Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Online Archive of University of California Irvine History


The Digital Scholarship Team and Special Collections & Archives proudly announce the opening of a digital archive of the history of the University of California, Irvine campus.

The Online Archive of UCI History is a digital archive created by the University of California, Irvine Libraries to preserve and make available for research core historical records of the university. Included are audio and video recordings, films, photographs and slides, and publications from 1959 forward. Currently, the Online Archive features:

  • 30 oral histories of prominent faculty and staff
  • 29 videos and films including the stunning NBC production "Birth of a Campus" (1964) and the funky promotional video "Wot ZOT?" (1974)
  • digitized and full-text searchable back issues of the New University from 1968-1993
  • over 2100 photographs and slides documenting the campus through 1970 including the popular Early Campus Albums.
This digital archive was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of UC Irvine, but will continue to grow in the coming months and years. The Online Archive of UCI History is a central resource for anyone interested in the history of our unique campus. The site is fully searchable and browse-able by title, date, creator, and subject. Each collection and subcollection includes a summary of its contents, which will help guide researchers who might enter the Online Archive by browsing or through a web search.

Materials for the Online Archive of UCI History were selected in coordination with the University of California, Irvine 50th Anniversary Planning Committee's Historical Documentation Subcommittee, including chair Michelle Light, former Head of Special Collections, Archives and Digital Scholarship; Julia Lupton, English Professor; Bill Maurer, Research and Graduate Studies Associate Dean, School of Social Sciences; Keith Nelson, History Professor Emeritus; Spencer Olin, History Professor Emeritus; Craig Reem, Public Affairs and Communications Director, City of Irvine; and Zen Yieh, Marketing Account Executive, UC Irvine Extension.

This project would not be possible without the dedicated work of the following staff from the UCI Libraries: Michelle Light, former Head of Special Collections, Archives, and Digital Scholarship; Matthew McKinley, Digital Projects Specialist; Mark Vega, Programmer; Sylvia Irving, Graphic Designer; Shu Liu, Metadata and Digital Resources Librarian; Audra Eagle Yun, Acting Head of Special Collections and Archives; Alix Norton, Archives Assistant and Digitization Coordinator; Ron Matteson, Library Assistant; and multiple student assistants.

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