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Finding Aid for Hershey Hall. Materials and photographs. 1884-1994.
University Archives Record Series 674  
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  • Title: Hershey Hall. Materials and photographs.
    Identifier/Call Number: University Archives Record Series 674
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3 linear ft. (3 oversize boxes)
    Date: 1884-1994
    Abstract: Record Series 674 contains photographs and materials generated by UCLA's Hershey Hall.
    Creator: University of California, Los Angeles. Hershey Hall.


    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright of portions of this collection is held by The Regents of the University of California. The UCLA University Archives can grant permission to publish for materials to which it holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or quote must be submitted in writing to the UCLA University Archivist.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Hershey Hall. Materials and photographs (Record Series number 674). UCLA Library Special Collections, University Archives.

    Historical Note

    The first building at UCLA dedicated to housing was Hershey Hall, named after Almira "Mira" Hershey who donated $300,000 in the 1930s to have the dorm built. Beginning as a womens' dorm in 1931, Hershey Hall provided housing and socialization to students for nearly seven decades. In 1959 Hershey Hall was expanded with the addition of a West Wing, which would become the boys' wing when the Hall became graduate coed housing in 1969. 1998 saw Hershey Hall converted for academic uses, providing offices and classrooms. The West Wing was demolished in 2006 to make way for the Terasaki Life Sciences Building, while the original building remains as a historic location.
    Mira Hershey was a relative of Milton S. Hershey, founder of the Pennsylvania chocolate empire, and the daughter of Benjamin Hershey, who amassed a fortune in the lumber and banking industries. Mira inherited a substantial sum when her father died and she relocated from Muscatine, Iowa to Los Angeles in the 1890s.

    Scope and Content

    Record Series 674 contains photographs and materials generated by UCLA's Hershey Hall. Files include black and white and color photographs and negatives of Hershey Hall residents, staff, daily life, events, and Hershey Hall. Also included in this collection are handbooks, certificates, and records.
    This is an inactive record series; no additional University records are expected to be added.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4475107