David Blackwell

Life stories of early black faculty offer window onto history

Eighteen African American faculty and senior administrators, hired before the advent of affirmative-action policies in the 1970s, recount their stories in an oral-history series.
Walnut Grove community, 1925

Rare documentary about early Japanese immigrants resurfaces

After 30 years, film about first-generation Issei in California reaches new audiences.
Grateful Dead

Dead's legacy lives on at Santa Cruz

Collection of iconic band's materials is one of many rich archives entrusted to UC.
Fig. 1 — bike renegades

Renegades of bike culture

Today’s hipsters and their fixies are not the first to embody the too-cool-for-school persona of the cyclist.
JUGS young women, 1946

New book explores L.A.'s Nisei girls clubs

A UCLA historian explores the vast network of social clubs that helped Japanese-American girls navigate the prejudice and exclusion they faced in Los Angeles between 1920 and 1950.
farm worker protest

Library gets digital archive of farm worker movement

Rich collection documents the work of Cesar Chavez and others in the labor struggles in Central California.

Historian wins Pulitzer Prize for second time

"The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia: 1771-1832" nets award for two-time winner Alan Taylor, expert on early American history.

In dust of WWII camps, Japanese culture blossomed

One woman's quest for answers about the war years ultimately led to a film on Japanese internment and its impact on the arts.
Christina Corfield

Using art to reimagine history

What is it like to get a Ph.D. in the arts? We sat down with a UC Santa Cruz graduate student to find out.
Cesar Chavez movie image

Labor expert weighs in on new Cesar Chavez biopic

Gaspar Rivera-Salgado, project director with the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, talks about the first biopic to feature the iconic Chicano labor leader.