19 Sep 2012

Special Collections Completes Project to Promote Access to All of Our Archival Holdings

Posted by Steve MacLeod

Special Collections and Archives is pleased to announce the completion of a major project to promote the discoverability of all of our archival holdings.   Researchers can now search the Online Archive of California, Antpac, or Next-Generation Melvyl to find information about both our processed and unprocessed holdings, and we have procedures in place to allow access to unprocessed collections.  Previously, we did not make information available to the public about most of our unprocessed archival collections, and we rarely allowed researchers to use them.

This project surfaced 219 previously hidden archival collections to the public, comprising  over 1,250 linear feet of material. We have also featured them regularly in the New and Noteworthy Collections Blog.

Multiple staff have contributed to the project, including current Archivist Audra Eagle Yun, former Archivist Dawn Schmitz, former Archives Assistant Joanna Lamb, Principle Serials Cataloger Carole McEwan, and former Head of Monograph, Electronic Resources & Metadata Cataloging Holly Tomren.  Working according to the minimal record guidelines of the Society of American Archivists’ Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), staff created brief descriptions for every archival and manuscript collection in Special Collections. Inter-departmental collaboration was key to the success of the project.

Highlights of these newly-exposed collections include:

MS-F022, Seymour Menton Papers (1952-2005)
http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt7r29s1n7
15.0 linear feet
Professional papers of Seymour Menton, the founding chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of California, Irvine, and Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Portuguese. Included are research notes, writings, correspondence, and instructional materials.

MS-P048, Collection of Theater Programs (1927-1982)
http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt296nf133
13.2 linear feet
Dance and theater souvenir programs documenting major works of noted 20th century dancers and choreographers, such as Agnes de Mille, Jerome Robbins, Bob Fossey, and University of California, Irvine faculty members Eugene Loring and Donald McKayle. The majority of programs are from Southern California.

MS-M005, George Trager Papers (circa 1937-1966)

http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8ms3r6z
38.3 linear feet
Papers of the noted linguist and anthropologist George L. Trager. Trager’s principal works deal with North American Indian languages.  Included are correspondence, manuscripts, offprints of articles, audiotapes, phonograph records, research reports, and conference papers.

MS-R003, Charles Sparks Thomas Papers (1946-1966)
http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt2c6036n4
36.6 linear feet
Personal papers of Charles Sparks Thomas (1897-1983), who served as Secretary of the Navy (1954-1957), President of Trans World Airlines (1958-1960), and President of The Irvine Company (1960-1966).

MS-R093, Ronald H. Chilcote Papers (1974-2009)
http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt6779s1j3
33.6 linear feet
Papers of Ronald H. Chilcote documenting his involvement with the Laguna Beach Unified School District and School Board, Temple Hills Community Association, Laganza Farm, Laguna Greenbelt, Inc., South Laguna Civic Association, and the Crystal Cove Association. Included are brochures, correspondence, minutes, reports, newsletters, planning documents and news clippings about Laguna Beach community issues and politics.

MS-SEA037,  Sucheng Chan Interviews and Clippings (1978-1979, 1995-1996)
http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt496nf42n/
1.2 linear feet
Consists of 82 audiotaped interviews with Cambodian-Americans and 170 newspaper clippings indexed by Chan about Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees.

AS-034, University of California, Irvine, Town and Gown Records (1984-2012)
http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8hh6htk/
6.1 linear feet
Town and Gown promotes interaction and understanding between members of the University and surrounding communities with joint cultural, educational and social opportunities and fundraising for student scholarships. Includes directories, reports, correspondence, minutes, and newsletters.

We’re very proud of this accomplishment.

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