides, drawings, and figures, as well as correspondence, conference materials, publications collected by and authored by Olson, lectures written by Olson, and presentation materials.

Daniel M. Popper Papers (Collection 584). Daniel M. Popper joined the new astronomy department at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1947 as its first stellar astronomer. At UCLA, Popper became a full professor in 1955, chaired the department from 1951-1957 and 1959-1963, and retired as professor emeritus and research astronomer in 1978. The collection includes research files, the UCLA Astronomy Department’s administrative documents, information on Popper’s courses, correspondence, and publications.

Ruth St. Denis Papers (Collection 1031). Ruth St. Denis (1879-1968) was a modern dance pioneer who combined spirituality and dance. Throughout her career, St. Denis’s dances were greatly influenced by eastern culture and religion. In the later years of her career, Christian themes were also explored and depicted in her works. Her papers include handwritten journals, personal and professional correspondence, essays, poems, lectures, choreographic notes, musical scores, dance programs and ephemera, photographic prints, reel-to-reel audio recordings, books from her personal library, and business materials. The collection spans the majority of her life, though the bulk of collection derives from the 1920s to her death in 1968.

Omar Suttles Papers (Collection 1292). Omar Suttles (1893-1980) was the founder of the Airfloat Coach Manufacturing Company and manufactured one of the earliest travel trailers built specifically for recreation. He co-founded the Trailer Coach Association (TCA), presently known as Manufactured Housing Institute, and wrote a long-running column for Trailer Life magazine. The collection consists primarily of Suttles’ scrapbooks, photographs, reminiscences, correspondence, memorabilia, brochures, and other printed materials, ranging from approximately 1927 to 1981, with Suttles posthumously receiving correspondence and honorary mentions in serials.

Blood Relatives and Tomorrow Never Comes motion picture scripts and publicity material (Collection 1354). Blood Relatives (1977) and Tomorrow Never Comes (1978) are two feature films produced by Michael Klinger and Julian Melzack. The collection consists of publicity and script material representing the two films.

Barbara Morgan Wight Gallery Collection (Collection 1872). The collection includes 143 mounted photographs, 137 of which were taken by Barbara Morgan and 6 by her husband, Willard D. Morgan. The photographs include images of dancers, nature, Camp Treetops, a Southwest series, New York cityscapes, and a junkyard series.

Leon Knopoff Papers (Collection 1876). The papers document the professional and research career seismologist, geophysicist, and UCLA Professor Leon Knopoff (b.1925-d.2011). Knopoff was known for his range of theoretical advances including a framework for the “double couple” model of an earthquake. The papers include: correspondence, files documenting Knopoff’s research projects, files generated by Knopoff as director of the UCLA Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (1972-1986); laboratory notebooks, speeches, and lectures. Additionally, the collection documents Knopoff’s correspondence, research, and teaching as a musician and musicologist.

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This Just In: Recently Acquired Gifts and Purchases

April 7th, 2014

A mini-exhibit of recent acquisitions in the History & Special Collections for the Sciences section of UCLA Library Special Collections is on display at the Louise M. Biomedical Library (4thfloor public reading room) through 30 April 2014.

Illustrated cover of Ralph Barton’s Science in Rhyme without Reason (1924)

Items are headlined:

  • Collecting all sides of an issue
  • Everyone’s first book must be a book of verse
  • Failed separation of monozygotic (cow) twins
  • History of toilets
  • It’s a book … it was a book … it’s an artist’s book
  • Vaccination armband

This exhibit is part of an occasional series, “This Just In: Recently Acquired Gifts and Purchases.”

By Russell Johnson, Curator/Librarian

History & Special Collections for the Sciences

Women Printers Through Five Centuries

April 2nd, 2014

Within the European tradition, women have been participants in the printing trade since its inception. The nature of their participation was shaped by a collective structure meant to enforce the general ascendancy of men, who, in the words of Virginia Woolf, “with the exception of the fog seemed to control everything.” Still, the number and distribution across Europe of presses run by women speaks to their abilities as printers and businesspeople. Though navigating complex legal and social restrictions, they managed to leave their mark (in this case, their colophons) on the cultural production of their times.

Printer’s ornaments, a composing stick with type and spacers, and string used for tying blocks of type. These items were borrowed from the Information Studies department’s letterpress lab.

The Library Special Collections houses the work of a variety of women printers, of which this exhibit was intended to be a small survey, broadly covering the period between the sixteenth and early twentieth centuries. After doing research and compiling a list of titles, finding the corresponding physical copies in our collections brought with it, each time, a little thrill. These volumes would arrive at my desk in their protective casings, often custom made, and often strangely complementary to the items in their aesthetic, utilitarian appeal. Each had a different story to tell.

A much worn and mended copy of T.S. Eliot’s Poems, published by the Hogarth Press in 1919.

This leather-bound 1527 edition by Elisabetta Rusconi, of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, was the source of some whimsical speculation.

Women often entered the trade through marriage, as either a printer’s wife or daughter. Due to the common age disparities between printers and their wives, women would often inherit a shop after the death of their husbands, continuing the business until remarrying or being supplanted, at least in title, by their sons. Indexes of women printers from the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries are populated by widows. Elisabetta Rusconi and Girolama Cartolari, in Italy, and Marguerite Van Anderat, in France, were products of this culture. This exhibit sought to separate them from these conditional associations and provide a glimpse, through their work, of their own professional practice.

The title page of the Metamorphoses.

The Woman Question, or the Querelle Des Femmes, which occupied the discourse of their contemporaries, continued through the ages and found another manifestation on Langham Place in London, where a group of women took it up within the context of their own experience. They came from positions of relative economic privilege and advocated for the ‘elevation’ of the status of women in society, though the amendment of employment and marriage laws. One of this group, Emily Faithfull, founded a printing press for the training and employment of women, the Victoria Press. The Victoria Press had good business and prospered for a time, with Faithfull being named “Printer and Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty.” The Victoria Regia, included here, was printed in dedication to Queen Victoria, in 1861.

Binding fit for a queen: The Victoria Regia.

In 1917, at Hogarth House in Richmond, Virginia Woolf and her husband Leonard took up the tools of the trade in order to establish a small, independent publishing house. The tasks of typesetting and composition fell to Virginia, who absorbed the lessons of the press and whose own productive process was informed by her role in this transmutation of thought to the printed word. Included in the exhibit, and a source of particular excitement to me, was an original printer’s proof of Woolf’s 1925 novel, Mrs. Dalloway, complete with the author’s annotations and revisions (in purple ink, no less).

Mrs. Dalloway (Collection 170/554)

The exhibit also included a copy of the first publication issued by the press in 1917, Two Stories, which includes woodcut illustrations by the artist Dora Carrington.

Two Stories

The issues of roles in cultural production occupied Woolf, who wrote in A Room of One’s Own that “it seemed a pure waste of time to consult all those gentlemen who specialize in woman and her effect on whatever it may be- politics, children, wages, morality- numerous and learned as they are.  One might as well leave their books unopened.”  By instead opening these particular books, this exhibit invited the viewer to look at them and, by extension, at the women printers of whose labor they are the product.

 By Lori Dedeyan, CFPRT Scholar

This Just In: “Alphabet of Extinct Mammals” exhibit

March 18th, 2014

Book artist/printer Bob Wakefield’s 2009 work, An Alphabet of Extinct Mammals, is on exhibit at the UCLA Louise M. Biomedical Library (1st floor lobby and 4th floor public reading room) through 11 April 2014.

Each printed leaf includes a color etching of a mammal, its name (sometimes fancifully described in order to match the desired letter of the alphabet), and a letterpress paragraph of commentary by the artist.

This is one of only 55 copies, issued by Chevington Press and signed by Wakefield. It is the only copy which was not bound but instead is “in sheets,” which we are displaying individually.

Because of how images are printed on folded sheets of paper, all of them may not be viewed simultaneously. We will exhibit half of the alphabet through March 31st, then the remainder through April 11th.

Read about Wakefield and his Chevington Press imprint at:

The “Audubon Bighorn Sheep” illustration, above, is one of a couple of “Extinct Mammal” etchings which are shown on the publisher’s website.

This mini-exhibit is part of an occasional series, “This Just In: Recently Acquired Gifts and Purchases.”

By Russell Johnson, Curator/Librarian

History & Special Collections for the Sciences

Aquatico-Archival Poetry Exhibit

March 10th, 2014


Poetry, art, and Los Angeles Aqueduct-related primary sources on exhibit in front of UCLA Library Special Collections through March 18, 2014

“Aquatico-Archival Poetry” exhibit features poetry and art from artists, activists, as well as UCLA faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. These works were inspired by Los Angeles Aqueduct-related primary materials held by UCLA Library Special Collections. This exhibit is a part of a sonnet project to commemorate the centenary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, and was developed by Christian Reed, Ph.D. candidate in English and Center for Primary Research and Training Scholar for the Los Angeles Aqueduct Digital Platform.

Looks Can Be Deceiving

February 27th, 2014

There’s good ol’ Al Jolson, with a friendly smile on his face. How nice! What’s the title of this song?

“I Gave Her That.”

It’s probably a song about some presents from a loving husband to his wife or girlfriend, right?

Oh, how wrong you are! It’s about a man giving things to his wife, alright, but one of those things is a black eye!

Yes, this song from the good ol’ days of 1919 celebrates giving a woman a black eye.

The Sheet Music Collection is full of interesting titles, lyrics, art work, etc.  Check it out!

And listen to “I Gave Her That” by Al Jolson on YouTube:

The complete lyrics follow:

Folks I want to ask you something
Have you seen my sweet?
She‘s the girl you stop and stare at
Walking down the street

There is really no use asking if you’ve seen this Miss
I am sure you’ve seen her so
Let me ask you this

Did you see that pretty dress?
Say, I gave her that
And that look of happiness
Say, I gave her that

You should see her flat
And her great big picture hat
You’d declare
It’s a bear

I gave her that

Did you see her motor car?
Say, I gave her that

I love her so much I hardly know where I’m at
Oh she’s a mighty pretty sight
And her eyes are black as night

But the left is blacker than the right
And I gave her that

When I’m walking with my sweetie
Up and down Broadway
You should see the fellow staring
Hear the things they say

They all claim I could never win this nifty miss
When they ask if she is mine
I just tell them this

Did you see that pretty dress?
Say, I gave her that
And that look of happiness?
Say, I gave her that

You should see her flat
And her great picture hat
You’d declare
It’s a bear

I gave her that

Did you see her solitaire?
I gave her that

When she got that ring she more than smiled
She went wild

But did you see her yesterday?
With that baby on Broadway?

Wasn’t that some baby
Say, That’s her sister’s child.

Post by Peggy Alexander, Curator of Performing Arts Special Collections

2014 LSC Short-Term Research Fellows

February 24th, 2014

''Search and ye shall find'' is the frontispiece to J. Mawe’s The voyager’s companion; or, Shell collector’s pilot, 4th ed. (London: Printed and sold by the author, 1825). BIOMED QL 405 M462v 1825 RARE

The UCLA Library Special Collections Short-Term Library Research Fellowship Program <> supports the use of special collections materials by visiting scholars and UCLA graduate students. Collections that are administered by UCLA Library Special Collections and available for fellowship-supported research include materials in the humanities and social sciences, medicine, life and physical sciences, visual and performing arts, and UCLA history.

Thirteen scholars will be visiting in 2014 as recipients of research awards which are supported by income from endowments in UCLA Library Special Collections:

James and Sylvia Thayer Short-Term Research Fellowships

Thayer fellowships provide support for research in any discipline. Awards are funded by an endowment  established by longtime UCLA benefactors James and Sylvia Thayer.

  • Gina Bombola (Doctoral student, Musicology, University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill)
  • Brittany Cowgill (Doctoral student, History, University of Cincinatti)
  • Alexander Elkins (Doctoral student, History, Temple University)
  • Leigh-Michel George (Doctoral student, English, UCLA)
  • Jesse Karlsberg (Doctoral student, American Studies, Emory University)
  • Devin McGeehan Muchmore (Doctoral student, American Studies, Yale University)
  • Pearl Robinson (Associate Professor, Political Science, Tufts University)
  • Larry Simon (Associate Professor, History, Western Michigan University)
  • Lauren Sinclair (Doctoral student, International Education, New York University)

Barbara Rootenberg Library Research Fellowship in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences

The primary goal of this fellowship is to help to promote the use of materials related to the history of medicine and life sciences in UCLA Library Special Collections. The award is named for Barbara Rootenberg, an alumna of the UCLA School of Library Service and an internationally-renowned antiquarian bookseller.

  • Jeremy Wasser (Associate Professor, Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, Texas A&M University)

Charles Donald O’Malley Short-Term Research Fellowships for Research in the History of Medicine and Allied Fields

O’Malley fellows conduct work primarily in collections of History and Special Collections for the Sciences, the Library Special Collections unit located in the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library; other UCLA Library Special Collections also may be used. These awards honor the memory of Charles D. O’Malley, a Vesalian scholar and the first full-time chair of the Department of Medical History at UCLA. This year the O’Malley fellowships were funded by the Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Research Fund.

  • Kristina Borrman (Masters student, Art History, UCLA)
  • Sarah Gold McBride (Doctoral student, History, University of California/Berkeley)
  • Nic Ramos (Doctoral student, American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California)

The application deadline (March 1st) is approaching for one more short-term research fellowship, whose recipient(s) will be announced this Spring:

Ahmanson Research Fellowships for the Study of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Books
Ahmanson fellowships of $2,500 per month for up to three months support the use of medieval and  Renaissance monographic and manuscript holdings in the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of the Aldine Press,  Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of Early Italian Printing, Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana, Orsini Family Papers, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Collection, Richard and Mary Rouse Collection of Medieval and  Renaissance Manuscripts and Early Printed Books, and Medieval and Renaissance Arabic and Persian Medical  Manuscripts. They are administered by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and require a separate application; application information is available on the center’s website <>.

Russell Johnson
LSC Fellowships Committee Chair
UCLA Library Special Collections

Happy Valentines’ Day!!! I Love You???

February 14th, 2014

UCLA Library Special Collections holds over 700,000 titles of popular American sheet music dating from the late 19th Century through the 21st Century. For this Valentine’s day, we’ve culled a few of the more unusual love song titles found within the collection. If you happen to find other unusual love song titles from our collections, we’d love to hear of them as well.


Peggy Alexander – Performing Arts Curator, Library Special Collections

Oscar™ in the Archive 2.0

February 13th, 2014

Now through March 2nd, 2014 in the lobby of Library Special Collections in A1713 YRL.

As part of its ongoing program of flash exhibits celebrating the Academy Awards, Library Special Collections will feature a series of two-day displays to celebrate each Oscar™ nominee for Best Picture with unique items, selected by staff, from the Department’s holdings. Mini-exhibits will be on view during LSC’s normal business hours, for two days only, in the department reception area so see ‘em while you can!

Display Schedule

  • 2/5 – Capt. Phillips
  • 2/7 – 12 Years a Slave
  • 2/11 – Nebraska
  • 2/13 – Gravity
  • 2/17 – American Hustle
  • 2/19 – Her
  • 2/21 – Dallas Buyers Club
  • 2/25 – Philomena
  • 2/27 – Wolf of Wall Street

Lauren Buisson – Technical Services, Library Special Collections

Grow(ing) Up! The UCLA Library Baby Record Books Collection

February 12th, 2014

Growing Up! The UCLA Library Baby Record Books Collection

Selections from the UCLA Library’s Baby Record Books Collection are on exhibit in the UCLA Powell Library Rotunda through April, 2014.

“Grow(ing) Up!” celebrates the 10th anniversary of the collection’s founding.

Baby books contain categorized headings and spaces to guide parents to record memories about developmental milestones and activities in a child’s first few years. The memory books provide places to gather photographs, locks of hair, and other mementos.

In March, 2004, local antiquarian bookseller and UCLA alumna Barbara Rootenberg donated a copy of a London physician’s brief work from 1885, The Parents’ Medical Note-book. She asked us, “What medical information do baby books collect?” A lot, as it turns out, from physical developmental milestones to details about vaccinations, illnesses, and accidents.

No other libraries were collecting the books with vigor, so we bought a few (mostly through eBay, some at swap meets, some from booksellers) and accepted books as donations.  A decade later, we haven’t stopped, even at 1400 copies spread across more than 750 titles and editions since the 1870s.

Although our collection development strategy focuses on infant development, health, and illness, we are collecting comprehensively—every title and edition we do not have, and multiple copies of some when they are filled-out.

The books and their handwritten and pasted-in contents have been used for research and teaching in pediatrics, printing history, economic and social status, material culture, linguistics, architecture, advertising, folklore, depictions of family, and other topics and disciplines.

Russell Johnson
History & Special Collections for the Sciences
UCLA Library Special Collections

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