Topical Strengths

Academic planning relates to the establishment and accreditation of academic programs, the definition and revision of curricular and departmental requirements, the formulation and approval of courses, and the evaluation of teaching and learning.  Academic planning at UCI occurs at the level of both the entire campus and the individual school or department. The University Archives has a variety of materials that document academic planning, particularly for the campus and the schools.

Major Topics

Use the following searches in Library Search to identify materials on these subjects and university offices:

Subjects

  • Universities and colleges -- California -- Accreditation
  • University of California, Irvine -- Accreditation
  • University of California, Irvine -- Curricula
  • University of California, Irvine -- Planning
  • Academic plans or academic planning at UCI

University Offices

  • University of California, Irvine. Office of Academic Affairs

Selected Printed Materials

  • Academic Plan: Visions for the 21st Century
  • Academic Plan for the 1980s
  • The Academic Plan: University of California, Irvine, 1972-1977
  • Accreditation Report, 1966
  • Accreditation Report, 1969
  • Focus on Excellence: A Strategy for Academic Development at the University of California, Irvine, 2005-2015
  • Planning for the New Millennium: A Self-Study
  • Report for Reaffirmation of Accreditation Review by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Summer 1980
  • UCI General Catalogue

Selected Archival Materials

Archival collections are described in detail in searchable, online finding aids in the Online Archive of California. Follow the links below to view the complete finding aids.

  • Central Records Unit Records (AS-004)
    Includes files on campus academic planning as well as materials from many academic units, such as the School of Humanities and School of Social Sciences, documenting curricular planning.
  • Chancellors' Files
    Materials relating to curricular planning and accreditation are found in the correspondence and topical files of UCI's chancellors:  Daniel G. Aldrich (1962-1984), Jack W. Peltason (1984-1992),  Laurel L. Wilkening (1993-1998), and  Ralph J. Cicerone (1998-2005).  These collections have not yet been organized; contact us for more information.
  • Vertical Files on Academic Planning
    Reports, announcements, and clippings on academic planning at UCI. This collection has not yet been organized; contact us for more information.

Publications and records from the highest levels of UCI's administration may provide a general overview of UCI's organization, achievements, programs, decisions, and activities. The University Archives holds materials from many of these units, including the Office of the Chancellor.

Major Topics

Use the following searches in Library Search to identify materials on this topic:

Subjects

  • University of California, Irvine -- Administration

University Offices

  • University of California, Irvine. Office of the Chancellor
  • University of California, Irvine. Office of the Vice Chancellor

Selected Archival Collections

Archival and manuscript collections are described in detail in searchable finding aids in the Online Archive of California. Follow the links below to view the complete finding aids.

  • Central Records Unit Records (AS-004) 
    These records capture a large proportion of the most important, top-level incoming correspondence of the first three decades of UCI's history. Includes correspondence, departmental memoranda, meeting minutes, financial statements, statistical analyses, reports and plan generated by various units of central UCI campus administration and UC offices.
  • Chancellors' Files
    University business papers of UCI's first four chancellors: Daniel G. Aldrich (1962-1984), Jack W. Peltason (1984-1992),  Laurel L. Wilkening (1993-1998), and  Ralph J. Cicerone (1998-2005).  These collections have not yet been organized;  please contact us for more information.
  • Organizational Charts (AS-060)
    Organizational charts illustrate reporting relationships for major campus units, identify senior campus administrators, and communicate basic functions and areas of responsibility for offices and units.
  • Policy and Procedure Manuals (PS-008)
    Include historical UCI policies and procedures covering campus administration, academics, research, facilities, and students. This collection has not yet been organized; please contact us for more information.

Selected Reference Resources

UCI opened in 1965 with only eight buildings on the new Irvine campus. William Pereira and Associates designed the buildings in the "Brutalist" style. Over the next 40 years, continuing construction increased the total to more than 170 buildings.

The University Archives holds a wide variety of materials relating to UCI campus architecture and planning. These include planning documents, photographs, environmental impact reports, correspondence, plans, proposals, handbooks, maps, and architectural drawings.

Major Topics

Use the following searches in Library Search to identify materials on these subjects and university offices:

Subjects

  • Campus planning -- California -- Irvine
  • Environmental impact statements -- California -- Irvine
  • Land use -- California -- Irvine
  • University of California, Irvine -- Buildings
  • University of California, Irvine -- Planning
  • University of California, Irvine -- Student housing
  • University of California, Irvine -- Faculty -- Housing
  • William L Pereira and Associates

University Offices

  • University of California, Irvine. Office of Campus and Environmental Planning
  • University of California, Irvine. Office of Physical Planning
  • University of California, Irvine. Office of Physical Planning and Construction
  • William L Pereira and Associates

Selected Printed Materials

  • Designing UCI: A Symposium and Exhibit Celebrating Forty Years of Innovation 
    Articles about the history of UCI campus design and architecture.
  • Long range development plans for the UCI campus
    There are multiple long range development plans, beginning in 1962, that envision the growth and development of the UCI campus.
  • Birth of a Campus
    A KNBC film from 1965 documenting the dedication of UCI campus and including a brief history of the Irvine Ranch and Irvine Company, and statements by architect William L. Pereira and Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich.
  • Journey into the Essence: Orange County and the Coming of UCI
    By Leonard C. Moffit, one of the first campus community planners for UCI, about the historical context for UCI and its initial development.

Selected Archival Materials

Archival collections are described in detail in searchable, online finding aids in the Online Archive of California. Follow the links below to view the complete finding aids.

  • Campus architectural plans (AS-055)
    Architectural drawings, plans, renderings, and blueprints from 1963 to 1975. Includes plans for major campus buildings, campus support facilities, student housing and plans for campus layout and infrastructure (e.g., landscaping, roads, and utility systems).
  • Central Records Unit records (AS-004)
    Includes project files on UCI buildings completed before 1994, as well as files concerning housing, utility and site development, and roads.
  • Communications Department photographs (AS-061)
    Includes photographs of campus buildings and landscape views of the campus in addition to images on countless other subjects. This collection has not yet been organized; please contact us for more information.
  • Design and Construction Services architectural renderings (AS-142)
    Original color illustrations used in the design and planning of campus building projects. The designs, most of which are in watercolor or gouache, represent various outdoor spaces, exterior building views, interiors, and site plans.
  • Early campus photograph albums (AS-056)
    The albums include black-and-white images of aerial and landscape views of the campus and Irvine Ranch area, and major campus buildings.
  • Land agreements between the University of California and the Irvine Company (AS-090)
    Copies of the agreements in which the Irvine Company deeded 1,000 acres of land to the University of California for a new Irvine campus.
  • Office of Physical Planning subject files (AS-021)
    Covers issues relating to land development, environmental management, transportation planning, and city and campus planning in California, Orange County, the City of Irvine, and the UCI campus. Include correspondence, proposals, plans, reports, meeting minutes, agreements, environmental impact statements, and background information files.
  • Office of Physical Planning and Construction records (AS-024)
    Covers major and minor capital improvement projects at UCI, including documentation on building projects and campus improvements, such as  meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, and plans. This collection has not yet been organized; please contact us for more information.
  • Philip L. Boyd collection on University of California, Irvine site selection (AS-067)
    Correspondence between former University of California Regent Philip L. Boyd and other parties that participated in selecting the campus site for UCI. Also included are photographs of the signing of the site selection agreement and aerial photographs of the proposed site.
  • University Extension community planning study files (AS-010)
    An Orange County, California community planning study conducted from 1965-1978 that brought together planners from both campus and community to study a variety of subjects, including the politics of everyday life, transportation, health, population goals, and open space. Materials include correspondence, reports, flyers, brochures, news clippings, news releases, and articles.
  • William L. Pereira and Associates project workbooks for the University of California, Irvine campus
    Five project workbooks documenting the preliminary planning of the University of California, Irvine campus by the architectural firm William L. Pereira and Associates. They contain status reports, maps, schematic and architectural plans, and drawings.

Exhibits at UCI

The University Archives has both published materials and administrative records documenting the efforts, organizations, and events at UCI to support a diverse community. Topics include equal opportunity and affirmative action programs at UCI, the activities of student organizations that serve women and ethnic groups, and the development of a cross-cultural and diverse curriculum.

Major Topics

Use the following searches in Library Search to identify materials on these subjects and university offices:

Subjects

  • Affirmative action programs -- California -- Irvine
  • Cross cultural orientation -- California
  • Minority students - California -- Irvine
  • Women -- California -- Irvine
  • Women college students -- California -- Irvine

University Offices

  • University of California, Irvine. Affirmative Action Office
  • University of California, Irvine. Asian Pacific Student Association
  • University of California, Irvine. Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women
  • University of California, Irvine. Cross Cultural Center
  • University of California, Irvine. Women's Resource Center

Selected Printed Materials

  • Final Report of the Chancellor's Think Tank on Diversity (1989)
  • University of California, Irvine Affirmative Action Personnel Program (1979)
  • Women at UCI: A Handbook for All Students, Faculty, and Staff (1979)

Selected Archival Collections

Archival collections are described in detail in searchable, online finding aids in the Online Archive of California. Follow the links below to view the complete finding aids.

  • Central Records Unit Records (AS-004)  
    Contains materials relating to affirmative action for students and staff, and equal opportunity for women.
  • Collection on the University of California, Irvine, Educational Opportunity Program (AS-019)
    The Educational Opportunity Program started in 1968 to assist largely minority students who would not ordinarily be admitted to UCI, but who showed promise. Records include collected materials about the program and scrapbooks. The collection has not yet been organized; please contact us for more information.
  • Cross Cultural Center Records (AS-052)
    Documents the Cross Cultural Center's mission to offer programs that support UCI's culturally and ethnically diverse community.  Contains administrative records, program and event planning materials, and committee files. The collection has not yet been organized; please contact us for more information.
  • Joan Ariel files on Women's Studies at the University of California, Irvine
    Contains files retained by Joan Ariel that document the University of California, Irvine Women's Studies program, resources for women at UC Irvine, and the UC Irvine LGBT community.
  • University of California, Irvine, Women's Resource Center Records (AS-015)
    Documents the activities and interests of the Women's Resource Center, an organization focused on the welfare of UCI women. Materials include by-laws, minutes, reports, correspondence, newsletters, pamphlets, fliers, articles, videotapes, and photographs. Represented issues include affirmative action, feminism, child care, rape prevention, and sexual harassment.

Materials about UCI faculty and staff includes photographs of many early faculty and staff, directories, and administrative records and publications documenting policies and issues of concern to faculty and staff.

In addition, the University Archives also holds the personal papers of several prominent UCI faculty members. For more information, see Faculty Papers.

Major Topics

Use the following searches in Library Search to identify materials on these subjects:

  • University of California, Irvine -- Employees
  • University of California, Irvine -- Faculty
  • University of California, Irvine -- Personnel management

Selected Printed Materials

  • Campus and Medical Center Telephone Directory
    The annual telephone directory lists the names of faculty and staff who work at UCI.
  • UCI General Catalogue
    For each academic department or major, the annual general catalog for UCI lists the names and titles of professors, and also provides brief descriptions of courses.
  • Schedule of Classes
    Contains more specific information about courses than the General Catalogue. For example, the schedules include the name of instructors and the number of sections or labs for a course.

Selected Archival Collections

Archival and manuscript collections are described in detail in searchable finding aids in the Online Archive of California. Follow the links below to view the complete finding aids.

  • Communications Department Photographs (AS-061)
    The collection contains portraits and other images of early UCI faculty and administrators in addition to images of countless other subjects. This collection has not yet been organized; please contact us for more information.
  • Academic Senate Records (AS-005)
    The Irvine Division of the Academic Senate is the faculty governing body of UCI and exercises direct control over academic matters, including educational policy and approval of programs, courses, and grades. These records are comprised of minutes, agendas, and administrative files.
  • Staff Assembly Records (AS-046)
    The UCI Staff Assembly represents the interests of UCI staff, serves as the official nominating body for staff appointment to UCI committees, promotes communication between staff employees and the administration, and sponsors various events and activities. This collection has not yet been organized; please contact us for more information.
  • Academic Senate Distinguished Faculty Lectures Transcripts and Publications (AS-059)
    The first Distinguished Faculty award was in 1975 and was marked by lecture series. Includes transcripts of the lectures, mostly from before 1989, as well as announcements and programs. This collection has not yet been organized; please contact us for more information.

Selected Web Resources

The University Archives has a variety of documentation about UCI students and alumni and student life, including administrative records from UCI offices concerned with student and alumni affairs, publications from various student organizations, student newspapers, yearbooks, photographs of student activities, and student and alumni directories.

Major Topics

Use the following searches in Library Search to identify materials on these subjects, university offices, or type of material.

Subjects

  • University of California, Irvine -- Alumni and alumnae
  • University of California, Irvine -- Enrollment
  • University of California, Irvine -- Graduate students
  • University of California, Irvine -- Students
  • University of California, Irvine -- Student housing

University Offices

  • UCI Alumni Association
  • University of California, Irvine. Associated Students
  • University of California, Irvine. Associated Graduate Students
  • University of California, Irvine. Student Affairs

Type of Material

  • Periodicals created by UCI students or about UCI students

Selected Printed Materials

  • Anthology
    UCI student yearbook.
  • New University
    Weekly UCI student newspaper.
  • Alumni Directory
    Print directory of UCI alumni, last published in 1997.
  • Commencement Program
    Distributed at graduation. Lists the name of graduates and their degrees.
  • The UCI Student Handbook
    Describes the basics of UCI campus life for students. Sometimes called a "survival guide."
  • New Student Record
    Profiles of incoming freshman.

Selected Archival Materials

Archival collections are described in detail in searchable, online finding aids in the Online Archive of California. Follow the links below to view the complete finding aids.

  • Central Records Unit Records (AS-004)
    Series 7, Student Affairs, contains annual reports, meeting minutes, correspondence and policy manuals, including materials from the Affirmative Action Program, Office of Relations with Schools and Colleges, Innovation in Student Life, Admissions, Student Affairs, Enrollment), Health Services, Student Discipline and Conduct, Student Organizations, ASUCI, Associated Graduate Students, Campus Union, and the University Center.
  • Student Activities Office Records (AS-016)
    Concerns the administration of student government, clubs, and organizations at UCI from 1965 to 1973. Records include applications, correspondence, and topical files.
  • Office of Innovation in Student Life Records (AS-009)
    Includes records from the tenure of the first ombudsman on the UCI campus between 1967 and 1973. Topics include Students and Alumni, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, student activities, student activism, and other student issues.
  • Camino's First Years: Camino, Mesa Court, UCI (AS-068)
    Scrapbook includes photographs, commentary, fliers, prize ribbons and other ephemera collected and composed by the first group of student residents in Camino Hall, part of Mesa Court, UCI's first residence hall community.
  • Women's Resource Center (AS-015)
    Supported by the Associated Students of UCI, the Women's Resource Center served the umbrella organization for all women’s programs on campus. Records include by-laws, minutes, reports, correspondence, newsletters, pamphlets, flyers and brochures, articles, videotapes, photographs, and news clippings.  Represented issues include affirmative action, feminism, child care, rape prevention, and sexual harassment.
  • Cross Cultural Center Records (AS-052)
    Documents the Cross Cultural Center's mission to offer programs that support UCI's culturally and ethnically diverse community. Contains administrative records, program and event planning materials, committee files, and documentation on student organizations. The collection has not yet been organized; please contact us for more information.
  • Clubs and Organizations Publications
    Document the activities of clubs and organizations serving students, faculty, and staff. Includes newsletters, journals, fliers, invitations, event programs, brochures, schedules of events, and handbooks.
  • Communications Department Photographs (AS-061)
    Contains photographs depicting campus scenes with students, student activities, athletic teams, and student groups.  This collection has not yet been organized; please contact us for more information.
  • Yearbook Photographs (AS-065)
    Approximately 4,000 images taken by yearbook photographers of UCI events, students, faculty, staff, and buildings between 1989 and 1995. This collection has not yet been organized; please contact us for more information.

Selected Web Resources