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Guide to the Samuel C. McCulloch Oral Histories
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Important Information for Researchers
  • Historical Background
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Samuel C. McCulloch oral histories
    Date: 1963-1994
    Collection Number: AS-033
    Creator: McCulloch, Samuel C.
    Extent: 6.6 linear feet (17 boxes)
    Languages: The collection is in English.
    Abstract: This collection comprises oral history interviews conducted with 97 prominent faculty and administrators of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) by Samuel C. McCulloch, UCI historian and emeritus professor of History, who was a member of the founding faculty. Materials include audio recordings of the interviews, transcripts, and signed agreement forms, correspondence and other material.

    Important Information for Researchers

    Access

    The collection is open for research use except where noted in contents list.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights and copyright reside with the University of California. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the University Archivist.

    Preferred Citation

    Samuel C. McCulloch oral histories. AS-033. 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.

    Acquisition Information

    Several donations from Samuel McCulloch between 1967 and 1993, and in 2008.

    Processing History

    Processed by Anne Mar, 2005.

    Historical Background

    Samuel C. McCulloch, UCI history professor, was considered the unofficial historian of the campus for its first several decades. An Australian native, McCulloch earned his Ph.D. in History at UCLA and served as Dean of the College at San Francisco State College (now San Francisco State University) before joining UCI in 1963 as the first Dean of Humanities and a founding faculty member. Upon retirement, he became Professor of Emeritus of History.
    Recognizing the importance of documenting the history of the campus, early in 1964 Professor McCulloch began collecting clippings, memos and conducting oral history interviews with key campus figures such as the first chancellor, Daniel Aldrich and his wife, Jean Aldrich, as well as other key figures such as UC president Clark Kerr and president of the Irvine Company, Ray Watson. Throughout his career at UCI, he had the support of the Administration to carry out his interviews. When he retired in 1988, he was named official historian of UCI. He continued his interviews and, in 1996, published Instant University, the first published comprehensive history of the campus.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection comprises oral history interviews conducted with 97 prominent faculty and administrators of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) by Samuel C. McCulloch, UCI historian and emeritus professor of History who was a member of the founding faculty. Materials include audio recordings of the interviews, transcripts, and signed agreement forms, correspondence and other material.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in 2 series.
    • Series 1. Administrative and background material, 1963-1994. 0.2 linear feet
    • Series 2. Interviews, 1967-1993. 6.6 linear feet

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    University of California, Irvine -- Interviews.
    University of California, Irvine -- Archives.

    Genres and Formats of Materials

    Oral histories -- California -- Orange County -- Irvine -- 20th century.
    Audiotapes -- 20th century.
    Sound recordings -- 20th century.