BioScience Images + Popular Culture

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 8:30am to Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 5:00pm

the pathway to mental and physical perfectin banner

BioScience Images + Popular Culture, a new exhibit on the 1st and 4th floors of the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, was generated as part of a Masters-level course in the Department of Information Studies. Historical Methodology of Information Studies: Historiography of Graphics and Visual Culture (IS 281, Seminar 2) was taught this quarter by Rose Roberto, Ph.D.

Using special collections materials from the 17th through 19th centuries, students engaged with a variety of research methods to study the history of science, print culture, and practice-based curatorship. Each student in this class was assigned an exhibition case. Their job was to curate a topic by researching, designing, and selecting material from different collections in History & Special Collections for the Sciences (a component of UCLA Library Special Collections) to highlight their most interesting discoveries.

The exhibit includes:

  • Cultivating Motherhood and the Rise of the Eugenics Movement by Claire Gordon
  • Bringing Up Baby: The Life of Infants Illustrated in Baby Books at the Turn of the 20th Century in America by Britany Valdez
  • Innovation and Erased Narratives by Selina Portera
  • Charles Darwin and the Viral Baby Photo by Wen Wen Hsu
  • [Title removed at request of student]
  • The Bird Man and the American Woodsman: Scientific and Social Debate in Victorian Ornithological Illustrations by Megan Riley

Each case will be accompanied by a brochure and a brief essay about the associated project. These will be reproduced at:

The banner illustration is from the cover of Mary Ries Melendy’s Vivilore: The Pathway to Mental and Physical Perfection, the Twentieth Century Book for Every Woman (Place of publication unknown: W.R. Vansani, 1904; UCLA Biomed QT 225 M519v 1904b RARE).

The concluding image is the “viral” baby photo from Charles Darwin’s The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (London: J. Murray, 1872; UCLA Biomed BF 588 D259e 1872 RARE).




History of Medicine and the Sciences