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Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine
Title: University of California, Irvine, Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich professional
Aldrich, Daniel G.
Identifier/Call Number: AS.003
31 linear feet
(36 boxes and 1 XOS folder)
Date (inclusive): 1932-2007
Language of Material: English
Abstract: Daniel G. Aldrich was the founding
Chancellor of the University of California, Irvine. The records in this collection document
many of the professional activities he engaged in while serving as chancellor, his speeches
and involvement with community organizations, and records from his world travels. Also
included are realia like a T-shirt, insignia patch, audiovisual recordings, yearbooks,
photograph and memento books, and the first UCI Medal and pin awarded by the Chancellor in
The collection is open for research.
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by
the creators of the records and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to
determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for
permission to publish where the UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
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University of California, Irvine, Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich professional papers. AS-003.
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Transferred to Special Collections and Archives on June 6, 1990, June 19, 1990, and July
25, 1990. Gift of Daniel G. Aldrich III, 2016.
Processing was initiated by Sharon Pugsley in 1991 and Mary Ellen Goddard in 1994 and 2000.
The collection was processed by Christine Kim, 2017.
In order to expedite access to the collection, it was minimally processed. See series-level
notes for more information.
Daniel G. Aldrich , who became the founding chancellor of the University of California,
Irvine, was born in Northwood, New Hampshire July 12, 1918. He received his Bachelor of
Science degree from the College of Agriculture at the University of Rhode Island in 1939. He
earned his Master's of Science degree at the University of Arizona in 1941 and married the
former Jean Hamilton. He went on to get his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in
He then joined the University of California as a junior chemist in the Citrus Experiment
Station at Riverside and progressed through the ranks to Professor of Soils and as a Chemist
in the Agricultural Experiment Station, and Chairman of Soils and Plant Nutrition on the
Davis and Berkeley campuses. (Three years of this period were spent in the Armed Services in
World War II.)
In 1958 he became Dean of Agriculture for the University of California, and presided over
agricultural teaching programs at Davis, Berkeley, Riverside and Los Angeles, as well as
over the Statewide Agricultural Experiment Station. He was responsible for activities on
four campuses and a network of field stations and over the Agricultural Extension Service
with farm advisors and home advisors serving 56 of California's 58 counties.
In 1962 Dr. Aldrich was appointed Chancellor of the Irvine campus, with responsibilities
for developing this campus from bare ground to a fully operating institution. He continued
as Chancellor until his retirement in 1984. However, with the sudden death of the UC
Riverside chancellor, he became Acting Chancellor of that institution from 1984-85. He was
called again from 1986-87 to become Acting Chancellor of UC Santa Barbara. He "retired,"
finally, and became Chancellor Emeritus of the University of California, Irvine.
Dr. Aldrich was involved in numerous civic and professional activities. He was also an
active participant in a variety of sports, ranging from coaching Little League teams in
Riverside, Davis and Berkeley, to participating (and winning medals) in US Master Track and
Field Championships, Senior Olympics, a World Association of Veteran Athletes Championships.
The papers in this collection revolve around his involvement with these organizations and
his continuing involvement with the University of California
When Daniel Aldrich died on April 9, 1990, he had been with the University of California
for 47 years.
||Born in Northwood, New Hampshire
||Received Bachelor of Science degree
||Received Master's of Science degree
||Began working for University of California as junior chemist
||Became Dean of Agriculture for University of California
||Appointed Chancellor of new Irvine campus
||Retired as Chancellor of the University of California, Irvine
||Became Acting Chancellor of University of California, Riverside
||Became Acting Chancellor of University of California, Santa Barbara
||Retired and became Chancellor Emeritus of University of California,
||Died April 9, 1990
Scope and Contents
Daniel G. Aldrich was the founding Chancellor of the University of California, Irvine. The
records in this collection document many of the professional activities he engaged in while
serving as chancellor, his speeches and involvement with community organizations, and
records from his world travels. Also included are realia like a T-shirt, insignia patch,
audiovisual recordings, yearbooks, photograph and memento books, and the first UCI Medal and
pin awarded by the Chancellor in 1984.
This collection is arranged in 5 series:
- Series 1. Biographical and personal papers, 1938-2012, 2.2 linear feet.
- Series 2. Correspondence and subject files, 1960-1990, 10.4 linear feet.
- Series 3. Writings, 1942-1990, 2.4 linear feet.
- Series 4. Photographs and audiovisual materials, 1943-2011, 6.8 linear feet.
- Series 5. Awards and realia, 1932-1991, 8.8 linear feet.
During processing the collection was reduced from 38.6 linear feet to 31 linear feet by
discarding duplicate materials, financial records, and publications not authored by Daniel
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Aldrich, Daniel G. -- Archives
Aldrich, Daniel G.