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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 reprint 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.



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!



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]

Jamboree Road named after the 1953 Boy Scout Jamboree April 15, 2014

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The idea for a national gathering of Boy Scouts was the brainchild of Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouting movement in England, who also named the event “jamboree.” The first jamboree in the United States was held in 1937 in Washington D.C. and attracted 25,000 scouts. The first such gathering in California was at the Irvine Ranch in 1953 in what was then Santa Ana (today it is Irvine). The event brought over 50,000 Boy Scouts to Orange County, not just from most of the U.S. states, but also from other countries such as Mexico and Sweden. Below are a few photographs from the Irvine Ranch Jamboree. Myford Irvine, President of the Irvine Company at that time, made the jamboree site available and furnished much of the road equipment, personnel and facilities for the jamboree. Richard Nixon, who was Vice President of the United States, made a speech welcoming the scouts. Photographs are from the Hugh R. McMillan Photographs, 1946-1974. MS-R035. Many of the photographs are available from UCISpace here: http://ucispace.lib.uci.edu/handle/10575/9882

Troop 23 from McKinney, Texas.  ms-r035-b1b9-496

Troop 23 from McKinney, Texas.

VP Richard Nixon welcomes scouts. ms-r035-b1b8-473

VP Richard Nixon welcomes scouts.

Jamboree activity near the Newport back bay. ms-r35b1b8-197

Jamboree activity near the Newport back bay.

Troop leaders. ms-r035-b1b8-482

Troop leaders.

Raising the flags and banners. ms-r35b1b8-220

Raising the flags and banners.

Rio Grande TX troop. ms-r35b1b8-199

Rio Grande TX troop.

Troops on Native American costumes. ms-r35b1b8-228

Troops in Native American costumes.

Cesar Chavez at UCI March 24, 2014

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On May 1, 1968, several UCI students formed the UCI Students for Delano Strikers (later, the UCI Grape Boycott Committee) to “inform the UCI community of the plight of the Delano strikers”. Active efforts included collecting food for strikers, distributing literature, and engaging speakers on the Delano strike. The students also worked with the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC) to actively support labor and civil rights.

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That same year, Cesar Chavez concluded a 25 day fast for non-violence on March 10, 1968. Cesar Chavez was founder and president of the United Farm Workers of America, which unionized California farm workers.

Almost 20 years later, Cesar Chavez visited UCI on March 6, 1985, engaging in a presentation sponsored by The University Center’s Program Board as part of its “Remember When” series. This series examined how various political, social, and cultural phenomena in the prior thirty years impacted life in the 80s. The video of his speech, Cesar Chavez: the Man and the Movement, is available to view on the Online Archive of UCI History. A transcript of the speech is also available.

Here are excerpts from his powerful speech:

All my life, I have been driven by one dream, one goal, one vision: to overthrow a farm labor system in this nation that treats farm workers as if they are not important human beings.

Those who attack our union often say, “It’s not really a union, it’s something else. A social movement, a civil rights movement, it’s something dangerous”. They’re half right. The United Farm Workers is first and foremost a union and like any other union, a union that either produces for its members on the bread and butter issues, or it doesn’t survive. But the UFW has always been something more than a union. Although, it has never been dangerous if you believe in the Bill of Rights.

Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.

So, what does Cesar Chavez Day commemorate? Chavez challenged the labor conditions of farm workers, promoting better pay and safer living conditions — and succeeded by using nonviolent tactics including boycotts, fasting, pickets, and strikes.

Represented materials were discovered in the Student Activities Office Records [AS-016]; Central Records [AS-004]; and United Farm Workers Information Fair Collection [MS-R015]. The recording of the Cesar Chavez presentation is from the UCI Instructional Resources Center Videotape Collection [AS-020].

The video of the presentation, Cesar Chavez: the Man and the Movement, is available to stream on the Online Archive of UCI History.

Angela Davis at UCI on October 9, 1969 March 17, 2014

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On October 9, 1969, Angela Davis gave a her first lecture at UCI to an overflow crowd of 1,500 at the Science Lecture Hall (now Schneiderman Hall). Angela Davis was then an acting assistant professor in the philosophy department at UCLA. At that time, she also was known as a radical feminist and activist, a member of the Communist Party USA and an associate of the Black Panther Party. According to an article in the October 14, 1969 New University, in her UCI speech Ms. Davis “blasted the Regents for their disregard for academic freedom, and told the assembled students that ‘Now is the time to fight.’ She noted that the Constitution of California states that the Regents are to represent the people. ‘It’s time for students to say ‘We’re people, represent us.’”

The Board of Regents, urged by then-California Governor Ronald Reagan, continued to search for ways to release Davis from her position at UCLA throughout the 1969-70 academic year. They finally accomplished this on June 20, 1970, when they fired Davis for the “inflammatory language” she had used in four different speeches.

Professor Angela Davis gave the Annual Wellek Library Lecture on the UCI campus in 2003. She was Professor of Ethnic Studies at the San Francisco State University from 1980-1984. She also taught at Mills College, UC Berkeley, Vassar, the Claremont Colleges, and Stanford University. She was a professor in the History of Consciousness and the Feminist Studies Departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz from 1991 to 2008, and she is now Distinguished Professor Emerita.


October 9, 1969, Angela Davis lectures at UCI in the Science Lecture Hall. as-061_a69-014_002.jpg


October 9, 1969, Angela Davis lectures at UCI in the Science Lecture Hall. as-061_a69-014_007.jpg


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