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It’s a WRAP: NHPRC Funded Project Concludes

March 31, 2013, concluded the eighteen month NHPRC funded project “Preserving the Past, Preparing, for the Future: Building Sustainable Archival Collections.” During the project, 1,370 linear feet of materials were processed comprising 103 collections. The finding aids for the collections can be accessed through the Online Archive of California.

Over the course of the grant, we had many people pitch in to get things done. Three student workers: Jenna Fry, Lindsey Gant, and Catie Golitzin; four interns: Alexandra Mogan, Austin McElrath, Andrea Oates, and Sarah Dannemiller; one cataloger: Casey Ann Mitchell; a graduate student assistant: Jessica Geiser; and three archivists: Jamie Henricks, Melissa Nykanen, and Katie Richardson all put in time to make sure the grant was a success. In addition to having collections organized following national standards and best practices, local policies were established in the archives to accession and maintain new collections going forward.

Collections processed and made available because of the grant:

1984 Olympics Collection

Associated Women for Pepperdine Records

Banowsky (William S.) Papers

Batchelder (Ronald W.) Papers

Casmir (Fred L.) Grade Books

Churches of Christ Church Programs and Weekly Bulletins

Crest Associates Records

Davenport (David) Papers

Derrick (Hubert G.) Papers

Fetzer (Joel S.) Papers

George Pepperdine College Records

Goff (Ivan) Collection of Television Scripts

Hahn (Kenneth) Collection

Herschensohn (Bruce) Papers

Holland (Harold E.) Papers

Hornbaker (Larry D.) Papers

Hughes (Norman) Papers

Johnson (B. Lamar) Papers

Kallis (Stanley M.) Scripts

Lovell (James L.) Papers

MacNair (C. Richard) Papers

Malibooz Collection

Malibu Property Ownership Record Books and Real Estate Property Indexes

Marowitz (Charles) Collection of the Malibu Stage Company

McCaleb (J.M.) Papers

Metcalf (Edwards H.) Papers

Miller (Donald V.) Papers

Moore (James C.) Papers

Morris M. Womack Research Materials on J.P. Sanders

National School Safety Center Records

Penrod (James I.) Papers

Pepperdine Ambassadors Council Records

Pepperdine Associates Records

Pepperdine Bible Lectures Collection

Pepperdine College Freedom Forum Records

Pepperdine (George) Family Papers

Pepperdine University Accreditation Collection

Pepperdine University Admissions and Enrollment Collection

Pepperdine University Alumni Association Records

Pepperdine University Annual Reports

Pepperdine University Archives Audiovisual Collection

Pepperdine University Archives Individual Files

Pepperdine University Archives Individual Photograph Files

Pepperdine University Archives Photographs, Negatives, and Slides

Pepperdine University Archives Publications

Pepperdine University Archives Subject Files

Pepperdine University Athletics Records

Pepperdine University Board of Regents Records

Pepperdine University Budget and Finance Collection

Pepperdine University Bulletins, Catalogs and Schedule of Classes

Pepperdine University Campaigns and Fundraising Collection

Pepperdine University Campus Dedications Collection

Pepperdine University Commencement Collection

Pepperdine University Computing Collection

Pepperdine University Convocations, Founder’s Day and Presidential Inaugurations collection

Pepperdine University Credits Committee Records

Pepperdine University Due Process Committee (DPC) Deliberations Records

Pepperdine University Faculty Collection

Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology Records

Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management Records

Pepperdine University International Programs Records

Pepperdine University Libraries Records

Pepperdine University Management Committee (UMC) Records

Pepperdine University Office of Public Affairs Records

Pepperdine University Office of the Provost, Nancy Magnusson Fagan Records

Pepperdine University Office of the Provost, Steven S. Lemley Records

Pepperdine University Office of the Provost, William B. Adrian Records

Pepperdine University Operations Planning Committee (OPS) Records

Pepperdine University Performing and Fine Arts Collection

Pepperdine University Planning Committee (UPC) Records

Pepperdine University Plaques

Pepperdine University Policy Committee (UPOL) Records

Pepperdine University Real Estate Records

Pepperdine University School of Continuing Education Records

Pepperdine University School of Law Records

Pepperdine University School of Professional Studies and Los Angeles Campus Collection

Pepperdine University School of Public Policy Records

Pepperdine University Seaver College Records

Pepperdine University Speeches Collection

Pepperdine University Student Life Collection

Pepperdine University Women’s Organizations Collection

Pullias (Earl Vivon) Papers

Restoration Movement Publications

Rindge and Adamson family papers

The Roots of American Order Television Adaptation Proposal

Sanders (J.P.) Sermons

Seaver Academic Council Records

Seaver (Blanche Ebert and Frank R.) Papers

Seaver College Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) Records

Sigmon (Loyd C.) Papers

Southern California Youth Citizenship Seminar Records

Student Government Association (SGA) Records

Thomas (Robert (Bob)) Papers

Tiner (Hugh M.) Papers

Tyler Ecology Award Records

University Academic Council Records

Wagner (Joseph) Papers

Webster Family Papers

White (Howard A.) Papers

Williams (Hanson A., Jr.) Collection of Photographs and Negatives

Wilson (John F.) Papers

Young (M. Norvel and Helen) Papers

Zeta Kappa Collection









Some of the member of the NHPRC team: Casey Ann Mitchell, Jessica Geiser, Katie Richardson, Sarah Dannemiller, Lindsey Gant, and Jamie Henricks)

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


Lindsey Gant Selected as Library Outstanding Student Worker of the Year!

Lindsey Gant has worked in the library for the past two years. This year, she was not only selected as the Library Student Worker of the Year but she was also a finalist for Outstanding Student Worker for the entire university! Lindsey switched from working in the Digital Initiatives Department to working in Special Collections and University Archives last fall and has been a huge help.










(Lindsey with her award and fancy chocolates!)

Lindsey has worked on many important projects for us. We received a large grant from NHPRC to organize, describe, and make available our archival collections to students, faculty, staff, and the community. Lindsey has helped by assisting members of the Special Collections team with creating finding aids for at least eighteen collections. These finding aids are published online through the Online Archive of California.

Collections that Lindsey has worked on include:

Churches of Christ Church Programs and Weekly Bulletins 1948-1968

Fetzer (Joel S.) Papers 1983-2012

George Pepperdine College Records 1937-1970s

Morris M. Womack Research Materials on J.P. Sanders 1970s-1980s

Pepperdine University Accreditation Collection 1953-1993

Pepperdine University Archives Publications

Pepperdine University Bulletins, Catalogs and Schedule of Classes 1937-2012

Pepperdine University Convocations, Founder’s Day and Presidential Inaugurations collection 1958-2006

Pepperdine University Credits Committee Records 1967-1996

Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management Records 1968-2013

Pepperdine University Management Committee (UMC) Records 1992-2008

Pepperdine University Operations Planning Committee (OPS) Records 1974-1987

Pepperdine University Policy Committee (UPOL) Records 1983-1992

Pepperdine University School of Law Records 1969-2013

Pepperdine University School of Public Policy Records 1996-2013

Sanders (J.P.) Sermons 1973-1986

Sigmon (Loyd C.) Papers 1945-2008

Southern California Youth Citizenship Seminar Records 1983-2005

Lindsey also played a key role in preparing for our “Becoming America: An Exhibition of Colonial Documents” exhibit which was on display from October, 2012 to April, 2013. She did research for captions and helped with the layout of the materials.

She researched four of our Pepperdine audio recordings which needed to be digitized. She searched through old issues of the Graphic to locate information regarding their context to write about their significance. We submitted her descriptions to the California Audiovisual Preservation Project which digitizes recordings with statewide significance. All four recordings were selected for digitization based on Lindsey’s research, ability to make a strong case for their statewide significance, and need for preservation.

Lindsey also attended the 7th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar in October 2012. She served as a representative for our department answering questions about our collections and services that we provide.

(Lindsey and Katie Richardson exhibit some of the materials from Special Collections and University Archives at the Archives Bazaar)

Lindsey has been a wonderful employee. She has all of the qualities we look for in an amazing student worker. She is always on time, friendly, reliable, detail-oriented, flexible, and an excellent writer. She has a strong desire to preserve history for future generations and is passionate about what our department does.  If you see Lindsey around campus, please congratulate her on this award!

For questions about Special Collections and University Archives or job opportunities in the department, please contact Katie Richardson at katie.richardson@pepperdine.edu

Sigma Tau Delta Donates Rare Book to Special Collections

On April 9, 2013, during the New Member Installation Ceremony for Sigma Tau Delta (the English National Honor Society on campus) the society presented Special Collections with a rare book to add to its holdings. This year, all of the proceeds raised from a St. Patrick’s Day bake sale went to the acquisition of a book for the department. The officers and the faculty sponsor decided to select a text by an Irish writer to keep with the theme of the bake sale. They picked a 1906 edition of Oscar Wilde’s Salome (Bodley Head published) with illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

( Picture of the cover)


(Members of Sigma Tau Delta and faculty sponsor Julie Smith)

To see the new addition please contact Katie Richardson, Archivist for Special Collections and University Archives at katie.richardson@pepperdine.edu or (310) 506-4323.

 

Senior Chemistry Student Presents Honors Thesis Defense on Payson Library Indoor Air Quality

Over the past three years, senior chemistry major Tom Boundy has been researching air quality in Payson Library.  I met him earlier this year when he stopped by Special Collections to check sensors placed in the rare book storage area.  What I didn’t know at the time was that his tests were part of a larger project, spanning three years!

Last week I was able to attend Tom’s Honors chemistry thesis defense seminar held in the Keck Science Center.  Students, professors, and I listened to his presentation, “Determination of Volatile Aldehydes and Ketones in Payson Library Air.”

Tom’s advisor, Dr. Jane Ganske, described his project briefly as addressing “the indoor air quality of a library environment, as well as [providing] a broader understanding of factors that play a role in the air we breathe indoors.”

In his research, he found that other studies explored off-gassing from books and the impact on health and preservation of museum collections, and the studies searched for evidence of ketones (more often aldehydes than ketones) and other chemicals, but not ones specifically known to actually come from books.  The Payson Library study used the passive sampling method of studying primary and secondary volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in library air, by leaving a test strip in one location for seven days.  (Primary VOCs are emitted directly from material surfaces, such as off-gassing from newly installed wood panels.  Secondary VOCs are formed through reactions with air, happening indoors.)

In the study, samples were taken over multiple years and primarily above the book stacks in the circulating collections area on the first floor of Payson Library.  Other air samples were taken around the university to compare against the Payson Library air, including in Special Collections storage in Payson Library (where there is a higher concentration of books in a smaller, more enclosed environment), in the weight room inside Firestone Fieldhouse (materials in the room are primarily metal and rubber), and in classroom 130 of Keck Science Center (a typical classroom).

Formaldehyde was the most abundant aldehyde found; this is commonly found in bonded wood products (such as in construction materials).  Other aldehydes and ketones found were known byproducts of building materials, air fresheners, books and paper products, perfumes, and even human skin oil!

As a result of the research project, 21 compounds were identified and 18 were successfully quantified.  This is the largest range found in any library study, which is a great accomplishment.  While I am personally familiar with certain chemical properties of paper – I took a class about preservation of heritage materials while studying to earn my library degree – I never knew there was such a range of reactions taking place!  The presentation was eye-opening, and I hope that another intrepid student will build on the work done in Payson Library.

Tom is also presenting his research as a poster presentation next week at the American Chemical Society national meeting and exposition in New Orleans.  Congratulations Tom!







Over the past three years, senior chemistry major Tom Boundy has been researching air quality in Payson Library. I met him earlier this year when he stopped by Special Collections to check sensors placed in the rare book storage area. What I didn’t know at the time was that his tests were part of a larger project, spanning three years!

 

Last week I was able to attend Tom’s Honors chemistry thesis defense seminar held in the Keck Science Center. Students, professors, and I listened to his presentation, “Determination of Volatile Aldehydes and Ketones in Payson Library Air.”

 

Tom’s advisor, Dr. Jane Ganske, described his project briefly as addressing “the indoor air quality of a library environment, as well as [providing] a broader understanding of factors that play a role in the air we breathe indoors.”

 

In his research, he found that other studies explored off-gassing from books and the impact on health and preservation of museum collections, and the studies searched for evidence of ketones (more often aldehydes than ketones) and other chemicals, but not ones specifically known to actually come from books. The Payson Library study used the passive sampling method of studying primary and secondary volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in library air, by leaving a test strip in one location for seven days. (Primary VOCs are emitted directly from material surfaces, such as off-gassing from newly installed wood panels. Secondary VOCs are formed through reactions with air, happening indoors.)

 

In the study, samples were taken over multiple years and primarily above the book stacks in the circulating collections area on the first floor of Payson Library. Other air samples were taken around the university to compare against the Payson Library air, including in Special Collections storage in Payson Library (where there is a higher concentration of books in a smaller, more enclosed environment), in the weight room inside Firestone Fieldhouse (materials in the room are primarily metal and rubber), and in classroom 130 of Keck Science Center (a typical classroom).

 

Formaldehyde was the most abundant aldehyde found; this is commonly found in bonded wood products (such as in construction materials). Other aldehydes and ketones found were known byproducts of building materials, air fresheners, books and paper products, perfumes, and even human skin oil!

 

As a result of the research project, 21 compounds were identified and 18 were successfully quantified. This is the largest range found in any library study, which is a great accomplishment. While I am personally familiar with certain chemical properties of paper – I took a class about preservation of heritage materials while studying to earn my library degree – I never knew there was such a range of reactions taking place! The presentation was eye-opening, and I hope that another intrepid student will build on the work done in Payson Library.

 

Tom is also presenting his research as a poster presentation next week at the American Chemical Society national meeting and exposition in New Orleans.

Over the past three years, senior chemistry major Tom Boundy has been researching air quality in Payson Library.   I met him earlier this year when he stopped by Special Collections to check sensors placed in the rare book storage area.  What I didn’t know at the time was that his tests were part of a larger project, spanning three years!

Last week I was able to attend Tom’s Honors chemistry thesis defense seminar held in the Keck Science Center.  Students, professors, and I listened to his presentation, “Determination of Volatile Aldehydes and Ketones in Payson Library Air.”

Tom’s advisor, Dr. Jane Ganske, described his project briefly as addressing “the indoor air quality of a library environment, as well as [providing] a broader understanding of factors that play a role in the air we breathe indoors.”

In his research, he found that other studies explored off-gassing from books and the impact on health and preservation of museum collections, and the studies searched for evidence of ketones (more often aldehydes than ketones) and other chemicals, but not ones specifically known to actually come from books.  The Payson Library study used the passive sampling method of studying primary and secondary volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in library air, by leaving a test strip in one location for seven days.  (Primary VOCs are emitted directly from material surfaces, such as off-gassing from newly installed wood panels.  Secondary VOCs are formed through reactions with air, happening indoors.)

In the study, samples were taken over multiple years and primarily above the book stacks in the circulating collections area on the first floor of Payson Library.  Other air samples were taken around the university to compare against the Payson Library air, including in Special Collections storage in Payson Library (where there is a higher concentration of books in a smaller, more enclosed environment), in the weight room inside Firestone Fieldhouse (materials in the room are primarily metal and rubber), and in classroom 130 of Keck Science Center (a typical classroom).

Formaldehyde was the most abundant aldehyde found; this is commonly found in bonded wood products (such as in construction materials).  Other aldehydes and ketones found were known byproducts of building materials, air fresheners, books and paper products, perfumes, and even human skin oil!

As a result of the research project, 21 compounds were identified and 18 were successfully quantified.  This is the largest range found in any library study, which is a great accomplishment.  While I am personally familiar with certain chemical properties of paper – I took a class about preservation of heritage materials while studying to earn my library degree – I never knew there was such a range of reactions taking place!  The presentation was eye-opening, and I hope that another intrepid student will build on the work done in Payson Library.

Tom is also presenting his research as a poster presentation next week at the American Chemical Society national meeting and exposition in New Orleans.

4th and 5th Graders Visit Payson Library

On March 12, 2013, twenty-six 4th and 5th grade students from Open Classroom Leadership Magnet in Thousand Oaks, CA visited Pepperdine University. During their tour of the campus, they stopped by Payson Library to look at the exhibit “Becoming America: An Exhibition of Colonial Documents” on display through the end of March. The students were able to connect what they learned in the classroom with the materials on display.

Katie Richardson, Archivist for Special Collections and University Archives had the following to say about the tour: “It was great to show the students the materials and see a few of them get excited about what was on display. We have a document with King George III’s signature on it. One student came up to me and asked, ‘Is that really his signature?’ At which point I responded yes. Her eyes lit up and she said ‘Cool!’  I’m so happy some of the students were really able to connect with the materials.”

The students also had the opportunity to tour the surfboard room. The room includes 30 historic surfboards on loan from local Malibu resident John Mazza.

“I think the students were really excited about seeing the surfboards. They asked some really great questions. How old are the boards? Why are they so big? How did they get their names? My favorite question was from a student who asked, ‘Are any of the boards based on Harry Potter?’ When I told her the boards were older than Harry Potter she seemed pretty impressed.”


For more information about exhibits or tours of the library please contact Katie Richardson at katie.richardson@pepperdine.edu or Ken LaZebnik at ken.lazebnik@pepperdine.edu.

Introducing Historypin: Putting Pepperdine history on the map



Search for historic photos near you with the Historypin mobile app


Pepperdine University Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of its new channel with Historypin.com, a website and mobile application that allows the pinning of historical photographs, audio recordings, and moving image files to Google Maps. Would you like to see the Malibu hills in 1969 before the arrival of Pepperdine University, overlaid seamlessly with the current Google street view? Or perhaps you’d like to take a drive across the newly opened San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge in 1940? You can do all of these things—and more—in our new, interactive Historypin.com channel.

Historypin.com, developed by the nonprofit We Are What We Do in partnership with Google Maps, facilitates social mapping, in which individuals or institutions create a visual history of a particular spot on Earth through pinning digitized photographs (or other media) along with the stories that contextualize and enrich the history behind the images. Historypin calls this “fourth dimensional mapping,” a phenomenon that enables new ways for users to interact with historical photographs. For example, when you visit the Historypin website or mobile application, you can view the image, compare it with the current Google street view (when available), add your own stories to the image feed, use your smart phone to take a “Historypin Repeat” of the same scene, or link to the original image in our digital collections. In addition to searching or browsing images via the map, you can interact with materials in thematic collections or go on virtual walking tours.

Pepperdine University Libraries is utilizing Historypin to further the twin goals of its Special Collections and University Archives department: to preserve and disseminate the history of Pepperdine University and serve as the primary historical repository for the Malibu community. In addition to creating our own Historypin collections and tours, we are leveraging the unique strengths of Historypin to foster collaborations with other university departments and make new inroads into the Malibu community.



New Cold War era Herschensohn film online: Today’s featured digital object

Where were you at 5:02? May 18th, 1965, that is. Attending a Hindu wedding in New Delhi? Riding a roller coaster in Mexico City? Serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Rio de Janeiro? Or perhaps being born in San Diego? These are just some of the events captured by the film Eulogy to 5:02, written and produced by Bruce Herschensohn for the United States Information Agency in 1965. Narrated by Richard Burton, the 27-minute film presents twenty segments—each one-minute long—depicting a “minute lived in freedom” in twenty locations around the world. That minute? 5:02 Greenwich Mean Time on May 18th, 1965.

Filmmaker Bruce Herschensohn in 1965

It was a minute of no particular importance, but, as the opening narration tells us, “for the two-thirds of the world who lived in freedom on May the 18th, 5:02 was significant, for it was another minute spent in doing what they chose to do. Though their freedom went on as unnoticed as the time, 5:02 was theirs, to work if they wanted to work, to dream if they wanted to dream, to live as they wanted to live.”

Although clearly crafted for an explicit purpose at the height of the Cold War, Eulogy to 5:02 presents the viewer with a remarkable, multinational time capsule depicting life on Earth nearly 50 years ago. Tahitian women wash clothes on the beach as the sun rises; Arab construction workers build high-rise apartments in the planned-city of Ashdod, Israel; and youngsters play children’s games on the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark. A little closer to home, a salesman maneuvers his convertible through the labyrinthine freeway system of Los Angeles, where it is 9:02 AM (the lack of traffic congestion would startle today’s commuter). All scenes are scored with Herschensohn’s lively and dramatic music.

At least as interesting as the film itself is the story behind its creation. This story plays out in the digitized scripts, production notes, and correspondence of the Bruce Herschensohn Collection. Coordinating the simultaneous filming of twenty sequences in twenty global locations is a significant task—as is fudging the truth when circumstances don’t quite work out. Piecing this story together reveals as much about history and politics as it does about making movies.

Storyboard and still from "Eulogy to 5:02" refugee sequence

For example, the concluding one-minute segment of the film depicts the arrival of refugees to free soil. Herschensohn originally scripted the sequence with mainland Chinese seeking refuge in Hong Kong, but circumstances required the relocation of the scene to Vietnam. His instructions to the local film crew (employed by the USIA) included the following: “This is one of our main propaganda sequences and needs to come off with a real feeling of compassion. The family or families need to evoke a real empathy from the audience and no corn. The faces should be great old wrinkled faces as well as unknowing youth…” On May 24th, 1965, Ed Hunter of the USIA film crew in Saigon wrote to Herschensohn with news of the successful, although arduous night of filming. “I risked my life, got soaked to the skin, and was arrested four times during the shooting, if you like the footage and can’t pay, send a present.” The night before the film shoot, he explains, Vietcong disguised as Marines attacked an outpost only a quarter of a mile from the location. Hunter also references the bombing of the US embassy less than two months earlier, which his crew also documented. “Ghastly. Truly ghastly.” He writes of the embassy: “We now have safety glass in our office windows, and they have bricked up the library downstairs. Come back to Saigon…”

See the results for yourself. Click here to watch Eulogy to 5:02 in its entirety and then explore the materials related to the film in the Bruce Herschensohn Collection. Enjoy.

Rare Martin Luther King, Jr. recording unearthed in University Archives—Listen online

In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Pepperdine University Libraries is pleased to make available this rare audio recording of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking in Los Angeles on the moral imperative of civil rights in 1964. Recently digitized, the complete recording is now available for online listening in our Historic Sound Recordings digital collection.

Dr. King delivered this forty-minute speech as the keynote speaker of “Religious Witness for Human Dignity,” a multi-faith event held at the Los Angeles Coliseum on May 31, 1964. Dr. King’s speech passionately and persuasively takes on the issues of race relations and human dignity, touching on topics of segregation, poverty, civil rights, and non-violent resistance. He evokes the memory of the late John F. Kennedy while urging for the quick passage of the Civil Rights Act, and his speech is immediately followed by a mass performance of the civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome.”

Dr. King is briefly introduced by the Rev. Marvin T. Robinson, pastor of the Friendship Baptist Church of Pasadena, California, and President of the Western Christian Leadership Conference. The event, attended by approximately 15,000 people, was cosponsored by Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish organizations.

This recording captures Dr. King at a critical moment in American history and his own evolution as a public figure. This speech comes nine months after his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and about four months before he received the Nobel Peace Prize. The Civil Rights Act, stalled in the Senate by a filibuster, would be signed into law a month later on July 2.

The Special Collections and University Archives department of Pepperdine University Libraries came into possession of the nondescript reel of tape containing this historic speech by way of Fred Casmir, a former Communications professor. Dr. Casmir had apparently acquired the recording for use in his classes, and it arrived to us in a large box, hidden among more mundane audiovisual materials. It is our great honor to share this recording with the world and contribute another small piece to the enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Click here to listen online.

Special Collections Welcomes Three Pepperdine Student Interns!

Austin McElrath, Andrea Oates, and Sarah Dannemiller will join the Special Collections team for a 15-week, for-credit internship during the spring 2013 semester.

Austin is a sophomore majoring in Philosophy and will be processing and creating a finding aid for the Elinor Oswald Collection of Los Angeles Tourism Ephemera. The collection comprises a wide variety of tourist ephemera relating to Elinor Oswald’s professional career as a tour guide in the Southern California area between 1968 and 2009. The project includes arranging and describing materials, writing a finding aid, adding descriptive information to Archivists’ Toolkit, and assisting the archivist with selecting items for an upcoming exhibit.

Andrea is a senior majoring in History and will be processing and creating a finding aid for the John D. Nick Papers. Nicks was a former professor, dean of the business school, vice president of academic affairs, and vice president of development at Pepperdine University from the 1970s to the 1990s. The project includes arranging and describing materials, writing a finding aid, adding descriptive information to Archivists’ Toolkit, and assisting the archivist with selecting items for digitization.

Sarah is a junior majoring in History and will be enhancing the finding aid for the M. Norvel and Helen Young Papers. The Young papers are our single largest collection at 225.59 linear feet. Sarah will describe the collection in greater detail, adding folder level description to Archivists’ Toolkit and updating the finding aid. She will also assist the archivist with selecting items for digitization or an exhibit.

For further questions about internships or Special Collections and University Archives please contact Katie Richardson at katie.richardson@pepperdine.edu or (310)506-4323.

Student life 25 years ago today: Today’s featured digital object

In February of 1988, Pepperdine University’s alumni newspaper, The Pepperdine Voice, featured a photo spread titled “A Day in the Life of Pepperdine University.” The introductory text read:

“On Thursday, Jan. 7, 1988, seven photographers were deployed to scour all areas of campus to capture the daily activities of Pepperdine on film…What sort of day was Jan. 7? It was an ordinary day in Pepperdine life, and that is why it was chosen—to show the miracle of the mundane—students, faculty and staff at work, at play, in solitude and in action.”

The original prints and negatives produced for this project are now housed in our University Archives and were recently scanned for the University Archives Photograph (digital) Collection. Continuing our celebration of 40 years in Malibu, I encourage you to view this photographic time capsule of student life in the ‘80s. Technology and fashion may have changed, but I think you’ll agree that the “Waves spirit” captured in these photos is timeless.

View the slideshow, or explore these photos in our digital collections.

Happy New Year!