Adhesive Propaganda

Stamps of the Spanish Civil War from Special Collections & Archives

Stamps included in this exhibit shed light on life in Spain during the Civil War. The wide variety of publishers they represent and the causes they support characterize the marketplace of ideas that dominated life during the Spanish Civil War.

Early San Diego: On the Edge of Empires

Centuries before it became a thriving maritime and beach community, San Diego existed at the outskirts of massive empires administered by Spain, then Mexico, and eventually the United States.

Art of Science

Images from the Art of Science Contest

Shaping A Library

Early in 1970, a San Diego newspaper headline announced “Unique Library Taking Shape.” The paper was referring to UC San Diego’s Central University Library, now Geisel Library, then under construction.

Germans in the Pacific World

Like other Europeans, Germans ventured into the Pacific to explore the vast landmasses bordering the globe’s largest ocean as well as the innumerable islands scattered in between. They came as missionaries in the seventeenth century to be joined later on by scientific explorers, colonialists, entrepreneurs, and world travelers.

The Missions of Alta California

Photographs by Willian Henry Jackson

UC San Diego is fortunate to be able to display a selection of William Henry Jackson's albumen photographs, originally in the collection of Kenneth E. and Dorothy V. Hill, who generously loaned these items to UC San Diego for permanent exhibition on the web.

Tijuana: The View from the North

From its beginning, Tijuana was more accessible from the north than the south. When Tijuana was founded the nearest Mexican town at 150 miles away, Ensenada, was only accessible by air or water. The city was a popular destination for U.S. tourists who wanted to see “Old Mexico.”

Leo Szilard

Celebrating 125 years

Leo Szilard was a talented physicist, biologist, and often-forgotten key player in the development of nuclear energy and the first atomic bomb.

Pirates in Print

Seafaring Treasures from Special Collections & Archives

This exhibition illustrates sea life during the “golden age of piracy,” as well as more modern works that demonstrate the continuing influence of pirates in popular culture.