Current Events and Exhibits

Current Exhibit

Look What You Did! 






In honor of Alumni Weekend 2013, Special Collections staff and student assistants have created three small displays of a selection of student publications, photographs and book arts from 1965-2013. Four cases in the reading room are dedicated to artist's  books made between 2001 and 2010 including five book portfolios created as part of the Baskin Arts book making project at the UCSC Print Studio between 2001and 2006. Four cases in the California Room provide a look at the Images and Words projects, a series of photography workshops taught by Ansel Adams for UCSC Extension between 1967 and 1971. Students produced "Twelve Days in Santa Cruz" in 1967 and "Project FIND: Friendless, Isolated, Needy, Disabled: In Santa Cruz County, California" in 1968. Four cases just outside of the reading room are dedicated to  student publications that reflect various aspects of student life and interests from 1965 to the present: the publications of social, academic, cultural, literary, political and activist groups are all represented.

The selection and presentation of materials for these displays reflect a team effort: Debra Roussopoulos prepared the Images and Words display; staff members Janet Young, Luisa Haddad, Maureen Carey and Beth Remak worked on the campus photography and student publications while student assistants Ashley Rits, Ashlynn Prasad, Marco Suarez, Cameron Baker and Pauline Disch prepared the book arts cases and created the exhibit flyer.

These displays will be up for the duration of Spring Quarter 2013.


Previous Exhibits:


Christine’s Basket


After 35 years of unparalleled service to the UCSC Library, Christine Bunting is retiring in November 2012. For a quarter of a century, Christine developed one of the finest visual resource collections in the UC system and earned national acclaim for her accomplishments as our Art Librarian. She went on to serve for almost a decade as Head of Special Collections and Archives where she spearheaded a major organization and cataloging program to make these collections more accessible to UCSC students and faculty as well as to the broader international community. Our holdings in Special Collections increased significantly, particularly in the areas of photography, fine printing and book arts.

Special Collections staff, along with colleagues from the former Visual Resources Department, worked together to create an exhibit that highlights some of Christine’s major contributions to the library.

The four cases outside the reading room address visual resources, regional history and campus photography as well as conservation and preservation of our most vulnerable materials.

Inside the reading room, four cases highlight rare books and fine printing, artistic photography and cataloging challenges. Four further cases showcase treasures from the archives including Norman O. Brown, Robert Heinlein, Helen Hyde and the Grateful Dead.

Over the years, Christine has been a wonderful colleague and mentor to staff in almost all of the library’s departments. We hope you enjoy browsing through some of the fruits of her labor



Picturing the Past & Pointing to the Present in Medieval Manuscripts. June 14 - September 15, 2012

An exhibit featuring single folios, manuscripts, and fine art facsimiles from Special Collections.
Curated by the students in Elisabeth Remak's Power of Writing class (History 165),
the exhibit presents a survey on how books were made and used in Europe from 600-1500
and has a focus on the relationship between book production and the development of libraries.



• From Poppies to the Pleiades: Celebrating the Re-dedication of McHenry Library. April 8 - June 14, 2012.



“Is there a star more wide open… than the word poppy?
- Pablo Neruda

As we celebrate the opening of the newly expanded and renovated McHenry Library, the Special Collections & Archives department is displaying in its new exhibition spaces some of its past treasures, rare books and manuscripts, book arts and novel acquisitions that show the collaboration between the arts and the sciences. 

For a checklist of the exhibition click here.


• Field Guides & Fungus Lore: Foraging in Special Collections

An exhibit in Special Collections & Archives, McHenry Library, 3rd Floor
January 9—March 22, 2012



“I have come to the conclusion that much can be learned about music by devoting oneself to the mushroom… the two words are next to each other in many dictionaries”
 —John Cage, from For the Birds: John Cage in Conversation with Daniel Charles

Be they veiled with free gills, stalked, cup or vase shaped, puffed, jellied, or shelf-like, mushrooms since ancient times have been considered one of the most fascinating life forms.  They have been observed and studied by vast numbers of amateurs and professionals, including biologists, ethnobotanists and ethnomycologists, ardent naturalists, and hipster foodies.  In the pursuit of identifying which mushrooms are edible, which hold supernatural powers, and which are toxic many important texts have been written on the taxonomy, the ecology, the practical and economic uses, and of course on the deliciousness of fungi. Artists have also found mushrooms to be a constant source of visual pleasure and inspiration worthy of capturing in paint and photographs.

Over many years, Special Collections & Archives has acquired a rich and varied compilation of mycological writing and imagery starting with a very fine collection of material donated by American composer and founder of the New York Mycological Society John Cage. (Cage, who first visited the campus in the 1970s, roamed the woods with old friend and UCSC professor Norman O. Brown in search of chanterelles.) For a delightfully funny interpretation of a Matsuo Basho haiku on a matsutake by John Cage go to:

While Cage’s collection includes a personal library of beautifully illustrated field guides from all over the world, we are also fortunate to hold several important regional guides authored by David Arora. These can be used not only to identify mushrooms found in our local vicinity but they also describe the California Central Coast’s habitat and the seasonal occurrences that promote the best mushroom hunting.  Arora, a UCSC alum, is widely noted as the “high priest of mycology” in international circles of mycophiliacs.  Special Collections is especially pleased to exhibit Arora’s essay for the Friends of the Library’s Book Collection Context that won first place in 1973.  Arora went on to found the Santa Cruz Fungus Federation in 1975, an organization that continues to this day with a large membership sponsoring an annual fungus fair.  (See: Its journal publication Duff is included in the exhibit.

Beyond field guides and other books documenting the long standing use of mushrooms by ancient peoples and their continued significance to modern day culture paintings and photographs by Ansel Adams, Morris Graves, Edward Weston, and other local artists can be viewed in Special Collections. A checklist of the exhibit can be found in Special Collections.




Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones: Black Panther Photographs 1968

An exhibit featuring the work of both photographers can be seen at

Smith Andersen North Gallery

20 Greenfield Ave. San Anselmo, CA 94960

It runs from January 21st to February 25, 2012, and is in honor of

Black History Month


Lou Harrison: A World of Music

A film by Eva Soltes has its premiere on Tuesday March 6, 2012 at the Castro Theatre

in San Francisco.

for more information and to get tickets:

Honorary event co-chairs of this event are Mark Morris and Michael Tilson Thomas.

The Papers of Lou Harrison are held in Special Collections.


• The UCSC Library is pleased to be a sponsor of The 2nd Annual Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Reading

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Featuring 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner and
2008-2010 U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan

With Gary Young, Jeff Tagami and Shirley Ancheta

UCSC’s Music Recital Hall
Sunday, November 20, 2011
3:00 pm

Admission is free.

Attendant fee parking ($6) in the UCSC Performing Arts Lot.

Maps and Directions at:;

This event is sponsored by: Poetry Santa Cruz, Ow Family Properties, Cabrillo College English Department, UCSC Library, and Bookshop Santa Cruz


Morton Marcus Poetry Archive Exhibit.
Please join us before the reading from 12:00 to 3:00 pm in Special Collections for a special preview exhibition of archival items from the Morton Marcus Poetry Archive. The exhibit will feature books and manuscripts, photographs and recordings, correspondence and personal papers highlighting Marcus’ cultural contributions to Santa Cruz County and his many activities as poet, teacher, and film critic.

Special Collections is located on the 3rd floor of McHenry Library

Directions and maps to McHenry Library:



• The Attics of Our Lives: A Preview Exhibit of the Grateful Dead Archive with Poster Artist Stanley Mouse

Join us as we open the attic of the Grateful Dead Archive for a special fundraising preview.

One night only, November 5, 2011, at Dead Central, McHenry Library, UCSC

On this special night join GDA Archivist Nick Meriwether at Dead Central for an exhibit that will feature many of the posters that have defined the graphic heritage of the Grateful Dead. Guest of honor and legendary poster artist Stanley Mouse has designed a limited edition poster commemorating the event. Attendees will receive a signed copy of the poster along with a limited edition catalog of the exhibition.

Tickets to this event may be purchased at: or by calling 831 502-7274


• Mail Merge


On Sunday Oct. 9th join the crowds at Bookshop Santa Cruz as rock historian and author Paul Grushkin will introduce and sign his new book Dead Letters: The Very Best Grateful Dead Fan Mail (Voyageur Press, 2011.) With many examples culled from the Grateful Dead Archive, this book is getting rave reviews. Our good friend and photographer Rosie McGee says “for those of you who know and appreciate what is represented here - the Dead Heads' creative drive and passion to express their love for and devotion to the music and magic of the Grateful Dead - this book will warm your heart and spirit.”




• On September 15th, 2011  Special Collections opened for a very special book signing commemorating the establishment of the Jean H. Langenheim Endowed Chair in Plant Ecology and Evolution.   Associate Professor Ingrid Parker, the first faculty member to hold the Chair, joined Professor Langenheim in signing her memoir: The Odyssey Of A Woman Field Scientist: A Story Of Passion, Persistence and Patience (QK31.L36 A3 2010).

Jean Langenheim is an eminent plant ecologist who has served as president of the Ecological Society of America, the International Society of Chemical Ecology, the Association for Tropical Biology, and the Society for Economic Botany. She has traveled throughout the world in the course of her research, focusing on tropical trees in her studies of the evolution of resin-producing trees and the origins of amber (fossil resin). She also studied the chemical ecology of redwoods and other Pacific Coast plants. A UCSC faculty member since 1966, Langenheim was the campus's first female faculty member in the natural sciences and the first woman to be promoted to full professor. Special Collections holds the Jean Langenheim Papers.





Other Locations:

Black Power/Flower Power: Photographs by Pirkle Jones & Ruth-Marion Baruch

April 25- July 30, 2011
An exhibit of photographs at the Marin Community Foundation (5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200 Novato, CA 94949)

"Black Panthers 1968" was a collaboration between Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch that characterized the changing political and social upheaval sweeping across the country from the Bay Area in the Summer of 1968. "Haight Ashbury during Summer of Love" was a photographic project undertaken by Ruth-Marion Baruch in 1967.

Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch were influential photographers whose work has been exhibited around the country, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. The collections of both photographers reside in Special Collections.


An Ecology of Mind: A Daughter's Portrait of Gregory Bateson

Coming to the 2011 Santa Cruz Film Festival
May 14th at 4:30pm at the Rio Theater...  an award winning documentary by Nora Bateson about UC Santa Cruz’s famed History of Consciousness professor, anthropologist, and ecological thinker, Gregory Bateson.

Tickets available :
Film website:
Facebook Page: An Ecology of Mind


"Stop the Car, Dad!" is a traveling exhibition of photographs by artist Erik Lauritzen, one of the most exciting photographers represented in Special Collections. The exhibit consists of a large selection of color photographs taken during Lauritzen's automobile journeys throughout the Great Basin of the American West. Initially opening at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, it's now part of the Nevada Touring Initiative, a traveling exhibition program organized by the Nevada Arts Council and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. We are proud to loan Lauritzen's photographic prints to this exhibit that will tour venues all over Nevada for the next several years. 

The exhibition will be on display from April 11 to June 3 at the Sturm Gallery of Truckee Meadows Community College


Time Lapse: 1971-2011: The Sesnon Gallery's 40th Anniversary Exhibition

April 5- May 7, 2011

UCSC's Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, located at Porter College is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Featured are selected works from exhibitions curated in the past four decades. Special Collections has loaned four pieces to the show: Pablo Picasso's etching Bust of a Man, Richard Diebenkorn's lithograph Woman Seated at Table, a beautiful photograph of mushrooms taken by Ansel Adams, and Flux Kit, a Fluxus compilation. For more information see:


Out of the World of Patchen: A Centenary Exhibition
January 17 - April 11, 2011

The Book Club of California  (312 Sutter St. San Francisco) is celebrating the work of American writer and artist Kenneth Patchen. Books, paintings, manuscripts, and artifacts primarily from the collection of Jonathan Clark will be on display. On Monday January 17th , 5:00-7:00 pm author Peter Veres will give a talk "Patchen: The Page as a Stage." Jonathan Clark will present an illustrated lecture on Monday April 11th. For more information see:

Special Collections holds the Archive of Kenneth Patchen. (To view the Finding Aid for the Archive and to learn more about Patchen resources at UCSC see:


• Streetwise: Masters of 60s Photography
February 5 - May 15th, 2011
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA.

Streetwise builds on Swiss photographer Robert Frank’s snapshot aesthetic, which gained attention following the release of his groundbreaking book, The Americans in 1959. Frank’s focus on a more personal documentary style influenced a new generation of photographers, including legendaries such as Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Jerry Berndt, Ruth-Marion Baruch, Garry Winogrand, Bruce Davidson, Danny Lyon and Ernest Withers.
Special Collections holds the photographic archive of Ruth-Marion Baruch, and works have been loaned to this exhibit.


• Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College. Hanover, NH. (
April 16 through August 7, 2011

The 1960s-70s phenomenon that was Fluxus resists characterization as an art movement, collective, or group, and defies traditional geographical, chronological, and medium-based approaches. The function of Fluxus artworks is to help us practice life; what we “learn” from Fluxus is how to be ourselves. Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life is drawn from the Hood Museum of Art’s George Maciunas Memorial Collection of works by Fluxus artists, enriched with loans from the Museum of Modern Art, Harvard University, and the Walker Art Center.

Special Collections has also loaned a piece to this show: George Maciunas' Literate Man vs. Post-Literate Man ca. 1969. From  Mechanical for Proposals for Art Education (Santa Cruz, CA, 1970) NX280.M63 1970

Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life  travels to the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, in Fall 2011 and to the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Spring 2012. The accompanying fully illustrated catalogue, co-published with the University of Chicago Press, includes essays by Jacquelynn Baas, Hannah Higgins, Jacob Proctor, and Ken Friedman.

 • Wynn Bullock: Color Light Abstractions
February 2 - 27, 2011

Spectrum Art Gallery (608 East Olive Ave., Fresno, CA. 93728) is hosting the  traveling exhibition of color photographic prints by master photographer Wynn Bullock.  Although he is best known for his black and white images, the color images of “Color Light Abstractions” bring Bullock's visual genius to a new level of conception and technical excellence. These images were first captured in the early 1960’s on 35mm Kodachrome slide film. But due to the technical limitations of that time period the images have just recently been printed to reveal their timeless beauty. For information on the exhibit see:

Special Collections, in conjunction with the Bullock-Wilson Trust and Bullock Family Photography LLC, has laucned an initiative and is seeking funds to establish a major Archive that will preserve for future generations the creative work of California photographers Wynn Bullock and Edna Bullock. To contribute to this fund please go to:

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