jump to navigation

UCI Stories exhibit opens Monday, May 23 May 20, 2016

Posted by ucisca in Activism, Anteaters, Athletics, Campus Scenes, Collections, College of Medicine, Early UCI Campus, Faculty, mascots, Orange County, Photographs, School spirit, Student Life, Uncategorized, University Archives, Zot!.
add a comment

Ready for 50+ anteater antics told through conversations between former and current anteaters? Zot zot! Anteaters come together to share memories, events, and changes throughout UC Irvine’s 50 years of history.

The UCI Libraries announce the opening of an exciting new exhibit called UCI Stories: 50th Anniversary Oral History Project, on Monday, May 23rd at 6:30PM in Langson Library, UCI. RSVP here: http://partners.lib.uci.edu/ucistories/rsvp

UCI Stories

Inspired and imprinted with words spoken during the filmed oral histories, UCI Stories highlights the bright past and brilliant future of UCI through the memories, reflections, and predictions of its community. Artfully curated quotes of campus leaders, innovators, alumni, faculty and staff, document how over the past 50 years, UCI has given birth to generations of community-oriented difference-makers driven by a pioneering spirit that has permeated the campus long before a physical building ever stood on the land. UCI Stories captures how this spirit glues UCI together, and often after graduation calls Anteaters back home. Every great story has three main parts: characters with whom you can identify, a memorable and imaginable setting, and a plot based on the unexpected experiences of protagonists. This is UCI Stories.

Opening night speakers are Robert Cohen (UCI Claire Trevor Professor of Drama, Emeritus/Founding Faculty), Jenny Doh ’91 (UCI’s First Student Regent/Past President, UCI Alumni Association), Elizabeth Toomey (Daughter of Founding Chancellor Aldrich/Retired UCI Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community and Government Relations), and Joseph L. White (UCI Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry), will engage in a fascinating conversation on UCI’s history and thoughts for the future; with panel moderation by Krystal Tribbett, UCI Libraries 50th Anniversary Project Historian.

The program will be followed by a light reception and exhibit viewing in Langson Library, UCI. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited; reservations are first come, first served.

UCI Stories Program, May 23

UCI Stories Program. May 23, 2016.

Please go to http://partners.lib.uci.edu/ucistories/rsvp to make an online reservation. For further information please call 949.824.4651 or email partners@uci.edu.

The UCI Stories Project is a unique oral history project, launched by UCI Libraries, that pairs over 100 UCI affiliates for dynamic conversations to commemorate UCI’s 50th Anniversary. The reminiscences collected offer first-hand perspectives that tell the multifaceted story of UCI’s intellectual contributions, key turning points, and unique legacy. The UCI Libraries’ 50th Anniversary Exhibit, “UCI Stories” is a product of this effort.

More information is available here: http://news.lib.uci.edu/events/spring-2016-exhibit-opening-uci-stories

A Look Back on Clayton Garrison August 17, 2015

Posted by ucisca in Faculty, Photographs, Uncategorized, University Archives.
Tags: , , , , , , ,
add a comment

Staff at UCI Special Collections and Archives were sad to learn that Clayton Garrison, founding dean of UCI’s School of Fine Arts, passed away on July 27, 2015. Garrison once recalled in 1974 that he was attracted to Irvine because it was an “opportunity to initiate, in a new situation, a program that was different from any other programs in the fine arts on a University of California campus.” And so, when he joined UCI in 1964, he set out to build a “studio- and performance-centered” fine arts program at the undergraduate level.

To him, “starting a whole school involving art, dance, drama, music, and film with only five faculty members was a rare opportunity.” Garrison recruited some of the top artists in their field to join the School of the Fine Arts’ founding faculty including Eugene Loring who was appointed Chairman of Dance, and who introduced ballet as a study in the University of California curriculum. Robert Cohen, who Garrison directed in a Shakespeare play at UC Berkeley, was appointed chair of UCI’s Drama Department. In 1964, Garrison appointed John Coplans as Director of the University Art Gallery. Coplans, editor for Artforum magazine, was well connected with the contemporary art world, and he influenced Garrison by suggesting new faculty recruits. One of the first art professors Coplans recruited was Tony DeLap, and the faculty grew to include Larry Bell, Ed Bereal, Vija Celmins, Ron Davis, Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman, Philip Leider, John Mason, Ed Moses, Barbara Rose, and Alan Solomon.

Garrison also invited renowned artists, including David Hockney and Roy Lichtenstein, to serve as guest lecturers and teachers at what he believed was a truly interdisciplinary fine arts program.

Garrison served as dean of the school for its first 17 years, during which he did everything from direct plays, operas and musicals, to choreograph stage, teach, help establish UCI’s esteemed M.F.A programs, and more. After retiring as dean, he spent nine years teaching acting and running UCI’s month long Music Theater Program in New York. The projects that Garrison helped produce at the School of Fine Arts, now known as the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, and beyond were well-received with high praise from the campus and region alike.

Prior to his appointment at UCI, Garrison was Chair of the Department of Drama and Vice Chair of the Division of Humanities at UC Riverside. He also taught at UC Santa Barbara and the Laguna College of Art + Design.

The UCI Special Collections and Archives is pleased to house Clayton Garrison’s collection documenting his work in theater at UCI, New York, and internationally.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Chancellor Peltason at the UCI-UTC bridge dedication August 29, 2014

Posted by ucisca in Photographs, School spirit, Uncategorized, University Archives.
Tags: , , , ,
add a comment

Happy birthday, Chancellor Peltason! Hope your birthday is as joyous and eventful as this moment in UC Irvine history!

AS-061_S01152_003

Chancellor Peltason crosses the UCI-UTC bridge. Also pictured, Chancellor Aldrich, Peter the Anteater, and Aldrich Hall (Administration building). From the University Communications Photographs [AS-061].

This photo was taken during the 1986 UCI-UTC Bridge Dedication. The outfits worn by many of the attendees suggest that this may have occured during UCI’s annual Wayzgoose celebration.

AS-061_S01152_004

Chancellor Peltason at the UCI-UTC Bridge Dedication. From the University Communications Photographs [AS-061].

This pedestrian bridge was built through a partnership between the City of Irvine and the Irvine Company to connect the University Town Center and the UC Irvine campus. The $1,000,000 bridge symbolized the relationship between the campus and the community at large.

It has also been stated by Sam McCulloch, our favorite Australian historian, that during this dedication ceremony, “Chancellor Peltason entertained the audience of University and community leaders with a remarkable yo-yo demonstration”.

Does anyone have any video evidence of this? Please do share. Here are some photos!

(One more thing to note! This bridge now goes by the name, Watson Bridge, named for Ray Watson, original architect and former President of The Irvine Company. This bridge was dedicated on October 27, 2005.)

Congrats 2014! June 13, 2014

Posted by ucisca in Photographs, University Archives, Zot!.
Tags: ,
add a comment

Congratulations to the class of 2014!

The biggest commencement in UCI history is finally just one day away! Are you graduating folks ready for this? What about your guests? Check the section on security for a list of permitted and prohibited items and make plans to stay cool, hydrated, and be sure to slab on some sunscreen! It’s going to be a long day in the sun!

30 years ago, commencement guests wore umbrella hats to the 1984 Commencement. Hands free with an incredible shade radius — what stylish and functional piece will make its mark in 2014?

Commencement guests wearing umbrella hats, the “it” piece of the 80s.

Commencement guests wearing umbrella hats, the “it” piece of the 80s.

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

I Wish It Would Rain May 14, 2014

Posted by ucisca in Campus Scenes, Early UCI Campus, Photographs.
Tags: ,
add a comment

On December 21, 1967, the Temptations released (on Motown Records) one of the greatest rain songs of all time, “I Wish It Would Rain.” Lead vocal by the great David Ruffin, with background vocals by Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, and Otis Williams. A terrific song, and one I can’t get out of my mind the last several days as the temperature rises daily, and is headed for 100 degrees today.  I do wish it would rain, but that’s unlikely to happen soon. However, as an alternative respite from the heat, here are a few pics of one of the earliest rain storms on the UCI campus, from November 1966.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Jamboree Road named after the 1953 Boy Scout Jamboree April 15, 2014

Posted by ucisca in Early UCI Campus, Photographs.
Tags: , , , , ,
1 comment so far

The idea for a national gathering of Boy Scouts was the brainchild of Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouting movement in England, who also named the event “jamboree.” The first jamboree in the United States was held in 1937 in Washington D.C. and attracted 25,000 scouts. The first such gathering in California was at the Irvine Ranch in 1953 in what was then Santa Ana (today it is Irvine). The event brought over 50,000 Boy Scouts to Orange County, not just from most of the U.S. states, but also from other countries such as Mexico and Sweden. Below are a few photographs from the Irvine Ranch Jamboree. Myford Irvine, President of the Irvine Company at that time, made the jamboree site available and furnished much of the road equipment, personnel and facilities for the jamboree. Richard Nixon, who was Vice President of the United States, made a speech welcoming the scouts. Photographs are from the Hugh R. McMillan Photographs, 1946-1974. MS-R035. Many of the photographs are available from UCISpace here: http://ucispace.lib.uci.edu/handle/10575/9882

Troop 23 from McKinney, Texas.  ms-r035-b1b9-496

Troop 23 from McKinney, Texas.
ms-r035-b1b9-496

VP Richard Nixon welcomes scouts. ms-r035-b1b8-473

VP Richard Nixon welcomes scouts.
ms-r035-b1b8-473

Jamboree activity near the Newport back bay. ms-r35b1b8-197

Jamboree activity near the Newport back bay.
ms-r35b1b8-197

Troop leaders. ms-r035-b1b8-482

Troop leaders.
ms-r035-b1b8-482

Raising the flags and banners. ms-r35b1b8-220

Raising the flags and banners.
ms-r35b1b8-220

Rio Grande TX troop. ms-r35b1b8-199

Rio Grande TX troop.
ms-r35b1b8-199

Troops on Native American costumes. ms-r35b1b8-228

Troops in Native American costumes.
ms-r35b1b8-228

What a difference 25 years makes February 21, 2014

Posted by ucisca in Early UCI Campus, Photographs, Uncategorized, University Archives.
Tags: , ,
add a comment

To fully experience this series of photos, please follow the instructions below.

Step 1. Cue up Dinah Washington’s “What a difference a day makes”. (Even if it’s just in the music player inside your brain.)

Step 2. This photo shows an aerial view of the campus in February 1964. Do the math — that’s 50 years ago! To the month!

Aerial view, February 1964

Aerial view, February 1964

Step 3. These photos show the rapid construction carried out between April and June 1964. Construction is something we’re all familiar with on this campus — high five the next crew you see! Maybe they won’t like that. Maybe just slow down your vehicle as you pass work zones.

Step 4. October 1966, a full year after the first, first day of classes. Try to spot familiar landmarks! Buildings! Part of Aldrich Park! Is that the Back Bay?

Aerial view, October 1966

Aerial view, October 1966

Step 5. Aerial view of the campus, March 1989 — does this look more like us?

Aerial view, March 1989

Aerial view, March 1989

Step 6. Next time you manage to get your nose out of a computer, take a deep breath and walk around the campus. Construction continues to this day. How do we look as a 50 year old campus? Probably not a day over 30. Har har.

Photos from AS-056. Early Campus Photograph Albums and AS-061. University Communications photographs. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

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

Posted by ucisca in Early UCI Campus, Photographs, University Archives.
Tags:
add a comment

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

1993 Commencement June 13, 2013

Posted by ucisca in Campus Scenes, Photographs, Student Life, Zot!.
Tags: , , , ,
add a comment

The 2013 UCI Commencement weekend is quickly approaching! Soon the campus will be filled with excited graduates and proud families and friends celebrating their achievements. Congratulations to the Class of 2013! ZOT!

For more information about this year’s commencement festivities, click here:

http://www.commencement.uci.edu/

Here’s a look at some commencement scenes from 20 years ago, in June of 1993:

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

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

Gateway Plaza May 24, 2013

Posted by ucisca in Campus Scenes, Early UCI Campus, Photographs, School spirit, Student Life, University Archives, Zot!.
Tags: , , , , ,
add a comment

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!

%d bloggers like this: