A diorama at ankle height is located within the exterior wall of the Steinbeck Collection. Steinbeck described "the process of rediscovery" as follows: "A young, inquisitive and original man might one morning find a fissure in the traditional technique of thinking. Through this fissure he might look out and find a new external world about him." The fissure contains soil samples from the Oklahoma-to-California path of migration outlined in Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, as well as artifacts from San Jose State University's Steinbeck Collection.
Location: exterior wall of the Steinbeck Collection on the Fifth Floor