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Politicians at UCI in the 1970s April 30, 2010

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In the 1970s a variety of politicians visited the UCI campus to engage students on the issues of the day. A sample of posters for those events is below:

University of California, Irvine Poster Collection, 1965-2006. AS-050. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California

“Modjeska – Woman Triumphant” April 27, 2010

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The documentary film “Modjeska – Woman Triumphant” will be shown at the Newport Beach Film Fesitival this Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 6:00pm at the Regency South Coast Village Theatre. In the film are a number of items from the Helena Modjeska Collection, 1881-1989 (MS-R037), including Madame Modjeska’s mahogany drop-front desk, which was in her Santiago Canyon ranch, Arden, and is now in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room. Modjeska, the great nineteenth-century Polish stage actress, moved to Orange County in 1876, had a successful career in the United States also and was a tremendous influence on the early cultural and social history of Orange County.

MS-R037.  Helena Modjeska Collection, 1881-1989. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Watermelon Eating Contest April 27, 2010

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Anteaters of all ages participate in a watermelon eating contest at a campus picnic in 1966.

AS-061.  University Communications Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Where is Special Collections and Archives? April 22, 2010

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Several of you have asked where we are located and how you can see and use our collections. We are located on the fifth floor of Langson Library on the UCI campus. Anyone may visit us and use our collections during open hours, you do not need to be affiliated with UCI.  You will find more information about our collections, services and hours on our website:  http://special.lib.uci.edu

Below you can see our Reading Room. Please contact us if you have any questions at spcoll@uci.edu, (949)824-3947. We look forward to assisting you.

How Aldrich Park might have been April 19, 2010

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Early proposals for the design of the Campus Park (later called Aldrich Park) included an almost 300 foot tall central bell tower which would have been called “Centrum,”  as well as several connected lakes.  Centrum would have been the tallest built structure in Orange County and visible for miles. These aspects of the design were not completed.  The University Archives has numerous photographs of  Pereira’s architectural models and campus plans.  Pereira’s project workbooks ( Collection # AS-127), which document the various phases of campus planning can also be found in the University Archives.

 AS-061.  University Communications Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.
 

Early planning for physical layout of campus April 16, 2010

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In the winter of 1962, UC President Clark Kerr invited UCI Architect William Pereira and UCI Chancellor Daniel Aldrich to meet him in Berkeley to discuss how best to use the newly selected Irvine campus site. At the meeting, Kerr recalled an influential book he had read as a graduate student, Johann Heinric von Thunen’s Der Isolierte Staat (1863), in which he envisioned the ideal city “as a series of concentric circles starting out with central city buildings and going out to industrial, housing and agricultural areas.” Kerr then drew a rough sketch of a proposed layout of the Irvine campus, a circle with the names of disciplines around it. The basic design was then elaborated during the physical planning, which incorporated a concentric and radial scheme. The Central Campus was designed to consist of six quadrangles, each representing an academic unit, which radiated out of the ring. The ring unified the school both functionally and artistically. Distances between each quad were minimized and provided movement for pedestrians and bicycles. At the center of the ring is the 29-acre Daniel Aldrich Park, originally named Campus Park, which is the metaphorical heart of the campus. Designed as an informal gathering place, it was based on the central parks of cities and universities throughout the world.

UCI Campus Layout

First Graduating Class 1966 April 15, 2010

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The first graduating class, the Class of 1966, had 14 students. The Commencement Dinner took place on June 25, 1966 in what is now the Libraries Gateway Study Center.  Bernard R. Gelbaum (left), Professor of Mathematics, addressed the class. Graduating students were (left to right) Rita Anne Gregg, Jerene Clair Cline, Peter Leland Jacklin, Charles Dion McGregor, Michael Merrick Gollong, Vincent Jerrems Healy, Jr., Carole Carney Rathfon, Bland Ewing, Gail Lana White, Linda Ann Howey, and Roland Schinzinger. Not pictured were graduates Michael Max Asher, Mary Dorothea Polk and Mark Alvin Cross.

The Class of 1966 graduated on June 25, 1966.

 

Early Campus Photograph Albums. AS-056. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Project Ngoc at UCI, 1987-1997 April 13, 2010

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Project Ngoc (PN), started as a class at UCI by graduate student Tom Wilson, attempted to increase the awareness of students about the Vietnamese refugee crisis. Students from the class decided to take the Project beyond the classroom and formed an organization in the hopes of realizing more concrete projects to assist the refugees. The organization adopted three main goals: raising awareness on campus and within the community; advocating for humanitarian rights; and sending funds to camps for the development of educational programs. During its ten years of activity, PN achieved these goals by providing direct relief through fundraising and sending volunteers to refugee camps in Hong Kong. Project Ngoc disbanded at the end of the 1996-1997 as a result of the resettlement or repatriation of most Vietnamese refugees. Slides below are from PN exhibits staged at UCI in 1991 and 1992 of art done at refugee camps.

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Project Ngoc Records. MS-SEA016. Special Collections and Archives. The UC Irvine Libraries. Irvine, California

Artist Michael Asher, first graduating class April 7, 2010

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UCI’s first graduating class, the class of 1966, had 14 students. Michael Max Asher received his BA in fine arts as part of that class. Asher (the son of L.A. art collector, curator and art dealer Betty Asher) became one of  the prioneering figures in Conceptual Art, and a leader in the Institutional Critique movement. He is now on the faculty at CalArts. Michael Asher’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, including  the Centre Georges Pompidou, Musee National d’Art Moderne and ARC in Paris, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven in Holland, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Banff Centre in Canada, the Krefeld Kunstmuseum in Germany, the Venice Biennale in Italy and Documenta 5 and 7 in Kassel Germany. He’s received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a USA Broad Fellowship. As an educator Michael Asher has influenced a generation of artists, encouraging students to always question the contexts in which they work.

[left photo] Early Campus Photograph Albums 1959-1969. AS-056. Special Collections and Archives. The UC Irvine Libraries. Irvine, California

Ron Ridgle, ASUCI President 1968-69 April 5, 2010

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Ron Ridgle was the only black student when UCI opened in 1965-66 with 1,589 students enrolled.  Ridgle, a graduate of Dorsey High School in Los Angeles,  was a third year history major when he was elected ASUCI President in May 1968, on a platform addressing student government finances.  During a year of intense student activism, Ron Ridgle was involved in a wide range of additional issues in1968-69.  For example, he supported the right of students  to invite Eldridge Cleaver to participate in a panel discussion on “America as a Racist Culture.”   UCI received heavy criticism from the community for Cleaver’s participation. In October 1968, Ridgle along with student presidents from UCSD and UCR, twice invited California governor Ronald Reagan to discuss on statewide television “the role of the Regents in the administration of the University of California.”  Reagan declined both invitations.  In 1968-69 there were 29 black students and one black professor on a campus with a total enrollment of approximately 3,600 students. 

Early Campus Photograph Albums 1959-1969. AS-056. Special Collections and Archives. The UC Irvine Libraries. Irvine, California.

 (l to r) Chancellor Aldrich, Dr. Robert C. Weaver (President of Baruch College of CUNY), and Ron Ridgle. April 16, 1969, just before Weaver’s address on Charter Day, the 101st anniversary of U.C.  Dr. Weaver was Secretary of Housing & Urban Development in the LBJ administration and the first black cabinet member.

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