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New digital collection of historic sound recordings

Pepperdine University Libraries is pleased to announce the release of our latest digital collection. The Historic Sound Recordings collection features streaming recordings of memorable speeches and significant events that chart the history of Pepperdine University and, more broadly, Southern California. The collection includes archival recordings ranging from political speeches and debates on morality, to musical […]

10,000th photo added to digital photograph archive!

The Digital Initiatives division of Pepperdine University Libraries recently noted another milestone: we added the 10,000th digitized photograph to the University Archives Photograph Collection. As one of our flagship digital collections, the University Archives Photograph Collection has been growing steadily over the last two years, thanks in large part to the effort of diligent, dedicated, […]

Do the Thing Before You: Ambassador Tony Hall at “Borders of Faith”

Posted on behalf of Ken LaZebnik. I sat around a table in the Payson Library’s Surfboard Room with Tony Hall and some participants of the “Borders of Faith” symposium.  Tony leaned back, and with a look of genuine longing in his eyes, said, “If just one American president made ending hunger in America his – […]

“Borders of Faith” Opens Today: How It All Began

Posted on behalf of Ken LaZebnik. My son is a cadet at West Point.  I can assure you he is the only student there who is the child of a screenwriter and an actress.  This odd bit of personal history informs the origins of the “Borders of Faith” symposium, which opens today with a keynote […]

Pepperdine Digital Commons surpasses 10,000 downloads

Less than two months after its official launch, Pepperdine Digital Commons has passed the 10,000th download mark. As the library’s new centralized platform for Pepperdine University journals, scholarship, and faculty pages, Pepperdine Digital Commons is attracting a lot of internet traffic despite its still modest holdings. So far, the most popular journal is Leaven, from […]

Our Changing Library: Today’s featured digital object

If you’re a regular to Payson Library, the image to the right may seem at once familiar and oddly out of place. This is a semi-outdoor stairway that used to lead upstairs from the Pendleton Learning Center to the first floor of the library—a skylight opened overhead and a decorative screen separated the stairs from […]

Reagan’s Redwood: Today’s featured digital object

If you’re admiring a tree during a walk around Pepperdine University’s Malibu campus, be sure to look down to avoid tripping over the small metal sign—usually affixed to a boulder—that bears the personal name of the tree or its donor. If you’ve ever wondered why so many of the trees around campus come with their […]

The Malibu hills before Pepperdine: A before-and-after slideshow

“I looked and found the center of the Malibu miracle: tall rugged mountains meandering gracefully down across the verdant meadow and melting into the sea. Point Dume and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands sparkled in the distance. In the soft foreground were the 138 acres destined to be Pepperdine’s home.” These are the words of […]

Introducing Pepperdine Digital Commons: New online publishing platform for Pepperdine scholarship

It’s here! Pepperdine University Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of Pepperdine Digital Commons, the university’s new centralized platform for Pepperdine journals, faculty webpages, conference proceedings, and exemplary student research. Pepperdine Digital Commons is a digital repository and publication platform designed to collect, preserve, and make accessible the academic output of Pepperdine faculty, students, […]

Rare film of George Pepperdine: Today’s featured digital object

A bit over three decades ago, Helen Pepperdine, wife of our institution’s founder, donated a small film canister to the Pepperdine University Archives. Browned with corrosion, the five-inch canister contained a short reel of 16mm black and white film. Handwritten on the white leader tape was the simple description: “Mr. Pepperdine, 1951.” Boxed away for […]