Collector's Corner

Join us for a Tour of Inland Empire Special Collections

A.K. Smiley Public Library

University Librarian Brian Schottlaender invites you to join him on Friday, June 20, 2014 for a behind-the-scenes tour of two outstanding Inland Empire special collections.

The tour includes an all-day excursion to the A.K. Smiley Public Library in Redlands and UC Riverside’s Special Collections and Archives, housed in the university’s Rivera Library. We will stop to lunch at the iconic Mission Inn, a National Historic Landmark and the crown jewel of the Inland Empire, where we will have some free time to explore this fascinating property.

The A.K. Smiley Public Library, which opened its doors in 1898, is home to an extensive collection of California history and memorabilia. Built with funding from philanthropists Alfred and Albert K. Smiley, the exterior of the building was designed in a Moorish style, featuring solid brick walls, stained glass windows, and a heavy red-tiled roof. The interior includes original carvings of gargoyles and other mythical animals, which are incorporated with oak furnishings. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is also designated a California State Landmark.

A.K. Smiley Public Library

The Smiley’s head librarian Don McCue and archivist Nathan Gonzales will be on hand to give our group a special tour of their California heritage collection and Carnegie Indian collection. We will also have the opportunity to visit the Lincoln Memorial Shrine, adjacent to the library.

From Redlands, we will head to Riverside’s illustrious Mission Inn for a buffet lunch, with time to explore the grounds following lunch.

After exploring the Mission Inn, we will head to the UC Riverside campus to visit their Special Collections and Archives. Library staff will guide us through key works of the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy, the largest publicly-accessible collection of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and utopian literature in the world. Other highlights of our visit will include the Petko Collection on the History of the Book and Printing, the Tuskegee Airmen Archive, and a marvelous collection of Medieval illuminated manuscripts.

UC Riverside’s Rivera Library

The cost of this excursion is $80 per person, which includes transportation, lunch, snacks, and gratuity. To register, please contact Christina Continelli no later than Friday, June 13, 2014 at either 858-534-1183 or ccontinelli@ucsd.edu. Payment is by check only. We hope you can join us!

Exhibits & Events

"San Diego Book Arts Exhibit."

  • May 5 - June 22
  • Mandeville Special Collections, Geisel Library.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"Native Bee Exhibit."

  • May 21 - June 30
  • Lobby, Geisel Library.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"Steampunk Tea."

  • June 29, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
  • Geisel West, 1stfloor.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"Paper Theatre Festival & Exhibit."

  • August 9 - August 10, Noon to 5:00 pm
  • Seuss Room, Geisel Library.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"Toy Piano Festival."

  • September 5, Noon to 1:00 pm
  • Seuss Room, Geisel Library.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"Dinner in the Library."

  • September 12
  • Geisel Library Building
  • For more information:
  • (858) 534-7021
    e-mail Taylor Haglund
    tmhaglund@ucsd.edu

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