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Pepperdine’s Fight against Communism: Announcing the Pepperdine College Freedom Forum digital collection

The Pepperdine College Freedom Forum was an annual, three-day seminar designed to promote American values as a defense against communism, held in Los Angeles between 1959 and 1971. The model for the Freedom Forum grew out of the National Education Program developed by George S. Benson, President of Harding College. At Pepperdine, President M. Norvel […]

New Malibu matchbook and postcard collection online

According to the New York Times, “Close Cover Before Striking” is the most printed phrase in the history of the printed word. Perhaps you remember the days when every business, it seemed, advertised its services via free matchbooks bearing a logo, address, and phone number. Matchbook cover advertising rose and fell with the popularity of […]

Pepperdine University Libraries digitizes the early years of the Malibu Times

On May 2, 1946, the inaugural issue of The Malibu Times reported on several items. Locally, a truck driver was sentenced to 90 days in county jail for driving drunk. National news included mention of an electric window shade featured at the World Inventor’s Expo in Chicago. And Judge John L. Webster, a community leader, […]

Introducing the Alumni Memories digital collection

Pepperdine University Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of the Alumni Memories Collection, a new digital collection designed to honor the lives of our alumni and the special bond they’ve formed with Pepperdine University. The collection, freely accessible online, is composed of photographs, memorabilia, documents, scrapbooks, correspondence, and other materials donated to Pepperdine University […]

Photographs of veteran Hollywood stuntman Chuck Waters now online

Pepperdine University Libraries is thrilled to announce the Chuck Waters Collection, a new addition to Pepperdine Digital Collections. Chuck Waters, veteran stuntman of film and television, shares his personal photographs, correspondence, and stories chronicling more than forty years in the film industry. Waters (b. 1934) has served as stunt performer or stunt coordinator on over […]

Pepperdine Digital Commons reaches the half-million downloads milestone

Pepperdine University Libraries is pleased to announce that Pepperdine Digital Commons has passed 500,000 total downloads! New Year’s resolution: 1 million downloads by 2015. Pepperdine Digital Commons is the university’s centralized platform for Pepperdine journals, faculty websites, conference proceedings, exemplary student research, and other e-scholarship. It is our mission to make Pepperdine’s scholarly output accessible, […]

Guess who’s turning 40? Stauffer Chapel (slideshow)

Pepperdine University’s own “little chapel on the hill” turns 40 years old today. Stauffer Chapel was dedicated on November 4, 1973 about one year after Pepperdine’s Malibu campus opened its doors. Named for longtime Pepperdine supporter Beverly Stauffer, the chapel stands at the southern edge of campus overlooking the wide vista of the Pacific Ocean. […]

Happy World Day for Audiovisual Heritage!

Here’s something that you may not have known: this Sunday, October 27th, is World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. And why should you care? While you may be hard pressed to find a Happy World Day for Audiovisual Heritage card at the Hallmark store, it speaks to a very important issue. Experts estimate that we have […]

Celebrate Open Access Week with Pepperdine Digital Commons

Today is the first day of Open Access Week, an annual event promoting open access as a new norm in global scholarship and research (Oct. 21 – Oct. 27). And what is open access? Open access (OA) scholarship is digital, online, free of charge, and free of many copyright and licensing restrictions. It is, simply […]

Classical guitar concert series comes to Payson’s Surfboard Room

“Welcome to our boardroom,” remarked Mark Roosa, Pepperdine University’s Dean of Libraries, in reference to the thirty-odd surfboards that lined the walls of the chapel-like space in Payson Library that would serve as recital hall for the evening. Dean Roosa was introducing renowned classical guitarist Christopher Parkening, whose students would be performing for this, the […]