From the Archives welcomes you to the new year! We are sincerely grateful to those who have continued following the updates, activities and acquisitions at the UC Santa Barbara Library’s Special Research Collections (SRC).
Join us as we celebrate the acquisition of two new collections, including the Vampire Collection donated by Melinda Hayes and Wayne Shoaf and the Harry Smith Glaze, Jr. Early Opera Recordings Collection donated by Catherine Glaze; the beginning of a brand new Library program, the Early Recordings Initiative, created by donor and audio cylinder collector John Levin; and a look back on our first in-person event of the year, Why Archives Matter: A Discussion with Anne Louise Bardach and Lou Cannon, which highlighted the importance of archives for journalism. Canon and Bardach are also included in an article published by the Montecito Journal that features the hidden gems of our Department of Special Research Collections. Finally, we invite you to participate in our upcoming event with Geoff Rusack, owner of Rusack Vineyards, as he discusses grape growing and winemaking throughout the Channel Islands.
Additionally, we are pleased to introduce our new Middle East Studies Librarian and Area Studies Collection Strategist, Farshad Sonboldel. Sonboldel is an accomplished poet, writer, literary critic, and researcher who was attracted to UCSB because of the University's interdisciplinary nature, particularly in the area of Persian Studies.
We hope that you enjoy learning more about the UCSB Library’s Special Research Collections and its role in providing access to primary source materials that support excellent scholarship and research.
Many thanks for your continued interest in and support of the Library,