Grow(ing) up Baby!
The UCLA Library Baby Record Books Collection
February - April 2014
UCLA Powell Library Rotunda
Selections from the UCLA Library’s Baby Record Books Collection are on exhibit in the UCLA Powell Library Rotunda through April, 2014.
“Grow(ing) Up!” celebrates the 10th anniversary of the collection’s founding.
Baby books contain categorized headings and spaces to guide parents to record memories about developmental milestones and activities in a child’s first few years. The memory books provide places to gather photographs, locks of hair, and other mementos.
In March, 2004, local antiquarian bookseller and UCLA alumna Barbara Rootenberg donated a copy of a London physician’s brief work from 1885, The Parents’ Medical Note-book. She asked us, “What medical information do baby books collect?” A lot, as it turns out, from physical developmental milestones to details about vaccinations, illnesses, and accidents.
No other libraries were collecting the books with vigor, so we bought a few (mostly through eBay, some at swap meets, some from booksellers) and accepted books as donations. A decade later, we haven’t stopped, even at 1400 copies spread across more than 750 titles and editions since the 1870s.
Although our collection development strategy focuses on infant development, health, and illness, we are collecting comprehensively—every title and edition we do not have, and multiple copies of some when they are filled-out.
The books and their handwritten and pasted-in contents have been used for research and teaching in pediatrics, printing history, economic and social status, material culture, linguistics, architecture, advertising, folklore, depictions of family, and other topics and disciplines.
Oscar™ in the Archive 2.0
Now through March 2nd, 2014 in the lobby of Library Special Collections in A1713 YRL.
As part of its ongoing program of flash exhibits celebrating the Academy Awards, Library Special Collections will feature a series of two-day displays to celebrate each Oscar™ nominee for Best Picture with unique items, selected by staff, from the Department's holdings. Mini-exhibits will be on view during LSC's normal business hours, for two days only, in the department reception area so see 'em while you can!
- 2/5 - Capt. Phillips
- 2/7 - 12 Years a Slave
- 2/11 - Nebraska
- 2/13 - Gravity
- 2/17 - American Hustle
- 2/19 - Her
- 2/21 - Dallas Buyers Club
- 2/25 - Philomena
- 2/27 - Wolf of Wall Street
Aldous Huxley and the Visionary Experience
26 September 2013 – 1 January 2014 (extended to mid-February 2014)
Throughout his life, Aldous Huxley explored alternative religions, therapies, and disciplines to expand human consciousness and to unite body and spirit. This exhibit draws upon the writings and papers of Aldous and Laura Huxley to examine his search for a universal experience beyond the language of words and the limits of physical being. From his early works to his last, Huxley’s writing reflected his willingness to study and embrace the intellectual and spiritual journeys of other cultures with an open mind and to synthesize the truths that he found there. Influenced by writer and essayist Gerald Heard, Huxley and his family (wife Maria and son Matthew) moved to Los Angeles in 1937. The society of writers, educators, and spiritual leaders was stimulating as was the clear, warm climate. He continued to explore the human potential and delved into parapsychology, mysticism, eastern religions, psychotropic drugs and other means of enlightenment.
Aldous Huxley had a long and fruitful relationship with UCLA. He was a frequent user of the UCLA library and pledged his papers to Special Collections, but most were destroyed by the 1961 Hollywood Hills fire before they could come to UCLA. UCLA’s Huxley collection was acquired over the years through gifts, purchases, and a major donation of the extant papers in 2009 through the auspices of Huxley’s second wife, Laura Archera Huxley, the Huxley Foundation, and funds provided by UCLA graduate Bill Edwards. Huxley’s circle and interests, both mystical and scientific, are reflected in this exhibit through the Aldous and Laura Huxley Papers, selected works of Aleister Crowley, Christopher Isherwood, Krishnamurti and others from the library’s holdings, and a variety of personal papers, including those of psychoanalyst and LSD researcher Sidney Cohen and writer and philosopher Gerald Heard.
- Becoming Beat and Post-Beat in L.A.: Strange Facts and Fictions about the Los Angeles Poetry Renaissance, April 2013
- Rediscovering Jim Tully: Golden Age Hollywood's Hard-Boiled Writer, October 2012
February - September 2011
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/fante/index.htm">John Fante: A Life in the Works Online exhibit
See the http://blogs.library.ucla.edu/special/2011/03/21/2011-bonnie-cashin-lect..." target="blank">UCLA Library Special Collections blog to view http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/cashin/2011-03-10-Cashin/" target="blank">photographs and www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OuCbEZ5FuM&feature=related">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OuCbEZ5FuM&feature=related">video of the Bonnie Cashin lecture presented by Fante's biographer, Stephen Cooper.
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/letterfromtherenaissance/index...." target="blank">A Letter from the Renaissance
The Double Soul
Ariel Soulé/Simon Toparovsky
a contemporary art installation for UCLA Library Special Collections, August - December 2010
- Archives Alive: Student Discoveries in the Center for Primary Research and Training, April - July 2010
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/rio/index.htm" target="blank">Rio de Janeiro: Two Centuries of Urban Change (1808-2008), January - June 2009
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/kitaj/index.htm" target="blank">Portrait of a Jewish Artist: R.B. Kitaj in Text and Image, January - April 2008. Held in conjunction with the Skirball Cultural Center's www.skirball.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=152">http://www.skirball.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=152">R.B. Kitaj: Passion and Memory.
- From Aldus to Aldous: Highlights from the Department of Special Collections, April - December 2008
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/orsini/orsini.htm" in="" orsini:="" roman="" target="blank" title="The">The Orsini: A Roman Baronial Family in Context, January - March 2007
- Queen of the Great Good Place: Gertrude Stein and her Parisian Circle, April- June 2007
- From 12/7 to 9/11: Lessons from the Japanese American Internment, July - September 2007
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/rouse/rouseindex.htm" target="blank">Medieval Manuscripts from the Collection of Richard and Mary Rouse, October 1-7 2007
- Transformations: The Persistence of Aldus Manutius, October - December 2007
- Ramona Memories: Tourism and the Shaping of Southern California, December 2005 - April 2006
- Six Hundred Years of Near Eastern Manuscripts, April - May 2006
- Carey McWilliams: California's Advocate of Creative Dissent, June - September 2006
- Isadora: From California to the World, October - December 2006
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/wildershores/index.htm" target="_blank">Wilder Shores: Lady Travelers of the 18th and 19th Centuries, January-May 2005
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/sleepylagoon/sleepylagoon.htm" target="blank">The Sleepy Lagoon Case: Constitutional Rights and the Struggle for Democracy, May-September 2005
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/monette/pmexhibit.htm" monette="" target="_blank" title="Paul">One Person's Truth: The Life and Work of Paul Monette (1945-1995), October-November 2005
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/cashin/cashinindex.htm" target="blank">Chic is where you find it: Selections from the Bonnie Cashin Collection of Theater, Film, and Fashion Design, January-May 2004
- A Centenary Celebration of Ralph J. Bunche, June-September 2004
- Make Beauty: Costumes by Dorothy Jeakins, September-December 2004
- Dark and Light: Arthur Wesley Dow and His Influence, January-March 2003
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/bowers/bowers.htm" target="blank">How Shall a Generation Know its Story: The Edgar Bowers Conference and Exhibition, April-June 2003
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/rouse/rouseindex.htm" target="blank">Medieval Manuscripts from the Collection of Richard and Mary Rouse, September - December 2003
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/weaver/weaver.htm" target="blank">John D. Weaver: Celebrating 90 Years, February - March 2002
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/rosove/rosove.htm" target="blank">The Southern High Latitudes in Southern California: Antarctica at UCLA.
An exhibition to celebrate the publication of Antarctica, 1772-1922: Freestanding Publications Through 1999 by Michael H. Rosove, M.D., April 2002
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/sontag/sontag.htm" target="blank">The Susan Sontag Archive at the UCLA Library, May 2002
- In the Powell Library Rotunda: A Tribute to Lawrence Clark Powell, June 2002
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/socalledbooks/" target="blank">SOCALled Books: Diversity in Artists' Books from Southern California, July - September 2002
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/borges/borges.htm" target="blank">Borges : The Time Machine, October - November 2002
- Season's Greetings: A selection of holiday items from the Charles E. Young Library Department of Special Collections, December 2002
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/misc/heebchen.htm" target="blank">Recent Acquisitions in the Department of Special Collections: Modern Fine Printing and Graphic Arts: Artists’ Books by Julie Chen and Mary Heebner, September 2001
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/misc/aldexhibit.htm" target="blank">Aldus Manutius at UCLA : An Exhibition in Honor of the Publication of The Aldine Press: Catalogue of the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection, October 2001
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/misc/hodgson.htm" target="blank">Recent Acquisitions in the Department of Special Collections: Popular Literature and Printed Materials: Illustrated books by Barbara Hodgson, November 2001
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/misc/rickyjay.htm" target="blank">Ricky Jay and the Magic of Books , December 2001 - January 2002
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/cookmenu/cookmenu.htm" target="blank">A Curious Variety of Mazes and Meanders: The Voyages of Captain James Cook in the Global Eighteenth Century, November 1999 - March 2000
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/rarity/introduction.htm" target="blank">Not Tantamount to Rarity: Fifty Years of Collecting, An exhibit celebrating a half century of Special Collections at the UCLA Library, April - June 2000
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/carrlist/carrlist.htm" target="blank">Snarks, Jabberwocks, Crocodiles, and Mice Tails: Lewis Carroll, the Poet and the Parodist, Illuminated, November 1998 - January 1999
- Here to Go: William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg in The Kurtzman Collection in the UCLA Department of Special Collections, February 1998. Visit the online version of http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/beats/" target="blank">William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg: a select bibliography of works in the UCLA University Library, published by the UCLA University Library in 1998 as an outgrowth of the Here to Go exhibition.
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/almcheck/almcheck.htm" target="blank">They Tell Us More Than The Weather: Eighteenth Century American Almanacs, July - October 1998
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/childhood/index.htm" target="blank">Picturing Childhood : Illustrated children's books from University of California collections, 1550-1990, April - June 1997
- http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/jdfave/jdfave.htm" target="blank">Some Favorite Things: The Rare Books Librarian surveys additions to Special Collections, 1983-1997, December 1997 - January 1998