Since 1909, Picnic Day has provided the University
of California, Davis with the means of showcasing the campus and the achievements of its students, staff, and faculty. Every
year the event is organized by the Picnic Day Board of Directors, which is composed entirely of students. The collection
includes reports, financial records, meeting minutes, and publicity materials that document the Board's work in organizing
Davis' annual open house.
The first "Dedication Basket Picnic" was held May 22, 1909 to honor the opening of North Hall, the first dormitory. The
event drew an estimated 3,000 people by train, horse and wagon, or automobile.
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permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission
for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items. It is
not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Collection is open for research.