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dibblee Geology center

Under the direction of Dr. John Minch and Museum Trustee John Powell, the Dibblee Geology Center issued 33 new maps in 2007, with another 10 in preparation. Published Dibblee maps now include most of the greater Los Angeles and Bay areas, our coastal region, and the entire San Andreas Fault region. A few areas in Merced and Stanislaus Counties, and the Monterey Peninsula remain to be completed.

John and Peggy Maximus Gallery

Slither, the fall exhibit in the Maximus Gallery, examined the illustrated history of the snake, one of the world’s most symbolized animals. A number of rare, first edition engravings were featured from Mark Catesby’s e Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands published in London between the years 1731 and 1743. is selection came from a significant donation to the Museum’s art collection in 2006.

  • e Maximus Gallery also began an extensive conservation project

of our Audubon prints from the Bien edition of 1860, given to the Museum in 1923. is collection of 93 prints will be cleaned and stabilized over the next several years, thus making them displayable. To date, 13 prints have been treated with spectacular results.


During 2007, Archive Specialist Lisa Rowlison and Archive Intern Katherine Lowe, processed and cataloged the Dick Smith Papers. is collection, comprised of Smith’s own handwritten field notebooks, newspaper articles, and publications, also features more than 3,000 photographic prints, 13,000 slides, and 18,000 negatives documenting the Channel Islands, the Los Padres National Forest, the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill, and local flora and fauna.

indian cobra, snakes of ceylon albertus seba (1665-1736) Cabinet of Natural Curiosities

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