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.

Posted on 12/10/2018 9:29am by quezadad

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.

For the uninitiated, Project STAND is an “online clearinghouse where academic institutions can provide researchers a centralized access point to historical and archival documentation on the development and on-going occurrences of student dissent” (Project STAND). UC Irvine has a large population of student advocates for underrepresented groups and was eager to provide information from our abundant archival collections about our history of activism.

The first place I started looking was the Cross Cultural Center records within Special Collections. The Cross Cultural Center has been a refuge for ethnic minority students for the past 44 years, providing a safe space for students and faculty to learn and connect. With the establishment of a strong sense of community, The Cross has five umbrella organizations, housing over 50 clubs on campus.

In anticipation for the upcoming 45th anniversary of the Cross, part of my internship involved creating a folder-level inventory for two large unprocessed additions to Cross Cultural Center records. Many of the archived materials in the folders were club meeting flyers, photographs spanning from the genesis of the Cross Cultural Center to more current pictures of the Community Roots Festival. There was even a whole box filled with micro cassettes and VHS tapes from the 1980s-1990s, technology that appears almost comically outdated by today’s standards. Some gems found after pouring through the scattered records for two months include:

Hunger Strike 1995 in protest of repeal of affirmative action

On July 20th, 1995, the UC Regents voted to eliminate affirmative action for admissions and hiring of faculty. The Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (MEChA) student group endorsed an organized hunger strike in protest of the Regent’s decision that lasted 15 days in October. It ended with several Regents agreeing to bring forth a reconsideration of the vote.

There was not only great controversy over the issue of the existence of affirmative action in universities, but also debate over the methods in which the four protesters used to make their voice heard. Several newspapers highlighted the “militant” beliefs of the organizations the protesters belonged to, as well as speculation of the health of the protesters.

The archives document an impassioned plea by four UCI students – Cesar Cruz, Enrique Valencia, Juan Cazarez, and Manuel Galvan Jr.– to enact system-wide change and the mixed response by the community and government.

Asian American Protest Photographs

In 1993, a large group of students fought for representation on campus in a momentous protest at Aldrich Hall. They fought for an Asian-American department on campus, an important step in order to reflect the interests of a majority of the campus. What is interesting is not only did Asian and Asian American student organizations join the protest, but, as seen in the picture above, student organizations pertaining to other racial, ethnic, and minority groups banded together to fight for an Asian-American department.

A privilege of interning at the archives is to be able to dig and find buried treasure. When archival material is donated to Special Collections, at times it is haphazardly organized. This presents a unique challenge for archivists to search through the material to gain context and properly arrange the material for accessibility. I dug through folders and folders of photographs, searching for pictures with any discernible significance to the Cross Cultural Center. Most pictures contain no identifiable information from long ago graduated students sitting together in rooms, which is not particularly helpful for an archivist without any annotation. In a stack full of these types of photographs there was the photo above. It is unique because the signs clearly indicate that it is in reference to the 1993 protest. Also, the subject matter is unique because it is not of Asian-American students protesting in the administration building, but of other campus organizations demonstrating their support. This intersectional allyship is a reflection of the attitude and motivations of the Cross Cultural Center, a place where people of all backgrounds can meet, feel safe, and share ideas.

This photo was so perfectly framed that it was chosen to be the featured photograph to represent UC Irvine’s Featured Collection image on Project STAND’s website.

La Voz Mestiza Student Newspaper


This particular find was memorable because of its incendiary nature towards politicians by UCI students. I found myself thinking about the newspaper and its reaction hours after leaving Special Collections. La Voz Mestiza is a student run newspaper focusing on issues in the Chicano/Latino community.

The cover of their Spring ‘95 issue is emblazoned with a map of North and South America, labeling the northern part as “North Amerikkka” and capitalism, indicated by a map legend, blowing up portions of the globe. The back cover has politicians with swastikas and crosshairs, a serious statement to describe the newspaper’s beliefs about corruptible Republican politicians.

As can be imagined from such a political statement, there was offense taken by members of the community, even outside of UCI. One of the most prominent members was Congressman Jay Kim who wrote to the Chancellor about his concern over UC funds. California Senator Raymond Haynes wrote back and forth with UC President and former UCI Chancellor Jack Peltason about their mutual outrage over a similar article published in UC San Diego’s Voz Fronteriza. There is correspondence between the UCI Vice Chancellor and a writer from Orange County Weekly about the newspaper’s “poor taste” and inquiry into their funding. These documents all share in common their deep concern over the financial support from the UC system to spread controversial materials.

I was very surprised to see such bold imagery on a UCI newspaper. I was even more surprised that Congress felt the need to get involved. This type of activism is rarely widely distributed or remembered, swept under the rug in the flurry of media published on campus.

These three pieces of archival material are indicative of the varying scope of activism that was present in the unprocessed portions of the Cross Cultural Center records. UCI has a strong history of students who fight for what they believe in, exactly what Project STAND wants to record.

Check out UCI on Project STAND’s website here.
Posted on 5/1/2018 2:51pm by joannawh

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).  Constant reminders on my social media newsfeed that my friends are either getting engaged, married, celebrating their [insert number] anniversary, pregnant, or pushing their second child are contributors to letting the reality of my single-ness sink in. Last quarter was a challenge both mentally and physically, and it was during that time that I questioned my decision to pursue graduate education.  One question was ever present in the back of my mind. Will I miss the window to experience life beyond my intimate relationships with my academic and professional career? While some of my close friends (also single and in grad school) and I make it a routine effort to give each other pep talks in the relationship department, little did I know a book would provide a little comic relief to put things back in perspective, at least for me.


A little over a month ago, I chanced upon a book in our General Collection that provided necessary cathartic relief from episodes of, what I like to call, ‘Singles Awareness Syndrome’: “Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife: All the dishes you’ll need to make from the day you say “I do” until death (or divorce) do you part” by Nava Atlas.  In just under ninety pages, Atlas captures the essence of the various stages in marriage under the guise of witty recipes and vintage illustrations of the poster housewife.  While some of the more sappy recipes like “Happily-Ever-After Ambrosia” may appeal to my hidden romantic side, “Old Boyfriend Buffet” and “Souffle of Fallen Expectations” snaps me back out of my self-pity of being single.


This book by no means holds answers to my life questions nor the solution to any mental health challenges, but it provided a mental break I needed in the moment.  The stories that lie behind each recipe is what makes it so easy for readers to experience the various stages of a relationship vicariously, and Atlas’s incredible sense of humor is woven seamlessly throughout the course of the book.  


I leave you with a couple thoughts on this first day of Mental Awareness Month and Tuesday Thoughts:

  1. Finding daily humor even on dark and dismal days can make a significant difference.

  2. ‘Single Awareness Syndrome’ could very possibly be a thing for some of us, therefore making it important to mutually provide mental support and encouragement that each of us deserves (and yes I am including you single gentlemen), because too often we forget that we are enough to be worth loving and living for.


And in honor of finding some daily humor, here is the ingredients portion of one of the recipes that will hopefully make you smile:


“Sweet Cakes of Hope” (on page 63)

Serves 1 newly single female [also applicable to male]


Generous handful of good friends

Supportive family members, as needed

Several fine imported revelations

Large pinch of insightful self-awareness

1 pound of courage, or more as needed

1 bottle of self-worth, preferably extra-virgin

3 packages cake mix

1 half-gallon carton positive outlook

Lots of new possibilities for icing

Posted on 11/20/2017 4:50pm by joannawh

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.  Within the deep recess of our Special Collections & Archives and via the Artists' Books Discovery Tool I found a gem addressing these very issues: I Wish She Was Dead: Reckoning with the Self or Women's Tales of Ordinary Terror by Elzbieta Kazmierczak (ELKA).   


“This book is in homage to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and emotional, psychological, and physical abuse.  It translates emotional turmoil from the darkness of private experience into a shared public language of illustration and poetry.  I dedicated this book to terrific women who showed me the significance of such a project and encouraged me to complete it.  The goal of this book is to break the silence of shame, confusion, pain, and despair.  Let it be a token that there are many of us winning the odds in the struggle for a normal life without abuse.” -- Elzbieta Kazmierczak


This 10” x 6”, 20 page book packs a punch with “illustrated visual poems that portray an emotional journey from imprisonment to freedom”.  Side sewn with red thread, bound in Rives Black Cover and a Moriki scarlet band, the title “I Wish She Was Dead” is rubber stamped on the front, flanked by two ants.  The title page provides readers with a more pointed visual of the title highlighting the “HE” in “she” and a seemingly dead rat, clearly referring to the perpetrators implied in this book.  This is a stark contrast to the end page where the the phrase “I am free to be me” is featured with a hand grasping the dead rat from the title page, possibly alluding to one of the victims in the book claiming back their life.  


Elzbieta Kazmierczak received her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies with a minor in Gender & Women’s Studies, M.A. in Art Education, and M.F.A. in Art & Design-Graphic Design from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Her most recent research project on “Students’ experiences of discrimination and ethnic identities” where the end product was an art exhibition of the disseminated results.

Posted on 7/28/2017 4:31pm by quezadad

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



AS.052 UCI Cross Cultural Center Records


The collection comprises the records of the Cross Cultural Center at the University of California, Irvine, a center focused on providing a network of support services promoting the personal, social, cultural, and academic well-being of UCI's ethnic and culturally diverse student body. The Cross Cultural Center coordinates the activities of all student organizations pertaining to particular racial, ethnic, and minority groups. The collection includes administrative files; records of associated student organizations, committees, and boards; and documentation of events and multicultural organizations on campus for students, faculty, and staff.


The University Communications photographs


The University Communications photographs were created by staff photographers employed by the University of California, Irvine, University Communications. With over 273,000 images, the photographs visually document the history of the UC Irvine campus. Images depict students, staff, faculty, campus events, graduations, inaugurations, buildings, landscapes, festivals, and the surrounding area in Orange County.


University of California, Irvine, Associated Students records


The collection comprises the records of the Associated Students, University of California, Irvine from 1974 to 2006. The materials in this collection consist mainly of photographs, invoices, receipts, business memoranda, correspondence, forms, internal affairs, organizing activities, backstage passes to events, and oversized posters for events such as Wayzgoose, Reggae Fest, Homecoming, and entertainment provided by ASUCI to the campus community. It also includes unprocessed born digital material, 1990-2016.


Clayton Garrison papers


Clayton Garrison was founding dean of UCI's Division of Fine Arts (now Claire Trevor School of the Arts) and professor of drama. This collection contains production books, notes, correspondence, subject files, slides, and other materials documenting productions and other work of Clayton Garrison. Production books contain programs, musical scores, scripts, publicity, reviews, casting information, set design, and more for theatrical productions directed by Garrison. Productions include those from UCI, UC Riverside, Long Beach Theater, UC Berkeley, New York City, and other venues. This collection includes material from the first production at UCI in 1965, Little Mary Sunshine. It also includes court records regarding Dr. Farris' donated lithographs in 1991.


Norman Weinberger Papers


Norman Weinberger was a founding UCI faculty member in the Department of Psychobiology (now Department of Neurobiology and Behavior). He served as chair of the department, interim dean of the School of Biological Sciences, and helped found the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (also a Fellow of the Center). The Norman Weinberger papers contain administrative files on the departments and school; publications by Weinberger; his speeches and talks at various conferences and early teaching material.


UCI Community Outreach Partnership Center


The UCI Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) was founded in 2001 and based in the School of Social Ecology. It served as a bridge between UCI and the surrounding community engaging in research, teaching, and outreach projects addressing community priorities related to demographic change. The unit became defunct in 2016. The collection documents the activities of the COPC throughout its existence, from 2001 to 2016, and contains information on the communities and neighborhoods that were part of research and program activities. Materials include proposals for the Center and its programs, marketing and press materials, reports, presentations, and administrative documents. There is information on various COPC programs including the Latino Youth Conference, Westside Costa Mesa Research and Engagement, Community Scholars, and Center for Inequity.


UCI Black Student Union records


The UC Irvine Department of African American Studies was founded in 2016. It began as a multidisciplinary program for African American studies within the School of Humanities, offering a minor starting in 1991, and a major in 1998. This collection contains proposals, constitutions, and additional information on the approval for the African American Studies minor and major. It documents planning and long range development, course development, program review, events, guest speakers, and department administration.


UC Irvine Department of African American Studies records


The UC Irvine Department of African American Studies was founded in 2016. It began as a multidisciplinary program for African American studies within the School of Humanities, offering a minor starting in 1991, and a major in 1998. This collection contains proposals, constitutions, and additional information on the approval for the African American Studies minor and major. It documents planning and long range development, course development, program review, events, guest speakers, and department administration.


UCI Dean of Students


The University Communications photographs were created by staff photographers employed by the University of California, Irvine, University Communications. With over 273,000 images, the photographs visually document the history of the UC Irvine campus. Images depict students, staff, faculty, campus events, graduations, inaugurations, buildings, landscapes, festivals, and the surrounding area in Orange County.


UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Publicity Records


This collection contains the advertising, programs, and newspaper clippings about all of the performances given by the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, University of California, Irvine, since its inception in 1965 to 1986. Photographs, negatives, and CDs are also included. It also contains nearly 200 CDs with photographs of the School's performances such as plays, concerts, and dances from approximately 1987-2006. It also includes some photographs of University Art Galleries exhibits and the arts plaza.


UCI 2014 Commencement collection


The 2014 all-graduate commencement ceremony was held June 14, 2014 at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, CA. This event commemorated the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson speaking at UCI's dedication ceremony in 1964. This collection contains materials documenting UCI's 2014 commencement ceremony with President Barack Obama as the featured speaker. It contains a large trove of digital materials documenting the planning of the ceremony and video footage of campus. The collection also contains publications, planning documents and drawings, invitations and other ephemeral materials, and photographs and video recordings of the commencement.


Idalia Esmerencia Yorba Borchert collected images

This collection contains three images circa 1880: Two pencil drawings and one photograph.


Southeast Asian Archive Vertical File Collection


The vertical file is an eclectic accumulation of thousands of miscellaneous items that document the life of Southeast Asian American communities. Here can be found information on a wide range of topics such as cultural events, pertinent issues of the day, organizations and businesses, student activities, local politics, health concerns, and family relations. Types of material include newspaper clippings, magazine and journal articles, unpublished student and conference papers, ephemeral items such as brochures, posters, flyers, event programs, and periodicals in English and Southeast Asian languages. California sources are best represented in the clippings file, but newspaper articles from other parts of the United States are included, as well as limited items from international papers.


John Scire Photographs of Vietnamese Refugees at Camp Pendleton


This collection comprises 43 photographs taken of Vietnamese refugees and their living areas at the San Onofre camp within Camp Pendleton, California in 1975. The photographs, taken by former South Vietnamese Air Force Lieutenant and pilot trainee Tran qui Hung on behalf of former U.S. Marine Corps Captain John A. Scire, feature images of families, children, and general camp life.


UCI Enrollment Services Publications


This collection comprises publications of UCI Enrollment Services and its subunits: the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools, the Center for Educational Partnerships, Financial Aid and Scholarships, and the Office of the Registrar and Student Academic Information Systems.


Ralph Cicerone Papers


Ralph Cicerone was a leading atmospheric chemist and was internationally renowned for his research in climate change. He arrived at UC Irvine in 1989 as the founding chair of the Department of Earth System Science and became the fourth UCI Chancellor in 1998, serving until 2005 when he was elected President of the National Academy of Sciences. He retired as NAS President in June 2016. This collection includes his research files, teaching files, and conference files. Forms of materials include speeches, manuscripts, correspondence, notes, reports and report drafts, publications, clippings, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and digital material.


Chancellor Laurel Wilkening records


This collection comprises the records of Laurel L. Wilkening during her tenure as the third Chancellor of the University of California, Irvine from 1993-1998. Included are administrative files, agendas, meeting notes, meeting materials, inauguration records, correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and other materials. Also includes two CDs of "A Celebration of Stars: The 2009 Medal Awards", honoring Wilkening.


UCI Central Records unit


These records capture a large proportion of the most important, top-level incoming correspondence of the first three decades of UCI's history. The collection contains correspondence, departmental memos, meeting minutes, financial statements, statistical analyses, reports, program development plans, building development plans, legal records, and miscellaneous notes generated by various units of central UCI campus administration and UC offices. Some of the materials predate the establishment of the Central Records Unit in 1963. The bulk of the records pertain to campus administrative activities and operations, academic affairs, academic departments, community affairs and the planning and construction of the UCI campus.


Asian Pacific Student Association


The Asian Pacific Student Association at UC Irvine was founded in 1988. It began in March 1981 as the Asian/Pacific Student and Staff Association at UC Irvine as a social support network, promoting cultural sensitivity and awareness through education at UCI. This collection contains constitutions, photographs, posters, organization files, and documents from the Retention through Impact, Solidarity, and Empowerment (RISE) program and Asian Pacific Student Awareness Conference.


UCI Poster Collection


The collection comprises over 1,800 color and black and white posters created by various administrative offices, academic departments, and organizations on the University of California, Irvine (UCI) campus from the 1960s to the present. The posters advertise programs and events held on campus and provide information on course offerings as well as academic and student support services.


Thomas Parham


Thomas A. Parham became Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs at UC Irvine in 2011 and also served as an adjunct faculty member since 1985. This collection contains a newspaper, program, and a photo scrapbook created as a UCI student in 1977.


Commencement Ceremony Records


The collection comprises materials from University of California, Irvine commencement ceremonies, including printed copies and sound recordings of commencement addresses, video recordings and photographs of ceremonies, handbooks, informational brochures, and flags. The handbooks include scripts of welcome speeches and introductions, diagrams of the seating arrangements on stage, and instructions for persons officiating and speaking at the ceremonies.


Glenn Kageyama Photographs of UCI


Glenn Kageyama attended UCI as an undergraduate student from 1965-1969. He graduated with a BS in Marine Biology. He was a student photographer for the UCI Yearbook and had the informal job of hanging block letters from the administration building (now Langson Library). This collection contains negatives, slides, and prints that Kageyama took while a student at UCI. Images consist of student life activities, classes, labs, field excursions, and more.


Jeannette Merrilees papers


Jeannette Merrilees (1930-2013), born Jeannette Faas York, was an Orange County environmental activist. She received her bachelor's degree in Government and Religion from Smith College and received her law degree from the Western States School of Law. In 1973, she moved to Laguna Beach. She worked to save a portion of Crescent Bay Point from development in order to establish a public park. In the 1990s, she advocated for preservation of beachside cottages as vacation rentals in Crystal Cove State Beach against plans for luxury resorts. Recognized for her advocacy for public coastal access, Jeannette Merrilees' papers document a significant aspect of Orange County history; development and environmental issues, and social change. This collection includes collected publications, correspondences, organizational records, photographs, news clippings, and audiovisual materials documenting Jeannette's activism in Orange County.


UCI Student Affairs pubs


This collection comprises publications of UCI Student Affairs and its subunits: Dean of Students, Student Life and Leadership; and Wellness, Health & Counseling Services. Publications include brochures and flyers events, general for student resources and events, general announcements, historical reports, newsletters, and more. Additional publications from this unit can be found by searching the library catalog.


University of California, Irvine Department of Social Science Photographs


This collection documents the UC Irvine School of Social Sciences. Most of the records come from the Dean's Office, specifically from the tenure of Dean William Schonfeld. Included in the collection is correspondence sent and received by Dean Schonfeld and other administrators; annual reports; reviews; budget records; and many a files documenting the teaching and administrative functions of the school. The collection has documentation on the academic units and programs within the school, which includes information about the faculty, undergraduate and graduate programs, committees, scholarships and fellowships, and teaching. It contains information on how the school worked with other departments and offices within UC Irvine, such as the Executive Vice-Provost's Office and academic units. There are also six photographs.


University of California Irvine audio recordings


This collection consists of a variety of audio recordings of events and activities at the University of California, Irvine from 1955 to 1991. Events recorded include the Student Parent Orientation Program, faculty lectures, recordings of symposia and forums, Arts and Lectures series, convocation and commencement ceremonies, as well as early campus building dedication ceremonies and athletic events.


American Indian Student Association


The American Indian Student Association (AISA) at the University of California, Irvine was a club founded in 1974 to support Native American people and issues, share cultural heritage, and promote awareness within the campus community. These records consist of brochures, posters, and pamphlets, financial records, fundraiser events, flyers, club recognitions by the University, information on club members and meeting outlines.


Ellsworth Kelly prints from Stéphane Mallarmé Un Coup de Dés series


The collection consists of four (4) framed plexi-glazed prints.


Goree Mexican travel ephemera


This collection consists of approximately one hundred pieces of Mexican travel ephemera dating principally from the 1950s and 1960s. Included are tourist and museum brochures and guidebooks, railway, city, and road maps, and unsorted magazines and newspapers. A 1962 edition of Esta Semana features the visit of President John F. Kennedy to Mexico.


Ihab Hassan papers


This collection documents the academic work of literary critic, scholar, and theorist Ihab Hassan. The bulk of these materials reflect his work on American fiction of the later twentieth century, in addition to his extensive writings on postmodernism, literary criticism, and cultural studies. The collection primarily contains holograph manuscripts, typescripts, offprints, and reprints of Hassan's published monographs and articles, in addition to professional papers and lecture materials. Some audio and video recordings are included. In 2017 a small addition of photographs, literary correspondence, notebooks, and one flash drive was added.


Catherine Malabou papers


Catherine Malabou is a philosopher and theorist and professor in the department of Philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University. She was the 2015 Wellek Library Lecturer at the University of California, Irvine, and is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature at UC Irvine starting in the Spring 2016 quarter. Malabou was a student of Jacques Derrida at Jean-Luc Marion during her doctoral studies at the Ecole Normale Superieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines (Fontenay-Saint-Cloud). Her work has explored themes of neuroscience, psychoanalysis, trauma, "plasticity," and epigenetics. The collection includes manuscripts, printed materials, audiovisual materials, photographs, teaching and research materials, correspondence, and early scholarly work in analog and digital formats.


Ian Baldwin collection of oral histories on LGBT experience in Orange County, California


The collection contains 4 recordings on mp3, 4 transcripts, and 6 subject agreements from oral histories performed by scholar Ian Baldwin while he was a doctoral candidate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


Posted on 7/17/2017 4:13pm by quezadad

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. 

In the past academic school year 2016-2017, Asian American Studies celebrated its 25th anniversary.  But with this momentous milestone, there was the realization that many people did not know about the history behind the creation of Asian American Studies on campus.  I had heard whispers of what happened from one of my professors a few years ago that a hunger strike took place in order to get the major, but other than that nothing.  It was not until the 2016-2017 academic school year when footage of the 1993 protest, a protest only known to few, was graciously donated to the UCI Libraries and was shown in classes.  Still, many questions arose such as who were those people in the video, how did they organize a large protest, what were the order of events.  The chair of the department, Dr. Judy Wu, along with Dr. Thuy Vo Dang, director of the Southeast Asian Archive assembled a group, now called The Beginnings of Activism for the Department of Asian American Studies at UCI (BADAAS@UCI) of research interns to set out to answer those questions and more. 


I joined this group in Winter 2017 since I wanted to know more about it.  One of my majors was Asian American Studies, and I had learned so much about myself through it.  Throughout high school, most of my education was Eurocentric, and while I found that interesting, I also found that I could not completely relate.  Asian American Studies gave me an opportunity to learn the world around me which I took for granted.  I remember going home and telling my dad how I learned about home temples in Little Saigon.  To that, he gave me a funny look and said, “We go to Little Saigon almost every weekend.  Have you not been paying attention.”   I could not imagine my UCI experience without it, and I wanted to know what went into making the major.

During the winter quarter, my research partners and I began our research looking at the course catalogues and the New U to figure out what time span we wanted to focus on as well as to see if there was written documentation of any of the protests.  From there, we collectively chose to focus on the 90’s since though the course catalogues, we discovered that Asian American Studies became a minor in 1996 and then a major the following year in 1997.  We found this fact to be odd considering the University claimed it was the 25th anniversary when the minor was created twenty years ago.  Through the New U, we learned of ESCAPE (Ethnic Students Coalition Against Prejudicial Education).  During Wayzgoose in 1991, now called Celebrate UCI, 200 protesters marched during the event demanding for Ethnic Studies.  This protest was not only for Asian American Studies, but also for African American Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies, Native American Studies.  From ESCAPE, the school made each group certain promises such as developing a program or more faculty. From there, we went up to the Special Collections and Archive to look at Rice Paper, Academic Senate Records, and later on the Cross Cultural Center Records.  Rice Paper was a student run newspaper that started out as East/West Ties in 1983. In 1991, East/West Ties changed its name in 1991 in order to transition its focus to more Asian American issues.  Rice Paper was like a treasure trove because it offered insight into what the students were concerned about during that time and provided contextual background.  To our disappointment, Rice Paper ended in 1997 citing a growing apathy to Asian American issues.  The Academic Senate Records were also disappointing.  We had gone through many boxes, but our findings were scarce.  Because we knew the years that Asian American Studies became a minor and a major, we knew there had to be corresponding paperwork.  We were unable to find the minor proposal, but we were able to find the major proposal.  The Cross Cultural Center Records were like gold.  We found newspaper clippings from local newspapers of the protest, documentation of the hunger strike, letter correspondences, and forms.  We had finally found physical evidence, and we were able to construct a basic timeline. 

Rice Paper cover

In 1991, the protest during Wayzgoose occurred, and the school had made several concessions in order to appease the groups.  However as many of the other groups got what they demanded for, Asian American Studies was left behind.  In 1992, the students were able to get onto the hiring committee, but problems arose during the hiring process.  In 1993, the students protested on April 22nd, 1993 by occupying the Chancellor’s Office which was later followed by a 35 day rotational hunger strike.  On the last day of school, June 10th, 1993, they decided to occupy the Chancellor’s Office again to show the administration that they were not going to go away and will be a presence at UCI.  They had slogans such as “World Class, My Ass” calling out the school for claiming that they were a World Class University while ignoring the fact that  42.6% were Asian American.  Following those protests, Professor Yong Chen, now the Associate Dean of the School of Humanities, was hired in 1993 as a joint appointment in Asian American Studies and History.  A search committee, which included one graduate student representative and one undergraduate representative,  was formed to hire more faculty.  From this Professor Dorothy Fujita-Rony and Professor Claire Jean Kim were hired. 

During the Spring quarter, we transitioned to oral histories.  We found names from our research in Special Collections and began searching for their contact information.  Some of the names were already at UCI like the professors that still taught here.  Our first interview was with Professor Yong Chen, who told us his journey to UCI.  We then interviewed former staff and faculty who have either moved on or retired.   Dr. Mary Ann Takemoto enlightened us about how there was a need for Asian American Studies while Professor John Liu told us the inner-workings of the department and how it was initially formed.  As of recent, our interviews have been former students.  Those interviews were extremely valuable since they provided something the records and the archives could not provide.  The records and archives had factual evidence, but they contained information that the university deemed important and they could not convey the social relations between the protesters and faculty or the emotional tensions they faced.  The records lacked the social interactions that we found to be interesting and crucial to our research.  The interviews illuminated that as well as their thoughts of what happened of each other.  Some people were more open than others and openly told us what they thought.  Others were quiet and did not want to answer the question or evaded it.  One of my favorite anecdotes of the interviews was with some of the former students.  We had asked them how were they able to get everyone together since social media was nonexistent at the time.  Facebook did not exist.  What they would do was get up in the middle of the night and make chalk body outlines along Ring Road with the caption, “Asian American Studies is dead.”  Arrows would accompany the outlines and point towards the Chancellor’s Office, and that was how people knew where to go.  The records did not have any mention of that, but that story is fascinating. 

SCA material related to Activism for the Department of Asian American Studies

My partners and I have been able to present our research in various ways.  We gave our first talk in the OC&SEAA and a few days later at UROP.  We then presented our findings during the Asian American Studies Graduation Reception.  There, we invited all the old alumni back to thank them for giving us the opportunity to major into something amazing, and we wanted to honor them.  When they had set out on their protests, they knew that they would not have the chance to benefit from their protest.  They would have graduated and would be unable to major into something they advocated for, but their efforts gave the students after them an opportunity to learn more about themselves.  I myself benefited from their hard work, and I am eternally grateful for what they did. 

In the past month or so, we attended the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) conference at Washington DC where we presented our research.  We are now trying to wrap up interviews and move on towards creating an exhibit and making a documentary.  Some of our interviewees were generous enough to give us materials from that time period.  Eileen Chun-Fruto, the Asian Pacific Student Association (APSA) Vice Chair during the 1993 protests, still kept the placards that some of the students wore during the protests.  We are in the process of trying to get more materials, and we hope to create a collection by the end.

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Posted on 7/7/2017 12:07pm by quezadad


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.

Steve MacLoud

Additionally, Bonnie Corral, Library Assistant IV recently left her position this Spring in order to pursue other life adventures and we wish her all the best.

Bonnie Corral

And as of today, Christine Kim, Library Assitant IV who has served in the department in a variety of significant roles has taken a covetted position with LYRASIS as the Community Engagement Coordinator for ArchivesSpace. We know that she will do outstanding work for the archival community. 

Christine Kim


Joining the department is myself, Derek Quezada, as the new Outreach & Public Services Library for SC&A having started last October.

Derek Quezada

And Dr. Krystal Tribbett joins us as the Archivist for Orange County Regional History having previously served as the Oral History & Documentation Projects Coordinator at UCI.

Dr. Krystal Tribbett


Please join us in saying farewell to old friends and hello to new ones! Ave Atque Vale!

We look forward to a wonderful summer here at UCI Special Collections & Archives and to the new academic year to come.

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!

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 ( 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!


Program information and updates are available on the facebook page:


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: 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 to make an online reservation. For further information please call 949.824.4651 or email 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:
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!