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….
Happy 90th Birthday, Chancellor Peltason! August 30, 2013Posted by ucisca in Faculty, Uncategorized, University Archives.
Tags: Chancellor Peltason, Jack Peltason, UCI History, University of California Irvine
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To celebrate Chancellor Jack Peltason’s 90th birthday, we present a photo gallery to present the myriad spectacles* with the good fortune to don this accomplished man’s face:
As a treat, here’s Chancellor Peltason, on the rare occasion he is without glasses!
UCI’s second chancellor, Jack Peltason, is accomplished miles beyond his instinct for stylish rims. Visit Anteater Chronicles to read about his decorated career, or to learn more about the history of UCI, visit the Online Archive of UCI History.
*Special Collections and Archives (of the UCI Libraries) is no expert on glasses. Duplicate frames may be present in this gallery.
Life at the Interim Office Building in 1964/65 June 28, 2013Posted by ucisca in Early UCI Campus, Photographs, University Archives.
Tags: Interim Office Building
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Before the campus opened in October 1965, many of those employed by UCI worked in the Interim Office Building near the corner of Jamboree and Campus. Below are photos showing what life was like in those early years.
Backstage Passes from the ASUCI Records June 24, 2013Posted by ucisca in Student Life, University Archives.
Tags: Anteaters, ASUCI, students, University of California Irvine, Wayzgoose
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The UCI campus in the decade of the 80′s was a rad venue for seeing well-known bands of the time perform. Ever heard of Missing Persons, Oingo Boingo, or X? The Associated Students of the University of California in Irvine (ASUCI) invited groups such as these to provide entertainment to the campus community.
Here are scans from just a few of the materials in this collection consisting mainly of backstage passes and oversized posters for events from 1976 to 2006.
From ASUCI records. AS-160.
The collection comprises the records of the Associated Students, University of California, Irvine from 1974 to 2006. The materials in this collection consist mainly of photographs, invoices, receipts, business memoranda, correspondence, forms, internal affairs, organizing activities, backstage passes to events, and oversized posters for events such as Wayzgoose, Reggae Fest, Homecoming, and entertainment provided by ASUCI to the campus community.
- Ziba Zehdar, UCI Special Collections and Archives intern
Gateway Plaza May 24, 2013Posted by ucisca in Campus Scenes, Early UCI Campus, Photographs, School spirit, Student Life, University Archives, Zot!.
Tags: Aldrich Park, Gateway Plaza, Langson Library, Photographs, students, UC Irvine
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Gateway Plaza has been a central hub of activity on the UC Irvine campus since its opening in 1965. From the flagpoles to the stairs leading into Aldrich Park, this area between Langson Library and Gateway Commons has seen countless protests, speeches, events, memorials, pep rallies and performances by students and community members alike. To this day, this area is a central place for students to congregate and share their ideas. Check out these photos from UCI’s early years:
These images, along with thousands more of the UCI campus, are available on the Online Archive of UCI History. Check back soon for more photos, videos, and publications, as additional material from UCI’s history is continuously being uploaded. As always, even more is available in the University Archives on the 5th floor of Langson Library. Come visit us!
Remembering Sam McCulloch May 15, 2013Posted by ucisca in Early UCI Campus, Faculty, University Archives.
Tags: Chancellor Aldrich, Clark Kerr, Photographs, Sam McCulloch, UC Irvine
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It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Sam McCulloch, the founding Dean of Humanities and Professor Emeritus of History at UC Irvine. McCulloch first arrived at UCI in 1964 as one of the founding faculty members and remained an important leader on campus throughout his entire life. He was UCI’s unofficial historian, compiling records, stories, letters, and other historical material for his 1996 book Instant University, which covers the history of the UCI campus from 1957 to 1993. McCulloch also conducted oral history interviews with 97 members of UCI’s prominent faculty and staff from 1967 to 1993, including Chancellors Daniel Aldrich and Jack Peltason, as well as Nobel Laureates F. Sherwood Rowland and Frederick Reines. In 2009, McCulloch donated his faculty papers to UCI Special Collections and Archives, which include correspondence, research notes, clippings, and bibliographies. We at Special Collections and Archives are forever indebted to Sam McCulloch for his commitment to documenting, preserving, and sharing the rich history of this campus.
Numerous interviews from the collection of Samuel McCulloch Oral Histories (AS-033) are available here at the Online Archive of UCI History. Both audio recordings and transcripts of selected interviews are available for use online, and the remaining interviews from the collection will be digitized and added to the Online Archive soon.
The finding aid for the faculty papers of Sam McCulloch (MS-F031) is available here through the Online Archive of California.
Instant University is available for use in the Special Collections and Archives reading room and is also available for check-out.
Photos from AS-061, UCI Communications Photographs Collection; and AS-056, Early Campus Photograph Albums. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.
Langson Library expansion in February 1969 April 29, 2013Posted by ucisca in Early UCI Campus, Photographs, University Archives.
Tags: Langson Library, Library Unit II., Library-Administration building
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The Library-Administration building (now Langson Library) was one of the eight original buildings that were ready for occupancy when the campus opened in the Fall of 1965. According to the original plan, work began early in 1968 to double the size of the Library-Administration Building for occupancy in the fall of 1969. Photos of the construction of the expanded building (below) were taken in February 1969. Expanding rapidly to keep pace with the equally rapid development of research and graduate instruction, the UCI Library grew from 85,000 volumes on opening (October 1965) to 312,000 volumes by June 30,1969.
Photographs from Early Campus Photograph Albums. AS-056.
Get Ready for Celebrate UCI! April 18, 2013Posted by ucisca in Anteaters, Campus Scenes, Photographs, School spirit, Student Life, University Archives, Zot!.
Tags: Aldrich Park, Anteaters, Celebrate UCI, celebrations, students, UC Irvine, Wayzgoose
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This Saturday, April 20th, the UC Irvine campus will hold its annual Celebrate UCI event in Aldrich Park. This campus-wide celebration includes live entertainment, carnival games and rides, lots of food, arts & crafts, performances, the annual car show (15 years running!), and Wayzgoose, one of UCI’s oldest traditions. The festival also features an Open House, where many campus services will remain open in order for prospective students and the community to learn about the UCI campus. All events are free and parking is complimentary!
This celebration has been a campus favorite for decades. Here are some photos of Celebrate UCI and Wayzgoose festivals from the 1980s:
These photos and more are available to view in our reading room at Special Collections and Archives, on the 5th floor of Langson Library. They will soon be available online via the Online Archive of UCI History, which documents the first 50 years of the campus in photographs, videos, audio recordings, publications, the New University newspaper, and other publications. Check back often, as new materials are continuously being added.
Check out this video of last year’s celebrations, and get ready for another great year of Celebrate UCI!
Photos from AS-061, UCI Communications Photographs Collection. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.
Discover UCI April 12, 2013Posted by ucisca in Anteaters, Campus Scenes, Early UCI Campus, Photographs, Student Life, University Archives, Zot!.
Tags: Aldrich Park, Anteaters, Chancellor Aldrich, Photographs, students, UC Irvine, University of California Irvine
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We’d like to give a warm welcome to the newly admitted freshmen and their families who are visiting UCI this week! Here is a slideshow of students discovering the new UCI campus in the 1960s (looks a bit different now, doesn’t it?):
These images, along with thousands more, are available at the Online Archive of UCI History. The site also features videos (like the quirky Wot ZOT?), interviews with founding faculty members, and the New University student newspaper, with more coming soon!
First Campus Landscaping in 1965 and 1966 March 13, 2013Posted by ucisca in Campus Scenes, Early UCI Campus, Photographs, University Archives.
Tags: Aldrich Park, Campus Landscaping, Central Park, Coulson Tough, Gene Uematsu
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.