California Academy of Sciences 150th Anniversary Celebration
150th Anniversary Celebration 150 Years: A Timeline 150 Years of Research The New Academy
Academy Library staff in the Mailliard Library.
DEPARTMENT MILESTONES

1853
Thomas J. Nevins, an Academy founder, becomes the first Librarian.

1906
After the Great Earthquake, editorial assistant
Mary Hyde works with Director Loomis to save the Academy’s original proceedings and earliest records before flames engulf the building. The Library is the first section of the Academy to reopen.

1958
The new Mailliard Library opens, our first space specifically designed to function as a Library.

1959
Edward E. Hills bequeaths the Edward E. Hills and Florence Hopkins Hills Collection of rare botanical and ornithological works including 440 bound volumes and more than 500 prints. The collection includes the Audubon Birds of America double elephant folio.

1991
The Biodiversity Resource Center opens on the museum floor.

1996
The Library initiates the Manzanita Project, a digital image database currently holding over 18,000 digital images, and receiving 14,000 searches per day.

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Bookworms
The Academy Library is the oldest, continually operating, scientific library in the American West. It houses rare books, maps, and works of art — in addition to the most up-to-date international science publications and information technology.

Rare Books Link 19th Century Science to Today's Research
Curator Terry Gosliner discovered what he thought was a new species of mollusk, a large orange nudibranch. When he looked to older literature, he found its description in an 1852 monograph by Augustus Gould. “The nudibranch had not been recorded in the scientific literature since then,” said Gosliner, who redescribed it in a recent paper.

The Biodiversity Resource Center
During the past year, more than 3,100 questions were answered in the Center. Begun as a collaboration between the Library and the Exhibits Department to increase awareness about biodiversity, the Center serves as a bridge between the visitor and Academy research. To better serve the needs of 21st century museum learners, the Center will soon expand to become a Naturalist Center offering access to specimens and hands-on laboratory programs with science educators..

Rapid Recovery
Since 1906 the Academy Library and Archives have grown to hold 210,000 books, 2,700 current journal titles, 500 manuscript collections, 25,000 maps and over 300,000 images. The Library shares its resources with the worldwide scientific community through journal exchanges, interlibrary loans and reference support.

 

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California Academy of Sciences 150th Anniversary Celebration