These records capture a large proportion of the most important, top-level incoming correspondence of the first three decades
of UCI's history. The collection contains correspondence, departmental memos, meeting minutes, financial statements, statistical
analyses, reports, program development plans, building development plans, legal records, and miscellaneous notes generated
by various units of central UCI campus administration and UC offices. Some of the materials predate the establishment of the
Central Records Unit in 1963. The bulk of the records pertain to campus administrative activities and operations, academic
affairs, academic departments, community affairs and the planning and construction of the UCI campus.
The Central Records Unit was established by Vice Chancellor L.E. Cox in late 1963 and began operations on January 1, 1964.
The primary goal of the unit was to provide central administrative offices a simple and effective system to manage their administrative
documents and collect and maintain a body of material that would serve as campus administration's corporate memory for business
purposes. This unit provided a central location for the maintenance of office files, reproduction services, processing incoming
and outgoing mail, monitoring action items until they were completed, distribution of campus administrative procedure and
policy statements, and managing retention schedules for records having administrative, legal, fiscal, or research value. Initially
the offices served by Central Records included the Chancellor's Office, Public Affairs, Student Affairs (except student records),
Vice Chancellor of Business and Finance, Architects and Engineers, Personnel (except records on individuals), Purchasing,
Grounds and Buildings and various academic departments.
311.3 Linear feet
(765 boxes and 11 oversize folders) and 11.4 unprocessed linear feet
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and
their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and University Archives.
Most processed components of the collection are open for research. However, boxes 578, 602, 712, and 728-731 are restricted.
Please see collection contents for more details. Unprocessed additions may contain restricted materials. Please contact the
Special Collections and Archives Department in advance to request access.