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George Pepperdine Collection Ready For Research

A new finding aid for the George Pepperdine family papers is now available on the Online Archive of California!  As part of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant awarded to the Pepperdine University Libraries’ department of Special Collections and University Archives, our goal is to organize and describe archival collections and ultimately have an online record for each collection.  It is fitting that during the 75th anniversary celebrations, one of the first collections we highlight is that of Pepperdine’s founder, George Pepperdine.

The George Pepperdine family papers include paper materials (such as correspondence, writings, and newspaper clippings), photographs, scrapbooks, films, and memorabilia, dating from 1907 to 2002. Individuals represented in the collection include George Pepperdine, Lena Rose Pepperdine (George’s first wife), Helen Louise Pepperdine (George’s second wife), George B. Pepperdine (George’s uncle), and his five children: Florence May Pepperdine Crossley, Esther Louise Pepperdine Thurston, Marilyn Pepperdine, George Pepperdine II, and Wendell Pepperdine.

Selected pictures and films from the collection have already been digitized and highlighted on the library’s news page by Kevin Miller, Librarian for Digital Curation and Publication.  These items make up the George Pepperdine Digital Collection.

The materials available online are only the beginning – many more interesting letters, scrapbooks, and other items from the Pepperdines’ lives are just waiting to be explored!  These items are available to view by visiting Special Collections and University Archives in Payson Library, and anyone may browse more detailed inventories in person.  For more information about the collection, please email specialcollections@pepperdine.edu.

Interested in learning more about the George Pepperdine Digital Collection?  Kevin Miller and Dr. David Baird will be speaking Thursday, February 23 at 4 p.m. in Payson Library’s Kresge Reading Room about the collection and about George Pepperdine.  For more information, visit the event page on the library’s events calendar.

Check out a few items from the physical collection that are not part of the digital collection!  (Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images.)

George Pepperdine with two of his children, George II and Marilyn.

A poem written by George Pepperdine, titled “I Am Just a Little Leaf” (1928).

The cover of a 1970 catalog from Western Auto Supply Company, the company George started out of his home in 1909 — with some very fashionable hair and clothing choices!

Graduate Student Begins Work On NHPRC Project

The University Libraries is in the midst of processing 1,225 linear feet of archival material thanks to the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). In November 2011, Jessica Geiser, a UCLA graduate student, was hired to assist Project Archivist, Jamie Henricks. Here’s what Geiser had to say about the project:

What is your educational background?

I completed my undergraduate work in 2008, graduating from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in History. Throughout my undergraduate career I had always been fascinated by working with primary resources, so after working for a few years I decided to pursue a career as an archivist. I am currently in my second year in the Information Studies program at UCLA, and am set to graduate this June with a master’s in library and information science with a specialization in archives.

What interested you most about the project?

I was most interested in working in a University Archives, and learning more about the types of materials held in University collections. I was also very interested in gaining more experience processing collections in general, which I have definitely had the chance to do now! Having lived in the LA area for the past few years, I am also very interested in learning more about the local history and seeing how it has changed and developed over time.

Which of the project’s collections seems most intriguing to you?

I don’t think that there is one collection that I am more interested in than any of the others.  I’ve found that every collection I’ve worked with so far has been interesting, and I enjoy thinking about why these particular materials were saved and placed in the archives. I’m excited to dig into each new collection and see what’s there!

What’s been the most interesting thing you’ve found so far?

One find I thought was really interesting was a large folder of very elaborate congratulatory notices sent to President Benton upon his appointment, including one from President Clinton. I’ve also had a lot of fun going through the Ivan Goff papers, looking at scripts of 1970’s detective TV shows. They have the best episode titles!

The letter Geiser found from President Clinton (click on image to make it larger).

Geiser working in the archives.

New Archivist Begins on NHPRC Project

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) recently awarded $110,143 to the Pepperdine University Libraries’ department of Special Collections and University Archives. “Preserving the Past, Preparing for the Future: Building Sustainable Archival Collections,” will focus on the organization and description of Pepperdine University’s archival collections.

The University Libraries have started surveying the materials to begin processing, hiring Jamie Henricks as the Project Archivist on October 3rd. She is making excellent progress having surveyed 650 linear feet of materials in just a short time. Recently, Jessica Geiser, a UCLA graduate student, was hired to assist Henricks on the project. Over the course of the 18 month term, Henricks and Geiser will work closely with the Head of Special Collections and University Archives Melissa Nykanen and Archivist for Special Collections and University Archives Katie Richardson on the project. As a result of this grant, the University Archives and other collections related to Los Angeles and Malibu history, as well as the history of the Restoration Movement, will be more accessible for research and use by the local community and other scholars. As the project continues, Pepperdine students with an interest in University and local history will have the opportunity to help process collections and work with these unique materials.

Here’s what Henricks had to say about the project:

What is your educational background?

I received my undergraduate degree (a bachelor’s in health and fitness) from Texas Christian University in May 2007.  The summer before my senior year at TCU, I participated in a study abroad program in Oxford, England through Rhodes College, taking classes in the history of Roman Britain and about love and war in medieval literature.  The trip reminded me of my love of history and being around people interested in learning, which propelled me to apply to graduate school for library science.  I graduated from UCLA in June 2009 with a master’s in library and information science with a specialization in archival studies.

What interested you most about the project?

I am from Los Angeles, and growing up in a self-proclaimed “museum family” I have always loved local history.  Finding out I would be able to work with materials related to Los Angeles and Malibu history was intriguing!  Before Pepperdine, I worked at UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, processing a variety of collections including some with materials from the Los Angeles area related to fine press printing clubs and individuals associated with UCLA’s early librarians.  Another draw was the chance to work in an academic university environment again, partly because of my interest in institutional history, but I also felt the Pepperdine community was very welcoming.  I am starting to notice strong ties between members of the university, Los Angeles and Malibu residents, and people of the church.  It’s interesting to see how these people all show up in each other’s collections!

Which of the project’s collections seems most intriguing to you?

I think I would like to spend more time with the Elinor Oswald collection of Los Angeles tourism ephemera.  I love looking at ephemera, especially from earlier decades, because each piece can give an insight into what was going on at the time it was created, even in such a small object.  The chance to peer inside an advertising booklet can be fascinating to see what was popular and being promoted at the time.  (Tourism aside, one of my most amusing finds at my old job was a commemorative card celebrating members of a book club surviving being trapped in an elevator at a meeting!)  Additionally, I am also interested in diving into the large photo collection the university has.  The chance to connect faces with all the names I see in the paper collections is a real treat, and I am sure that visitors (online and in person) will enjoy browsing the photos, especially considering this is Pepperdine’s 75th anniversary year.

What’s been the most interesting thing you’ve found so far?

I was pleasantly surprised on my first day of work to find a 1984 Olympic torch from when the Olympics were held in Los Angeles!  Another fun find was a packet of bank deposit slips pre-printed with dates from the 1890’s, which had spaces to record deposits in silver, gold, or checks.  I love ephemera!

Henricks holding the 1984 Olympic torch.

To learn more about this project please contact Jamie Henricks at jamie.henricks@pepperdine.edu or (310)506-4209.