Category Archives: The Hidden Collections Project

Merriam papers reveal ode to an everyday mammal

Written by Greg Borman, Museum Archival Assistant While searching for the date ranges of materials in numerous folders that make up the MVZ Archives’ Clinton Hart Merriam papers, I found myself going through correspondence, manuscripts, and notes relating to a … Continue reading

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Preserving the Lantern Slide Collection of the MVZ

Written by Alessandra J. Moyer, third year Integrative Biology major. This semester, I’ve been working on a project to preserve a unique photographic resource that most people don’t even know exists: the lantern slide collection in the MVZ archives. Long before … Continue reading

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An Illustrious Life: The Collections of Wildlife Artist Allan C. Brooks (1869-1946)

Written by Joi Misenti, third year Integrative Biology major. The study of science demands diligence and discipline. This truth stands resolute even in the realm of creative expression. Wildlife artists, though artists at heart, pledge themselves to an oath of … Continue reading

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Humanizing an Academic

Written by Ajay Yalamanchi, second year Integrative Biology major. My URAP position this semester involved digitizing the field notes of Dr. Charles S. Thaeler, Jr. I spent the first two weeks simply scanning the material, and I’m not going to lie, … Continue reading

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Positively Resourceful

Written by John Hickman, MVZ Archives volunteer and graduate student at the San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science. Photographs are a valuable part of the MVZ story. But unless they are carefully stored and managed, they … Continue reading

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Working with the Notebooks of Dr. Robert Stebbins

Written by Sharleen Lee, first-year, Applied Mathematics and Classics majors. When you were a child, did you watch countless hours of nature programs on National Geographic, Animal Planet, and Discovery? Well, I did. And I often wondered how these scientists … Continue reading

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Finding Aids on the Online Archive of California Highlight Field Notes and MVZ Specimens

Thanks to the ongoing hard work of MVZ Archives team members such as Greg Borman, content-rich finding aids have rapidly begun to populate the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology page on the Online Archive of California (OAC). Finding aids that feature … Continue reading

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