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The Passing of Dr. Ralph Cicerone, UCI’s Fourth Chancellor November 10, 2016

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It was with great shock and sadness that the Special Collections and Archives staff learned that Ralph Cicerone passed away on November 5, 2016. Ralph Cicerone was UCI’s fourth chancellor from 1998-2005. He left the university to become president of the National Academy of Sciences, a position he retired from in June 2016. His life’s work and accomplishments are highlighted by the OC Register, UCI School of Physical Sciences, and The Washington Post. While we could easily add to the list of Dr. Cicerone’s incredible contributions to our planet, we would instead like to reflect on the archives’ and archivists’ relationship with Chancellor Cicerone.

The university archives has held the formal records from his chancellorship since 2005. These records contain administrative files, meeting notes, correspondence, and other documentation of his work and achievements as chancellor at UCI. Earlier this year, Dr. Cicerone graciously decided to donate his personal papers to UCI’s Special Collections and Archives. UCI archivists had been working with him and his staff at the National Academy of Sciences to transfer his papers from Washington, D.C. In June, Assistant University Archivist, Laura Uglean Jackson, had the pleasure of traveling to D.C. to appraise, box, and ship Cicerone’s personal papers stored at the Academy. While there, she met with Dr. Cicerone to talk about his papers and how they would be cared for and organized at UCI. She recalls, “Dr. Cicerone was one of the most accomplished people I have ever worked with, and he was also one of the kindest. I met with him just a few days before his retirement when he was very busy and facing a major life change. Despite this, he was incredibly calm and very nice to work with. He even offered me cookies that someone had brought him. I will always remember the respect and humility that Dr. Cicerone showed to me and his staff while I worked in his office. While I didn’t know him for long, I will always remember him as an exceptional and exemplary person.”

The Ralph Cicerone papers contain approximately 50 linear feet of material documenting his life’s work in the field of atmospheric science and chemistry. It includes photos, speeches, correspondence, committee files, research files, and much more. The university archives is in the process of making the collection available.

The Special Collections & Archives holds two other notable collections documenting Cicerone’s work and contributions: an oral history with Ralph Cicerone by Spence Olin in 2004 ,and the F. Sherwood Rowland papers. This collection contains a significant amount of correspondence to Rowland from Cicerone, who was recognized on the citation for the 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded to Rowland.

The staff of the Special Collections and Archives sends its sincere condolences to his wife Carol, daughter Sara, and to all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.

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

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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

Pop-Up Shakespeare — Monday, April 25, 10am-2pm, Langson Library Lobby April 7, 2016

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Join us as we celebrate 400 years of William Shakespeare’s legacy!

2016 commemorates 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. In honor of his life’s works, the First Folio will make a rare public appearance in the Langson Library lobby! Other activities will include: a flash mob appearance by Shaken Shakespeare; First Folio title page puzzle and coloring sheets; free Shakespeare-themed buttons; and an appearance by Julia Lupton, UCI Professor of English and Comparative Literature; Co-Director of UCI Shakespeare Center; and Associate Dean for Research, School of Humanities.

An exhibit of additional Shakespeare material will be on display in the Langson Library 5th floor lobby, just outside of Special Collections & Archives, from April 25th-28th.

Date: Monday, April 25, 2016
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: Langson Library lobby, UCI Libraries
Questions? Email: spcoll@uci.edu Phone: (949)824-3947

P.S. If you can’t make it April 25th, come to the Shakespeare First Folio Fridays Seminars August 12 & 26, 2016 at Langson Library. For further information, please call (949)824-4651 or email partners@uci.edu

 

The first Frisbee on this date in 1957, and Ultimate Frisbee at Crawford Field in 1980 January 23, 2016

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On this date, January 23rd, in 1957, the Wham-O toy company issued the first Frisbee.

In Bridgeport, Connecticut, William Frisbie opened the Frisbie Pie Company in 1871. Students from nearby universities would throw the empty pie tins to each other, yelling “Frisbie!” In 1948, Walter Frederick Morrison and his partner Warren Franscioni invented a plastic version of the disc called the “Flying Saucer” that could fly further and more accurately than the tin pie plates. After splitting with Franscioni, Morrison made an improved model in 1955 and sold it to the new toy company Wham-O as the “Pluto Platter”–an attempt to cash in on the public craze over space and Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).

In 1958, a year after the toy’s first release, Wham-O changed the name to the Frisbee disc, misspelling the name of the historic pie company. A company designer, Ed Headrick, patented the design for the modern Frisbee in December 1967, adding a band of raised ridges on the disc’s surface–called the Rings–to stabilize flight. By aggressively marketing Frisbee-playing as a new sport, Wham-O sold over 100 million units of its famous toy by 1977.

High school students in Maplewood, New Jersey, invented Ultimate Frisbee in 1967. UCI students have always been addicted to the various Frisbee games that have been invented over the years, from Ultimate Frisbee (shown in the photos above in 1980), to Frisbee Golf, Freestyle Frisbee, etc.

Today, at least 60 manufacturers produce the flying discs–generally made out of plastic and measuring roughly 20-25 centimeters (8-10 inches) in diameter with a curved lip. The official Frisbee is owned by Mattel Toy Manufacturers, who bought the toy from Wham-O in 1994.

First coffee shop on campus in Fall 1965 October 2, 2015

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National Coffee Day was celebrated earlier this week, on Tuesday, September 29th. We believe that one of the first places one could get a cup of coffee on campus was at the coffee shop on the bottom floor of the Gateway Commons (now the Gateway Study Center). That coffee shop is now the space occupied by the Orange County and Southeast Asian Archive Center (OC&SEAA). Photographs below show the coffee shop in the fall of 1965. Coffee and the ubiquitous cigarettes… at least in 1965 they were everywhere!

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A Look Back on Clayton Garrison August 17, 2015

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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.

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Larry Tenney photos of UCI architecture August 14, 2015

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Woke up this morning to see a beautiful photograph collection of UCI buildings! The distinct brutalist architecture is highlighted in these photos through unusual angles and serendipitous lighting. Architect William Pereira would be such a huge fan of this photostream.

 

Course Catalogs Going Digital May 29, 2015

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Ever wonder what classes the first UCI students took? Now you can find out, because the course catalogs are going digital! As part of the UCI’s 50th Anniversary celebration, the Special Collections and Archives staff are hard at work digitizing many of UCI’s historic publications. The course catalogs will be digitized in their entirety and made available online via the Online Archive of UCI History. Check out this one from UCI’s first year, and stay tuned for more to follow!Course_Catalog_1965-1966 6

UCI’s First Trailer (and RV!) Park May 18, 2015

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Irvine Meadows, UCI's first trailer and RV park, circa 1976

Irvine Meadows, UCI’s first trailer and RV park, circa 1976. From UCI Communications photographs, AS-061, a76-094_003

When UCI first opened in 1965, the city of Irvine did not exist and ranchland covered most of the surrounding area, leaving few options for student housing.  UCI’s first dormitory, Mesa Court, housed 500 students in the first year. Although Mesa Court expanded, so too did the number of admitted students. UCI began facing a serious housing shortage on campus. Some students slept in their cars to avoid long commutes and high rent, a common practice in the late sixties and early seventies.

In early 1972, a student group known as the Squatters Club proposed the creation of a camper, van, and RV park. The UCI Housing Office and ASUCI supported the idea. In November that year, Dean of Students Robert Lawrence proposed a plan for the creation of the site to the Campus Planning Committee. Despite wide support for the camper park, nothing was officially established.

Site plan for RV park, circa 1972.

Site plan for RV park, circa 1972. UCI Central Records, AS-004. Box 199, Folder 935-10

Then, in 1973, Irvine and other surrounding cities passed ordinances prohibiting sleeping in cars overnight. This sparked the administration to allocate twelve spaces near the Social Sciences Farm. Occupants were required to have insurance on the vehicle and sign an occupancy agreement. It was named, “Irvine Meadows.”

Student reading outside of his RV in the newly opened Irvine Meadows, circa 1974

Student reading outside of his RV in the newly opened Irvine Meadows, circa 1974. From UCI Communications photographs, AS-061, a74-061

By 1976, over 33% of students commuted ten miles or more to get to campus. On-campus housing was completely full and had a waitlist of 1200 students. Irvine Meadows, meant as a temporary location, still existed even though it did not provide utilities or any extra facilities. It had a wait list of over 100 people. With a growing student body the administration again faced a student housing crisis. Administrators including Chancellor Dan Aldrich and the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs approved a proposal for a site to accommodate 100 vehicles and build bathroom and laundry facilities. In July 1977, the Board of Regents approved funding for the expanded RV park and, after several roadblocks, opened “Irvine Meadows West” on November 15, 1979.

Proposed site for RV park, 1976.

Proposed site for RV park, 1976. AS-004, Central Records. Box 199, Folder: 935-10

Upon opening, the new RV park did not live up to the original vision nor students’ expectations. The original plan included 100-units, a community building for meeting areas, a kitchen, indoor pool, outdoor recreation facilities and vegetable garden, and complete irrigation and landscaping. The actual site included space for 80 vehicles, a small service building with laundry facilities, and no outdoor recreation, garden, or landscaping. “It’s really no picnic living here,” said John Marinovich, quoted in the New U just weeks after the opening. The first residents reported numerous problems with poor construction and inadequate facilities.

However, by 1982 it was a popular housing alternative and deemed a success by the director of housing and food services. Landscaping was added and it exuded an off-beat, bohemian charm with colorful trailers and a vibrant community. There were plans to expand it, but these were never carried out. In 1999, the administration announced that Irvine Meadows would close in five years. In July 2004, Irvine Meadows closed to make room for new construction.

Irvine Meadows West, circa 1988

Irvine Meadows West, circa 1988. From UCI Communications photographs, AS-061, a88-804

Student in his RV, circa 1974

Student in his RV, circa 1974. From UCI Communications photographs, AS-061, a74-061_001

UCI Yearbooks Go Digital March 11, 2015

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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.

1976 Yearbook

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,

a job.

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.

Just think,

no more requirements,

fines for late add-drop cards, allnighters,

or

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.

In fact,

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!

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