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A garden for San Quentin: Today’s featured digital object

Gardening is, it must be agreed, an inherently fecund activity. In 2003, San Quentin State Prison began an experimental, rehabilitative gardening program in an attempt to improve the social climate of the prison and reduce recidivism rates. Was it effective? That’s what student Kathryn E. Waitkus sought to determine through her master’s thesis completed at Pepperdine University’s George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management. You can read the results yourself in her complete thesis, which is just one of the many scholarly works available in our Electronic Theses and Dissertations digital collection.

Inmates at work in the San Quentin garden

Waitkus, who filed her thesis in 2004, interviewed inmate program participants, an inmate control group, and prison staff before and after the garden was planted to determine varying perspectives on the expectations of stakeholders and the actual impact of the program. She found evidence that the prison garden program was beneficial to the inmates in many ways, providing a focused activity, a sense of refuge, a source of stress reduction, and a “neutral” territory in the otherwise segregated prison yard. Waitkus also evaluated the gardening program from a managerial perspective, providing recommendations for expanding the program. She remains deeply involved with the Insight Garden Program at San Quentin, and you can follow the progress of the program at her blog The Avant Gardener.

The Electronic Theses and Dissertation digital collection currently focuses on recent work from Pepperdine University’s graduate programs; however, plans are underway to digitize older theses and dissertations as well, bringing to light the long tradition of graduate level scholarship at Pepperdine University.

Pepperdine Digital Collections now online

Pepperdine College CheerleaderPepperdine University Libraries announces the opening of its new online digital collections. Through the digitization and display of rare or unique materials, each extraordinary collection provides a unique perspective on the history and scholarship of Pepperdine University and the cultural legacy of Malibu.

View the Pepperdine Digital Collections here.

Inaugural collections include:

The Pepperdine Yearbook Collection: A complete and searchable collection of the Pepperdine University yearbooks through its various incarnations as a bound publication (1939-2006).

The University Archives Photograph Collection: This ever-growing collection presents high-resolution digital renditions of the thousands of photographic prints, slides and negatives that compose the Pepperdine University archival image collection, dating from its founding in 1937.

John Mazza Historic Surfboard Collection: Featuring over thirty surfboards from the personal collection of Malibu resident John Mazza, this collection represents the evolution of surfing and surfboard technology in the twentieth century. Examples range from the 1910’s to living legends; even Gidget’s surfboard is represented. Digital imagery allows the viewer to focus on various angles and aspects of each board.

The Bruce Herschensohn Collection: This expanding collection features the personal papers of this important politician, scholar, and filmmaker, including his notes, correspondence, media clippings, films, and other ephemera.

Electronic Theses and Dissertations: The ETD collection includes recent graduate level theses and dissertations from a variety of schools and programs within Pepperdine University.

Pepperdine Digital Collections are open to the public to encourage discovery and scholarship at the widest possible breadth. Furthermore, the materials that compose our digital collections are optimized for online information seeking and archived for long-term digital preservation.