Author Archives: Christina V. Fidler

Dearly Departed: The fascinating lives and letters in the MVZ Correspondence Collection

The MVZ Archives has three new undergraduate students working on the IMLS funded project, “Strategic Stewardship for Sustaining the Archives of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.” Our students are working on the MVZ’s active correspondence collection and identifying correspondents who are deceased. … Continue reading

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Poem of the day

The MVZ Archives will be working with the UC Berkeley History Department to provide students with access to primary sources. Students will be able to use our materials to answer larger questions relating to the study of natural history and … Continue reading

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A sunny Berkeley morning in 1910

  This pastoral, picturesque scene of a sun-dappled oak grove is just one image of the UC Berkeley Campus to be found in the MVZ photographic archives. This particular view was taken from the north entrance at the old museum site by Harry … Continue reading

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Joseph Grinnell Lecture Series

Today, Professor Jim McGuire gave the introductory lecture to IB104. Over 75 years ago, Joseph Grinnell was teaching Zoology 113, the predecessor to IB104. The MVZ Archives has a rich collection surrounding this storied course including Joseph Grinnell’s lecture series for … Continue reading

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Catching the bug

If anything has been impressed upon me about CalDay it is that kids are smarter than we think and that they are excited about science. My greatest joy participating in CalDay is answering questions from curious would be scientists. This innate curiosity is … Continue reading

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Historic Events

Written by Ajay Yalamanchi, third year Integrative Biology major After working with the Thaeler collection last semester, I had the opportunity to work with the Joseph Grinnell correspondence, letters and manuscripts written by or to Grinnell over the course of three decades. … Continue reading

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More from the Reprints

My quiet Friday afternoon involved working on the Reprint collection. It is a challenge not read  every title. I made it as far as #0165. This small publication was written 100 years ago by Walter P. Taylor and it is titled, … Continue reading

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