Snow Globes in the DAAP Library

snowglobe2Jenell Walton of Channel 9’s “The List” recently visited the Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) and met with librarian Jennifer Krivickas to talk about the library’s snow globe collection. The snow globes will appear on “The List” sometime in July. For those who want to know more about the snow globes before the show airs, below is more information about the fun collection.


According to a report prepared in 1999 by UC student & DAAP Library graduate assistant Amy Fiser, the DAAP Library snow globe collection was started in 1983 snowglobe1when a library employee returned from a trip to Florida with a souvenir snow globe and set it on the library counter. According to legend, it was “filled with glitter in lieu of snow and housed a bikini-clad woman, water skiing behind a speedboat.” A collection was born.

The snow globes are on public display and have become a recognizable part of the DAAP Library alongside journals, books, and students studying. Generally speaking, the snow globes originating from the United States are arranged on one side of the library (in alphabetical order by state) and International snow globes are arranged together (alphabetically by country) on on the other side of the library.

The snow globes are reflective of the various locations UC students and faculty visit to conduct research and where they lived before coming to work or study at DAAP. The collection is ever growing as students and faculty travel the globe and bring back a remembrance to the library.

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