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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.

Original Program for Woodstock, August 15, 1969 August 15, 2012

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On this day in 1969, the Woodstock Music Festival opened in upstate New York, on 600 acres of land in the town of Bethel, some 50 miles from Woodstock. Billed as “three days of peace and music,” musicians who performed included Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, the Who, Sly and the Family Stone, the Santana Blues Band and many many others. Special Collections and Archives has a copy of the original Woodstock program in our collections (see below).

The last page of the Woodstock Music Festival program.

Information about hundreds of thousands of UC Irvine photographs now searchable August 13, 2012

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Sam McCulloch, first Dean of Humanities, addresses protesters, January 23, 1967

We heard you! You asked for access to more historical images of UC Irvine…and we are proud to announce the availability of inventories for hundreds of thousands of images from UCI Special Collections & Archives!

The University of California, Irvine, Communications Photographs (AS-061) consists of nearly 275,000 photographs depicting the campus, students, faculty, staff, events, and surrounding region of UC Irvine since 1952. In the past, we had to search a lengthy inventory of descriptions from the collection to find appropriate images for researcher use. Users would need to know who or what they wanted before they could see anything, since our inventories were so long and the collection, at over 170 boxes, was far too large for casual browsing.

This month, we are happy to announce that these inventories are now freely available and full-text searchable!

Guide to the University of California, Irvine, Communications Photographs
(just click on “Additional collection guides”)

Photographs in this and other collections are viewable in Special Collections and Archives, located on the fifth floor of Langson Library. Information about how to acquire photocopies or scans is available here or contact us at (949) 824-3947 or spcoll@uci.edu

1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles August 10, 2012

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The Regional History collection in Special Collections and Archives has a collection of the daily programs issued at the 1932 Olympic Games. The Games of the 10th Olympiad took place in a variety of venues throughout Los Angeles from July 30 – August 14, 1932. The daily programs in the collection include annotations about many of the competitions, noting times or scores of particular competitions, as well as annotations of World and Olympic records. Of special interest was the demonstration game of American football, which took place on Monday, August 8, 1932. A team made up of players from USC, Cal and Stanford (the West) played against a team of Yale, Harvard and Princeton players (the East). On the West coaching staff was Glenn “Pop” Warner. Among the world records established or tied at the 1932 games were two by the legendary Mildred “Babe” Didrikson, in the 80-meter hurdles and the javelin. In all, seventeen world records were achieved at the games.

The Official Program for Monday, August 8, which featured a demonstration of American football.

Annotations for the “Babe” Didrikson world record in the 80-meter hurdles on August 4, 1932..

World records established or tied at the 1932 games.

Map showing locations of the 1932 events.

Ayala Science Library groundbreaking August 10, 2012

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Shovels, hats and an architectural model patiently await the groundbreaking ceremony for the Science Library at UCI.  The James Stirling and Michael Wilford designed building opened in 1994. In April 2010, the Science Library was renamed the Francisco J. Ayala Science Library in recognition of the world-renowned UCI evolutionary biologist’s considerable scientific achievements and contributions to the campus.

AS-061. University Communication Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Box 144.

Christopher Reeve and the Reeve-Irvine Research Center August 7, 2012

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In January 1996, philanthropist Joan Irvine Smith proposed to actor Christopher Reeve, best known for his film role as Superman, that they collaborate with UCI to launch a fund-raising effort toward the establishment of the Reeve-Irvine Research Center, one of the few  spinal cord research centers in the nation. Smith offered to start the effort with a $1 million donation from her foundation. Mr. Reeve, who in 1995 had suffered an equestrian accident that left him paralyzed, agreed to help. On July 20, 1996, the Christopher Reeve Celebrity Polo Classic was held at the Oaks Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, and benefited the research center. Christopher Reeve and his wife Dana joined Joan Irvine Smith, UCI Chancellor Laurel Wilkening and about 500 other people on September 13, 1996 in dedicating the a new building where the Reeve-Irvine Research Center is housed. On September 14, 1996, at a benefit dinner at Mission San Juan Capistrano, actors/celebrities Robin Williams, Joan Rivers and Jane Seymour were among 560 guests at another fundraiser that was part of a week-long equestrian event, the Oaks International.  Williams directed the auction at the event.

All of these, and other fundraising efforts helped to establish the Reeve-Irvine Research Center, which is now one of the nation’s leading facilities for spinal cord research. Christopher and Dana Reeve remained committed to helping for the rest of their lives. Christopher Reeve died on October 10, 2004 from complications from his 1995 spinal cord injury. Dana Reeve died on March 6, 2006 from lung cancer.

Christopher and Dana Reeve  [As-061. Box 144]

Joan Irvine Smith and Chancellor Laurel Wilkening (right)  [AS-061. Box 144]

Signed poster for the Christopher Reeve Celebrity Polo Classic on July 20, 1996

Christopher and Dana Reeve on a tour of the Reeve-Irvine Research Center  [AS-061. Box 144]

Robin Williams at a benefit dinner for the Reeve-Irvine Research Center  [AS-061. Box 144]

AS-061. University Communication Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Box 144.

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