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Don’t disappear! September 29, 2014

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Special Collections & Archives spent the day at the annual Anteater Involvement Fair! Zot!

Our motivation: to preserve UCI history! The University Archives (at the UCI Libraries!) wants to preserve your student organization records! Any material including constitutions, by-laws, photos, posters, meeting minutes… whether physical or digital, including facebook sites, instagram feeds, and photos straight from your camera, we’re ready for everything! If there’s anythng you don’t need anymore, don’t throw it out! Send it to the library!

Here’s the super attractive, bright pink flyer we handed out, which has a lot more information:

Don't disappear!

Don’t disappear!

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Representing our UCI pride! Zot!

Gotta catch 'em all!

Gotta catch ‘em all!

Visit our website for more information on how to transfer your student organization records: http://special.lib.uci.edu/donate/donating-records-so.html

Chancellor Peltason at the UCI-UTC bridge dedication August 29, 2014

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Happy birthday, Chancellor Peltason! Hope your birthday is as joyous and eventful as this moment in UC Irvine history!

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Chancellor Peltason crosses the UCI-UTC bridge. Also pictured, Chancellor Aldrich, Peter the Anteater, and Aldrich Hall (Administration building). From the University Communications Photographs [AS-061].

This photo was taken during the 1986 UCI-UTC Bridge Dedication. The outfits worn by many of the attendees suggest that this may have occured during UCI’s annual Wayzgoose celebration.

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Chancellor Peltason at the UCI-UTC Bridge Dedication. From the University Communications Photographs [AS-061].

This pedestrian bridge was built through a partnership between the City of Irvine and the Irvine Company to connect the University Town Center and the UC Irvine campus. The $1,000,000 bridge symbolized the relationship between the campus and the community at large.

It has also been stated by Sam McCulloch, our favorite Australian historian, that during this dedication ceremony, “Chancellor Peltason entertained the audience of University and community leaders with a remarkable yo-yo demonstration”.

Does anyone have any video evidence of this? Please do share. Here are some photos!

(One more thing to note! This bridge now goes by the name, Watson Bridge, named for Ray Watson, original architect and former President of The Irvine Company. This bridge was dedicated on October 27, 2005.)

Orange County’s Birthday… the 125th! August 2, 2014

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On August 1, 1889, Orange County broke away from Los Angeles County. This map, one of the first to document the new county, was compiled by S. H. (Soloman Henderson) Finley in 1889, published by H.S. Crocker & Company in San Francisco, and colored by E.M. Sleator. The map is from the Collection of Orange County and California maps, MS-R103, a collection of over 100 maps that documents the State of California, but especially its southern counties. Although the maps are predominantly reproductions they also include a number of originals (such as this one), with some dating back to the 1820s. Throughout 2014, Orange County will celebrate its 125th anniversary, also known as the Quasquicentennial. Happy Quasquicentennial!!
 

Map of Orange County California. Compiled by S.H. Finley.

Map of Orange County California. Compiled by S.H. Finley.

Collection of Orange County and California Maps MS-R103. Box XOS 1.

Collection of Orange County and California Maps
MS-R103. Box XOS 1.

 

The UCI Medal July 23, 2014

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Many of you probably saw President Obama receive the UCI Medal during commencement recently, and some may have wondered what exactly is the UCI Medal? Well, the UCI Medal was established in 1984 by then Chancellor Jack Peltason to recognize people, both from the university and the community, whose dedication and generosity have significantly contributed to the spirit and vision of UCI. Honorary  degrees have not been awarded by the University of California since 1970, and the Medal was designed to substitute as the highest honor bestowed by UCI to an individual. The UCI Foundation, a non-profit corporation established in 1967, manages private donations on behalf of UCI and also oversees the annual awarding of the UCI Medal. The first medal was awarded to founding Chancellor Daniel Aldrich in 1984. The next was awarded in 1987, but since then the medal has been awarded annually. The two-sided design of the Medal combines the academic tradition of the University of California with the vitality of the UCI campus. The front reflects the unique circular design of the campus, depicting the vertical facade of Langson Library shown against the sun, symbolic of light and learning. The eucalyptus and coral tree leaves represent the more than 11,000 native and exotic trees that make up Aldrich Park. The Medal was designed and cast by noted Southern California artist Inez Owings. The verso of the medal carries the seal of the University of California with its motto “Let There Be Light.”

So, who has received the UCI Medal? A list of past recipients is available here.   Enjoy and celebrate… Zot! Zot! Zot!

The front of the UCI Medal.

The front of the UCI Medal.

 

 

 

Special visit from The New Swan Shakespeare Festival company July 3, 2014

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We were thrilled that about twenty members of The New Swan Shakespeare Festival company came to our Reading Room yesterday to see the First Folio and other Shakespeare related material from our collection. Julia Lupton, UCI Professor of English and Comparative Literature, joined the group and shared her expertise in Shakespeare as we discussed the material. In addition to the First Folio we looked at the first facsimile of the first edition published in 1807, the Norton facsimile prepared by Charlton Hinman in 1968, pamphlets on Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet as performed by Madame Helena Modjeska in 1883, cabinet card photographs of Helena Modjeska in costume for roles in Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet, and miniature books of plays by Shakespeare.  It was a great opportunity to view and discuss the various editions of Shakespeare. As one of the cast members said “This has really tied the history of Shakespeare’s early books to our productions this summer. It’s provided greater historical context.” It was a wonderful event and we hope to do it again next summer! [Photographs by Allan Helmick.]

Professor Lupton will present two Noontime Seminars at Langson Library on August 13 (Romeo and Juliet) and August 20 (Twelfth Night).

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Congrats 2014! June 13, 2014

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Congratulations to the class of 2014!

The biggest commencement in UCI history is finally just one day away! Are you graduating folks ready for this? What about your guests? Check the section on security for a list of permitted and prohibited items and make plans to stay cool, hydrated, and be sure to slab on some sunscreen! It’s going to be a long day in the sun!

30 years ago, commencement guests wore umbrella hats to the 1984 Commencement. Hands free with an incredible shade radius — what stylish and functional piece will make its mark in 2014?

Commencement guests wearing umbrella hats, the “it” piece of the 80s.

Commencement guests wearing umbrella hats, the “it” piece of the 80s.

Photo from AS-061. University Communications photographs. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Maya Angelou at UCI May 29, 2014

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The great American poet and writer Maya Angelou was on the UCI campus at least three times during her life. She gave a lecture/reading on February 3, 1982 in Crawford Hall, as part of Black History Month. On November 18, 1999, Maya Angelou spoke at the Bren Event Center.  “An Evening With Maya Angelou” took place on November 1, 2001, again at the Bren Event Center, as part of the 17th Annual Rainbow Festival and Conference. All three of these events were sold out, and were incredibly moving and inspiring to all present.

Below is the copy in Special Collections & Archives of the first printing of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou’s first book, published in 1969.

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I Wish It Would Rain May 14, 2014

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On December 21, 1967, the Temptations released (on Motown Records) one of the greatest rain songs of all time, “I Wish It Would Rain.” Lead vocal by the great David Ruffin, with background vocals by Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, and Otis Williams. A terrific song, and one I can’t get out of my mind the last several days as the temperature rises daily, and is headed for 100 degrees today.  I do wish it would rain, but that’s unlikely to happen soon. However, as an alternative respite from the heat, here are a few pics of one of the earliest rain storms on the UCI campus, from November 1966.

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Vietnam War Moratorium, October 15, 1969 May 14, 2014

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On October 15, 1969, the Vietnam War Moratorium was held across the country, as a national attempt to end the Vietnam War. On the UCI campus, alternative education classes were held in Aldrich Park (then called Central Park) throughout the day. A rally was held at noon in Gateway Plaza. There was a march to nearby institutions involved in war production and research, and the day ended with a memorial service for those who had died in the war. Below are photographs of the rally and flyers regarding the Moratorium and the schedule of alternative education classes and other activities.

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Moratorium Bulletin #1, announcing the Moratorium.

Moratorium Bulletin #1, announcing the Moratorium.

Alternative education and activities schedule.

Alternative education and activities schedule.

Happy 450th Birthday to the Bard of Avon! April 22, 2014

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William Shakespeare is generally thought to have been born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, making Wednesday, April 23, 2014 his 450th birthday!  He died on the same day in 1616, so 2016 will be the quatercentenary of his death, the 400th anniversary. Shakespeare’s “First Folio,” one of the rarest items in the UCI Libraries, is housed in Special Collections and Archives on the fifth floor of Langson Library. The first collected edition of the plays of William Shakespeare, commonly known as “The First Folio,” has long ranked among the most treasured publications in the English language. A fine copy of the first edition was donated to the Libraries in 1986 by Dr. Patrick Hanratty (below), a graduate of the UCI doctoral program in Information and Computer Science. Printed in London in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, the First Folio contains texts of thirty-six of the plays. Half of the plays here had never been printed before and half of the remaining plays appear here in authoritative versions. Only about 240 copies of the First Folio survive today, most held in libraries and other cultural institutions.  Our collection include the first reprint of 1807, as well as other important reprints and early glossaries. Happy Birthday William!

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Photo of Dr. Patrick Hanratty and the Shakespeare First Folio [AS-061, Box 144]

Photo of Dr. Patrick Hanratty and the Shakespeare First Folio [AS-061, Box 144]

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