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Winners of Pepperdine’s First Library Research Award are Announced

The three winners of the first annual Library Research Award went far beyond library basics to utilize many of the unique resources, collections, and services that the Pepperdine University Libraries provide. From archival boxes and obscure conference proceedings, to newspaper databases and InfoGuides, these students used the library to its fullest extent. The students drafted exhaustive literature reviews based on the sources most relevant to their research questions, and all three also conducted original analysis of information found within the library’s collections. Their winning essays and projects demonstrate the value of effective library research in academics.

Wil Fisher was the winner of the Best Undergraduate Student Project award for his project, Public Opinion Toward Bike Lanes: The Case of New York City. During the course of his research, Wil found sources in every nook and cranny of the library, both physical and virtual. He utilized at least 125 different sources, an open access dataset, Interlibrary Loan and Camino Resource Sharing, databases, online journals, e-books, and the Payson Library book stacks. Wil used his library research as a foundation for statistical analysis and personal interviews. Throughout this process, Wil followed an effective research strategy that resulted in a well-documented paper and poster.

Sarah Dannemiller won the award for the Best Use of Special Collections and University Archives for her project, Associated Women for Pepperdine: Enriching a Legacy. Her research involved detailed hands-on analysis of unique primary sources in four collections in the University Archives. Sarah contextualized and enriched her archival research with a variety of primary and secondary sources identified through interviews, databases, indexes, and bibliographies.

Alex Booker, winner in the Honorable Mention category, combined effective library research with his own original qualitative and quantitative research to write a paper entitled Finding a Frame that Fits: Analyzing Rival Framing of American Gun Control Policy in 2013. He searched multiple databases to identify journal articles for a literature review, crafted complex search terms to find newspaper articles for content analysis, and even utilized an e-book to learn how to use data calculation software.

We will honor Wil, Sarah, and Alex at a reception in the Great Books Room in Payson Library on Tuesday, April 15th, from 4-5pm. We hope you will join us to hear more about the students’ library research.

Two New University Archives Collections Ready for Use

Special Collections and University Archives volunteer, Amber DelaCruz, recently processed and created finding aids for two archival collections.

The Pepperdine University Archives Oral History Collection consists of over 100 oral history interviews with former faculty, staff, donors, distinguished guests, students, and other individuals associated with Pepperdine University. The interviews range in date from 1964 to present.

The Pepperdine University Campus Planning and Construction Collection consists mainly of materials relating to the planning and construction of the Pepperdine University campus in Malibu.  In 1969, the Rindge and Adamson family gave Pepperdine 138 acres of land in the Santa Monica Mountains. Subsequently, other gifts and purchases of adjoining parcels increased the size of the campus to 650 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In February of 1970, Ronald Reagan, architect William Pereira, and Pepperdine administrators announced plans for the new campus and launched the $63-million fund campaign to finance it and set up an endowment.

The Malibu campus opened with three major academic complexes: the Huntsinger Academic Complex, the Murchison Science Center, and the Tyler Campus Center.  Materials include master plan files, maps, correspondence, architectural plans, drawings, and photographs associated with the construction of campus buildings and landscaped areas.  The materials range in date from 1968 to 1999.

Do you have a question about a collection? Contact Katie Richardson at katie.richardson@pepperdine.edu or 310-506-4232.

Special Collections and University Archives Celebrates Two Years of Contributing Finding Aids to the OAC

February 2014, marked our second anniversary of contributing finding aids to the Online Archive of California (OAC). We are excited about the fact that in a little over two years we have increased our finding aids from 0 to 120, and we have seen an incremental increase in our visitor usage. While we have a few collections in our growing areas of Film and Television (6 collections) and Politics (3 collections), most of the materials we have processed fall within our 3 main collecting areas:

1. The University Archives (95 collections)

2. The Malibu Historical Collection (10 collections)

3. The Churches of Christ Heritage Center (6 collections)

With the processing of these materials, we have been able to track visitor usage and are pleased to see that more and more people are using our finding aids to access information. During our first month of operation, we had 14 unique visitors look at our finding aids; however, by the end of 2012, we increased to an average of 91 unique visitors per month. By 2013, our numbers jumped to an average of 384, and now, just within the first three months of 2014, we’ve average 425 unique viewers each month.  In addition, usage in the reading room has increased as well.

For any given month, we have been able to monitor such interesting things as what finding aids are most popular, how long researchers spent looking at our finding aids, and what keywords did researchers use to find our materials. Some of the more popular finding aids as of late include the Pepperdine College Freedom Forum Records with 56 views, the Chuck Waters Papers with 46 views, and the Michael D. (Micky) Moore Papers with 37 views.  About 80% of researchers have spent 30 minutes or less looking at a particular finding aid and some popular keywords include “Malibu” and “Pepperdine.”  In addition, we can tell what day is most popular (this month it’s been Sunday) and where researchers reside (32% of our recent viewers reside in Malibu, followed by 20.4% in Houston, and 9.6% in Seattle). Researchers from such countries as China, Ukraine, France, Canada, India, Ireland, and Brazil have looked at our finding aids. Interestingly enough, we can also tell that 1:00 a.m. appears to be a popular search time.

Needless to say, all of this would not be possible without the hard work of our dedicated team. A most sincere thanks to everyone who has participated in the processing of these 120 finding aids. To view our finding aids please click here. If you are interested in learning more about our collections, please contact katie.richardson@pepperdine.edu or (310) 506-4323.

Welcome Special Collections and University Archives Interns!

3 interns and 1 volunteer joined the Special Collections and University Archives team this semester. Each student is assigned a unique project that is tailored to their interests, desired learning outcomes, and departmental needs.

Lindsey Sommer is a second year graduate student in the UCLA MLIS program. She is processing the papers of Shirley Roper. Roper served as an assistant to numerous Pepperdine presidents including Benton, Davenport, White, and Young, as well as assistant to Provost Adrian. Roper worked at Pepperdine from 1963 to 2012. Her records play an integral role in documenting the history of Pepperdine through her near 50 years at the university and are a valuable asset to the university archives. In addition to processing the collection, Lindsey will create a finding aid and a MARC record for the collection.

Kendal Copeland is a junior at Pepperdine majoring in History. Kendal will enhance the finding aids of the Pepperdine Associates Records and the Pepperdine University Convocations, Founder’s Day and Presidential Inaugurations Collection. Kendal will describe the collections in greater detail, adding folder level description to Archivists’ Toolkit and updating the finding aids. She will also take part in an important preservation activity to preserve the student newspaper the Graphic.

Sophie Zhu is a junior at Pepperdine majoring in History. Sophie is processing a recent acquisition from Tommie Williams, wife of Hanson Williams, who served as a photographer at Pepperdine College. The new acquisition focuses solely on Williams’ time during the Korean War. Williams took many photos while in the military, stationed in Korea from 1951-1952. She will update the finding aid for this collection, Mylar, and organize the photographs.

Amber DelaCruz is a recent graduate of San Jose State University with a MLIS degree. Amber has worked on several projects including creating a finding aid for the Pepperdine Oral Histories Collection and also updating the Gavin McLeod Collection of Scripts. Currently, she is processing the Pepperdine University Campus Planning and Construction Collection.

Thanks interns and volunteers for all of your hard work!

Interested in interning in Special Collections and University Archives? Contact Katie Richardson at katie.richardson@pepperdine.edu or (310)506-4323.

Apply for the Library Research Award to Win Up to $500

Library Research Award PosterThe Pepperdine University Libraries are pleased to announce the first annual Library Research Award for students! This award of up to $500 will be given in several categories for the best scholarly or creative student projects that utilize library resources, collections, and services, in order to recognize the importance of effective library research in academics. The deadline to apply is March 31st, 2014.

Students are eligible to apply if they have used ANY print or online library resources, services, or tools in an academic project. A variety of project formats will be accepted, including research papers, films, musical compositions, lesson plans, short stories and others. In addition to submitting their project, students are asked to submit a reflective essay describing the role of the library in their research process and a bibliography.

If you are a full-time Pepperdine student at Seaver, GSEP, GSBM, or SPP and you have used library resources effectively in one of your projects, YOU are eligible to apply! The submission guidelines can be found here: http://infoguides.pepperdine.edu/libraryresearchaward.

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Nykanen at (310) 506-4434 or at melissa.nykanen@pepperdine.edu.

Introducing the Alumni Memories digital collection

Bernice Pitts receiving her degree at GPC from President Tiner

Bernice Pitts receiving her degree at GPC from President Tiner

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 Libraries by alumni of George Pepperdine College and Pepperdine University. The items in this collection, arranged by theme or donor, strive to capture the “Pepperdine experience” while providing a glimpse into the lives of the men and women that call Pepperdine their alma mater.

Christmas Card sent to the Pitts from M. Norvel Young and Family

Christmas Card sent to the Pitts from M. Norvel Young and Family

The flagship donation for the Alumni Memories Collection comes to us from Bernice M. (Carr) Pitts (’49), who provides numerous photographs and documents related to the life she shared with her husband, Carroll Pitts, Jr. (’54). Bernice and Carroll were the first African-American students to live in Normandie Village, the married student housing complex on the original Los Angeles campus of George Pepperdine College. In addition to photos of campus, the collection includes photos and clippings related to the Pitts family, Churches of Christ history in Southern California, and the Pitts’ ongoing relationship with fellow GPC alumnus Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn.

Bernice and Carroll Pitts receive a commemorative certificate from L.A. County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn in 1982

Bernice and Carroll Pitts receive a commemorative certificate from L.A. County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn in 1982

Carroll Pitts, Jr. also earned an M.A. in Religion from Pepperdine College in 1969, producing his thesis A Critical Study of Civil Rights Practices, Attitudes and Responsibilities in Churches of Christ. Throughout his career, Carroll specialized in church administration and personal evangelism, serving as the Minister of the Normandie Church of Christ in Los Angeles for over two decades. Carroll and Bernice traveled widely in support of Christian education, conducting workshops and gospel meetings in places as diverse as South Africa, Egypt, Rome, London, and Haiti. Carroll also taught classes at the annual Pepperdine Bible Lectures in addition to teaching part-time in Pepperdine University’s Religion Division. He passed in 1987. We are very grateful to Bernice for this donation, which we hope will honor his memory and celebrate the achievements they made together through a life devoted to God and Christian education.

If you are an alumnus interested in donating materials to this collection, please contact our Archivist, Katie Richardson at (310) 506-4323 or Katie.Richardson@pepperdine.edu.

Photographs of veteran Hollywood stuntman Chuck Waters now online

Swashbuckler (1976)

Swashbuckler (1976)

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 130 films, including The Deer Hunter, The Exorcist, the Indiana Jones trilogy, numerous films by Clint Eastwood, and many more.

The photographs in this digital collection capture the stunt industry at its height, decades before green screens, wires, and computer-generated imagery (CGI). Working for some of the biggest names in Hollywood—George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, William Friedkin, Francis Ford Coppola, and others—Waters has been set on fire, rolled in crashing cars, clotheslined off motorcycles, driven off cliffs, dropped from helicopters, thrown off horses, and hurled down stairs (yes those stairs in The Exorcist).

Chuck Waters (left) doubling Martin Sheen

Chuck Waters (left) doubling Martin Sheen

As Waters tells us, “We, my fellow stuntmen and stuntwomen, had to figure out how to do our stunts as safe as possible so that we could live to see another day of stunts—as dangerous as they were. And sometimes they did not get to see the next day!”

Come see how they did it. The photographs in the collection cover the range of Waters’ career, from Adam West’s Batman television series to The Mask of Zorro. Enjoy.

KAPOW!

KAPOW!

Materials derive from the Chuck Waters Papers, a part of the Film and Television Collection of Pepperdine University Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives.

Sigma Tau Delta Hosts Bake Sale to Benefit the Library

Sigma Tau Delta, Seaver’s English Honor Society, is hosting a bake sale today, February 4th, and Thursday, February 6th, with all proceeds going towards purchase of a rare book for the library. The bake sale is being held from 9am-3:30pm on the 3rd floor of the CAC.

Last year, Sigma Tau Delta purchased a rare book for the library’s Special Collections for the first time. You can read more about the donation here. The group hopes to make this an annual tradition.

Please stop by the bake sale and support Sigma Tau Delta in their efforts to contribute to the library!

Two New Film and Television Collections Ready for Use

This past fall, Special Collections and University Archives Intern, Beth McDonald, processed and created finding aids for two of our newest acquisitions the Michael D. “Micky” Moore Papers and the Chuck Waters Papers. Moore and Waters made their careers in the entertainment industry in very different ways. Moore was an actor and director while Waters is a stuntman and actor. The two men worked on several projects together and were close friends.Moore on the set of Pollyanna in 1920

Moore began his film career as a child actor on the silent screen and between 1917 and 1929, he acted in over 40 films. Moore worked with such silent screen stars as Mary Pickford, Jack Holt, Gloria Swanson, Lillian Gish, Conrad Nagel and Tom Mix.

Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Moore worked as a Prop Man before he was offered the opportunity to move in to production as an assistant director. He jumped at the chance. As assistant director, Moore worked for some of the most famous directors of the day, including his mentor, Cecil B. DeMille, on DeMille’s last film as a director, The Ten Commandments.

From the 1960s on, Moore became well-known as a reliable and confident secoMoore-Patton002  nd unit directMoore-Patton001or with a knack for action sequences. He worked on some of the most famous movies of the twentieth century, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Patton, Rooster Cogburn, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Moore retired in 2000 after wrapping his final movie, the Walt Disney picture 102 Dalmatians.

The collection includes photographs, scripts, storyboards, letters, videos, movie memorabilia, and materials from his memoir.

Chuck Waters is an American stuntman and actor who has worked on more than 130 films. Even as a child, he was known for his adventurous nature: as early as five years old, he could be found climbing on the roof of his house and jumping to a nearby tree to get down. In the 1960s, waters decided to move to Hollywood to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.  Waters eventually connected with well-known stuntman, Paul Stader, who owned a boxing gym in Santa Monica where he trained up and coming stuntmen. Chuck began training with Stader and in 1965, after only 9 months of training, was recommended to take Stader’s place on a job as a scuba diver on the TV series Honey West starring Ann Francis.

Honky Tonk Freeway 1981Every Which Way But Loose Eastwood rehearshing a fight scene with WatersIn the 1970s, Waters career took off. He performed stunts in major films such as High Plains Drifter, The Exorcist (crashing through a window and down 75 steps as Jason Miller’s stunt double), The Deer Hunter, and Apocalypse Now. Over the course of his career, Waters has worked with many of the top names in Hollywood, including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, William Friedkin, and Francis Ford Coppola. He has worked with actors such as Harrison Ford, Martin Sheen, Sean Penn, Robert De Niro, and Sean Connery. One of his longest working relationships is with actor/director Clint Eastwood, with whom Waters has done 13 films. Additional movies Waters has worked on include: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, National Lampoon’s European Vacation, Flubber, Every Which Way But Loose, Flags of Our Fathers, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

The collection includes scripts, notes, photographs, stunt reels, articles, and ephemera relating to Waters’ career in the stunt industry.

In November, Chuck Waters, his wife Charlotte, and Moore’s daughters Sandy and Tricia, meet with Special Collections and University Archives staff.

photo 2For questions about the collections, please contact Katie Richardson at katie.richardson@pepperdine.edu or (310) 506-4323.

Christmas Illumination from the Saint John’s Bible on Display in Payson

The new Saint John’s Bible display in the Payson Library lobby is currently featuring an illumination of a nativity scene, from the first page of the book of Luke. The nativity scene shows a manger surrounded by animals in front, Mary and Joseph to the right, and the shepherds and townspeople on the left. A beam of light connects the manger upwards towards heaven. The angels intersect this beam to form a gold cross, reminding us that the reason for Christ’s birth was to be fulfilled with the crucifixion and resurrection. You can see the illumination online here, or visit Payson Library to see it in person.

The Saint John’s Bible is a work of sacred art that unites an ancient Christian tradition with the technology and vision of today, illuminating the Word of God for a new millennium. In 1998, Saint John’s Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce the hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible. The Heritage Edition, on display in Payson Library, is a fine-art reproduction of the original with the mission of igniting the spiritual imagination of people on all faith journeys. Pepperdine University Libraries embraced this mission by acquiring this Bible for the University in honor of its 75th anniversary. One volume will remain on display in the Payson Library lobby, while the others are available for viewing in Special Collections. Please contact Melissa Nykanen at (310) 506-4434 or at melissa.nykanen@pepperdine.edu for more information.