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Guide to the Spencer C. Olin Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Important Information for Researchers
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Separation Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Spencer C. Olin papers
    Date: 1944-2006,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1966-2006
    Collection Number: MS-F024
    Creator: Olin, Spencer C.
    Extent: 3.4 linear feet (4 boxes)
    Languages: The collection is in English.
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: This collection comprises the extant professional papers of Spencer C. Olin, founding faculty member, administrator, and professor emeritus of history at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). His papers contain research files related to his book Major Problems in California History, teaching materials for two undergraduate courses titled "California in Modern America" and "Utopian Experiments in American History," research files documenting Orange County, and research files documenting the history of UCI. The papers include photographs, clippings, journal articles, correspondence, and notes.

    Important Information for Researchers

    Access

    The collection is open for research. One file of restricted personnel information has been separated and will be open for research in 2073.

    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 Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Spencer C. Olin papers. MS-F024. 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

    Gift of Spencer C. Olin, 2006.

    Processing History

    Processed by Audrey Pearson, 2007.

    Biography

    Spencer Olin is a founding faculty member of the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Department of History and has been a prominent professor and administrator throughout UCI's history. A native Californian, Olin received a B.A. from Pomona College (1958) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University (1961, 1965). His focus has been on modern American history, particularly California and the West. Over the years, Olin also served UCI in many administrative capacities, including acting vice chancellor for Student Affairs (1965-1966), chair of the Department of History (1977-1982), chair of the Academic Senate (1986-1988), director of the Humanities Core Course (1989-1991), dean of the School of Humanities (1992-1996), and acting Executive Vice Chancellor (1994). In recognition of his dedication and academic excellence, Olin has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr. Distinguished Service Award (1991), the Historical Society of Southern California's Martin Ridge Retrospective Award (2001), the UCI Alumni Association Extraordinarius Award (2006), and the UCI Medal (1998), the highest campus honor.
    Olin is the author or co-author of six books relating to American history and has published numerous articles, essays, and book reviews in publications such as The Journal of American History, Western Historical Quarterly, Pacific Historical Review, California History, and Radical History. He was a co-curator of the 2006 UCI Library exhibit Under Construction Indefinitely: Forty Years of Designing UCI, during the campus's fortieth anniversary celebration. As of 2007, Olin is retired and lives in Irvine with his wife, Rita Olin, who retired from UCI as a financial analyst.

    Biography/Organization History

    Chronology

    1937 February 13 Born in Los Angeles, California
    1958 Received B.A. from Pomona College
    1961 Received M.A. from Claremont Graduate University
    1965 Received Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University
    1964-1965 Instructor in history, Pomona College
    1965 Joined UCI's faculty as assistant professor of history
    1965 September - June 1966 Acting vice chancellor for Student Affairs
    1968 Published California's Prodigal Sons: Hiram Johnson and the Progressives (Berkeley: University of California Press).
    1969-1978 Associate professor of history, UCI
    1971-1972 Visiting lecturer in history, University of Stirling, Scotland
    1972 Published Racism in California: A Reader in the History of Oppression (New York: Macmillan), co-edited with Roger Daniels
    1977 - 1982 Chair of the Department of History
    1979 Published Why War? Ideology, Theory, and History (Berkeley: University of California Press) with Keith Nelson
    1981 Published California Politics, 1846-1920: The Emerging Corporate State (San Francisco, Calif.: Boyd & Fraser Pub. Co.)
    1982-1997 Professor of history, UCI
    1983-1989 Member and vice president of the board of directors for the Irvine Campus Housing Authority
    1986 - 1988 Chair of the Irvine Division of the Academic Senate
    1989 - 1992 Director of the Humanities Core Course, UCI
    1989 - 1991 With Sandra Campbell, co-chair of the UCI Campus Campaign
    1991 Co-edited and co-authored Postsuburban California: The Transformation of Orange County Since World War II (Berkeley: University of California Press) with Rob Kling and Mark Poster
    1991 Received First Annual Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr. Distinguished Service Award
    1992 Acting dean of the School of Humanities
    1992 - 1996 Dean of the School of Humanities
    1994 Acting Executive Vice Chancellor
    1997 Published Major Problems in California History: Documents and Essays (Boston: Houghton Mifflin) with Sucheng Chan
    1997 Professor emeritus of history, UC Irvine
    1998 Awarded the UCI Medal
    2001 - 2002 Acting director of the Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies
    2001 Historical Society of Southern California honored California's Prodigal Sons with the Martin Ridge Retrospective Award
    2004-2006 Appointed Edward A. Dickson Emeritus Professor, in honor of the longest-serving regent in University of California history, to work with the University Archivist on UCI's Fortieth Anniversary Historical Records Project
    2006 Received UCI Alumni Association Extraordinarius Award

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection comprises the extant professional papers of Spencer C. Olin, founding faculty member, administrator, and professor emeritus of history at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). His papers contain research files related to his book Major Problems in California History, teaching materials for two undergraduate courses titled "California in Modern America" and "Utopian Experiments in American History," research files documenting the history of Orange County, California including the Oneida community, and research files documenting the history of UCI. The papers include photographs, clippings, journal articles, correspondence, and notes.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in 4 series:
    • Series 1. University of California, Irvine files, 1979-2006. 0.5 linear feet
    • Series 2. Research files, 1950-2004. 2.5 linear feet
    • Series 3. Teaching materials, 1970-1985. 0.2 linear feet
    • Series 4. Writings, 1966-1997. 0.2 linear feet

    Separation Note

    Publications authored by Olin were removed and catalogued separately in Special Collections. Several widely available journals were removed and discarded.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Olin, Spencer C. -- Archives.
    University of California, Irvine -- Faculty -- Archives.
    University of California, Irvine. Archives.
    Oneida Community -- Photographs.
    Utopias -- United States -- Archives.
    Orange County (Calif.) -- History.
    California -- Archives.

    Genres and Formats of Materials

    Photographic prints -- California -- Orange County -- 20th century.
    Clippings -- 20th century.
    Letters -- California -- Orange County -- 20th century.
    Offprints -- 20th century.
    Lecture notes -- 20th century.

    Occupations

    Historians.
    College teachers.