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Celebrating Earth Day with a John Muir First Edition

John Muir (1838-1914) was a naturalist, conservationist, and writer whose lasting legacy includes the Sierra Club (which he founded) as well as many national parks and forests that were established in part due to his advocacy. His first book, The Mountains of California, is pictured here as a first edition. Muir spent the latter part Read More




Trial access: The American Civil War Collection, 1860-1922

Through April 15, 2014, Pepperdine University Library’s are trialing the new Readex database, The American Civil War Collection, 1860-1922: From the American Antiquarian Society. Only Release One is currently available.  Featuring more than 13,500 works published between 1860 and 1922, this fully searchable collection will offer printed items addressing all facets of the Civil War—one Read More




Special Collections Intern Processes Two Collections

Kendal Copeland, a junior at Pepperdine, interned in Special Collections and University Archives during the fall semester. Kendal was responsible for enhancing the finding aid of the Pepperdine University Athletics Records and the Pepperdine College Freedom Forum Records. She described both collections in greater detail, adding folder level description to Archivists’ Toolkit and updating the Read More




T.E. Lawrence Exhibit Opens in Payson Library

This blog post was written by Victoria Collie, Special Collections and University Archives Intern. An exhibit highlighting the Metcalf Collection of Books on T.E. Lawrence is now open on the main level of Payson Library. Housed in the Special Collections and University Archives, this is the first time the books have been on display. The Read More




Pepperdine Honors 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Death with Screening and Exhibit

On Friday, November 22nd, from 2-4:30pm, fifty years to the day following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Pepperdine University Libraries and the School of Public Policy will host a screening of John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums, with director Bruce Herschensohn. During the entire month of November, a complementary exhibit Read More




Exhibit of Colonial Documents Now Open

The Pepperdine University Libraries are proud to host “Becoming America: An Exhibition of Colonial Doucments.” The Colonial-era documents in the exhibit are on loan from Pepperdine alumnus and attorney Michael J. Marlatt (JD ’84). The materials on display span from 1686 to 1781 and represent the cultural, philosophical, and political atmosphere leading up to and Read More




Happy 200th Birthday to Charles Dickens!

Today is the bicentennial of Charles Dickens’ birth, and events to celebrate his legacy are taking place in his native UK and in the US. According to an article in today’s LA Times, Dickens has inspired more TV, film, and stage adaptations of his works than any other writer. Check out this list of Dickens Read More




Roosevelt Letter Discovered During Internship

Madison Unell, a junior at Pepperdine, was an intern in the Special Collections and University Archives this past semester. Madison completed a preservation survey of our rare book collection, and made some interesting discoveries in the process. Here is her report: This semester I had the opportunity to intern with the Payson Special Collections. My Read More




Happy Holidays From Special Collections!

The rare book collection at Pepperdine includes books representing all topics and eras, including books about Christmas and winter. A highlight of this collection is a beautiful first edition of Cricket on the Hearth, by Charles Dickens. Dickens wrote Cricket on the Hearth just before the holiday in 1845. Unlike many others of Dickens’ books, Read More