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UCI Site Dedication ceremony – speech transcripts! January 24, 2014

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Good news, everyone! We recently unearthed the transcripts of (former) UC President Clark Kerr’s introduction, welcoming remarks by (former) California Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, (former) UC Regents Chairman Edward W. Carter, and (the first) UCI Chancellor Daniel Aldrich, as well as the featured speech by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

President Johnson surprises his security agents by moving into the crowd at UCI site dedication, June 20,1964.

President Johnson surprises his security agents by moving into the crowd at UCI site dedication, June 20,1964.

June 20, 1964 is anchored in UCI history as the date of the Site Dedication ceremony. A crowd of 15,000 were in attendance. Only a two lane road led to the campus. The first buildings were still under construction. The campus still consisted mainly of open fields.

The Site Dedication Ceremony film was digitized last year, and we hoped to experience this historic campus event the way only moving pictures can capture. We were elated to watch the video footage, but disheartened to find that we couldn’t hear a single sound.

Although we’re unable to provide the brassy tune of celebration only a French horn could kindle, we now have the transcripts available to read as you stream the video footage on the Online Archive of UCI History!

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Transcripts from AS-004. Central Records Unit records, 1928-1994.  Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Photos from AS-056. Early Campus Photograph Albums, 1959-1969. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

A Brief History of UCI’s Crew Program December 5, 2013

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Crew became one of UCI’s six founding sports in 1965. Duvall Hecht founded the program and was the Head Coach for many years. He had been an Olympic gold medal winner while at Stanford in 1959. In 1963 he proposed to Chancellor Aldrich that UCI introduce crew. He had the idea that Newport Harbor, especially the channel between Lido Island and the Newport Beach mainland, would be a perfect course for racing. Hecht raised funds for equipment and for construction of a boat house at Shellmaker Island.  The rowing program has a long line of highly successful athletes.  UCI has sent six athletes to compete for the United States in the Olympics. Unfortunately, the rowing program was cut as a Varsity NCAA team in 2009, as part of significant campus financial cutbacks that year.  Duvall Hecht returned as coach to help bring back the program in the 1990s, as he has done more recently to keep crew moving forward. The UCI men’s rowing team, which has been part of Campus Recreation’s club sports program since 2009, practices daily at the UCI crew base in the Back Bay. In April of 2013, the UC Irvine men’s rowing team took first place in the varsity eight-man event at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association championship. UCI overcame such league rivals as UCSB and UCLA to win its first WIRA championship title in 11 years.

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November 22, 1963 November 15, 2013

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AS-054. Anton Ercegovich Slides.

AS-054. Anton Ercegovich Slides.

In the Spring of 1963, Anton (Tony) Ercegovich was the 14th person hired at UCI. He managed the Storehouse. On November 22, 1963, when the news of the President’s assassination was received, Tony lowered the flag to half mast in front of the Interim Office Building. After 27 years at UCI, he retired in 1990. Tony Ercegovich received the Lauds and Laurels Award for University Service.

LastpageFrom the poem “November Twenty Six Nineteen Hundred Sixty Three,” by Wendell Berry. Calligraphy by Ben Shahn. New York: George Braziller, 1963. A signed limited edition copy is in UCI Special Collections & Archives.

Campus architecture tour with Alan Hess October 4, 2013

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The Southern California chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS) stopped by for a visit, and invited us along to join an architectural tour around the campus. (Thank you!)

Alan Hess, architect and historian, led a walking tour of the campus, describing William Pereira’s architectural work and influence on the UCI campus.

3 things we learned from Alan Hess:

  1. Pereira was a modernist architect, noted for his futuristic designs. He also loved science fiction. That explains why UCI works so well as the set of this 1972 film on ape slave labor in the 1990’s.
  2. Pereira initially planned to have the UCI campus and Irvine community integrated seamlessly — but the unsolved mystery of 1970 changed everything.
  3. Pereira was a man of exquisite style and taste, and was chaffeured around in a Bentley. We really wish we had a photo of this.

William L. Pereira and Associates Project Workbooks for the University of California, Irvine Campus documents the preliminary planning of the campus, and shows the evolution of concepts for the campus layout. Here’s a peek at something we found in the collection:

Early model of the UCI campus from the William L. Pereira and Associates Project Workbooks for the University of California, Irvine Campus (AS-127)

Early model of the UCI campus from the William L. Pereira and Associates Project Workbooks for the University of California, Irvine Campus (AS-127)

The First First-Day-of-Classes September 25, 2013

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The very first first-day-of-classes at UCI was Monday, October 4, 1965. Landscaping didn’t exist yet, but planting was about to start. Faculty looked to be only a few years older than most students. Hallways were overcrowded with students trying to locate their classrooms. Almost fifty years later and a great deal has changed, but some things, not much….

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The buildings are Fine Arts, left, and Humanities-Social Sciences (now Krieger Hall). AS-056_P010399

Students in a classroom on the first day of classes. AS-056_P010401

Students in a classroom on the first day of classes. AS-056_P010401

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Students waiting in overcrowded hallways for their first class session. AS-056_P010400

The UCI Greenhouse August 1, 2013

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Have you ever wondered what the greenhouse across from Founders’ Court is for? Well, we did a little digging in the University Archives and discovered that planning for the greenhouse started in 1965. It was initially called the Headhouse-Greenhouse because there are both a growth area and researcher facilities there. The UCI Greenhouse is a 9,000 square foot growth facility, in support of instruction and research in the Biological Sciences. Below are early photographs of the Greenhouse being built.

Architectural model of the Greenhouse from ca. 1965

Architectural model of the Greenhouse from ca. 1965

View of construction in Fall 1967.

View of construction in Fall 1967.

View of the wall art around construction site.

View from above of construction Fall 1967..

Construction from above in late 1967.

View of wall art around the construction site..

Life at the Interim Office Building in 1964/65 June 28, 2013

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Before the campus opened in October 1965, many of those employed by UCI worked in the Interim Office Building near the corner of Jamboree and Campus. Below are photos showing what life was like in those early years.

Staff at the lunch truck in January 1965. AS-056_P010338

Staff at the lunch truck in January 1965. AS-056_P010338

Lunch on the patio in January 1965. Former UCI Chancellor and U.C. President Jack Peltason is third from the right. AS-056_P010335

Lunch on the patio in January 1965. Former UCI Chancellor and U.C. President Jack Peltason is third from the right. AS-056_P010335

In January 1965, Bridge is noontime relaxation for Theodore Otto, Thomas Bristow, Florence Arnold and Helen Greening. AS-056_P010337

In January 1965, bridge is noontime relaxation for Theodore Otto, Thomas Bristow, Florence Arnold and Helen Greening. AS-056_P010337

Jean Yorba, Carla Anderson, and Sandra Lowry serving drinks at 1964 Christmas celebration. AS-056_P010332

Jean Yorba, Carla Anderson, and Sandra Lowry serving drinks at 1964 Christmas celebration. AS-056_P010332

Gateway Plaza May 24, 2013

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Gateway Plaza has been a central hub of activity on the UC Irvine campus since its opening in 1965. From the flagpoles to the stairs leading into Aldrich Park, this area between Langson Library and Gateway Commons has seen countless protests, speeches, events, memorials, pep rallies and performances by students and community members alike. To this day, this area is a central place for students to congregate and share their ideas. Check out these photos from UCI’s early years:

These images, along with thousands more of the UCI campus, are available on the Online Archive of UCI History. Check back soon for more photos, videos, and publications, as additional material from UCI’s history is continuously being uploaded. As always, even more is available in the University Archives on the 5th floor of Langson Library. Come visit us!

Remembering Sam McCulloch May 15, 2013

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Sam McCulloch

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Sam McCulloch, the founding Dean of Humanities and Professor Emeritus of History at UC Irvine. McCulloch first arrived at UCI in 1964 as one of the founding faculty members and remained an important leader on campus throughout his entire life. He was UCI’s unofficial historian, compiling records, stories, letters, and other historical material for his 1996 book Instant University, which covers the history of the UCI campus from 1957 to 1993. McCulloch also conducted oral history interviews with 97 members of UCI’s prominent faculty and staff from 1967 to 1993, including Chancellors Daniel Aldrich and Jack Peltason, as well as Nobel Laureates F. Sherwood Rowland and Frederick Reines. In 2009, McCulloch donated his faculty papers to UCI Special Collections and Archives, which include correspondence, research notes, clippings, and bibliographies. We at Special Collections and Archives are forever indebted to Sam McCulloch for his commitment to documenting, preserving, and sharing the rich history of this campus.

Numerous interviews from the collection of Samuel McCulloch Oral Histories (AS-033) are available here at the Online Archive of UCI History. Both audio recordings and transcripts of selected interviews are available for use online, and the remaining interviews from the collection will be digitized and added to the Online Archive soon.

The finding aid for the faculty papers of Sam McCulloch (MS-F031) is available here through the Online Archive of California.

Instant University is available for use in the Special Collections and Archives reading room and is also available for check-out.

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Sam McCulloch speaking at student rally supporting UC President Clark Kerr in Gateway Plaza, 1967

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Sam McCulloch and James G. March speaking with a prospective UCI student, 1965

Photos from AS-061, UCI Communications Photographs Collection; and AS-056, Early Campus Photograph Albums.  Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Langson Library expansion in February 1969 April 29, 2013

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The Library-Administration building (now Langson Library) was one of the eight original buildings that were ready for occupancy when the campus opened in the Fall of 1965. According to the original plan, work began early in 1968 to double the size of the Library-Administration Building for occupancy in the fall of 1969. Photos of the construction of the expanded building (below) were taken in February 1969. Expanding rapidly to keep pace with the equally rapid development of research and graduate instruction, the UCI Library grew from 85,000 volumes on opening (October 1965) to 312,000 volumes by June 30,1969.

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Photographs from Early Campus Photograph Albums. AS-056.

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