Jamboree Road named after the 1953 Boy Scout Jamboree April 15, 2014Posted by ucisca in Early UCI Campus, Photographs.
Tags: 1953 Boy Scout Jamboree, Hugh R. McMillan Photographs, Irvine Ranch, Jamboree Road, Myford Irvine, Richard Nixon
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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
Cesar Chavez at UCI March 24, 2014Posted by ucisca in Student Life.
Tags: Cesar Chavez, Student Activism
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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.
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].
Angela Davis at UCI on October 9, 1969 March 17, 2014Posted by ucisca in Early UCI Campus.
Tags: Angela Davis, Annual Wellek Library Lecture, Science Lecture Hall
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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.
What a difference 25 years makes February 21, 2014Posted by ucisca in Early UCI Campus, Photographs, Uncategorized, University Archives.
Tags: Aerial Photographs, Aldrich Park, Campus Landscaping
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To fully experience this series of photos, please follow the instructions below.
Step 1. Cue up Dinah Washington’s “What a difference a day makes”. (Even if it’s just in the music player inside your brain.)
Step 2. This photo shows an aerial view of the campus in February 1964. Do the math — that’s 50 years ago! To the month!
Step 3. These photos show the rapid construction carried out between April and June 1964. Construction is something we’re all familiar with on this campus — high five the next crew you see! Maybe they won’t like that. Maybe just slow down your vehicle as you pass work zones.
Step 4. October 1966, a full year after the first, first day of classes. Try to spot familiar landmarks! Buildings! Part of Aldrich Park! Is that the Back Bay?
Step 5. Aerial view of the campus, March 1989 — does this look more like us?
Step 6. Next time you manage to get your nose out of a computer, take a deep breath and walk around the campus. Construction continues to this day. How do we look as a 50 year old campus? Probably not a day over 30. Har har.
Did David Hockney teach at UCI? February 13, 2014Posted by ucisca in Campus Scenes, Early UCI Campus, Faculty.
Tags: Clayton Garrison, David Hockney, Fine Arts, John Coplans, Studio Art
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The Studio Art Department at UCI had an amazing group of faculty from the very first year of the program in 1965-66. Those recruited as faculty and lecturers in the early years included Craig Kaufman, Tony DeLap, Robert Irwin, Richard Smith, Robert Morris, Phil Leider, Larry Bell, Ed Bereal, John McCracken, Ed Moses, Vija Celmins, Ken Price, Ron Davis, Laddie John Dil, John Mason, John Paul Jones, and others. David Hockney certainly was present at the opening of the “Faculty ’68″ show in the UCI Art Gallery in April 1968 (see below). The exhibition, featuring works of then UCI Studio Art faculty Vija Celmins, Tony DeLap, Robert Irwin, Craig Kaufman, and Richard Smith, ran from April 16- May 5, 1968. So, did David Hockney teach here? Probably for only one quarter, but real definitive evidence of that hasn’t surfaced yet. Let us know what you think.
UCI Site Dedication ceremony – speech transcripts! January 24, 2014Posted by ucisca in Early UCI Campus, Uncategorized, University Archives.
Tags: Chancellor Aldrich, President Clark Kerr, President Lyndon B. Johnson, UCI site dedication
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Good news, everyone! We recently unearthed the transcripts of (former) UC President Clark Kerr’s introduction, welcoming remarks by (former) California Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, (former) UC Regents Chairman Edward W. Carter, and (the first) UCI Chancellor Daniel Aldrich, as well as the featured speech by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
June 20, 1964 is anchored in UCI history as the date of the Site Dedication ceremony. A crowd of 15,000 were in attendance. Only a two lane road led to the campus. The first buildings were still under construction. The campus still consisted mainly of open fields.
The Site Dedication Ceremony film was digitized last year, and we hoped to experience this historic campus event the way only moving pictures can capture. We were elated to watch the video footage, but disheartened to find that we couldn’t hear a single sound.
Although we’re unable to provide the brassy tune of celebration only a French horn could kindle, we now have the transcripts available to read as you stream the video footage on the Online Archive of UCI History!
Transcripts from AS-004. Central Records Unit records, 1928-1994. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Photos from AS-056. Early Campus Photograph Albums, 1959-1969. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.
A Brief History of UCI’s Crew Program December 5, 2013Posted by ucisca in Athletics, Early UCI Campus.
Tags: Crew, Duvall Hecht, Rowing, Shellmaker Island
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Crew became one of UCI’s six founding sports in 1965. Duvall Hecht founded the program and was the Head Coach for many years. He had been an Olympic gold medal winner while at Stanford in 1959. In 1963 he proposed to Chancellor Aldrich that UCI introduce crew. He had the idea that Newport Harbor, especially the channel between Lido Island and the Newport Beach mainland, would be a perfect course for racing. Hecht raised funds for equipment and for construction of a boat house at Shellmaker Island. The rowing program has a long line of highly successful athletes. UCI has sent six athletes to compete for the United States in the Olympics. Unfortunately, the rowing program was cut as a Varsity NCAA team in 2009, as part of significant campus financial cutbacks that year. Duvall Hecht returned as coach to help bring back the program in the 1990s, as he has done more recently to keep crew moving forward. The UCI men’s rowing team, which has been part of Campus Recreation’s club sports program since 2009, practices daily at the UCI crew base in the Back Bay. In April of 2013, the UC Irvine men’s rowing team took first place in the varsity eight-man event at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association championship. UCI overcame such league rivals as UCSB and UCLA to win its first WIRA championship title in 11 years.
November 22, 1963 November 15, 2013Posted by ucisca in Early UCI Campus.
Tags: Anton (Tony) Ercegovich, Interim Office Building, John F. Kennedy
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In the Spring of 1963, Anton (Tony) Ercegovich was the 14th person hired at UCI. He managed the Storehouse. On November 22, 1963, when the news of the President’s assassination was received, Tony lowered the flag to half mast in front of the Interim Office Building. After 27 years at UCI, he retired in 1990. Tony Ercegovich received the Lauds and Laurels Award for University Service.
From the poem “November Twenty Six Nineteen Hundred Sixty Three,” by Wendell Berry. Calligraphy by Ben Shahn. New York: George Braziller, 1963. A signed limited edition copy is in UCI Special Collections & Archives.
Campus architecture tour with Alan Hess October 4, 2013Posted by ucisca in Early UCI Campus, Uncategorized.
Tags: Alan Hess, architectural drawings, Architecture, Campus planning, William Pereira
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The Southern California chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS) stopped by for a visit, and invited us along to join an architectural tour around the campus. (Thank you!)
Alan Hess, architect and historian, led a walking tour of the campus, describing William Pereira’s architectural work and influence on the UCI campus.
3 things we learned from Alan Hess:
- Pereira was a modernist architect, noted for his futuristic designs. He also loved science fiction. That explains why UCI works so well as the set of this 1972 film on ape slave labor in the 1990′s.
- Pereira initially planned to have the UCI campus and Irvine community integrated seamlessly — but the unsolved mystery of 1970 changed everything.
- Pereira was a man of exquisite style and taste, and was chaffeured around in a Bentley. We really wish we had a photo of this.
William L. Pereira and Associates Project Workbooks for the University of California, Irvine Campus documents the preliminary planning of the campus, and shows the evolution of concepts for the campus layout. Here’s a peek at something we found in the collection:
The First First-Day-of-Classes September 25, 2013Posted by ucisca in Campus Scenes, Early UCI Campus, Student Life, University Archives.
Tags: First day of classes 1965
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The very first first-day-of-classes at UCI was Monday, October 5, 1965. Landscaping didn’t exist yet, but planting was about to start. Faculty looked to be only a few years older than most students. Hallways were overcrowded with students trying to locate their classrooms. Almost fifty years later and a great deal has changed, but some things, not much….