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Guide to the University of California, Irvine, Collection on the Anteater Mascot and Other University Symbols AS.144
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  • Title: University of California, Irvine, collection on the Anteater mascot and other university symbols
    Identifier/Call Number: AS.144
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2.2 Linear feet (3 boxes and 3 oversize folders)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1965-1986, 1990s, 2009
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1965
    Abstract: This collection is comprised primarily of materials related to the University of California, Irvine mascot, the Anteater. Included is an original inscribed and signed drawing of the Anteater mascot by cartoonist Johnny Hart (undated), drawings of mascots proposed by the UCI administration (1965), clippings (photocopies) and ephemera related to the Anteater mascot and the controversy at the time it was chosen. Also included is an audio oral history interview with Schuyler Hadley Bassett, who is credited with taking up the successful campaign to elect the anteater as the mascot. The collection also includes design proposals for UCI logos, including one with a seahorse theme (1965), and proposed design for the UCI Medal, which was established in 1984. It also includes two anteater basketball mascot bobbleheads. In addition there are several designs of the mascot with the UCI logo, presumably from the 1990s.
    Creator: UCI Libraries. Department of Special Collections and Archives.

    Access

    The collection has not been processed. It may contain restricted materials. Please contact the Department of Special Collections and Archives in advance to request access.
    Access to original audio recordings is restricted; researchers may request use copies.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights and copyright reside with the University of California. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact the University Archivist.

    Preferred Citation

    University of California, Irvine, collection on the Anteater mascot and other university symbols. AS-144. 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.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection is comprised primarily of materials related to the University of California, Irvine mascot, the Anteater. Included is an original inscribed and signed drawing of the Anteater mascot by cartoonist Johnny Hart (undated), drawings of mascots proposed by the UCI administration (1965), clippings (photocopies) and ephemera related to the Anteater mascot and the controversy at the time it was chosen. Also included is an audio oral history interview with Schuyler Hadley Bassett, who is credited with taking up the successful campaign to elect the anteater as the mascot. The collection also includes design proposals for UCI logos, including one with a seahorse theme (1965), and proposed design for the UCI Medal, which was established in 1984. It also includes two anteater basketball mascot bobbleheads. In addition there are several designs of the mascot with the UCI logo, presumably from the 1990s.

    Related Collections

    Related materials (early correspondence regarding the choice of the Anteater mascot) can be found in: AS-016, Student Activities Office records, Box 4.