Collection Scope and Content Summary
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Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine
Title: University of California, Irvine, Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich correspondence and
Aldrich, Daniel G.
Identifier/Call Number: AS.002
11.1 Linear Feet
(29 boxes and 1 OS folder)
Date (inclusive): 1962-1984
Abstract: The collection conisists mainly of
correspondence sent from the office of Daniel G. Aldrich during his tenure as chancellor of
the University of California, Irvine (1962-1984). It also includes correspondence
congratulating Aldrich on his appointment as chancellor (1962-1963), desk calendar pages
(1972-1973), daily appointment files (1967-1973) and other material.
Series 1, subseries 2 (outgoing correspondence) contains restricted personnel records
interfiled throughout the subseries. Unrestricted materials in this subseries can be made
available with sufficient advance notice. Other materials in the collection are open for
Property rights reside with the University of California. Copyrights are generally retained
by the creators of the records and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher
to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for
permission to publish where the UC Regents do not hold the copyright. For information on
use, copyright, and attribution, please visit:
University of California, Irvine, Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich corresponcence files and
other materials. AS-002. 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.
Transferred from Administrative Services in 1977, 1984 and 1989.
Processed by Lee Johnson in 1998 and Ann Clark in 2009.
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
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
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
When Daniel Aldrich died on April 9, 1990, he had been with the University of California
for 47 years.
Collection Scope and Content Summary
The collection conisists mainly of correspondence sent from the office of Daniel G. Aldrich
during his tenure as chancellor of the University of California, Irvine (1962-1984). It also
includes correspondence congratulating Aldrich on his appointment as chancellor (1962-1963),
desk calendar pages (1972-1973), daily appointment files (1967-1973) and other material.
This collection is arranged in 2 series:
- Series 1. Correspondence, 1962-1984, 10 linear feet
- Series 2. Appointment files and other materials, 1963-1974, 1.1 linear feet
Related materials can be found in the Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich Records (AS-001) and the
Central Records Files (AS-004).
Subjects and Indexing Terms
College administrators -- California -- Irvine -- History --
Aldrich, Daniel G. -- Archives
University of California, Irvine -- History
University of California, Irvine. Office of the Chancellor --
University of California, Irvine -- Administration --
Aldrich, Daniel G. -- Correspondence