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Irvine: Libraries

Opening in 1965, the library occupied three floors of the five-story Library-Administration Building on the Irvine campus. The beginning collection of 97,500 volumes was based on the New Campus Program, a 75,000-volume core collection for new campus libraries, prepared in triplicate at the San Diego campus and shipped to the Irvine and Santa Cruz campuses. The next development at Irvine was to bring library materials to research strength for graduate programs. Bibliographical works received particular emphasis.

Special Collections
Manuscripts, papers, and archives related to local and county history included the papers of the late Willis H. Warner, formerly chairman of the Orange county board of supervisors; memorabilia of the Irvine Company's centennial celebration; papers relating to the promotion and development of Dana Point; and in 1965, the Kuchel family collection of 90-year files of the Anaheim Gazette, a gift of U. S. Senator Thomas Kuchel, Theodore B., and Mrs. Henry Kuchel.


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