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First Campus Landscaping in 1965 and 1966 March 13, 2013

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Coulson Tough (Left, Campus Arcjhitect) and George Uematsu (Right, Landscape Architect) inspect new plants for the campis in August 1968.

Coulson Tough (Left, Campus Architect) and Gene Uematsu (Right, Landscape Architect) inspect new plants for the campus in August 1965.

The two people primarily responsible for the early campus landscaping that has resulted in the wide variety of trees and plants that we now enjoy on campus were Coulson Tough (Campus Architect) and Gene Uematsu (Landscape Architect).  The photographs (below) of the grounds preparation and the new campus landscaping were taken in 1965 and 1966.

Aldrich Park (formerly Campus Park) being prepared for new landscaping in 1965.

Aldrich Park (formerly Central Park) being prepared for new landscaping in 1965.

New lawns and trees just planted on campus in 1966.

New lawn and trees just planted on campus in 1966.

Gateway Study Center (left) and Langson Library (right) with new trees in 1966.

Gateway Study Center (left) and Langson Library (right) with new trees in 1966.

Early Photographs of Mesa Court in 1965 March 12, 2013

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Mesa Court was the first residence hall community at UCI, opening with the campus in the Fall 1965. It is now the largest student community on campus, housing 1,834 undergraduates in 29 residence halls.  Each hall accommodates between 54 and 71 residents in suite-style layout.  Mesa Court houses mainly first year students. [University Communications Photographs. AS-061]

Mesa Court and campus construction in 1965.

Mesa Court (left foreground) and campus construction in early 1965.

Mesa Court construction in January 1965

Mesa Court construction in January 1965.

Construction in 1965.

First phase of Mesa Court construction about to conclude, later in 1965.

Move in day in September 1965, as the campus opens.

Move in day in September 1965, as the campus opens.

Check-in on move-in day, September 1965.

Check-in on move in day, September 1965.

Move-in day, September 1965.

Move-in day, September 1965.

View of Mesa Court in the distance, from Langson Library and Gateway Study Center, before the Student Center was built.

View of Mesa Court in the distance from Langson Library roof, with Gateway Study Center (left foreground), but before the Student Center and Aldrich Hall were built.

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 Campus 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.

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