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Collection on the Anteater mascot and other university symbols (University of California, Irvine)
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This collection is comprised primarily of materials related to the University of California, Irvine mascot, the Anteater. Included is an original inscribed and signed drawing of the Anteater mascot by cartoonist Johnny Hart (undated), drawings of mascots proposed by the UCI administration (1965), clippings (photocopies) and ephemera related to the Anteater mascot and the controversy at the time it was chosen. Also included is an audio oral history interview with Schuyler Hadley Bassett, who is credited with taking up the successful campaign to elect the anteater as the mascot. The collection also includes design proposals for UCI logos, including one with a seahorse theme (1965), and proposed design for the UCI Medal, which was established in 1984. It also includes two anteater basketball mascot bobbleheads. In addition there are several designs of the mascot with the UCI logo, presumably from the 1990s, as well as an Anteater Anthem song written in 2015 as a sort of "national" anthem for the UCI community.
3.1 Linear Feet (1 document box, 1 half document box, 1 flat box, 3 oversize folders, and 1 XOS folder)
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