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Chancellor Aldrich and Joyce Nash, who lived at the Bonita camp before the campus was built August 16, 2010

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Note: We occasionally make an error in our analysis of a historical photograph. Yes, it’s rare, but it does happen! The original story we posted identified the young woman in this picture as Joan Irvine Smith. The original image was from a slide in our archives, and the slide frame included a hand written note which read “Chancellor Aldrich and Joan Irvine Smith. February 14, 1964.” Our original story was posted on August 16, 2010. The blog post stayed as it was for almost four years, without any feedback indicating that an error had been made. In 2014, two things happened that help clarify who really was in this photograph: 1) we gave a copy of the photograph to Joan Irvine Smith, to which she responded: “That’s not me. I have no idea who that is, but it’s not me.” How embarrassing was that! Then on September 27, 2014, we received the following comment on our blog: “The lady in the picture is my mother Joyce Nash. The horse is our horse Ginger and the dog was our German Shepard Lady. Mom was not an Irvine sister. We lived on the ranch and when the college was built we had to move. We lived in the house at Bonita camp.” Our mystery was finally solved! Although we remain very grateful for our anonymous respondent, we would very much like to talk to Joyce Nash’s daughter about life at Bonita camp. This piece of UCI history would be very interesting to know more about. Please contact us at spcoll@uci.edu and thanks again for helping us solve this mystery. So, below is the story stated accurately.

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A photograph of Chancellor Aldrich and Joyce Nash, her horse Ginger and her German Shepard Lady. Joyce Nash lived with her family in the house at Bonita Camp, the only structure on the campus property at that time. The photograph was taken on February 15, 1964 on the land where construction would soon start on the new UCI campus.

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

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1. Anonymous - September 27, 2014

The lady in the picture is my mother Joyce Nash. The horse is our horse ginger and the dog was our German Shepard Lady. Mom was not an Irvine sister. We lived on the ranch and when the college was built we had to move. We lived in the house at Bonita camp.

ucisca - September 28, 2014

Thank you for sharing this, and solving this mystery. Could you possible contact me at smacleod@uci.edu
I have a few questions about the photograph. Thank you very much.
–Steve MacLeod [UCI Special Collections and Archives]


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