OC Regional History

The Dalai Lama at UCI in 1989

Submitted by spcoll on Thu, 07/02/2015 - 15:27
The local media has been covering the upcoming visit of the 14th Dalai Lama to Orange County, and UCI, on July 5-7, 2015. Among the programs planned for this three-day series of events is a celebration of his 80th birthday. The Dalai Lama has been on the UCI campus at least three times before. He was here in 2004 and 2011. The UC Irvine XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Scholarship was established in honor of his 2004 visit, and he was here in 2011 for the scholarship celebration, again.

New Exhibit -- Ward Ritchie and Laguna Verde Imprenta

Submitted by smacleod on Mon, 03/17/2014 - 09:43
Ward Ritchie (1905-1996) was one of the premier printers, book designers, and printing historians in Los Angeles in the 20th century. In his long and distinguished career, he designed, printed and published hundreds of books. Upon retirement in 1972, Ward Ritchie and his wife Marka moved to their summer house in Laguna Beach, on a slope above Emerald Bay. Ritchie bought an 1835 Albion hand press and had it installed in his studio in their home.

New Acquisition: Bruce W. Sumner collection on the California Constitution Revision Commission (MS-R172)

Submitted by sseltzer on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 12:56

A new collection documenting the California Constitution Revision Commission, the organization charged with editing the lengthy California State Constitution from 1964-1974, was recently deposited at the UCI Libraries.  The collection comes to Special Collections and Archives from the Orange County Public Law Library (OCPLL), where Judge Bruce W. Sumner, a member of the Orange County Superior Court and commission chairman, donated the materials in 1983.

Recent Addition to the LGBT Archive: Robert Gentry Papers

Submitted by abnorton on Tue, 04/30/2013 - 12:10
One of the most recent additions to our ever-growing collection of LGBT-focused materials at UCI Special Collections and Archives is the Robert Gentry papers (MS-R167). This collection includes the political and professional records of Robert F. Gentry, the first openly gay elected official in Southern California and the first openly gay mayor in the state of California.