Lunchable: Capture Student Photojournalism Throughout the Years

Visit UC Davis Library's Main Lobby

Boy resting at Davis Farmers Market.
Young merchant rests at the Davis Farmers Market in 1987 (Laurie Anderson/UC Davis).

Lunchable is a feature of the UC Davis Arts Blog that recommends art exhibitions or other attractions that can be viewed during a short lunch break or other short periods of free time. 

Unsure of how to fill that one-hour gap between your classes or a lunch break? Have you ever wondered what the UC Davis experience might have been like 10, 20, 40 years ago? 

Visit the main lobby of the Peter J. Shields Library and take a peek into the past through the eyes of The California Aggie’s own student photojournalists from the last 40 years. 

"The California Aggie Photo Archives: Gems of Student Photojournalism" stands in a linear, glass case to the left of the UC Davis Library main staircase. The collection of 15 photographs, some of them in color and some of them in black and white, range from the year 1980 to 2007. 

The exhibit is free of charge and accessible to students, faculty and staff craving a break from their study crams, any history buffs, or any curious passersby through March 22, 2022. 

Student photojournalists throughout the years have encapsulated almost every area of life that makes up the UC Davis experience through their photographs. Images depict scenes of student life, live concerts, protests, regional life, breaking news, events, sports and beyond. The students’ contributions amplified the voices and experiences of fellow Aggies and the surrounding areas. 

African American Student Protest
Student-led protest against the verdict of the Rodney King police brutality trial. Photograph by Ian Martin and story by Rachel Wettergreen published on May 1, 1992.


The project began as a collaboration between the then editor-in-chief of The California Aggie, Emily Stack, and the UC Davis Library’s Archives and Special Collections department in 2019. Now it is available to the public through the curation of the UC Davis Special Collections Department and preparation by Kevin Miller, head of Special Collections and university archivist. 

Cow at the UC Davis dairy barn.
Cow at the UC Davis dairy barn. Photograph by Wayne Tilcock, part of a photo spread on Davis life published on Oct. 27, 1997.


The photography exhibit is only a small portion of the thousands of photographs being prepared by the library for both physical and digital showcases. To learn more about the project and view other hidden stills of Davis life visit this page

On your next visit to the library, take a break from your hectic schedule and enjoy a special insight into the memorable past of the Davis community and celebrate the work of The California Aggie’s student photojournalists. 

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