Guide to the University of California, Irvine, University Communications Photographs AS.061

Finding aid prepared by Leah Loscutoff; updated by Laura Uglean Jackson.
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California, 92623-9557
949-824-3947
spcoll@uci.edu
© 2014


Title: University of California, Irvine, University Communications photographs
Identifier/Call Number: AS.061
Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 85.49 linear feet (174 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1952-2002
Date (bulk): 1972-1988
Abstract: The University Communications photographs were created by staff photographers employed by the University of California, Irvine, University Communications. With over 273,000 images, the photographs visually document the history of the UC Irvine campus. Images depict students, staff, faculty, campus events, graduations, inaugurations, buildings, landscapes, festivals, and the surrounding area in Orange County.
Creator: University of California, Irvine. University Communications.

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Copyright ownership varies, as some photographers retained their copyrights. For permissions to reproduce or to publish images, please contact the University Archivist.

Preferred Citation

University of California, Irvine, University Communications photographs. AS-061. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from University Communications in 1987, 2000, 2006, and 2007.

Alternative Forms of Material

A selection of images from this collection has been digitized and is available in the Online Archive of UCI History .

Processing History

Processed by Leah Loscutoff, 2009-2010. Student employees Cesar Gallagos, Anne Ngyuen, Alice Kwak, and Thao Le helped with some processing.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The University Communications photographs were created by staff photographers employed by the University of California, Irvine, University Communications. With over 273,000 images, the photographs visually document the history of the UC Irvine campus. Images depict students, staff, faculty, campus events, buildings, landscapes, festivals, and the surrounding area in Orange County. Formats include photographic prints, contact sheets, slides, and negatives. Many images document the early campus area before and during construction are included. Notable events pictured include graduation ceremonies, Wayzgoose/Celebrate UCI events, the site dedication, and inaugurations of chancellors. The photographs also provide evidence of the changing landscape of UCI, which started as a large ranch area with cattle, fields, and a wide open space, and evolved into a major research university with over 17,000 students.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 6 series:
1. Slides, 1952-2002. 25.2 linear ft. (Boxes 1-36)
2. Staff photographer contact sheets and negatives, 1966-2000. 35.6 linear ft. (Boxes 37-125)
3. Subject files, 1963-1997. 26.49 linear ft. (Boxes 126-166)
4. Portraits, circa 1970-1980. 2.8 linear ft. (Boxes 166-169)
5. Negatives, circa 1967-1990. 1.6 linear ft. (Boxes 170-173)
6. Oversize Prints, 1963-2000. .2 linear ft. (Boxes FB-63, folder 5 and FB-64, folder 7)

Processing Note

Over the years the University Communications photographs were processed piecemeal as different accessions arrived. To enhance access, this collection has been completely reprocessed. For the most part, the original order of the collection has been retained, but series spanning multiple accessions have been brought together. This collection has been minimally processed in that images are described sheet by sheet, or folder by folder, rather than at the item level. Although most items are sleeved in archivally safe sleeves, not all of the photographs in the subject files are sleeved. Researchers will need to use gloves when looking through the subject files. Although physical processing was kept to a minimum, detailed description of the photographs will enhance access.

Related Collections

Related photographs can be found in the following collections:

Additional Collection Guides

Detailed description of the University Communications photographs is maintained in a digital asset management system only accessible to Special Collections and Archives staff. Contact Special Collections and Archives for help in finding images. For users' convenience, Excel spreadsheets describing the images in each series are available at the series level.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

University of California, Irvine. -- Aerial views
University of California, Irvine. -- Archives
University of California, Irvine. -- Buildings -- Photographs
University of California, Irvine. -- Faculty -- Photographs
University of California, Irvine. -- Photographs
University of California, Irvine. -- Students -- Photographs
Architectural photographs -- California -- Irvine -- 20th century
Black-and-white negatives -- California -- Irvine -- 20th century
Contact sheets -- California -- Irvine -- 20th century
Negatives -- California -- Irvine -- 20th century
Portrait photographs -- California -- Irvine -- 20th century
Slides -- California -- Irvine -- 20th century
Students -- California -- Irvine -- Photographs

Box 1-36

Slides Series 1.  1952-2002

Physical Description: 25.2 Linear feet

Alternative Forms of Materials

A selection of images from this series has been digitized and is available in the Online Archive of UCI History .

Series Scope and Content Summary

The slides document early UCI construction, inaugurations, convocations, campus life, student life, campus grounds, views, activities, Celebrate UCI/Wayzegoose festivities, theatrical performances, guest lecturers, faculty/staff portraits and campus buildings.

Series Arrangement

For the most part, the original order of the slides has been maintained. Each sleeve has been assigned one of nine categories: Early UCI Campus; Campus Life; Student Life; General Campus; Research/Academics; Medicine; Faculty/Staff - Portraits; Orange County; and Publications and Presentations. More detailed description is not available on the slides' sleeves but is instead captured in an in-house database in Special Collections and Archives or in this Excel spreadsheet.

Additional Collection Guide

A spreadsheet describing the slide images in more detail can be accessed here: University Communications: Slide Series Inventory .
Box 37-125

Staff Photographer contact sheets and negatives Series 2.  1966-2000

Physical Description: 35.6 linear ft.

Alternative Forms of Materials

A selection of images from this series has been digitized and is available in the Online Archive of UCI History .

Series Scope and Content Summary

The staff photographers' contact sheets and negatives document document early UCI construction, inaugurations, convocations, campus life, student life, campus grounds, views, activities, Celebrate UCI/Wayzegoose festivities, theatrical performances, guest lecturers, and campus events.

Series Arrangement

Arranged in its original order, which is roughly chronological and by the sequence of photo shoots. Contact sheets and negatives are stored together.

Additional Collection Guide

A spreadsheet describing the staff photographer images in more detail can be accessed here: University Communications: Staff Photographer Contact Sheets Series Inventory .
Box 126-166

Subject files Series 3.  1963-1997, undated

Physical Description: 26.49 linear ft.

Access

Users must wear gloves when using this series.

Alternative Forms of Materials

A selection of images from this series has been digitized and is available in the Online Archive of UCI History .

Series Scope and Content Summary

Contains mostly prints, and some negatives, documenting the early UCI campus through 1997.

Series Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subjects used by the creator. More detailed description is not available on the folders housing the prints but is instead captured in an in-house database in Special Collections and Archives or in this Excel spreadsheet.

Additional Collection Guide

A spreadsheet describing the subject file images in more detail can be accessed here: University Communications: Subject Files Series Inventory .
Box 166-169

Portraits Series 4.  circa 1970-1980

Physical Description: 2.8 linear ft.

Series Scope and Content Summary

Selective portraits of UCI faculty and staff.

Series Arrangement

Arranged in alphabetical order by last name.

Additional Collection Guide

A spreadsheet describing the portrait images in more detail can be accessed here: University Communications: Portraits Series Inventory .
Box 170-174

Negatives Series 5.  circa 1967-1990

Physical Description: 2.0 linear ft.

Series Scope and Content Summary

These negatives were either removed for preservation reasons or are miscellaneous negatives. These negatives do not have matching photographic prints, and did not have any original numbering.

Series Arrangement

No order.

Additional Collection Guide

A spreadsheet describing the negatives in more detail can be accessed here: University Communications: Negatives Series Inventory .
Box FB-63, Folder 5, Box FB-64, Folder 7

Oversize Prints Series 6. 1963-2000

Physical Description: 0.2 linear feet.

Series Scope and Content Summary

The slides document early UCI construction, inaugurations, convocations, campus life, student life, campus grounds, views, activities, theatrical performances, guest lecturers, faculty/staff portraits and campus buildings.

Series Arrangement

The oversize prints are not arranged in any particular order.

Additional Collection Guide

A spreadsheet describing the oversize prints in more detail can be accessed here: University Communications: Oversize Prints Inventory .