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Jacob Klein

Jacob Klein

2nd Place

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, 2024

I visited Special Collections with my discussion section to look at nearly a dozen maps in the Shields Library map collection ranging from the 1870s to the early 2000s. I took note of each map that referenced Russell Boulevard and began to ponder the changing landscape.”

— Jacob Klein

Transecting Russell Boulevard

Research project for LDA 002: Place, Culture, and Community

Read Jacob’s Paper (pdf)

Project Description

Klein embarked on a walking tour along a five-mile stretch of Russell Boulevard to examine how it had changed over the past century, comparing the transformation of the agricultural landscape in the west to that of the urban landscape in the east. With the help of librarian Sheena Campbell, he explored the library’s map collection and online databases to learn more about the history of Davis.

In Their Own Words

Read Jacob’s reflective essay from their Lang Prize application.