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Guide to the Camino's First Years: Camino, Mesa Court, UCI, 1965-1966(bulk 1965-1966)
AS-068  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Chronology
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Related Collections

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Camino's first years: Camino, Mesa Court, UCI,
    Date (inclusive): 1965-1966
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1965-1966)
    Collection number: AS-068
    Creator: Camino Hall residents
    Extent: 0.8 linear feet (2 boxes)
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: Camino's First Year Scrapbook includes photographs, commentary, flyers, prize ribbons and other ephemera collected and composed by the first group of residents in Camino Hall, part of Mesa Court, the first Residence Hall Community. The material was produced as documentation and memorabilia of the students' experience in the first year of University of California, Irvine (1965-1966). For the researcher, the scrapbook provides insight into the student experience at UCI for the first year the institution accepted students, the uniqueness of the experience, and a basis for the growth, changes and evolution of student residential accommodations for the university and students.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and University Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Camino's First Years: Camino, Mesa Court, UCI. AS-068. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Processing History

    Processed by Christine Figueroa in 2002.

    Biography

    Camino Hall, one of the ten halls of Mesa Court, was built on the only natural mesa on the campus. The other nine halls include Lago, Loma, Bahia, Sierra, Ciudad, Viento, Cielo, Arroyo and Cuesta. These halls comprise Mesa Court and were the first Residence Hall Community at UCI, opening its doors to 500 students, in 1965. Mesa Court, as of 2002, houses 1200 undergraduate students in 19 residence halls. Each residence hall accommodates between 55 and 70 residents and one Residence Advisor, in suite-style layout. Although Mesa Court is a popular choice among continuing students, the majority of the population is freshmen. Each hall in Mesa Court is coeducational with single-gender suites. Each suite has a living room, bathroom, and four or five bedrooms. Most bedrooms are doubles; the few singles attract long waiting lists and are usually assigned to returning students. In addition to centralized laundry facilities, each hall has its own coin-operated laundry facilities and small kitchens available for resident use. Every residence hall has its own government and elects a representative to the Mesa Court Community Council, which sponsors activities such as dances, seminars, student-faculty parties, sports events, and the like. Originally, each house within Mesa Court was given a Spanish name based on the view from its individual balcony. Currently, many of the halls in Mesa Court have special interest themes and academic courses that are associated with them; the twenty-six residence halls provide students the opportunity to meet others with similar interests.

    Chronology

    1965 · On September 26, 500 students moved into Camino Hall and the other halls of Mesa Court.
    1966 · An added home was built for the Resident Advisor, Mrs. Margaret Setzer. Mesa Commons opens.
    1971 · First Annual Open House (April)
    1985 · UCI hosts PACUHR (part of NUCURH) a conference to aid Residence Hall governments.
    2002 · Expansion of halls completed.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    Camino's First Year Scrapbook includes photographs, commentary, flyers, prize ribbons and other ephemera collected and composed by the first group of residents in Camino Hall, part of Mesa Court, the first Residence Hall Community. The material was produced as documentation and memorabilia of the students' experience in the first year of University of California, Irvine (1965-1966). For the researcher, the scrapbook provides insight into the student experience at UCI for the first year the institution accepted students, the uniqueness of the experience, and a basis for the growth, changes and evolution of student residential accommodations for the university and students. For preservation purposes, the scrapbook pages have been removed from the scrapbook and stored separately.

    Related Collections

    AS-004. Central Records Unit Records. These documents contain related information regarding the construction, budget and preliminary plans for student housing.
    AS-016. Student Activities Office Records. These documents contain related information regarding the history of student activities on campus, the students actively involved in creating programs from and for other students, and changes in the focus of student groups.