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Picnic Day Board of Directors Records
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  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement of the Collection
  • Related Materials
  • Access
  • Processing Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Davis Library, University Archives
    Title: Picnic Day Board of Directors Records
    Creator: Picnic Day. Board of Directors
    Identifier/Call Number: AR-122
    Physical Description: 20 linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1952-2014
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical Location: Researchers should contact Archives and Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English.

    Administrative History

    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 by train, horse and wagon, or automobile.
    Festivities included introductory remarks by Leroy Anderson, Superintendent of the University Farm, English and Spanish Ballads sung by Mrs. Mary Roberts Coolidge, a dedicatory address by Edward J. Wickson, Dean of the College of Agriculture, and additional addresses by H.A. Jastro, President of the State Agricultural Society and Benjamin Ide Wheeler, President of the University of California. Tables were arranged in the Dairy Barn for the basket picnic and guests were advised to "bring a cup and spoon, since coffee with cream and sugar will be served by the University."
    Picnic Day has since become the annual open house for the campus and has grown into one of the largest student-run events in the U.S.

    Scope and Content

    The collection includes reports, financial records, meeting minutes, and publicity materials that document the Board's work in organizing UC Davis' annual open house.

    Arrangement of the Collection

    The collection is arranged in chronological order.

    Related Materials

    Archives and Special Collections also holds the Picnic Day Collection, AR-075. This collection contains programs, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia from Picnic Day celebrations.


    Collection is open for research.

    Processing Information

    Sara Gunasekara processed this collection with assistance from student employee Carena Leung. This collection was processed under the Guidelines for Efficient Archival Processing in the University of California Libraries.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], AR-122, Picnic Day Board of Directors Reports, Archives and Special Collections, UC Davis Library, University of California, Davis.

    Publication Rights

    All applicable copyrights for the collection are protected under chapter 17 of the U.S. Copyright Code. Requests for 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 Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Picnic Day Board of Directors--Archives
    Picnic Day
    University of California, Davis--History
    University of California, Davis--Students