This collection contains photocopies of the agreement between The Irvine Company and the University of California to deed
1,000 acres of land to the University for a new Irvine campus. Included is the initial agreement of July 20, 1960, as well
as five supplemental agreements created to extend the amount of time The Irvine Company had to prepare and submit a plan to
the University for the purchase of additional acres for an Inclusion Area. The agreement also details the acceptance of a
report for the Master Land Use Plan, the terms of the land deed, requirements of survey and title insurance, stipulations
for a "Planned Community," and an outline for determining the feasibility of an Inclusion Area.
A rapidly growing California population in the late 1950s prompted the Regents of the University of California to explore
the possibility of adding new campuses in an attempt to meet the state's escalating need for higher education. Enrollment
projections suggested that the University would require three new campuses by 1970 to meet the rising demand. After selecting
Santa Cruz and San Diego as new outposts for the University, the Regents undertook a search to discover a campus site in the
Southeast Los Angeles-Orange County area. The Regents selected twenty-three sites in the region based on size, shape, physical
setting, availability, accessibility, their relationship to the center of population and potential for planned community development.
Additional criteria for selecting a campus site included finding an area with a large and increasing population, and a strategic
site that would relieve pressure from existing campuses, namely Los Angeles and Riverside.
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Collection is open for research.