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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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