Garabedian Digital Collection


Thanks to the generosity of the Bertha and John Garabedian Charitable Foundation, the V.E. Petrucci Library will be assessing, tagging, and making available a large portion of digital images and documents. This project began with the previous V.E. Petrucci Library librarian, and was restarted in Fall 2012.  Images and other resources will be posted as they become available.

Slide Collection

The slide collection consists of nearly 10,000 mounted 35mm slides used by Professor Emeritus V.E. Petrucci for instruction in his courses, as well as documenting the development of the viticulture and enology academic and research program at Fresno State from the 1960s into the 1980s.  Included are images of viticultural practices from around the world, including eastern Europe and Russia, South Africa, Italy, Japan, all throughout South America and the Middle East; a comprehensive gallery of vine pests and diseases as well as management and control of the resulting damage; and many slides documenting the methodology of research projects conducted throughout these years by the Viticulture and Enology Research Center (VERC).

Grapes on vines with paper wraps, Japan
Grapes hang on vine with paper wraps, Japan. This is one of hundreds of images created from Professor Vincent Petrucci's travel and research slides digitized by the V.E. Petrucci Library.

Digitized images are currently available for distribution; for access to or questions about the images within this collection, please contact the librarian.

Pamphlet Collection

The pamphlet and newsletter collection consists of over 1,000 publications from as early as 1910. These pieces of ephemera reflect various aspects of viticulture and enology, from pest management guides issued by the USDA to raisin recipes for busy families released by marketing agencies in the 1960s.

Historical Soil MapsBrilliantly colored soil maps of the Mendota region on the west side of California's Central Valley.  The V.E. Petrucci Library holds historic soil maps from every region in the state.

This pamphlet collection has recently been inventoried: for the inventory list, please click here (the list is searchable using Ctrl-F).  

Due to the sometimes delicate and rare condition of these historic pieces, the pamphlet and newsletter collection is for in-library use only. However, recognizing the value of this resource to the public, the library is currently processing the collection for inclusion in the Garabedian Digital Collection to provide greater access to these pieces.  As we work to make this collection accessible, please contact the librarian for help or questions regarding the resources available.


V.E. Petrucci Library interns and volunteers are making the processing of this collection possible. With their cross-disciplinary knowledge, this talented team is building a useful instructional and institutional history tool.

Garabedian Digital Collection Agricultural Sciences Intern: Michelle Dennis

Michelle Dennis is pursuing a Master of Plant Science from the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences at Fresno State University. Michelle is originally from the Valley, and spent much of her childhood on her grandparent's vineyard in Kingsburg.

Michelle received her Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Biology from California State Polytechnic Univeristy at Pomona. From 2006 to 2012, she worked with the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Pierce's Disease control program in Southern California, monitoring the insect vector of the disease that can destroy grapevines. Michelle is happy to continue to serve the grape and wine industry through her internship.

Garabedian Digital Collection Library Sciences Intern: Kristin Baer

Kristin Baer is a library sciences intern with the V.E. Petrucci Library. Baer has a BA in english from Fresno State, and in Spring 2013 will graduate from the MA program in English with an emphasis on Victorian literature. Upon graduation, she will enter the Master of Library and Information Services program at San Jose State University.

Coming from a family of raisin growers, Baer realizes the importance of preserving our Valley's proud tradition of viticulture and making extant resources freely available to local grape growers and winemakers. She is excited to be part of the Garabedian Digital Collection project, which combines her interests in library science and agriculture.

Garabedian Digital Collection Volunteer: Colleen Vincent

Colleen Vincent graduated in December 2011 from San Jose State University with a Master of Library and Information Science degree.  Her professional interests include information literacy, digital libraries and using metadata to enhance resource discovery on the Internet.  Prior to assisting with this project, Colleen spent a year as a “database tagger” creating metadata for a digital library of public health images.  In addition to participating in the Garabedian project at CSU Fresno, Colleen also volunteers at the Fresno County Public Library tutoring adults in computer and Internet applications.

Garabedian Digital Collection Volunteer: Joy Rodriguez

Joy Rodriguez is a recent MLIS graduate from San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science. She also has a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of Law.  Her professional interests are digital preservation, digital asset management and digital copyright law. She is excited to be a part of the Garabedian Digital Collection project, which combines her interest in digital preservation with her love of wine. In her free time, she enjoys cooking with her family, reading, crocheting and rollerblading.

Garabedian Digital Collection Volunteer: Tiffany Roberts

Tiffany Roberts is a current student in the Master of Library and Information Science degree program at San Jose State University.