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Pepperdine University Libraries digitizes the early years of the Malibu Times

malibu_timesOn May 2, 1946, the inaugural issue of The Malibu Times reported on several items. Locally, a truck driver was sentenced to 90 days in county jail for driving drunk. National news included mention of an electric window shade featured at the World Inventor’s Expo in Chicago. And Judge John L. Webster, a community leader, heralded the newspaper with these words: “With the advent of the first issue of THE MALIBU TIMES, this western beach and mountain section of Los Angeles county is entering upon a new era. The development planned for Malibu will make it one of the finest, if not THE finest, coastal areas along the entire Pacific slope.”

Pepperdine University Libraries are pleased to announce that the first five years of The Malibu Times are now available online and freely accessible through Pepperdine Digital Collections. Spanning the years 1946 to 1950, these early years of Malibu’s longest-running newspaper are now available, for the first time, as full-text searchable documents. Readers have the option to flip through the paper via an online reader, download a complete PDF of an issue, or highlight a particular article for download or printing (article level segmentation). Click here to access the collection.

The Malibu Times, our coastal community’s premier newspaper, includes sections on the community, Malibu life, news, sports, opinion, obituaries, and entertainment. The paper was founded in 1946 by two Malibu couples: Reeves and Eileen Templeman, and William and Marian Macfadyen. The Templemans carried the paper through the decades until Arnold and Karen York bought the newspaper in 1987. The Malibu Times, still going strong, remains under their ownership today.

Pepperdine University Libraries digitized the first five years of the newspaper as part of a pilot program, and we are actively seeking donations to help us digitize the full run of The Malibu Times. We have, in our Special Collections, the only complete run of this historical newspaper, and digitizing the paper and making it fully searchable online would be an invaluable service to the Malibu community. Click here if you would like to make a contribution.

Many thanks and enjoy.

Exhibit on the Early Years at George Pepperdine College Opens in Payson Library

This blog post was written by Lindsey Sommer, Special Collections and University Archives Intern.

September 6, 1972, marked the first day of class for students at Pepperdine University in Malibu. Prior to that time, the campus was located in the Vermont Knolls area of Los Angeles, a few miles south of downtown. Students at George Pepperdine College were involved in all sorts of activities. Some wrote for the student newspaper the Graphic, while others were involved in theatre, athletics, fraternities, or sororities. On display are a variety of materials illustrating students at George Pepperdine College from 1937 to the 1960s, participating in these activities, shown through historic photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, scrapbooks, uniforms and memorabilia. The exhibit is divided into four sections: 1. General Student Life, 2. Athletics, 3. Performing Arts, and 4. Sororities and Fraternities.

Section 1: General Student Life

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Homecoming images, such as the one seen here from 1961, show potential homecoming queens arrayed on the lawn at Pepperdine College. Also on display are images of student photographers for the Graphic, and an early Beanie worn by students attending Pepperdine college.

 

 

Section 2: Athletics

pepperdine.contentdm.oclc.orgThe athletics case features Football memorabilia and photographs, featuring men’s NCAA football team (seen here in 1946-1947) as well as an image of the women’s intramural football team. Additionally, on display is an original Pep Club uniform from 1939 and programs from men’s football games.

 

Section 3: Performing Arts

pepperdine.contentdm.oclc.orgAdditionally, on view are several programs and historic photographs showing student participation in the fine arts, such as an image from the 1959 production of the King and I, which can be seen with the original program. Viewers may also see original art show announcements and images of the Pepperdine College singing group the Singing Travelers.

 

Section 4: Sororities and Fraternities.

pepperdine.contentdm.oclc.orgFinally, a selection of memorabilia and photographs show students participating in Greek life at Pepperdine College, with scrapbooks, rush pins, and fraternity mugs. For example, in the photograph to the left, pledges can be seen pushing marbles down a corridor in Baxter Hall in 1942.

 

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

 

Intern to Process Donald G. Ingalls Collection of Television Scripts

Tanner Potts is a senior at the University of the South and is double majoring in History and American Studies. Tanner will be working in Special Collections and University Archives over an eight week period this summer.

Tanner’s first project will be to process the Donald G. Ingalls Collection. Ingalls was a prolific film and television writer and producer with over 35 years of experience. During his Hollywood career, he wrote for many shows including Have Gun, Will Travel, Bonanza, The Big Valley, The Virginian, Gunsmoke, Star Trek, and Fantasy Island, among others. He also wrote for the feature film, Airport 1975.

The collection consists mostly of scripts from the shows that Ingalls worked on. The project includes arranging and describing materials, writing a finding aid, and adding descriptive information to Archivists’ Toolkit. The finding aid will be published on the Online Archive of California when Tanner is done.

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

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 of his life in California, and was dedicated to preserving its wilderness, which he loved.

Muir CoverIn the below image, an illustration from this book shows a windstorm in the California forests, based on a sketch by Muir. Muir’s description of a windstorm demonstrates his eloquent writing:

…the winds go to every tree, fingering every leaf and branch and furrowed hole; not one is forgotten; the Mountain Pine towering with outstretched arms on the rugged buttresses of the icy peaks, the lowliest and most retiring tenant of the dells; they seek and find them all, caressing them tenderly, bending them in lusty exercise, stimulating their growth, plucking off a limb as required, or removing an entire tree or grove, now whispering and cooing through the branches like a sleepy child, now roaring like the ocean; the winds blessing the forests, the forests the winds, with ineffable beauty and harmony as the sure result (244).

Muir illustrationThis book can be found in the Special Collections and University Archives in Payson Library. Please contact Melissa Nykanen at melissa.nykanen@pepperdine.edu or at (310) 506-4434 for more information.

Reference:
Muir, John. The Mountains of California. New York: Century Co, 1894.

 

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.