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Guide to the University of California, Irvine, Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich Records AS.001
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  • Related Collections
  • Access restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Historical Background
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement Note
  • Series Arrangement

  • Title: University of California, Irvine, Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich Records
    Collection number: AS.001
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Language of Material: English.
    Physical Description: 25.0 Linear feet (25 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1962-1984
    Abstract: Daniel G. Aldrich was the founding chancellor of the University of California, Irvine. The records in this collection document many of the professional activities he engaged in while while serving as chancellor, as well as his speeches and involvement with community organizations.
    Physical Location: Most of the collection is stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and Archives staff in advance of your visit so we can arrange for retrieval of the materials.
    creator: Aldrich, Daniel G.
    creator: University of California, Irvine. Office of the Chancellor.

    Related Collections

    The following collections in the UC Irvine Libraries, Department of Special Collections and Archives contain related materials:

    AS-002
    University of California, Irvine, Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich Correspondence Files
    AS-004
    University of California, Irvine, Central Records Unit Records

    Access restrictions

    The collection is available for research, except some materials in Series 1, Personal files. Unrestricted materials in this series can be made available with advance notice upon request.

    Publication Rights

    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 Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    University of California, Irvine, Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich Records. AS-001. 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 the Office of the Chancellor, 1984.

    Processing History

    Mary Ellen Goddard processed this collection in 1993. In order to facilitate access, the collection was subject to minimal processing.

    Historical Background

    Daniel G. Aldrich was the founding chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, serving from 1962 until 1984. Aldrich's background in agriculture and his connection with the land-grant system at the University of Rhode Island influenced his decision to design a campus in which environmental planning and community service would be crucial. After accepting the appointment of chancellor he set out to create a university faithful to the land-grant tradition, yet appropriate to the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.
    Born in Northwood, New Hampshire, on July 12, 1918, Aldrich received his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Agriculture at the University of Rhode Island in 1939. He earned his Master’s of Science degree at the University of Arizona in 1941 and married the former Jean Hamilton. He went on to get his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in 1943.
    Aldrich began his academic career at the University of California in 1944 as a soil chemist at the Citrus Experiment Station, now the University of California, Riverside. In 1955 he was appointed chair of the Soils departments concurrently for the University of California, Davis and The University of California, Berkeley. In 1958 he became dean of Agriculture for the University of California, presiding over agricultural teaching programs at Davis, Berkeley, Riverside and Los Angeles, as well as the Statewide Agricultural Experiment Station. He was responsible for activities on four campuses, a network of field stations, and the Agricultural Extension Service, with farm advisors and home advisors serving 56 of California's 58 counties.
    When appointed to the position of founding chancellor of UC Irvine, Aldrich was given the responsibility for developing the new campus from blueprints to fully operating academic institution within three years. He accomplished this, encouraging the newly recruited deans and department chairs to establish academic programs that reflected new developments in intellectual inquiry. Thus, the School of Biological Sciences pioneered in establishing departments based on levels of analysis, the School of Social Sciences developed programs emphasizing mathematical approaches to inquiry in the social and behavioral sciences, and the School of Humanities fostered programs in creative writing, literary criticism, and comparative literature. The young UC Irvine campus also provided a fertile setting for the development of newly-emerging interdisciplinary programs. The campus landscape was Aldrich's applied laboratory, a reflection of his interest and expertise in soils and plant nutrition.
    Aldrich retired as UC Irvine chancellor in 1984. However, with the sudden death of the UC Riverside chancellor, he became acting chancellor of that institution from 1984-85. He was called again from 1986-87 to become acting chancellor of UC Santa Barbara, after which he retired, finally, and became Chancellor Emeritus of UC Irvine.
    In recognition of Aldrich's key role in the planning and development of the buildings and programs of UC Irvine, the park in the center of campus was dedicated to him and named in his honor in 1984.
    Aldrich was involved in numerous civic and professional activities, receiving honorary degrees and awards from a number of academic institutions as well as many honors in recognition of his professional activities and his contributions to service organizations. He served on advisory committees and boards of a large number of local, national, and international organizations and provided leadership to groups concerned with world-wide problems of agriculture and natural resources, including the President's Agricultural Task Force to Zaire (1985).
    He was also an active participant in a variety of sports, ranging from coaching Little League teams in Riverside, Davis and Berkeley, to participating (and winning medals) in U.S. Master Track and Field Championships, Senior Olympics, and World Association of Veteran Athletes Championships.
    When Daniel Aldrich died on April 9, 1990, he had been with the University of California for 47 years.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Chronology of Daniel G. Aldrich

    1918 Born in Northwood, New Hampshire
    1939 Graduates from the College of Agriculture at the University of Rhode Island
    1941 Receives master's degree at the University of Arizona
    1941 Marries Jean Hamilton
    1943 Receives Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
    1944 Begins academic career as soil chemist at the Citrus Experiment Station, now University of California, Riverside
    1955 Appointed chair of the Soils departments concurrently for the University of California, Davis and The University of California, Berkeley
    1958 Appointed dean of Agriculture for the University of California
    1962 Appointed founding chancellor of the University of California, Irvine
    1965 UC Irvine opens as a fully functioning academic institution, with an enrollment of 1,589 students
    1975 UC-Irvine total enrollment is 9,547 students
    1975 UC-Irvine is awarded $28 million in grants and contracts
    1984 The Irvine Company donates $1,100,000 for events center, Beckman Laser Institute, Medical Clinic, and Aldrich Chair endowment
    1984 UC-Irvine adds $382 million to the Orange County economy
    1984 Retires as the chancellor of UC Irvine
    1984 Named acting chancellor of UC Riverside
    1986 Named acting chancellor of UC Santa Barbara
    1987 Finally retires and becomes chancellor emeritus of UC Irvine
    1990 Dies of colon cancer at the age of 71

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    Daniel G. Aldrich was the founding chancellor of the University of California, Irvine. The records in this collection document many of the professional activities he engaged in while while serving as chancellor, as well as his speeches and involvement with community organizations.
    The collection contains records relating to Aldrich's his service on boards, committees and organizations in the field of agriculture and his related work at the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council. Also included are speeches, personal files including recommendations, invitations, and files documenting his memberships in, and service to, a range of organizations including the Boy Scouts, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and Big Brothers of Orange County.
    Not included in this collection are correspondence files, which can be found in AS-002, the University of California, Irvine, Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich Correspondence Files. Additional files documenting Chancellor Aldrich's activities are located in AS-004, the University of California, Irvine, Central Records Unit Records.

    Collection Arrangement Note

    The numbers at the series level correspond to the highest level of the file plan arrangement imposed by the University of California, Irvine's Central Records Unit based on the Central Records file plan. The Chancellor’s records used an extension of this plan, with series numbers ranging from 950 to 965.
    The Chancellor’s records section of the Central Records file plan has changed over the years; file plan numbers have been deleted, added and renamed to accommodate the changing needs of the office. In this collection many file plan numbers have no material filed under them. This material may have been discarded for some reason, or numbers may have been merged and old numbers not deleted from the latest version of the file plan. File plan numbers with no material associated do not appear in this guide.
    There is more information about the file plan in the University of California, Irvine, Central Records Unit Records, AS.004. Please contact the Department of Special Collections and Archives for further assistance.

    Series Arrangement

    The collection is organized into the following 7 series:

    Series 1
    950 Personal files, 1968-1984
    Series 2
    951 Invitations, 1970-1984
    Series 3
    952 Agriculture, 1962-1984
    Series 4
    953 National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, 1961-1967
    Series 5
    961 Speeches, 1970-1984
    Series 6
    962 Memberships, 1963-1984
    Series 7
    965 Pacific School of Religion, 1972-1984

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Aldrich, Daniel G. -- Archives
    University of California, Irvine -- Administration -- Archives.
    University of California, Irvine -- Archives.
    University of California, Irvine. Office of the Chancellor. -- Archives