Since 1909, Picnic Day has provided the University of California,
Davis with the means of showcasing the campus and the achievements of its students,
staff, and faculty. Every year the event is organized by the Picnic Day Board of
Directors, which is composed entirely of students. The collection includes reports,
financial records, meeting minutes, and publicity materials that document the Board's
work in organizing UC Davis' annual open house.
The first “Dedication Basket Picnic” was held May 22, 1909 to honor the opening of North
Hall, the first dormitory. The event drew an estimated 3,000 people arriving by train,
horse and wagon, or automobile.
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permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head
of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department
of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of
the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright
holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Collection is open for research.