Collection Scope and Content Summary
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Title: University of California, Irvine, Program in Comparative Culture records
University of California, Irvine. Program in Comparative Culture
Identifier/Call Number: AS.014
5.4 Linear Feet
(13 boxes and 2 oversized folders)
Date (inclusive): 1968-1993
Abstract: The collection comprises the records of UCI's Program in Comparative Culture, which fostered a multi-disciplinary curriculum.
The records document its programs, courses, faculty, and students.
Physical Location: The majority of the collection is stored offsite at SRLF. Please contact Special Collections and Archives staff in advance
of your visit so we can arrange for retrieval of the materials.
Language of Material:
Boxes 1-7 of the collection are open for research. Boxes 8-13 are restricted for 75 years from the date of the latest record
in each box due to the presence of student and personnel records.
Property rights and copyright reside with the University of California. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please
contact the University Archivist.
University of California, Irvine, Program in Comparative Culture Records. AS-014. 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.
Transferred from the School of Social Sciences, 1995.
Processed by Mary Ellen Goddard, 2000; revised by Michelle Light, 2008.
The Program in Comparative Culture at the University of California, Irvine, began within the honors program in American Studies
in 1968. By the 1969-1970 academic year, Comparative Culture was an independent program designed to study specific cultures
cross-culturally and draw upon multiple disciplines. Its aim was to "shed light on the forces and processes which have shaped
the culture of America" by comparing systematically the dominant and minority cultures of the United States and Third World.
The major was intended to prepare students to be intelligent participants in social, political and social life through, for
example, careers in law, education, community organization, mental health, or public affairs. Each student could design his
or her own program. In 1969 students could study African, American, Asian, Black, and Chicano cultures, or with other areas
by special arrangement. By 1979 the study of women and Native Americans was also recognized. In 1978 the program was merged
with the School of Social Sciences. As of September 1995, the program was not open to new students.
Collection Scope and Content Summary
The collection comprises the records of UCI's Program in Comparative Culture, which fosters a multi-disciplinary curriculum.
The records document its programs, courses, faculty, and students. Records include proposals, program reviews, reports, correspondence,
syllabi, and budgets. Documentation of courses offered is particularly strong.
This collection is arranged in 6 series.
- Series 1. Administrative records, 1969-1987. 0.7 linear feet
- Series 2. Conferences, events, and other programs, 1970-1986. 0.4 linear feet
- Series 3. Curriculum, 1968-1993. 1.1 linear ft.
- Series 4. Faculty, 1980-1987. 0.8 linear ft.
- Series 5. Graduate and undergraduate programs, 1979-1989. 0.2 linear ft.
- Series 6. Chronological correspondence, 1978-1991. 2.2 linear ft.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Cross cultural studies -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- California -- Irvine
Curricula -- 20th century.
University of California, Irvine -- Archives
University of California, Irvine. Program in Comparative Culture -- Archives
University of California, Irvine. Program in Comparative Culture -- Curricula