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Happy 200th Birthday to Charles Dickens!

Today is the bicentennial of Charles Dickens’ birth, and events to celebrate his legacy are taking place in his native UK and in the US. According to an article in today’s LA Times, Dickens has inspired more TV, film, and stage adaptations of his works than any other writer. Check out this list of Dickens […]

Payson Library’s Surfboard on Display at Huntingon

The Huntington Library’s current exhibit, “Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Century in Southern California,” includes a surprising element: a surfboard from Pepperdine’s own surfboard collection! This particular surfboard (pictured at left) represents the intersection between the development of surfboard technology and aircraft engineering in Southern California. The board was designed by Bob Simmons, a California […]

Roosevelt Letter Discovered During Internship

Madison Unell, a junior at Pepperdine, was an intern in the Special Collections and University Archives this past semester. Madison completed a preservation survey of our rare book collection, and made some interesting discoveries in the process. Here is her report: This semester I had the opportunity to intern with the Payson Special Collections. My […]

Happy Holidays From Special Collections!

The rare book collection at Pepperdine includes books representing all topics and eras, including books about Christmas and winter. A highlight of this collection is a beautiful first edition of Cricket on the Hearth, by Charles Dickens. Dickens wrote Cricket on the Hearth just before the holiday in 1845. Unlike many others of Dickens’ books, […]

Volume Three of the Saint John’s Bible Arrives at the Library

The Wisdom Books volume of the Saint John’s Bible arrived at Payson Library this week. Third in a set of seven volumes, this volume includes the books of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Wisdom of Solomon, and Sirach. Women are celebrated in many of the illuminations throughout this volume, which highlights the feminine nature […]

Saint John’s Bible in the News

Here at the library, we are very excited about our newest major acquisition, a Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible. Our excitement must be contagious because the Saint John’s Bible keeps popping up in the Pepperdine news. Last week’s Graphic featured an article on the libraries’ acquisition of the Bible. You can read the […]

Special Collections Hosts GPC Alumni Panel

Three George Pepperdine College alumni joined the Special Collections and Archives during Waves Weekend for a panel discussion about student life at Pepperdine in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The event was held in Payson Library and attracted a crowd of other George Pepperdine College alumni as well as current students interested in hearing more […]

Pepperdine Participates in LA Archives Bazaar

Pepperdine University Libraries Special Collections and Archives participated in the 6th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, held at USC earlier this month. Pepperdine joined more than 80 archives in the event, which brings Los Angeles history alive through displays, panel discussions, lectures, and film screenings. Other archives that were represented included UCLA Special Collections, the […]

Pepperdine University Libraries Shares Saint John’s Bible with Local Legatus Group

The Pepperdine University Libraries team recently had the pleasure of sharing the Saint John’s Bible with 62 members of the West LA chapter of Legatus, a nationwide organization that supports top-ranking Catholic business leaders and their spouses in the three areas of faith, family, and business. At the Jonathan Club in Santa Monica, Pepperdine University […]

Special Collections Receives NHPRC Grant

Pepperdine University Libraries’ department of Special Collections and University Archives was selected as a recipient for an 18-month grant-funded project from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) in the amount of $110,143. “Preserving the Past, Preparing for the Future: Building Sustainable Archival Collections,” will focus on the organization and description of Pepperdine University’s archival […]