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A Look Back on Clayton Garrison August 17, 2015

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Staff at UCI Special Collections and Archives were sad to learn that Clayton Garrison, founding dean of UCI’s School of Fine Arts, passed away on July 27, 2015. Garrison once recalled in 1974 that he was attracted to Irvine because it was an “opportunity to initiate, in a new situation, a program that was different from any other programs in the fine arts on a University of California campus.” And so, when he joined UCI in 1964, he set out to build a “studio- and performance-centered” fine arts program at the undergraduate level.

To him, “starting a whole school involving art, dance, drama, music, and film with only five faculty members was a rare opportunity.” Garrison recruited some of the top artists in their field to join the School of the Fine Arts’ founding faculty including Eugene Loring who was appointed Chairman of Dance, and who introduced ballet as a study in the University of California curriculum. Robert Cohen, who Garrison directed in a Shakespeare play at UC Berkeley, was appointed chair of UCI’s Drama Department. In 1964, Garrison appointed John Coplans as Director of the University Art Gallery. Coplans, editor for Artforum magazine, was well connected with the contemporary art world, and he influenced Garrison by suggesting new faculty recruits. One of the first art professors Coplans recruited was Tony DeLap, and the faculty grew to include Larry Bell, Ed Bereal, Vija Celmins, Ron Davis, Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman, Philip Leider, John Mason, Ed Moses, Barbara Rose, and Alan Solomon.

Garrison also invited renowned artists, including David Hockney and Roy Lichtenstein, to serve as guest lecturers and teachers at what he believed was a truly interdisciplinary fine arts program.

Garrison served as dean of the school for its first 17 years, during which he did everything from direct plays, operas and musicals, to choreograph stage, teach, help establish UCI’s esteemed M.F.A programs, and more. After retiring as dean, he spent nine years teaching acting and running UCI’s month long Music Theater Program in New York. The projects that Garrison helped produce at the School of Fine Arts, now known as the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, and beyond were well-received with high praise from the campus and region alike.

Prior to his appointment at UCI, Garrison was Chair of the Department of Drama and Vice Chair of the Division of Humanities at UC Riverside. He also taught at UC Santa Barbara and the Laguna College of Art + Design.

The UCI Special Collections and Archives is pleased to house Clayton Garrison’s collection documenting his work in theater at UCI, New York, and internationally.

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Larry Tenney photos of UCI architecture August 14, 2015

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Woke up this morning to see a beautiful photograph collection of UCI buildings! The distinct brutalist architecture is highlighted in these photos through unusual angles and serendipitous lighting. Architect William Pereira would be such a huge fan of this photostream.

 

Shakespeare First Folio Fridays July 13, 2015

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The UCI Libraries invite you to
New Swan Shakespeare Festival:
FIRST FOLIO FRIDAYS

Macbeth, Friday, August 7, 2015, 12:00pm

Much Ado About Nothing, Friday, August 14, 2015, 12:00pm

UCI Langson Library, Caroline A. Laudati Conference Room 570

Presented by Julia Lupton, UCI Associate Dean for Research, Professor of English and Comparative Literature
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Guests will explore Shakespeare’s dramatic poetry, view early printings of Shakespeare’s play and see the Libraries’ copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio. Seminars led by Julia Lupton, Public Services Librarian in Special Collections & Archives, Stephen MacLeod, and Assistant University Librarian for Research Resources, John Renaud. Special 50th Anniversary guest, Robert Cohen, Founding Chair of the UCI Drama Department, to attend the August 7 seminar.

Julia Reinhard Lupton is an esteemed Shakespearean scholar. Professor Lupton was named a Chancellor’s Fellow at UCI in 2007 for her contributions to Shakespeare studies. In 2014, she was elected Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America. Recent scholarly books include Thinking with Shakespeare: Essays on Politics and Life and Citizen-Saints: Shakespeare and Political Theology. Her current book project, Shakespeare Dwelling: Habitation, Hospitality, Design, aims to use the visual, cognitive, and phenomenological resources of design theory to disclose the many points of creative contact between formal and vernacular acts of design on Shakespeare’s stage.

Free and open to the public. Space is limited. To make reservations for the August 7 seminar please click here. To make reservations for the August 14 seminar, please click here. For further information please call Library External Relations at (949) 824-4651 or email partners@uci.edu. Please note that no food or drink will be allowed in the seminar due to the rare materials on display.

For a map and directions please go to: http://www.uci.edu/campusmap. Self-parking ($2/hour) in the Student Center Parking Structure.

This event is co-sponsored by the Libraries, UCI’s School of Humanities and the New Swan Shakespeare Festival.

The Dalai Lama at UCI in 1989 July 2, 2015

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The local media has been covering the upcoming visit of the 14th Dalai Lama to Orange County, and UCI, on July 5-7, 2015. Among the programs planned for this three-day series of events is a celebration of his 80th birthday. The Dalai Lama has been on the UCI campus at least three times before. He was here in 2004 and 2011. The UC Irvine XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Scholarship was established in honor of his 2004 visit, and he was here in 2011 for the scholarship celebration, again. However, the Dalai Lama was first here in the 1980s when he spoke at the Bren Center on Thursday, October 5 and Friday, October 6, 1989 as part of the “Sacred Voices, Sacred Sounds” week-long event. Below is an article from the New U about that visit, from collections in Special Collections and Archives. He also was presented with the Noble Peace Prize in 1989.

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Course Catalogs Going Digital May 29, 2015

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Ever wonder what classes the first UCI students took? Now you can find out, because the course catalogs are going digital! As part of the UCI’s 50th Anniversary celebration, the Special Collections and Archives staff are hard at work digitizing many of UCI’s historic publications. The course catalogs will be digitized in their entirety and made available online via the Online Archive of UCI History. Check out this one from UCI’s first year, and stay tuned for more to follow!Course_Catalog_1965-1966 6

UCI’s First Trailer (and RV!) Park May 18, 2015

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Irvine Meadows, UCI's first trailer and RV park, circa 1976

Irvine Meadows, UCI’s first trailer and RV park, circa 1976. From UCI Communications photographs, AS-061, a76-094_003

When UCI first opened in 1965, the city of Irvine did not exist and ranchland covered most of the surrounding area, leaving few options for student housing.  UCI’s first dormitory, Mesa Court, housed 500 students in the first year. Although Mesa Court expanded, so too did the number of admitted students. UCI began facing a serious housing shortage on campus. Some students slept in their cars to avoid long commutes and high rent, a common practice in the late sixties and early seventies.

In early 1972, a student group known as the Squatters Club proposed the creation of a camper, van, and RV park. The UCI Housing Office and ASUCI supported the idea. In November that year, Dean of Students Robert Lawrence proposed a plan for the creation of the site to the Campus Planning Committee. Despite wide support for the camper park, nothing was officially established.

Site plan for RV park, circa 1972.

Site plan for RV park, circa 1972. UCI Central Records, AS-004. Box 199, Folder 935-10

Then, in 1973, Irvine and other surrounding cities passed ordinances prohibiting sleeping in cars overnight. This sparked the administration to allocate twelve spaces near the Social Sciences Farm. Occupants were required to have insurance on the vehicle and sign an occupancy agreement. It was named, “Irvine Meadows.”

Student reading outside of his RV in the newly opened Irvine Meadows, circa 1974

Student reading outside of his RV in the newly opened Irvine Meadows, circa 1974. From UCI Communications photographs, AS-061, a74-061

By 1976, over 33% of students commuted ten miles or more to get to campus. On-campus housing was completely full and had a waitlist of 1200 students. Irvine Meadows, meant as a temporary location, still existed even though it did not provide utilities or any extra facilities. It had a wait list of over 100 people. With a growing student body the administration again faced a student housing crisis. Administrators including Chancellor Dan Aldrich and the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs approved a proposal for a site to accommodate 100 vehicles and build bathroom and laundry facilities. In July 1977, the Board of Regents approved funding for the expanded RV park and, after several roadblocks, opened “Irvine Meadows West” on November 15, 1979.

Proposed site for RV park, 1976.

Proposed site for RV park, 1976. AS-004, Central Records. Box 199, Folder: 935-10

Upon opening, the new RV park did not live up to the original vision nor students’ expectations. The original plan included 100-units, a community building for meeting areas, a kitchen, indoor pool, outdoor recreation facilities and vegetable garden, and complete irrigation and landscaping. The actual site included space for 80 vehicles, a small service building with laundry facilities, and no outdoor recreation, garden, or landscaping. “It’s really no picnic living here,” said John Marinovich, quoted in the New U just weeks after the opening. The first residents reported numerous problems with poor construction and inadequate facilities.

However, by 1982 it was a popular housing alternative and deemed a success by the director of housing and food services. Landscaping was added and it exuded an off-beat, bohemian charm with colorful trailers and a vibrant community. There were plans to expand it, but these were never carried out. In 1999, the administration announced that Irvine Meadows would close in five years. In July 2004, Irvine Meadows closed to make room for new construction.

Irvine Meadows West, circa 1988

Irvine Meadows West, circa 1988. From UCI Communications photographs, AS-061, a88-804

Student in his RV, circa 1974

Student in his RV, circa 1974. From UCI Communications photographs, AS-061, a74-061_001

Remembering Chancellor Peltason March 26, 2015

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It was with great sadness that the staff of Special Collections & Archives heard the news of Jack Peltason’s passing. Although most staff members never met him in person, they came to know him through his collections housed in the Special Collections and Archives Department. Jack Peltason joined the faculty of UCI as Dean of the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences in 1963 while the campus was still in the planning stages. He was named second vice chancellor of academic affairs in 1964. He was a pivotal part of events and decisions such as recruiting faculty until he left UCI in 1967  to return to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Peltason returned to UCI in 1984 to become the university’s second chancellor. He held this post from 1984-1992.

The Special Collections and Archives is honored to preserve and provide access to the materials that document his extraordinary contributions to UCI and the community.

Our collections include:

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UCI Yearbooks Go Digital March 11, 2015

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With the UCI 50th Anniversary Historical Documentation project well underway, more and more materials are being digitized and made available online. An exciting collection that is in progress is the collection of UCI Yearbooks. UCI has yearbooks dating from the 1967 and 1968 academic years, and from 1976 to the present. Interestingly, the reason there is a gap in yearbooks from 1969—1975 is because of a general “counter culture” sentiment on campus that deemed yearbooks “uncool.” Fortunately, students in 1976 decided to revive the tradition of publishing yearbooks commemorating that year at UCI.

1976 Yearbook

In the 1976 yearbook, the yearbook staff composed a poem highlighting many of the major cultural, social, and political issues that students were facing and coping with that year. While many references were specific to the times, others are more transcendent. If one hadn’t known that the verse was written in 1976, one could believe that concerns over getting a “practical” education, finding a job, and the earth’s diminishing resources were written by UCI students in 2015, as evidenced in the following selection:

 “In four years our focus changed,

shifting from international vistas and

fights for peace to basics.

Like energy, food,

a job.

Our academic pursuits grew practical,

no time now for demonstrations.

The earth’s resources are dwindling,

we have an education to finish.”

  

A more light-hearted parallel: students in 1976 were just as relieved to be free from all-nighters and library fines as they are today!

“So, you’re leaving UCI.

Just think,

no more requirements,

fines for late add-drop cards, allnighters,

or

nodding over organic chemistry in the library.

No more huge library fines

for unopened books that have sat

in the back seat of your car for two months.

In fact,

it means the end of all those degree-related hassles

that you’ve survived.”

Feelings of both excitement and nervousness for the future were just as common 40 years ago as they are today. To view this and other yearbooks from UCI’s past, visit http://ucispace.lib.uci.edu/handle/10575/11968. Stay tuned for more exciting digital collections celebrating UCI’s history!

This Week in UCI History, 1969 February 27, 2015

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New University is UC Irvine’s longest-running student newspaper. First published in September 1968, full issues from 1968-1983 can be found in the Online Archive of UCI History. This blog brings you highlights from the New University from the week of February 25, 1969. You can access the full issue here.

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Front page headline: Academic Senate Members Walk Out; “Resign”

This is just one article of many in this issue detailing events stemming from the “KBS” situation. KBS stands for the last names of three assistant professors: George Kent, Donald Brennan, and Stephen Shapiro. In November 1968 they were terminated during their annual tenure and promotion review. However, they were all very popular with the students. Upon hearing the news, a group of students formed a movement with the goal of retaining all three and revising tenure and promotion policy. They held rallies, staged a five day sit-in at the Writing Center, and called for a retroactive moratorium on faculty dismissals. Because this involved policy set by the Academic Senate, an emergency meeting was called on February 20, 1969. The resulting news coverage of that meeting is in this week’s issue of New U.

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Student life: The BSU: What Black Students Want At UCI

This article discusses the desires of the newly formed Black Students Union student organization. It calls for increasing the number of African American students on campus, the creation of an independent Black Studies Department with courses taught by African American professors, and the need for more housing options.

 

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State-wide issues: Reagan Shows Regent Strength in Berkeley

This article details a UC Board of Regents meeting attended by Governor of California Ronald Reagan. The Board voted on bills and amendments related to riots at UC Berkeley.

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Classifieds: Europe Charter Flights, $277

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Advertisement: Romeo and Juliet playing at the Edwards Newport Cinema, Fashion Island

 

Reflections from a Southeast Asian Archive intern January 29, 2015

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A guest post from intern Claire Cella, a MLIS graduate student at UT-Austin.

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Claire accompanied Thuy at the Khmer Girls in Action headquarters, assessing and packing their organization records to bring back to UC Irvine for preservation.

 

I write this post from Austin, Texas with an air of sadness, sentiment and unfortunate sweat from the sweltering heat here. Although it’s been a few weeks since I left the Special Collections and Archives at the University of California, Irvine, I still feel profound gratitude for the truly exceptional experience — and weather! — I had this summer as an intern for Thuy Vo Dang in the Southeast Asian Archive.

A few years ago, I returned to the United States after a yearlong Fulbright English Teaching Assistant-ship in Thailand. My reason for returning was to pursue a graduate degree and the professional qualifications I would need in archival studies, in order to return to Southeast Asia to apply my new skills and expertise to a career in a region of the world that I had fallen in love with. I enrolled at the University of Texas’ School of Information in the spring semester of 2013. Alongside my studies, I have diligently tried to pursue opportunities that would unite my two rather divergent interests here in the United States. In the past, I have interned with the Chinese Culture Foundation in San Francisco, as well as volunteered for the Austin History Center’s Asian American Community Archives Program. However, my internship this summer with Thuy has proven to be the apex of my professional endeavors thus far. It not only inspirited me to continue my career ambitions to work with Asian and Asian American communities, but it also deepened my understanding of the nuances involved in community archiving, public outreach, regional history documentation and special collection development.

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Claire attended the Asian Americans Advancing Justice & Orange County Asian Pacific American Community Alliance demographics report launch in July 2014. From left: Thuy Vo Dang, Claire Cella, Anne Frank, and Julie Vo

 

Shadowing Thuy was a tremendous revelation for me, exposing me to the daily efforts required of a specialized archivist working with and within a specific ethnic community. By attending various community functions, events and meetings in the Asian American community alongside Thuy, I was introduced to a host of individuals who proved the power of collaboration and partnership in affecting change, encouraging unity and strengthening identity formation in ethnic communities. I was graciously given the opportunity to take part in various archival processes that I had only up until that time had the opportunity to study in journal articles — physical and digital accessioning, archival organization and processing, public outreach, networking and community trust building.

I also feel privileged to have been a small part of the collaborative book project, Vietnamese in Orange County, with the Vietnamese American Oral History Project. This involved setting up, planning and executing the event, “Collecting Memories, Preserving History,” as well as assisting with the organization of the book’s content via Canto Cumulus. It was an honor to work closely with and learn from Linda Vo and Tram Le, who were able to offer insight into the significant history, issues and present conditions of the Vietnamese community and the Little Saigon area. I now have an even greater awareness for the history of this specific ethnic community and a profound admiration for their contributions to Orange County in light of the conditions in which they achieved such success.

I feel fortunate to have been introduced to and interact with the Special Collections and Archives staff as well, including Audra Yun, Sara Seltzer, Steve MacLeod, Alex Bisio, Laura Uglean Jackson and Christine Kim. Their individual insight enhanced my knowledge of the various positions involved in a larger research institution, and certainly provided me with important things to consider for my own future career path and the types of positions, institutions and environments I could see myself working within very soon.

I strongly feel that by uniting my graduate archival research and skills with my interests in local Asian American communities, my internship under Thuy’s guidance has already taken position as a central facet to my academic and professional experience. It was an honor to be a part of the University of California, Irvine this summer, even if it was so short-lived. I look forward to reading about further developments at the Special Collections and Archives as well as the publication of Vietnamese in Orange County this fall. Hopefully, after I complete my graduate degree this fall, the future will hold more opportunity for me to collaborate and connect with the profound and powerful work being done here.

~Claire Cella

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