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Exhibits & Events

April 1 - April 30
"National Poetry Month Exhibit."
Seuss Room foyer, Geisel Library.
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April 28 - June 30
"Library Chimes Exhibit."
Geisel West, 2nd floor.
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May 4 - June 22
"San Diego Book Arts Exhibit."
Seuss Room, Geisel Library.
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May 4, 5:00 to 6:30 pm
"Holocaust Living History Workshop."
Seuss Room, Geisel Library
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Volume 4 Number 2                                        Winter 2014

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our first newsletter in the new year.

This issue of Domain includes news about several exciting recent developments. Earlier this winter, we announced that we have received a new batch of original Dr. Seuss materials from Audrey Geisel. Dr. Seuss fans everywhere may have a lot to look forward to, as the new materials appear to provide enough creative fodder for at least a few more books.

We are also pleased to announce that the Library is now officially the largest repository for the papers of Jonas Salk, creator of the vaccine that prevented polio and founder of the neighboring Salk Institute for Biological Studies. We plan to exhibit some of these fascinating materials next fall, when the Salk Institute will celebrate the Jonas Salk Centenary.

Book collectors, and collectors in general, will not want to miss our Collector Q&A with James Keeline. James and his wife Kim have amassed a fascinating collection of Tom Swift, Nancy Drew, and other Stratemeyer Syndicate books. They also are train buffs and collect Disneyland memorabilia!

This edition of our newsletter also includes information about the San Diego Natural History Museum's Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship exhibition, which opened in February and is on display through September 2014.  The exhibition includes a bonus exhibit of materials from our Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages, housed in the Library’s Mandeville Special Collections. The Hill Collection comprises some of the seminal books from the 16th and 17th centuries on piracy.

I hope you enjoy this issue of Domain.


Brian E. C. Schottlaender
The Audrey Geisel University Librarian

New Dr. Seuss Materials

New books on the way for Dr. Seuss fans!

New Dr. Seuss Materials
Copyright © Dr. Seuss Enterprises

More than 1,500 new materials from the personal archive of author Theodor Seuss Geisel have been donated by Audrey Geisel to the UC San Diego Library, including a variety of unpublished projects, such as "Cat Ballooning," "The Pet Shop," "Bee Watches," "How Welk Can You Spelk," "The Clock Book," and "Arabian Adventures."

The recently donated materials are being added to the Dr. Seuss Collection in the Library's Mandeville Special Collections. The collection houses more than 10,000 items, including original drawings, sketches, manuscript drafts, books, notebooks, photographs, and memorabilia, documenting the full range of Theodor Seuss Geisel's creative achievements, from his high school activities in 1919 through his death in 1991.

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Collector Q&A

The Incredible World of James Keeline

James Keeline with a Jules Verne edition.

When 8-year-old James Keeline acquired his first used copy of a Tom Swift book, he was launched into a fictional galaxy where junior geniuses invent marvels and solve mysteries. Four decades later, he is a major collector of the Stratemeyer Syndicate series novels about such prodigies as Swift, Nancy Drew, and the Hardy Boys, and he is a scholar of syndicate founder Edward Stratemeyer. Keeline and his wife, Kim Keeline, have filled their home with rare Stratemeyer books and memorabilia. He has reproduced out-of-print and unpublished Stratemeyer stories from the 1890s, and he is writing a biography of the prolific book packager and writer. He will be a featured presenter at Sleuth Con II in San Diego June 2-8, a convention for fans of Nancy Drew and other series books.

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Jonas Salk Papers Donated to UC San Diego Library

Papers Trace Development of Salk Polio Vaccine

Jonas Salk Papers Donated to UC San Diego Library
Jonas Salk on the cover of Wisdom magazine in 1956.

The UC San Diego Library's Mandeville Special Collections houses the papers of some of the world's most prominent and innovative scientists, including the personal archives of Nobel Laureates Francis Crick, Harold Urey, Maria Goeppert Mayer, Hannes Alfven, and others. Now, the Library will be adding the personal papers of Jonas Salk, the renowned physician, virologist, and humanitarian best known for his development of the world's first successful vaccine for the prevention of polio.

The papers were recently donated to the Library's Mandeville Special Collections by Salk's sons, Peter, Darrell and Jonathan, all of whom, like their father, trained as physicians and are involved in medical and scientific activities.

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Real Pirates Exhibition at theNAT

Exhibit Showcases Library's Hill Collection

Exhibit Showcases Library's Hill Collection

The UC San Diego Library's prestigious Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages and its treasure trove of original texts about piracy is featured as a local component of the theNAT's (the San Diego Natural History Museum) current exhibition, Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship.

Organized by National Geographic and Premier Exhibitions, Inc., the traveling Real Pirates exhibition opened on February 8, 2014 and will run through September 1, 2014 at the museum in Balboa Park. The exhibit tells the story of the crew of the Whydah, a pirate ship originally intended to be a slave ship, and showcases treasure chests of gold coins, jewelry, cannons, pistols, knives, and a life-size replica of the ship's stern that visitors can board.

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Szilard Papers to be Digitized

Papers Document the Making of the Atom Bomb

Physicist Leo Szilard
Physicist Leo Szilard

Thanks to a $93,000 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) the UC San Diego Library has begun digitizing the papers of Leo Szilard, one of the nation's most influential scientists who played an essential role in the development of the atomic bomb.

Leo Szilard's papers, given their historical importance as well as Szilard's influence in the scientific community, are heavily used by scholars, journalists, and other researchers. The Szilard papers reveal the back story of how the atomic bomb was created, and the moral and ethical dilemmas that its creation caused for Szilard and his fellow scientists.

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Masthead image:  Read/Write/Think/Dream installation by John Baldessari at Geisel Library.  UCSD Stuart Collection 2001.