Anteater Antics

Created by the University of California, Irvine Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and Archives, Anteater Antics showcases various random items from our collections pertaining to the history of the University of California, Irvine. The focus is mainly on materials from the University Archives. Items have been selected because they are informative, historic, nostalgic, or just plain fun. We encourage you to visit often. If you have questions about our posts or if you can add any pertinent information, please comment.

We acknowledge and thank Audrey Pearson, Cyndi Shein and Leah Loscutoff for their early work on Anteater Antics.


Posted on 11/10/2016 12:00am by christik

It was with great shock and sadness that the Special Collections and Archives staff learned that Ralph Cicerone passed away on November 5, 2016. Ralph Cicerone was UCI’s fourth chancellor from 1998-2005. He left the university to become president of the National Academy of Sciences, a position he retired from in June 2016. His life’s work and accomplishments are highlighted by the OC Register, UCI School of Physical Sciences, and The Washington Post. While we could easily add to the list of Dr. Cicerone’s incredible contributions to our planet, we would instead like to reflect on the archives’ and archivists’ relationship with Chancellor Cicerone.

The university archives has held the formal records from his chancellorship since 2005. These records contain administrative files, meeting notes, correspondence, and other documentation of his work and achievements as chancellor at UCI. Earlier this year, Dr. Cicerone graciously decided to donate his personal papers to UCI’s Special Collections and Archives. UCI archivists had been working with him and his staff at the National Academy of Sciences to transfer his papers from Washington, D.C. In June, Assistant University Archivist, Laura Uglean Jackson, had the pleasure of traveling to D.C. to appraise, box, and ship Cicerone’s personal papers stored at the Academy. While there, she met with Dr. Cicerone to talk about his papers and how they would be cared for and organized at UCI. She recalls, “Dr. Cicerone was one of the most accomplished people I have ever worked with, and he was also one of the kindest. I met with him just a few days before his retirement when he was very busy and facing a major life change. Despite this, he was incredibly calm and very nice to work with. He even offered me cookies that someone had brought him. I will always remember the respect and humility that Dr. Cicerone showed to me and his staff while I worked in his office. While I didn’t know him for long, I will always remember him as an exceptional and exemplary person.”

The Ralph Cicerone papers contain approximately 50 linear feet of material documenting his life’s work in the field of atmospheric science and chemistry. It includes photos, speeches, correspondence, committee files, research files, and much more. The university archives is in the process of making the collection available.

The Special Collections & Archives holds two other notable collections documenting Cicerone’s work and contributions: an oral history with Ralph Cicerone by Spence Olin in 2004 ,and the F. Sherwood Rowland papers. This collection contains a significant amount of correspondence to Rowland from Cicerone, who was recognized on the citation for the 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded to Rowland.

The staff of the Special Collections and Archives sends its sincere condolences to his wife Carol, daughter Sara, and to all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.

Carol and Ralph Cicerone

Cicerone with students

Inauguration of Chancellor Cicerone

 

Cicerone receives Bower Award

Cicerone with students

Cicerone with students

Inauguration of Chancellor Cicerone

Dr. Ralph Cicerone portrait

 

Posted on 10/26/2016 12:00am by christik

Last year, we brought UCI Libraries Zinefest to UC Irvine! Zines are short for “fanzines”, which are DIY mini-magazines that allow anyone to express their opinions in a fun and cost effective way. Zinefest combined educational and creative aspects to form an engaging event open to students and the public, allowing them to express their unique opinions, ideas, and concerns in the form of a zine. Attendees were also able to listen to three guest speakers. These speakers were educational, bringing attention to resources available to the public to express themselves and research further into zines.

Uncultivated Rabbits represent their zine, Uncultivated Underground
The student organization Uncultivated Rabbits represents their zine, Uncultivated Underground.

Zinefest succeeded in reaching out to and educating the UCI community about zines as well as the UCI Libraries' collections, and how anyone can express their ideas and thoughts easily through creating a zine.

Students creating zines.
Students creating zines.

After the success of last year’s Zinefest, the UCI Libraries will continue this fun tradition of public outreach to the Anteater Community. There are fun and new things in store for this year’s event, which is held during International Open Access Week, an international celebration of public access to information. One of UCI’s contributions to this international event is Zinefest, allowing free access to information and viewing of zines, along with showcasing the information resources that UCI’s libraries have to offer.

In addition to the previous year’s activities, including DIY zine making, guest speakers, and presentations on resources UCI offers to the public, 2016 brings the opportunity to contribute to a community zine. This will provide a format for the community to work collaboratively on zines, inviting participants to come together and express their opinions with their fellow Anteaters.

We'll also have buttons! And the button maker, so you can make your own.
We'll also have buttons! And the button maker, so you can make your own.

This year, attendees will be able to create their own DIY zines and buttons, encouraging the UCI community to be creative and expressive. The event is free, and if you choose, you can donate your zine to the UCI Libraries’ zine collection. Plus, you will even be able to meet Peter the Antreader!

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Peter the Antreader getting his zine on!

Zinefest 2016 will host even more guest speakers than the year before. Attendees will get the opportunity to hear from speakers with a wide variety of focuses. Speakers include returning speaker Professor Jeanne Scheper from the Gender and Sexuality Department. This year there will be new speakers, including zinesters Ziba Perez Zehdar and Jon-O Gazdecki of ZebraPizza Zine (http://threeamigospress.tumblr.com/). Alison Regan of the UCI Libraries and Tamara Austin of the Cross Cultural Center will also speak to audiences. In addition, the public will get the chance to see an exhibition of the UCI Libraries’ collection of zines. This exhibition will be curated by Laura Uglean Jackson, Assistant University Archivist of the Special Collections Archives.

Combine all of these fun opportunities that Zinefest has to offer, and the event this year is sure to be one for the books! Zinefest 2016 is on October 26th, from 12-4 PM, so make sure to bring your friends and stop by the Gateway Plaza next to Langson Library for one of the most fun and educational events hosted by the UCI Libraries of the year. The UCI Libraries can’t wait to see you there!

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Program information and updates are available on the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1600629183570288/

 

Posted on 5/20/2016 10:40am by christik
Ready for 50+ anteater antics told through conversations between former and current anteaters? Zot zot! Anteaters come together to share memories, events, and changes throughout UC Irvine's 50 years of history. The UCI Libraries announce the opening of an exciting new exhibit called UCI Stories: 50th Anniversary Oral History Project, on Monday, May 23rd at 6:30PM in Langson Library, UCI. RSVP here: http://partners.lib.uci.edu/ucistories/rsvp UCI Stories

 

Inspired and imprinted with words spoken during the filmed oral histories, UCI Stories highlights the bright past and brilliant future of UCI through the memories, reflections, and predictions of its community. Artfully curated quotes of campus leaders, innovators, alumni, faculty and staff, document how over the past 50 years, UCI has given birth to generations of community-oriented difference-makers driven by a pioneering spirit that has permeated the campus long before a physical building ever stood on the land. UCI Stories captures how this spirit glues UCI together, and often after graduation calls Anteaters back home. Every great story has three main parts: characters with whom you can identify, a memorable and imaginable setting, and a plot based on the unexpected experiences of protagonists. This is UCI Stories. Opening night speakers are Robert Cohen (UCI Claire Trevor Professor of Drama, Emeritus/Founding Faculty), Jenny Doh '91 (UCI's First Student Regent/Past President, UCI Alumni Association), Elizabeth Toomey (Daughter of Founding Chancellor Aldrich/Retired UCI Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community and Government Relations), and Joseph L. White (UCI Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry), will engage in a fascinating conversation on UCI's history and thoughts for the future; with panel moderation by Krystal Tribbett, UCI Libraries 50th Anniversary Project Historian. The program will be followed by a light reception and exhibit viewing in Langson Library, UCI. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited; reservations are first come, first served.

UCI Stories Program. May 23, 2016. UCI Stories Program. May 23, 2016.

 

Please go to http://partners.lib.uci.edu/ucistories/rsvp to make an online reservation. For further information please call 949.824.4651 or email partners@uci.edu. The UCI Stories Project is a unique oral history project, launched by UCI Libraries, that pairs over 100 UCI affiliates for dynamic conversations to commemorate UCI's 50th Anniversary. The reminiscences collected offer first-hand perspectives that tell the multifaceted story of UCI’s intellectual contributions, key turning points, and unique legacy. The UCI Libraries’ 50th Anniversary Exhibit, “UCI Stories” is a product of this effort. More information is available here: http://news.lib.uci.edu/events/spring-2016-exhibit-opening-uci-stories
Posted on 5/20/2016 9:36am by clerit
Ready for 50+ anteater antics told through conversations between former and current anteaters? Zot zot! Anteaters come together to share memories, events, and changes throughout UC Irvine's 50 years of history. The UCI Libraries announce the opening of an exciting new exhibit called UCI Stories: 50th Anniversary Oral History Project, on Monday, May 23rd at 6:30PM in Langson Library, UCI. RSVP here: http://partners.lib.uci.edu/ucistories/rsvp UCI Stories Inspired and imprinted with words spoken during the filmed oral histories, UCI Stories highlights the bright past and brilliant future of UCI through the memories, reflections, and predictions of its community. Artfully curated quotes of campus leaders, innovators, alumni, faculty and staff, document how over the past 50 years, UCI has given birth to generations of community-oriented difference-makers driven by a pioneering spirit that has permeated the campus long before a physical building ever stood on the land. UCI Stories captures how this spirit glues UCI together, and often after graduation calls Anteaters back home. Every great story has three main parts: characters with whom you can identify, a memorable and imaginable setting, and a plot based on the unexpected experiences of protagonists. This is UCI Stories. Opening night speakers are Robert Cohen (UCI Claire Trevor Professor of Drama, Emeritus/Founding Faculty), Jenny Doh '91 (UCI's First Student Regent/Past President, UCI Alumni Association), Elizabeth Toomey (Daughter of Founding Chancellor Aldrich/Retired UCI Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community and Government Relations), and Joseph L. White (UCI Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry), will engage in a fascinating conversation on UCI's history and thoughts for the future; with panel moderation by Krystal Tribbett, UCI Libraries 50th Anniversary Project Historian. The program will be followed by a light reception and exhibit viewing in Langson Library, UCI. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited; reservations are first come, first served.
UCI Stories Program, May 23 UCI Stories Program. May 23, 2016.

 

Please go to http://partners.lib.uci.edu/ucistories/rsvp to make an online reservation. For further information please call 949.824.4651 or email partners@uci.edu. The UCI Stories Project is a unique oral history project, launched by UCI Libraries, that pairs over 100 UCI affiliates for dynamic conversations to commemorate UCI's 50th Anniversary. The reminiscences collected offer first-hand perspectives that tell the multifaceted story of UCI’s intellectual contributions, key turning points, and unique legacy. The UCI Libraries’ 50th Anniversary Exhibit, “UCI Stories” is a product of this effort. More information is available here: http://news.lib.uci.edu/events/spring-2016-exhibit-opening-uci-stories
Posted on 5/13/2016 1:46pm by christik
One year ago today, on May 13, 2015, we celebrated the grand opening of the Orange County & Southeast Asian Archive (OC & SEAA) Center at UCI Libraries to provide a collaborative space with services and resources to guide users seeking to document and study the history of the Orange County area and its changing demographics.
Grand Opening celebration, May 13, 2015. Grand Opening celebration, May 13, 2015.

 

This past year, the OC & SEAA Center has been able to partner with so many campus and community members on opportunities including instruction, events, exhibits, and oral histories! We are so proud to share our resources, including our growing collection of Orange County regional history resources and oral history recording equipment which are housed in the center. (Note: We also have archival and rare materials related to the OC & SEAA Center, but those remain in Special Collections & Archives located on the fifth floor of Langson Library.) We would especially like to thank our extremely supportive campus and community members for all of the successful collaborative opportunities throughout our first year. Here are just a few highlights: If you'd like to see more on what the OC & SEAA Center is up to, please follow us on Facebook!
Posted on 4/27/2016 12:15pm by kspring

A guest post from SCA intern Samantha Noelle Hilton, a MLIS graduate student at Simmons College.

For the past semester, I have been processing the Tony Lam papers. Tony Lam is significant in the history of Orange County and has dedicated his professional and political life to the local community. In the spirit of this election year, I thought I’d share some of my favorite items from the collection: Tony Lam’s campaign materials.

In 1992, Tony Lam won his City Council election and became the first Vietnamese American elected to public office in the United States. He served on City Council in Westminster, California for ten years, giving a voice to the populous Vietnamese American community.Lam’s campaign materials were distributed in both English and Vietnamese. While promoting himself as a candidate, Lam worked to ensure that members of the Vietnamese American community were registered to vote. He got the backing of the mayor, local police, and Westminster housing association and promised to lessen gang-related crime and to ensure the opinions of the populous Vietnamese community - nearly all of which were refugees following the Fall of Saigon - were heard and considered in local politics.   After their own escape from Communist Vietnam, the Lam family briefly lived in Guam at Camp Asan and at Camp Pendleton. Lam volunteered at both of these camps, helping over 150,000 refugees. Eventually, the Lam family settled in Orange County. In Westminster, Lam helped design and plan the Little Saigon district, was a founding member and President of the Vietnamese-American Chamber of Commerce, and organized the United States’ first Tet festival.

In 2005, he was included in The Orange County Register’s publication 100 People Who Shaped Orange County and was presented with a Golden Torch Award at the Vietnamese American National Gala in Washington, D.C.Lam’s years in public office were tempestuous: racial tension, gang violence, and the 1999 Hi-Tek protest eventually impacted Lam’s decision to retire from public office in 2002. The Tony Lam papers (MS.SEA.057) will be open for research in mid-May. To view the collection, please contact Special Collections.

Read more at the Vietnamese American Oral History Project    

A pamphlet from the 1992 election introducing Lam to the voters.

A pamphlet from the 1992 election introducing Lam to the voters.

A pamphlet highlighting Lam’s police endorsement and introducing his platform.

A pamphlet highlighting Lam’s police endorsement and introducing his platform.

The program from Lam’s inauguration dinner celebrating his successful campaign.

The program from Lam’s inauguration dinner celebrating his successful campaign.

A business card, sticker, and examples of Lam’s campaign stationery.

A business card, sticker, and examples of Lam’s campaign stationery.

Posted on 4/21/2016 10:10am by clerit
title print (002) JPG Speaking Up: Fifty Years of Student Publications at UCI Monday, May 2, 2016 through Friday, July 22nd, 2016, (Special Collections & Archives, 5th Floor of Langson Library) Speaking Up: Fifty Years of Student Publications at UCI showcases a variety of student-generated writing from throughout the history of the campus. Bringing together periodicals, newsletters, literary magazines, and other materials from University Archives in Special Collections & Archives, this exhibit examines how students and student organizations make their voices heard within the UCI community and beyond. The publications reflect engagement with many pressing issues, from political debates about war and peace to efforts to promote equality and diversity in the curriculum, on the campus, and in society more broadly. The exhibit is a joint effort of the UCI Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives and the UCI Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator. Curated by Steve MacLeod, Public Services Librarian, and Laura Uglean Jackson, Assistant University Archivist. Assisted by Jens Lloyd, Campus Writing Fellow. Additional assistance from Allison Dziuba, Maureen Fitzsimmons, Lance Langdon, and Jasmine Lee.
Posted on 4/7/2016 3:52pm by smacleod

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Join us as we celebrate 400 years of William Shakespeare’s legacy!

2016 commemorates 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. In honor of his life’s works, the First Folio will make a rare public appearance in the Langson Library lobby! Other activities will include: a flash mob appearance by Shaken Shakespeare; First Folio title page puzzle and coloring sheets; free Shakespeare-themed buttons; and an appearance by Julia Lupton, UCI Professor of English and Comparative Literature; Co-Director of UCI Shakespeare Center; and Associate Dean for Research, School of Humanities.

An exhibit of additional Shakespeare material will be on display in the Langson Library 5th floor lobby, just outside of Special Collections & Archives, from April 25th-28th. Date: Monday, April 25, 2016 Time: 10am – 2pm Location: Langson Library lobby, UCI Libraries Questions? Email: spcoll@uci.edu Phone: (949)824-3947 P.S. If you can’t make it April 25th, come to the Shakespeare First Folio Fridays Seminars August 12 & 26, 2016 at Langson Library. For further information, please call (949)824-4651 or email partners@uci.edu
Posted on 4/7/2016 2:20pm by clerit

first folio Join us as we celebrate 400 years of William Shakespeare’s legacy!

2016 commemorates 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. In honor of his life’s works, the First Folio will make a rare public appearance in the Langson Library lobby! Other activities will include: a flash mob appearance by Shaken Shakespeare; First Folio title page puzzle and coloring sheets; free Shakespeare-themed buttons; and an appearance by Julia Lupton, UCI Professor of English and Comparative Literature; Co-Director of UCI Shakespeare Center; and Associate Dean for Research, School of Humanities.

An exhibit of additional Shakespeare material will be on display in the Langson Library 5th floor lobby, just outside of Special Collections & Archives, from April 25th-28th. Date: Monday, April 25, 2016 Time: 10am – 2pm Location: Langson Library lobby, UCI Libraries Questions? Email: spcoll@uci.edu Phone: (949)824-3947 P.S. If you can’t make it April 25th, come to the Shakespeare First Folio Fridays Seminars August 12 & 26, 2016 at Langson Library. For further information, please call (949)824-4651 or email partners@uci.edu  
Posted on 2/2/2016 5:23pm by clerit
In September of 2011, we posted a story about the very interesting history of the canoe that is on display in the stairwell of the Social Science Tower -- https://ucisca.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/samoan-canoe-in-social-science-tower/ We were all very sad to learn of the recent passing, on Monday, January 25th, of Taloolema'agao Uliulileava Olano, the Samoan chief and canoe builder, from relatives in Western Samoa. Affectionately known as Uliuli, he was 84 years old. He is survived by his loving children and grandchildren.  Bill Maurer, the Dean of the School of Social Sciences, has been planning an event to commemorate the making of the canoe this spring, as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration here at UCI. One of Uliuli's granddaughters, upon learning of this event, shared that "It would be a great honor and a dream come true to see what my grandfather built. He was such an inspiration to everyone around him and was dearly loved by all. His legacy will continue to live on. Thank you for acknowledging my grandfather's work." A niece shared this: "We are very thankful for all his hard work he has set forth, his teachings and encouragements will never be forgotten. We lost not only a dear relative, but a great late chief." Another granddaughter said: "He was known as a man of wisdom, strong and always proud of his family as well as his culture. He is gone but will never be forgotten." Below are photographs of Uliuli while he was here at UCI, showing his expertise as a boat builder and the canoe he built at the Social Science Farm in 1968. We also have two videos of Uliuli that were given to Special Collections and Archives by the Department of Anthropology. One video (on the right) shows the canoe being built and , the other (on the left) shows the launch of the canoe in Newport Bay and the canoe in numerous locations in Newport Bay and in the Pacific Ocean -- https://goo.gl/6EPxjE Documenting Uliuli's life while here and other activities at the Farm during that era was an exhibit on campus in 2012  -- http://sites.uci.edu/thefarm/ Also, a book, Learning and Doing at the Farm, written by former UCI graduate students Robert J. Kett and Anna Kryczka was published in 2014 -- http://soberscove.com/book/learning-by-doing/ Our thoughts are with all of the relatives and many friends of Taloolema'agao Uliulileava Olano. He truly was a great man. His funeral took place in Western Samoa on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Untitled-2 Untitled-3 Untitled-4 Untitled-5 Untitled-6 Untitled-7 Untitled-8 Untitled-1