New Additions to Digital Collections Document Local and University History

Guest Post by Shea McCollum, Library Marketing Assistant.

Pepperdine Libraries is pleased to announce three new collections that have recently been added to the Pepperdine Libraries Digital Collections: the Malibou Lake Mountain Club Bulletin Collection, Inner View Collection, and Malibu Tiles Collection.

Malibu Lake Mountain Club Bulletin, Fall 1975

Fall cover of the Malibou Lake Mountain Club Bulletin. Credit: Malibou Lake Mountain Club Bulletin, Pepperdine University Special Collections and University Archives.

The first collection, the Malibou Lake Mountain Club Bulletin Collection, is a selection of news bulletins from the secluded Malibou Lake Mountain Club residential community in the Santa Monica Mountains dating between the club’s founding in 1922 until 1984. These bulletins chronicle both the lives of club members, with records of their births, marriages, travel experiences, and deaths, as well as major activities at the club, such as advertising for upcoming events, updates on local news, and notice of any film shoots.

Sweepstakes Flyer, 1924

Prize list and registration form for a Malibou Lake and Mountain Club membership drive sweepstakes. Credit: Malibou Lake Mountain Club Bulletin Collection, Pepperdine University Special Collections and University Archives.

The Inner View Collection is an archive of the student newspaper of the same name, founded in 1972 at Pepperdine University’s original Los Angeles campus. After Pepperdine transferred operations to the Malibu campus in 1972, Pepperdine’s primary student newspaper The Graphic moved with it, and Inner View took over its place at the Los Angeles Campus for the next few years while Pepperdine continued to offer undergraduate classes there.

Inner View: Sep. 14th, 1973

Inner View celebrates anniversary of Pepperdine’s Los Angeles Campus. Credit: Inner View, Pepperdine University Special Collections and University Archives

In addition to providing a unique perspective on Pepperdine’s transitional years, Inner View offered award-winning coverage of local and national news and serves as a notable example of 1970s graphic design and printing techniques.

Inner View: Feb. 1st, 1974

1974 cover of the Inner View featuring Governor Ronald Reagan. Credit: Inner View, Pepperdine University Special Collections and University Archives

The final recent addition to the Digital Collections is the Malibu Tiles Collection, which features the Moorish, Mayan, Spanish, and Saracen style work created by the Malibu Potteries. Malibu Potteries began in 1926 when May Knight Rindge discovered rich deposits of red clay on her property. Rindge then hired Rufus Keeler, a local ceramic engineer, to construct and operate her factory, which met the demands for decorative tiles fueled by the popularity of Art Deco and Spanish Revival architecture at that time.

Red Quarry Tile with Double-Headed Eagle in Cobalt Glaze

This hexagonal floor insert features a double-headed eagle on a red quarry tile that has been incised and inlaid with cobalt glaze. Credit: Malibu Tiles, Pepperdine University Special Collections and University Archives.

Although the factory unfortunately closed in 1932 due to the Great Depression, it was very influential in shaping the aesthetic for local architecture and can still be viewed in various public locations, such as Los Angeles City Hall and the Adamson House in Malibu. This collection also has a special importance to Pepperdine, as the Adamson-Rindge family donated a large portion of the land on which the Malibu campus was founded.

Moorish Revival Tile with Radial Motif

This intricately patterned tile features an inlaid radial motif inspired by 15th and 16th century Hispano-Moresque design. Credit: Malibu Tiles [digital resource], Pepperdine University Special Collections and University Archives

Pepperdine Libraries Digital Collections provides access to materials digitized from Pepperdine’s Special Collections and University Archives. This collection is open to the public to encourage discovery and scholarship of materials relating to Pepperdine’s history, research resources, and unique archival holdings. These collections derive from three main sources: special collections and archival material, like the Pepperdine Yearbook Collection, scholarly communications, as with the Electronic Theses and Dissertations, and Malibu historical materials, like the Malibu Historical Photograph Collection.

We encourage you to visit Pepperdine Libraries Digital Collections and see for yourself what interesting insights into Pepperdine’s history that our collections have to offer.


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New Additions to Digital Collections Document Local and University History