UCI Yearbooks Go Digital March 11, 2015Posted by ucisca in Uncategorized.
Tags: UCI 50th Anniversary
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.
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,
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.
no more requirements,
fines for late add-drop cards, allnighters,
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.
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!