YRL Department of Special Collections
I. Highlights of the year’s accomplishments
Center for Primary Research and Training: The CFPRT completed its second year of
operation. Below is a summary of accomplishments since its inception:
Total number of scholars: 38
Academic departments that have participated in the Center: 8
o Architecture and Urban Design; English; Film, Television, and Digital
Media; History; Information Studies; Moving Image Archive Studies;
Near Eastern Languages and Cultures; Latin American Studies; Political
Archival projects: 33; book and manuscript cataloging projects: 16
Number of linear feet processed: 635 (1270 boxes) plus ca. 400 map folders
Number of books, manuscripts, and broadsides cataloged: 1530
Other Hidden Collections Initiatives: In addition to utilizing the CFPRT, the
Department tackled its hidden collections problem in the following ways:
With funds from the Steinmetz Family Foundation, Gwen Ajello made excellent
progress on processing the Orsini collection. By the end of the fiscal year, she had
processed nearly 500 boxes.
With $190,000 from the Getty Foundation, we began the project to process five
archival collections of art-related interest, including the Neutra papers. We hired
Kenneth Homsley for the Neutra project, a job that entails the processing of 640
boxes of material and the rehousing of 590 boxes of material over the course of
two years. In January, we hired Libby Spatz to work on the June Wayne
collection and several smaller art collections.
During the winter and spring quarters, Andrea Eitsert joined us on a temporary
basis to reprocess the Carey McWilliams collections, one of our most important
collections whose disheveled condition had long been an embarrassment.
Ali Anooshahr, formerly a student in the CFPRT, was selected to be a
CLIR/Mellon post-doctoral fellow, spending part of his fellowship time with us
and part of it with David Hirsch in CRIS. During his time with us, he made
excellent progress cataloging our Near Eastern manuscripts. While in the CFPRT,
Ali processed the following collections:
Coll # Collection Name
1656 Exhibit collection of Near Eastern Manuscripts, 1492-1848
453 Noyan Garemani collection of Persian and Arabic
manuscripts and books, ca. 1514-1899
1658 Rudolf Gelpke collection of Arabic and Persian
1654 Ilmiyah collection of Persian and Arabic manuscripts,
1183 Richard (Rouhollah) Karubian collection of Arabic
and Persian manuscripts, 1510-1930
Post-CFPRT, Ali Anooshahr processed
1053 Qayani collection
896 Turkish manuscripts collection (in progress)
The OAC team added 40 new finding aids, including long and difficult ones such
as the Ferrari/Rouse catalog. In addition, they uploaded 1500 revisions and
additions to existing finding aids.
Conferences: We partnered with the English Department, the Monette-Horwitz Trust,
the Friends of English, and the UCLA LGBT Studies Program to hold a conference One
Person’s Truth: The Life and Work of Paul Monette (1945-95) on October 14, 2005.
Public programs: We hosted two Cashin lectures. In December 2005, Dydia DeLyser
spoke about her book Ramona Memories: Tourism and the Shaping of Southern
California. In June 2006, Peter Richardson spoke about Carey McWilliams, California
Radicalism, and the Politics of Cool. On September 15, 2005, we collaborated on an
event to mark the acquisition of the Library’s 8 millionth (and 8 millionth and first)
volumes, books we recommended for purchase. On October 21, 2005, we co-sponsored
an event with the Extension Department’s Landscape Architecture Program honoring
Ruth Shellhorn. On October 26th, we co-sponsored a talk with the Grunwald Center for
the Graphic Arts featuring David Travis, curator of photography at the Art Institute of
Chicago. In May, Ali Anooshahr gave a talk about his exhibit, “Six Hundred Years of
Near Eastern Manuscripts.” In April, we hosted the 58th Annual Campbell Contest
featuring guest judge Anne Taylor Fleming. On this occasion, we also honored longtime
bookseller Davis Dutton.
California Cultures project. Thanks to the outstanding leadership of Genie Guerard, this
project of four years’ duration was successfully completed at the end of the fiscal year.
Designed for K-12 classroom use, “California Cultures” documents the state’s rich
history of diversity and multicultural contributions through digitized archival versions of
photographs, documents, newspaper clippings, political cartoons, works of art, oral
histories and other primary sources relating to four historically non-documented ethnic
groups: African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native
It features comprehensive essays and related images exploring the state’s evolving ethnic
diversity in the historical eras of Pre-Columbian California (before 1768), exploration
(1768-1820), missions (1821-47), gold rush (1848-65), rapid population growth (1866-
1920) and modern California (1921-present). It also features teacher-created lesson plans
for grades 4-12 that build on database contents: Are We Americans Again? A Portrait of
the Japanese American Internment (grades 6-8); Beauty Behind Barbed Wire: The
Relocation Camp Experience of Estelle Ishigo (grades 9-12); Los Californios:
California’s Spanish, Native American and African Heritage (grade 4); Children in the
Fields: The Life of the Hispanic Child Laborer During California’s Agriculture Explosion
(grade 4); “How Do Men Like You Become Great?” The Early Years of Dr. Ralph J.
Bunche (grades 4-8); The Prints of Self Help Graphics: The Chicano Movement in
California – Culture, Causes and Community (grades 9-12); Stealing Home: How Race
Relations, Politics and Baseball Transformed Chavez Ravine (grades 8-12) and Views
and Voices from Within: The Art and Writing of Estelle Ishigo, Heart Mountain
Internment Camp, 1942-45 (grades 4-5).
“California Cultures” contains some 50,000 digital images and 25,000 pages of text
selected from the libraries and special collections of UCLA (Center for Oral History
Research, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, Fowler Museum of Cultural
History, Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections and
University Archives) and eight other UC campuses: Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Riverside,
San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz.
The project was created in response to H.R. 1905, an appropriation from the US Congress
through Library of Congress’s American Memory program, which made funds available
to digitize archival materials relating to the ethnic groups of California.
2,500 items were selected from UCLA campus collections (Special Collections, UCLA
Oral History Program, the Clark, and the Fowler) and fully cataloged to the OAC digital
object metadata standard.
Los Angeles Times Digitization Project. We made excellent progress on the two-year
L.A. Times/Daily News digitization project. Graduate student research assistants have
selected 4,500 negatives from the collection, broadly representing areas of historic
interest related to the development and culture in Los Angeles from the late 1800's
through 1989. Close to 2,700 of those images are now fully cataloged to the OAC digital
object metadata standard. In coordination with SRLF and the UCLA Digital Library, we
successfully formulated a complete image scanning-delivery-storage-access system,
significantly strengthening our internal infrastructure for creating and providing access to
digital resources. To date, some 3000 images have been scanned by SRLF. Before the
end of the year, we will select an additional 500 negatives, including some nitrate
negatives. We also intend to invite user input in the selection of the final images.
Special Collections Digital Archive: Special Collections and UCLA University Archives
have together contributed some 2,200 digital images to the Special Collections Digital
Archive, an internal access system developed by the UCLA Digital Library to streamline
access to our digital content for public services purposes and for possible future access
via UCLA Digital Library projects. The L.A. Times/Daily News digitization project will
add 5,000 images to this resource.
User study: We conducted a user study that revealed our users are overwhelmingly
focused on manuscript holdings rather than rare books, generally accounting for between
two and four times the use in comparison with rare books holdings. Almost without
realizing it, we have created not only the dominant institutional collection of unique
archival materials in the state, but also one of the largest manuscript collections in the
country. However, we seem to be operating with a perception lag. Historically, our
special collections (along with most others in the country) emphasized rare book
collections, with manuscripts as an ancillary activity. Yet in the last few years as holdings
have become more widely known through the OAC and through our numerous
digitization projects, manuscript activity has taken on a greater role, even a dominant one.
Through our unit work plan, we are attempting to realign our activities to reflect this new
Staffing: Cristina Favretto became Rare Books Librarian on August 8, 2005. Kelly Haigh
became our new administrative assistant just two days before the beginning of the fiscal
year. Kenneth Homsley joined us in March to take charge of the Neutra project and Libby
Spatz in January to work on the other Getty-funded projects. Temporary appointments
allowed us to address several important projects. Andrea Eitsert reprocessed the Carey
McWilliams papers and collaborated with Genie Guerard in curating the McWilliams
exhibit. Piyapong Phongpatanakhun completed processing of the Edwin Pauley papers.
Brett Erzinger processed a significant portion of the Unocal archive, funded by a gift
from Unocal. Bernadette Roca processed the Irving Krick papers.
Exhibits in the Department:
May – September 2005 The Sleepy Lagoon Case: Constitutional Rights and the
Struggle for Democracy, curated by Genie Guerard and
October – November 2005 One Person's Truth: The Life and Work of Paul Monette
(1945-1995), curated by Dan Luckenbill
December – April 2006 Ramona Memories: Tourism and the Shaping of Southern
California, curated by Dydia DeLyser and Lilace Hatayama
April – May 2006: 600 Years of Near Eastern Manuscripts, curated by Ali
June 15 – Sept 8, 2006: Carey McWilliams: California’s Advocate of Creative
Dissent, curated by Genie Guerard and Andrea Eitsert
Exhibits featuring Special Collections holdings featured in the lobby of YRL
Forming and Transforming the City: African Americans in Los Angeles. February –
April, 2006, curated by Genie Guerard, Alva Stevenson, Miki Goral, Roberta Medford,
and Marlene Allen.
The Other Hollywood: Modernist Architecture and the Los Angeles Film Community.
Curated by Prof. Tom Hines and Simon Elliott. (This show opened in July, but the
planning and curatorial work occurred during the 05-06 fiscal year.)
For the CFPRT, we raised $315,000, including gifts from Joan Palevsky (whose
$250,000 is going to endow the Center), the Book Club of California, and an additional
gift from the Ahmanson Foundation. Before the UCLA Campaign closed at the end of
2005, our relationships with the Ahmanson Foundation and the Shapiros helped the
Library meet its goal. We are in the process of establishing an endowed collection for
artists’ books. We also raised $1,000,000 from Joan Palevsky to acquire the most
important collection of Isadora Duncan material ever assembled.
This year, we created a successful vehicle for bringing donors, prospects, and influential
people into the library through an event we call “From Michelangelo to Mackie.” Each
month, we have invited a small group of accomplished people to have an exclusive look
at some of our most wonderful items. We have found these events to be excellent
cultivation opportunities that have resulted in significant gifts.
II. Goals for fiscal year 2006-07
1. Assume management of visual arts related collections. Create a work plan to guide the
2. Submit the follow-on application to the Getty Grant Program for support to continue
the processing of art-related collections.
3. Begin planning to reinstall the Belt Library, which we hope to locate in the Special
4. Successfully run the CFPRT. Specifically, recruit a new Coordinator, recruit new
scholars each quarter, process important collections, and share the results of the program
by mounting an exhibit of CFPRT projects and working with Dawn Setzer to publicize
5. Participate in the planning of a conference to honor the Rouses in early October 2007.
Remount the Rouse exhibit.
6. Complete the L.A. Times Digitization project.
7. Hire a copy cataloger and a rare book cataloger and relocate the entire cataloging team
to the Special Collections Annex.
8. Approach the Steinmetz Foundation and/or the Massiah Foundation about funding a
curatorial position for our Near Eastern manuscripts holdings. Also work with Elizabeth
Johnson in Foundation Relations for other potential funders.
9. Begin work on a new publication about holdings. Outline project, hire a writer, make
image selections, photograph items, design and print publication.
10. Evaluate how we manage physical preparation in anticipation of an increased volume
of work because of additional cataloging staff. Advocate for the hiring of an LA II, who
might also help with the management of book digitization projects as well as mold
11. Complete the Orsini cataloging project and host an international conference on the
Orsini Collection in February 2007.
13. Submit a proposal to the Roth Family Foundation for an endowment in support of LA
photographers and photographs of Los Angeles.
14. Continue work on the clean-up of the Bradley finding aid.
15. Mount an exhibit on Isadora Duncan and sponsor an opening event.
16. Add to Dutch holdings.
17. Purchase a safe.
18. Publicize the completion of Cal Cultures and the LA Times project.
19. Participate in Rare Books School. Communicate with the faculty, pull scores of
volumes, host several class visitations, and prepare guest lectures and handouts for the
20. Participate in the Open Content Alliance’s mass digitization project. Scan 5000
volumes in five weeks. Work out all logistics, especially handling and security.
21. Address the mold problem that resulted from the hot, humid spell in July when our
environmental controls were overwhelmed and temporarily offline.
22. Prepare and mount exhibits on Isadora Duncan, on the Orsini Collection, R.B. Kitaj,
on the CFPRT and Hidden Collections, and Western printing high spots (in connection
with the APHA conference).
23. Have one or two Cashin lectures.
III. Significant acquisitions
Richard and Mary Rouse Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts
191 manuscripts, manuscript leaves, and documents, including some illuminated
manuscripts, acquired by Richard and Mary Rouse and donated to the UCLA Library.
Isadora Duncan Collection
This collection is the largest private one ever assembled of rare materials by and about
modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan (1877/78-1927). Built by Los Angeles attorney
Howard Holtzman over a 30-year period, the collection of some 1500 items includes
manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, artwork, contracts and box office statements
and ephemera. Acquisition made possible by Joan Palevsky.
Susan Sontag archive and library
This second installment consists of material created after the acquisition of the original
archive in June 2001 and before Sontag's death in 2004. During that time, Sontag
published two new works, the collection of essays Where the Stress Falls, and the critical
study of war and photography Regarding the Pain of Others. She also produced
numerous essays and prefaces for a number of works by authors she championed,
including W.G. Sebald, L. Tsypkin, Haldor Laxness, Victor Serge, Marina Tsvetaeva,
Adam Zagajewski, and others. In her latter years, Sontag received accolades and
recognition from around the world, and her acceptance speeches provided a platform for
statements of her views, now also available in the archive. Her correspondence with
members of the literary, artistic, publishing, and political worlds also continued despite
her final illness. The second installment also includes newly discovered early material,
including schoolwork, early appearances in school newspapers, her B.A. thesis, and
creative short fiction and poetry. The archive also includes a small number of later,
unpublished works, including a novel in progress, The Siege, and materials related to an
ongoing project about Japan. In total, this additional segment of the archive contains
approximately 4300 pages of original manuscript, typescript, and corrected page proofs,
2200 pages of correspondence, and an additional 1900 pages of general related
documents. The acquisition made possible by an anonymous donor.
Rose Hum Lee Papers
Rose Hum Lee (1904-1964) was a sociologist who produced pioneering studies of
Chinese-American communities in the United States, including her 1960 publication, The
Chinese in the United States of America. Collection donated by UCLA History Professor
Raymond Chandler letters, 1954
Two letters from Chandler to his agent, Edgar Carter, 1954, for addition to the Raymond
Chandler Papers. Purchased at auction with UL discretionary funds.
Harriet Rochlin Collection of Western Jewish Photographs, ca. 1571 to 1991
Harriet Rochlin's collection of over 2,200 photographs and other images document the
Jewish Westward Migration, including Sephardic Jews in flight from the Mexican
Colonial Inquisition, and Jewish families that settled in the far West. Many of the
photographs illustrate a social history authored by Fred and Harriet Rochlin, Pioneer
Jews: A New Life in the Far West. The photographs were primarily collected from
historical archives, special collections, family and business archives. Many were either
given to the Rochlins by descendants of pioneers or photographed by Fred Rochlin.
Donated by Harriet Rochlin.
Ham (Ho Young) Papers
Born in Korean in 1869, Ho Young Ham immigrated to Hawaii in 1905. There he worked
for the sugar industry and served as a lay minister for the Korean Methodist Church. The
papers document Ho Young Ham’s professional activities as well as his involvement in
Korean nationalist activities. The collection includes family papers and personal diaries
dating from 1905-1953, exceedingly rare Korean printed books, photographs, and
artifacts. A scholar has already made use of the collection to establish the authorship of
the Korean national anthem.Donated by Juliette Ow and Norman Brazeal.
Collection of Research Material about Genie (pseudonym)
A collection of research material regarding a linguistic/psychological study conducted at
UCLA ca. 1970-1974 regarding a subject, Genie, frequently referred to as a "wild child."
Having been physically confined and denied social interaction for over ten years, Genie
had no language until the age of thirteen when she was brought to UCLA. The papers
include research papers, study reports, transcriptions, grant files, videotapes and
audiotapes. The collection was donated by UCLA linguistics professor Susan Curtiss,
who worked closely with Genie throughout the study.
Rare Books Division
Lobel-Riche, Almery. Paris: Moeurs, Costumes et Attitudes: Les Bars. Paris: Societé des
Amis de la Petite Estampe Modern, 1912-1913. With 10 etchings. Funds donated by
Karen and Frank Dabby.
Various authors. Medici Antiqui Omnes, qui latinis literis diversorum morborum genera
& remedi persecute sunt . . . Venice: Aldus Manutius, 1547.
This very extensively annotated copy of the first major Renaissance collection of
Latin medical and surgical authors, issued by the Aldine Press, provides the first
opportunity we have ever seen to study the way a major sixteenth-century book
was prepared for a new edition, in this case by two identified and published
authors, the French scholar and physician Nicholas de Nancel (1539-1610) and
Michel de la Vigne (1588-1648).
Giuseppe de’ Rossi. Discorso Sopra Gli Anni Climatterici. Rome: Iacomo Bericchia et.
A rare and only edition of Rossi’s celebrated investigation into the links between
the astronomical calendar and man’s health and temperament, perhaps the last of
its kind to be printed in Italy, as astrology was outlawed by Sixtus V the next
year. This copy belonged to Aldus Manutius the Younger. The fate of Aldus’
library is unknown. Some say it went principally to his nephews, others that it
was dispersed immediately after his death. Books identified as having formed
part of this library are exceptionally rare.
Getty Book fund:
Papal Bulls from the 5th Lateran Council. Rome and Milan: various publishers, 1511.
Albumasar. Introductorium in Astronomiam. Venice: Mandato & Sessa, 1506. Bound
with Alphonsus de Corduba. Tabulae Astronomice Elisabeth Regina. Venice: Petri
Two rare and important astrological texts bound together, both illustrated with
woodcut diagrams and vignettes.
Alexander of Hales. Summa Universae Theologiae. Venice: Johannes de Colonia and
Johannes Manthen, 1475.
Scipione Ammirato. Gli Opuscoli di Scipione Ammirato. Florence: Appresso Giorgio
Giovanni Basadonna. Ioannis Basadona Patritii: De Veriori Mortalium Fine ac
Foelicitate. Venice: Tacuini, 1518.
Giovanni Maria Cecchi. Commedie di M. Giammaria Cecchi, Fiorentino: Libro Primo.
Venice: Appresso i Giunta, 1585.
Leandro Degli’Alberti. Prophetia dello Abbate Joachino circa il Pontifice R.E. Venice:
A very rare edition of this illustrated account of the prophecies of Joachim di
Fiore in Albert’s redaction. The text consists of a series of thirty brief, illustrated
papal prophecies, and is considered one of the most important apocalyptic works
of the Middle Ages.
Giovanni Antonio Dosio. Urbis Romae Aedificorum Illustriumque Supersunt Reliquiae.
One of the most important of the sixteenth-century collections of views of Rome.
The simple yet elegant plates, which provide an excellent record of the buildings
of antique Rome in their Renaissance settings, are in the hand of the Bresican
engraver Giovanni Battista de’Cavalieri (1530-1597) and represent his finest
Eusebius of Cesaria. Chronicon. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 1483.
Gilbert of Hoylandia. Sermones Super Cantica Canticorum. Florence, 1485.
Monaldo Monaldesci. Commentari Historici . . . della Cittá d’Orvieto. Venice:
Francesco Siletti, 1584.
Ogier Le Danois. Opera Bella e Piacevole. Venice: Eredi di Paduano, 1553.
This chivalric romance tells of Ugieri (or Ogier), one of Charlemagne’s Twelve
Peers and the head of his vanguard. This popular work flourished in eleven
languages; this version is the only text in which Ogier is the main protagonist.
Girolamo Savonarola. Crucis de Veritate Fidei. Venice: Lazarus de Soardis, 1508.
This is a rare fourth edition of Savonarola’s most vehement confession of faith
and expostulation of a radically strict form of doctrine. It was begun in 1496 and
printed in 1497, the year of his excommunication.
Publius Vergilius Maro. Vergilius cum Commentariis Quinque Videlicet Servii . . .
Venice: Phillipus Pincius, 1500.
A rare Venetian edition of Vergil’s works, with the commentaries of the
Florentine humanist Cristoforo Landino and the ancient commentaries of Servius
and Tiberius Donatus.
YRL Special Collections Annual Report 2005/06
Public Services Statistics
Number of items shelved 8850
Number of reserve lists processed 0
Turnstile count 8717
Total transactions (all service points) 7979
Total directional 3159
Total inquiries 3592
Total strategies 936
Total tutorials 173
Total research assistance 98
Total consultations 21
Total instructional sessions 39
Total attendees 668
Collection Management Statistics
New serial subscriptions placed by format 2
Serials subscriptions cancelled 0
Serial issues checked in 470
Volumes received 2557
Volumes added to the collection 1847
Volumes withdrawn from the collection 0
New monographic titles cataloged
New serial titles cataloged