Scope and Content
Title: Hershey Hall. Materials and photographs.
Identifier/Call Number: University Archives Record Series 674
UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material:
4.0 linear ft.
(3 oversize boxes)
Record Series 674 contains photographs and materials generated by UCLA's Hershey Hall.
University of California, Los Angeles. Hershey Hall.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special
Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Copyright of portions of this collection is held by The Regents of the University of California. The UCLA University Archives
can grant permission to publish for materials to which it holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or quote
must be submitted in writing to the UCLA University Archivist.
[Identification of item], Hershey Hall. Materials and photographs (Record Series number 674). UCLA Library Special Collections,
The first building at UCLA dedicated to housing was Hershey Hall, named after Almira "Mira" Hershey who donated $300,000 in
the 1930s to have the dorm built. Beginning as a womens' dorm in 1931, Hershey Hall provided housing and socialization to
students for nearly seven decades. In 1959 Hershey Hall was expanded with the addition of a West Wing, which would become
the boys' wing when the Hall became graduate coed housing in 1969. 1998 saw Hershey Hall converted for academic uses, providing
offices and classrooms. The West Wing was demolished in 2006 to make way for the Terasaki Life Sciences Building, while the
original building remains as a historic location.
Mira Hershey was a relative of Milton S. Hershey, founder of the Pennsylvania chocolate empire, and the daughter of Benjamin
Hershey, who amassed a fortune in the lumber and banking industries. Mira inherited a substantial sum when her father died
and she relocated from Muscatine, Iowa to Los Angeles in the 1890s.
Scope and Content
Record Series 674 contains photographs and materials generated by UCLA's Hershey Hall. Files include black and white and color
photographs and negatives of Hershey Hall residents, staff, daily life, events, and Hershey Hall. Also included in this collection
are handbooks, certificates, and records.
This is an inactive record series; no additional University records are expected to be added.