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Announcing the Online Archive of UCI History February 26, 2013

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Special Collections & Archives proudly announce the opening of a digital archive of the history of the University of California, Irvine campus.

The Online Archive of UCI History is a digital archive created by the University of California, Irvine Libraries to preserve and make available for research core historical records of the university. Included are audio and video recordings, films, photographs and slides, and publications from 1959 forward. Currently, the Online Archive features:

  • 30 oral histories of prominent faculty and staff
  • 29 videos and films including the stunning NBC production “Birth of a Campus” (1964) and the funky promotional video “Wot ZOT?” (1974)
  • digitized and full-text searchable back issues of the New University from 1968-1993
  • over 2100 photographs and slides documenting the campus through 1970 including the popular Early Campus Albums.

This digital archive was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of UC Irvine, but will continue to grow in the coming months and years. The Online Archive of UCI History is a central resource for anyone interested in the history of our unique campus. The site is fully searchable and browse-able by title, date, creator, and subject. Each collection and subcollection includes a summary of its contents, which will help guide researchers who might enter the Online Archive by browsing or through a web search.

Materials for the Online Archive of UCI History were selected in coordination with the University of California, Irvine 50th Anniversary Planning Committee’s Historical Documentation Subcommittee, including chair Michelle Light, former Head of Special Collections, Archives and Digital Scholarship; Julia Lupton, English Professor; Bill Maurer, Research and Graduate Studies Associate Dean, School of Social Sciences; Keith Nelson, History Professor Emeritus; Spencer Olin, History Professor Emeritus; Craig Reem, Public Affairs and Communications Director, City of Irvine; and Zen Yieh, Marketing Account Executive, UC Irvine Extension.

This project would not be possible without the dedicated work of the following staff from the UCI Libraries: Michelle Light, former Head of Special Collections, Archives, and Digital Scholarship; Matthew McKinley, Digital Projects Specialist; Mark Vega, Programmer; Sylvia Irving, Graphic Designer; Shu Liu, Metadata and Digital Resources Librarian; Audra Eagle Yun, Acting Head of Special Collections and Archives; Alix Norton, Archives Assistant and Digitization Coordinator; Ron Matteson, Library Assistant; and multiple student assistants.

Happy Birthday Ansel Adams February 20, 2013

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Ansel Adams at Langson Library. Photograph by Richard Schlesinger, 1966.

On this day in 1902, the great Ansel Adams was born in San Francisco, California. In 1966, less than one year after UCI admitted its first students, Adams came to photograph the distinctive buildings on the Irvine campus. This was part of a project commissioned by UC President Clark Kerr to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the University of California in 1968. The photographs were published in the commemorative book, Fiat Lux, and are currently in the California Museum of Photography, Sweeny/Rubin Ansel Adams Fiat Lux Collection at UC Riverside.

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Ansel Adams getting his beard trimmed. Photograph by Liliane De Cock, ca. 1966.

Here Adams is shown having his beard trimmed by Nancy Newhall, who wrote the accompanying text for his photographs in Fiat Lux as well as numerous other books.

Photos from AS-061, Box 128.  Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

The First UCI Men’s Basketball Game: December 1, 1965 January 28, 2013

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It’s basketball season! The very first UCI basketball game was held over 47 years ago in December, 1965. The Anteaters played the Highlanders of UC Riverside in Campus Hall (now Crawford Hall), where Chancellor Dan Aldrich and UCR Chancellor Ivan Hinderaker tipped off to begin the game.  The ‘Eaters went on to win the game with a score of 85 to 71! ZOT ZOT!

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Good luck to the men as they play Cal Poly this Wednesday January 30th, and to the women as they play Pacific on Thursday January 31st!

Country Joe and the Fish at Crawford Hall on Nov. 1, 1968 October 1, 2012

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Almost forty-four years ago, a sold-out concert with headliner Country Joe and the Fish, along with the Steve Miller Band and Things to Come, took place at UCI’s Crawford Hall (then Campus Hall). Tickets for the November 1st, 1968 concert sold for $2 each.

AS-061. University Communication Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Box 128.

The Staff of the UCI Libraries in 1964 August 29, 2012

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When UCI opened to students in the Fall of 1965, there was one library on campus. That library (now Langson) opened with over 100,000 volumes. With considerable effort a small staff built that collection and planned the library services that were available on opening day. The ten staff members of the UCI Libraries in February 1964 are seen below on the steps outside of their first temporary quarters in the Douglass Astropower building. The staff at the time were:
1st row: John E. Smith (University Librarian)
2nd row, left to right: Noni Madison, Kirby (___), Mary Reeves
3rd row, left to right: Robert E. Thomson, Gail Askew, Edwin Tomlinson
4th row, left to right: Dorothy Blurton, Tom Reines, Jacelyn Edwards

The staff of the UCI Libraries in February 1964.

And below is the first Friends of the Library group, also in 1964.
Seated, left to right: Muriel Reynolds, Helen Smith, A.A. Kroch, Elaine Mittelman, and Debra Shambron
Standing, left to right: John E. Smith, Don Meadows, D.N. Desenberg, and A.J. McFadden.

The Friends of the Library in 1964

AS-061. University Communication Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Box 138.

Aldrich Park dedicated on June 6, 1984 July 30, 2012

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When the campus opened on October 4, 1965, the partially completed park in the middle of campus was called Central Park. It remained Central Park until 1984 when it was renamed Aldrich Park, in honor of Daniel Aldrich, who retired in 1984 after twenty-two years of service as UCI Chancellor. The renaming of the park was only one of numerous events that took place in the Spring of 1984 in honor of the retirement of our first Chancellor. The dedication of the 21-acre Aldrich Park occurred on June 6, 1984. Below is a photograph of Daniel Aldrich with former Orange County Supervisor Thomas F. Riley (left) at the dedication ceremony.

AS-061. University Communication Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Box 144.

Streaking in the 1970s July 26, 2012

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Streaking, which reached a peak of popularity on college campuses in the 1970s, was probably more popular in Southern California than anywhere else. Below some streaking Anteaters, from that period.


AS-061. University Communication Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Good Luck with Finals! June 8, 2012

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Student studies for finals ca. 1968, same as it ever was….

AS-056. Early Campus Photograph Album, 1959-1969. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Learning by Doing at the Farm May 25, 2012

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The opening of the exhibit “Learning by Doing at the Farm” will take place on June 7, 5-8pm, at the UCI Contemporary Arts Center Outreach Gallery (Room 3100A) and will run from June 7th to July 20th. The gallery will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3pm-8pm. The exhibit will include a wide variety of material from University Archives in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the UCI Libraries.

The exhibit documents an absolutely fascinating, little known part of early UCI history. From 1968, UCI was host to an experiment in intercultural exchange and artistic and social scientific learning through practice. It brought indigenous people from Guatemala, Mexico, and Samoa to an undeveloped plot of land on campus known as Social Sciences Farm, a space for those visitors to demonstrate their crafts, as well as a laboratory for new methods in education and research. The experimentation and creativity which occurred in the development of academic programs and curriculum on this campus in the 1960s, especially in the Social Sciences and the Arts, was inspiring and will be reflected in this exhibit. The curators have been working with a wide range of materials in University Archives, e.g. correspondence, memos, policy documents, photographs, film and video. They have brought together these sources in new and very creative ways.  This will be an outstanding exhibit, and we hope you will be able to attend or encourage others to do so.

Rare Aerial Photographs of Campus April 5, 2012

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The University Archives has many aerial photographs of the early campus construction in the mid-1960s, before the campus opened in the Fall 1965. However, very few of those are in color. The collection Beth Koch Photographs of the University of California, Irvine, 1963-1984 (AS-056) has a few interesting color photographs.

AS-056. Beth Koch Photographs of the University of California, Irvine, 1963-1984. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

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