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December 1, 1965 — UCI’s first basketball game November 10, 2015

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The UC Irvine basketball team won their first game against UC Riverside on December 1, 1965 after two “ex-officio” players – Chancellor Dan Aldrich and UC Riverside’s Chancellor Ivan Hinderaker – competed for the ball during the opening tip off.  The first UCI Athletic Director Wayne Crawford addresses the crowd before the game, Head Coach Dan Rogers prepares the team, the cheerleaders are cheering, and there isn’t an empty seat in the gym!


Chancellors Aldrich and Hinderaker at tipoff

The team lined up before the game

Chancellors Aldrich and Hinderaker

Getting ready to start the game


UCI Men's basketball team


October 29, 1965 – California Governor Edmund “Pat” Brown visiting campus November 3, 2015

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On Friday, October 29, 1965, California Governor Edmund “Pat” Brown, the father of current Governor Jerry Brown, visited the UCI campus. He was provided with a tour of the new campus by Sam McCulloch, Jack Peltason, the first University Librarian John Smith and others.

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October 4, 1965 — First Day of Classes October 4, 2015

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The first day of classes was Monday, October 4, 1965. Enrollment for the fall quarter 1965 was 1,589 students and there were 118 faculty members. Landscaping didn’t exist yet, but planting was about to start. Faculty looked to be only a few years older than most students. Hallways, even then, were overcrowded with students trying to locate their classrooms.







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!


September 26, 1965 — First Students move in and the first Convocation October 1, 2015

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Fifty years ago, on Sunday, September 26, 1965, Mesa Court opened and 500 students moved into the residence halls on that day. Mesa Court was the first residence hall community at UCI. It is now the largest student community on campus, housing 1,834 undergraduates in 29 residence halls.  Each hall accommodates between 54 and 71 residents in suite-style layout.  Mesa Court now houses mainly first year students.

The first Convocation also took place on that same day in Campus Hall (now Crawford Hall). Student representative Diane Holt gave the keynote address, saying “What a truly beautiful campus this is! We are indeed fortunate to be able to pursue our education in such inspiring surroundings…. We are small in number, but we have much to do…. As our late President John Fitzgerald Kennedy said, ‘Let us begin.'” Other speakers included Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr., President Clark Kerr, Regent Philip L. Boyd, Professor James B. Hall, and Executive Secretary of the Interfaith Council Cecil E. Hoffman gave the invocation.
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Mesa Court construction in January 1965

Mesa Court construction in January 1965.

Move in day in September 1965, as the campus opens.

Move in day on September 26, 1965, as the campus opens.

Check-in on move-in day, September 1965.

Check-in on move in day, September 26, 1965.

A Convocation reception was held in the Commons (now Gateway Study Center) From left: Chancellor Aldrich, Regent John E. Canaday, Mrs. Harry R. Wellman, Regent Philip L. Boyd, President Kerr, William L. Pereira, and Vice Chancellor Peltason.

The Convocation reception was held in the Commons (now Gateway Study Center) From left: Chancellor Aldrich, Regent John E. Canaday, Mrs. Harry R. Wellman, Regent Philip L. Boyd, President Kerr, William L. Pereira, and Vice Chancellor Jack Peltason.

 President Clark Kerr is at the rostrum at the Convocation. Faculty and distinguished guests are also on stage. Parents and friends filled the hall to capacity of over 2,000.

President Clark Kerr is at the rostrum at the Convocation. Faculty and distinguished guests are also on stage. Parents and friends filled the hall to capacity of over 2,000.

Historic UCI Films Now Available Online September 29, 2015

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A significant collection of films documenting UCI’s history are now available through the Online Archive of UCI History. These films depict early construction and groundbreaking on campus, dedication ceremonies, early graduation ceremonies, and many early scenes on campus. baseball

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.


Shakespeare First Folio Fridays July 13, 2015

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The UCI Libraries invite you to
New Swan Shakespeare Festival:

Macbeth, Friday, August 7, 2015, 12:00pm

Much Ado About Nothing, Friday, August 14, 2015, 12:00pm

UCI Langson Library, Caroline A. Laudati Conference Room 570

Presented by Julia Lupton, UCI Associate Dean for Research, Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Guests will explore Shakespeare’s dramatic poetry, view early printings of Shakespeare’s play and see the Libraries’ copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio. Seminars led by Julia Lupton, Public Services Librarian in Special Collections & Archives, Stephen MacLeod, and Assistant University Librarian for Research Resources, John Renaud. Special 50th Anniversary guest, Robert Cohen, Founding Chair of the UCI Drama Department, to attend the August 7 seminar.

Julia Reinhard Lupton is an esteemed Shakespearean scholar. Professor Lupton was named a Chancellor’s Fellow at UCI in 2007 for her contributions to Shakespeare studies. In 2014, she was elected Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America. Recent scholarly books include Thinking with Shakespeare: Essays on Politics and Life and Citizen-Saints: Shakespeare and Political Theology. Her current book project, Shakespeare Dwelling: Habitation, Hospitality, Design, aims to use the visual, cognitive, and phenomenological resources of design theory to disclose the many points of creative contact between formal and vernacular acts of design on Shakespeare’s stage.

Free and open to the public. Space is limited. To make reservations for the August 7 seminar please click here. To make reservations for the August 14 seminar, please click here. For further information please call Library External Relations at (949) 824-4651 or email partners@uci.edu. Please note that no food or drink will be allowed in the seminar due to the rare materials on display.

For a map and directions please go to: http://www.uci.edu/campusmap. Self-parking ($2/hour) in the Student Center Parking Structure.

This event is co-sponsored by the Libraries, UCI’s School of Humanities and the New Swan Shakespeare Festival.

The Dalai Lama at UCI in 1989 July 2, 2015

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The local media has been covering the upcoming visit of the 14th Dalai Lama to Orange County, and UCI, on July 5-7, 2015. Among the programs planned for this three-day series of events is a celebration of his 80th birthday. The Dalai Lama has been on the UCI campus at least three times before. He was here in 2004 and 2011. The UC Irvine XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Scholarship was established in honor of his 2004 visit, and he was here in 2011 for the scholarship celebration, again. However, the Dalai Lama was first here in the 1980s when he spoke at the Bren Center on Thursday, October 5 and Friday, October 6, 1989 as part of the “Sacred Voices, Sacred Sounds” week-long event. Below is an article from the New U about that visit, from collections in Special Collections and Archives. He also was presented with the Noble Peace Prize in 1989.


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