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Pepperdine University Libraries Launches Online Digital Collections
The Pepperdine Digital Collections on the Pepperdine University Libraries Web site are now live and feature digitized versions of special collections and archival materials. The initiative offers a publication and archiving platform for the scholarly publications and events that make Pepperdine such a vibrant academic community. Through the digitization and display of rare or unique materials, each extraordinary collection provides a unique perspective of the history and scholarship of Pepperdine University and the cultural legacy of Malibu.
Pepperdine Digital Collections are open to the public to encourage discovery and scholarship at the widest possible breadth. Furthermore, the materials that compose the digital collections are optimized for online information seeking and archived for long-term digital preservation.
Inaugural collections include the Pepperdine Yearbook Collection, which is a complete and searchable collection of the Pepperdine University yearbooks through its various incarnations as a bound publication from 1939 to 2006. Another feature of the Digital Collections page is the ever-growing University Archives Photograph Collection, which presents high-resolution digital renditions of the thousands of photographic prints, slides, and negatives that compose the Pepperdine University archival image collection, dating from its founding in 1937.
Featuring over 30 surfboards from the personal collection of Malibu resident John Mazza, the John Mazza Historic Surfboard Collection represents the evolution of surfing and surfboard technology in the 20th century. Examples range from the 1910s to living legends—even Gidget’s surfboard is represented. Digital imagery allows the viewer to focus on various angles and aspects of each board. The Bruce Herschensohn Collection features the expanding collection of personal papers of this important politician, scholar, and filmmaker, including his notes, correspondence, media clippings, films, and other ephemera. Finally, the Electronic Theses and Dissertations collection includes recent graduate level theses and dissertations from a variety of schools and programs within Pepperdine University.