Shelves of books in UCSB Library's Special Research Collection.
The UCSB Library opened applications for the Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Research Fellowship, which enables scholars and graduate students to pursue research lasting from one to three months in UCSB Library’s Special Research Collections.  One annual fellowship will be awarded in the amount of $5,000...
Floyd Norman
Floyd Norman - who made history in 1956 by becoming the first African American cartoon animator at Disney Studios - delivered the first installment of his papers to the UC Santa Barbara Library on Sept. 16, which includes mid-1960s 16 mm films, animation materials, cartoon collections, and audio...
La Casa de la Raza signing
The UC Santa Barbara Library and La Casa de la Raza have reached a new accord that signals another milestone in the preservation of local community history. At a public reception July 11 at La Casa de la Raza, representatives from the library and from La Casa signed an agreement that will ensure...
Henri Temianka and Lili Kraus
Thu, Apr 4, 11:26 am | Special Research Collections
“Miraculous little machines,” wrote Henri Temianka in his 1968 essay for The Instrumentalist titled “In Praise of Tape Recorders.” The virtuoso violinist, conductor, teacher, author, and founder of the Paganini Quartet and California Chamber Symphony extolled the devices for their myriad uses: to...
Anguish, Anger, and Activism
In the UC Santa Barbara Library, two exhibits will revisit the spill — one in-depth, the other through art. The first, “Anguish, Anger and Activism: Legacies of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill,” will run Monday, Jan. 28, through Sunday, June 16, in the library’s Special Research Collections (...
Image of Dr. Pai, Cathy Chiu and Amy O'Dowd
Original, handwritten manuscripts by an author who has been called a Nobel Prize contender and compared to Ernest Hemingway are now available for everyone around the world to see. Pai Hsien-yung, also known as Kenneth Pai, was a professor of Chinese literature at UCSB from 1965 to 1994. “Kenneth...
Rio por no Llorar
In the silkscreen print “Rio Por No Llorar” (“I Laugh to Keep from Crying”), Carmen Miranda’s famous fruit-laden headdress demands that you look more closely. Bananas with a Chiquita label are encased in barbed wire. A bunch of grapes is surrounded by skulls and crossbones — a pesticide warning....
Image of Santa Ynez Valley Vineyard
Wed, Jul 11, 3:27 pm | Special Research Collections
Santa Barbara County’s wine business got a big boost in 2004 thanks to a little movie called Sideways but the region had been cultivating grapes long before Paul Giamatti sipped his way through the Santa Ynez Valley. The area’s wine industry goes all the way back to the Mission era when priests and...
Image of Daily Nexus Newspaper Headers
Front-page news at UCSB is no longer confined to a printed page you have to hold in your hand. Now, anyone can go online to read issues of the university’s student newspaper, the Daily Nexus, along with the other UCSB student-produced news publications that preceded it, dating all the way back to...
Image of an Edison record album
Mon, May 14, 10:55 am | Special Research Collections
Henry Ford’s Old Time Dance Orchestra, Teddy Roosevelt’s 1912 campaign address and a how-to on sending and receiving Morse code. These are among the thousands of recordings Thomas A. Edison’s record label captured on its “Diamond Discs.” A novel technology between 1912 and 1929, the discs were so...

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