Anteater Antics

Anteater Antics is the blog of the Special Collections and Archives department at the University California, Irvine. It features new acquisitions, newly processed collections and finding aids, noteworthy items from existing collections and generally anything timely, interesting, or relevant to our collections and the history of the University of California, Irvine.

We welcome and encourage ideas for future posts and encourage staff, faculty and the UCI community at large to participate.

Acknowledgments to Audrey Pearson, Cyndi Shein, Leah Loscutoff, and Steve McCloud for their early work on Anteater Antics.


Interning at Special Collections & Archives: Project STAND and processing the Cross Cultural Center records

Posted on 12/10/18 by Derek Quezada
My name is Kasey, I am a fourth year undergraduate with my major in History and a minor in Medical Humanities. I was eager to intern at UCI’s Special Collections and Archives to gain a more comprehensive perspective of UCI’s history and insight into the daily life of an archivist. Over fall quarter, I poured over 15 boxes of previously unprocessed Cross Cultural Center records to create an inventory and help contribute to a finding aid. In addition, I met with Cross Cultural Center staff, cultivated material to recommend for the Cross Cultural Center’s 45th anniversary, and submitted archival collection data on student activism to Project STAND on behalf of UCI.

Mental Health Month Musings

Posted on 05/1/18 by Joanna Won-Min Hui
Today marks the beginning of Mental Health Month, and as a graduate student, I sometimes feel that I struggle mentally to pull off the “I’m an independent woman who need no man” image (I am sure there is a similar expression for the single grad men out there).

i wish sHE was dead: Reckoning with the Self or Women's Tales of Ordinary Terror

Posted on 11/20/17 by Joanna Won-Min Hui
In light of the Harvey Weinstein investigation to the recent Roy Moore allegations, and the powerful blast of the hashtag #metoo across social media, related topics are at the forefront amongst colleagues and in the classroom.

New and updated finding aids available!

Posted on 07/28/17 by Derek Quezada
Our archivist for special collections & archives has uploaded 33 new or updated finding aids for our collections. Please take a look and see what's new (note: some finding aids do not yet have antpac records so please use the links below to view finding aids directly.) Collections represented range from American Indian Student Association papers to oral histories on LGBT experience in Orange County, California and to Mexican travel ephemera and much much more!   Collection number Title Description

The Beginnings of Activism for the Department of Asian American Studies at UCI

Posted on 07/17/17 by Derek Quezada
By Justine Trinh, Special Collections and Public Services Library Assistant Lead and recent UCI undergraduate with a bachelor's degree in Classics, Mathematics and Asian American Studies. Accepted into the Department of Asian American Studies @ the University of California, Irvine's 4+1 program, where she will begin her M.A. in Asian American studies this fall. 

New blog and changing staff!

Posted on 07/7/17 by Derek Quezada
  Hi everyone, Anteater Antics, the University Archives blog has recently merged with the New and Noteworthy blog for Special Collections & Archives. You can still find all the same articles and postings from the previous years but we’ve decided it’s better to have one central location where all of our posts can go. Additionally, we’ve removed some of the older tags and categories and tried cleaning things up a bit to make it easier to find articles and posts. We’ve also had some staff changes over the past year. Leaving the department is Steve MacLeod, Public Services Librarian for Special Collections & Archives who retired last summer. He had been in the position for many, many, years and will be sorely missed.

The Passing of Dr. Ralph Cicerone, UCI's Fourth Chancellor

Posted on 11/10/16 by Christine Kim
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.

UCI Libraries Zinefest! Oct 26, 12-4pm

Posted on 10/26/16 by Christine Kim
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.

UCI Stories exhibit opens Monday, May 23

Posted on 05/20/16 by Christine Kim
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  

Happy 1st Birthday, OC & SEAA Center!

Posted on 05/13/16 by Christine Kim
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.