This collection comprises the extant professional papers of Spencer C. Olin, founding faculty member, administrator, and professor
emeritus of history at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). His papers contain research files related to his book
Major Problems in California History, teaching materials for two undergraduate courses titled "California in Modern America" and "Utopian Experiments in American
History," research files documenting Orange County, and research files documenting the history of UCI. The papers include
photographs, clippings, journal articles, correspondence, and notes.
Spencer Olin is a founding faculty member of the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Department of History and has been
a prominent professor and administrator throughout UCI's history. A native Californian, Olin received a B.A. from Pomona
College (1958) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University (1961, 1965). His focus has been on modern American
history, particularly California and the West. Over the years, Olin also served UCI in many administrative capacities, including
acting vice chancellor for Student Affairs (1965-1966), chair of the Department of History (1977-1982), chair of the Academic
Senate (1986-1988), director of the Humanities Core Course (1989-1991), dean of the School of Humanities (1992-1996), and
acting Executive Vice Chancellor (1994). In recognition of his dedication and academic excellence, Olin has been the recipient
of numerous awards, including the Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr. Distinguished Service Award (1991), the Historical Society of Southern
California's Martin Ridge Retrospective Award (2001), the UCI Alumni Association Extraordinarius Award (2006), and the UCI
Medal (1998), the highest campus honor.
3.4 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 Archives.
The collection is open for research. One file of restricted personnel information has been separated and will be open for
research in 2073.