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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.

A visit from a special alumnus February 23, 2012

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Current and former UCI students come into the reading room every day here at Special Collections, but it’s not very often we meet someone who was here as part of the first class!

Susan attended UCI as a freshman in the first year it opened in 1965, and came for a first visit back with her friend, Penelope. They spent the earlier part of the day walking around the campus, with Susan fascinated by the new buildings and campus changes. It was by chance that Susan and Penelope happened upon the Special Collections Reading Room. After looking at the Ed Ruscha exhibit outside the Reading Room on the 5th floor of Langson, a curious Penelope peeked inside, explaining that she was here to tour the campus with one of UCI’s first alumni, Susan.

AS-056 Early Campus Photograph Albums

They were thrilled to see our Early Campus Photograph Albums (AS-056) collection, which contains photos of UCI starting with the beginning stages of construction in 1959, through the first Commencement in 1969. Penelope was able to see that Susan wasn’t kidding about the changes – UCI has significantly grown and evolved in just under 50 years!

They were also very excited to find that our collection of yearbooks go all the way back to 1965. They flipped through the pages one by one, and sure enough, found Susan’s freshman year portrait inside!

Susan with her freshman yearbook portrait [Photograph by S. MacLeod]

 

Thanks for coming in, ladies!

Early Farm Structures on the UCI campus February 14, 2012

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This early ranch house was part of the Bonita Canyon Camp and was among the first farm buildings on what became the UCI campus.

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

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