Camino's First Year Scrapbook includes photographs, commentary, flyers, prize ribbons and other ephemera collected and composed
by the first group of residents in Camino Hall, part of Mesa Court, the first Residence Hall Community. The material was produced
as documentation and memorabilia of the students' experience in the first year of University of California, Irvine (1965-1966).
For the researcher, the scrapbook provides insight into the student experience at UCI for the first year the institution accepted
students, the uniqueness of the experience, and a basis for the growth, changes and evolution of student residential accommodations
for the university and students.
Camino Hall, one of the ten halls of Mesa Court, was built on the only natural mesa on the campus. The other nine halls include
Lago, Loma, Bahia, Sierra, Ciudad, Viento, Cielo, Arroyo and Cuesta. These halls comprise Mesa Court and were the first Residence
Hall Community at UCI, opening its doors to 500 students, in 1965. Mesa Court, as of 2002, houses 1200 undergraduate students
in 19 residence halls. Each residence hall accommodates between 55 and 70 residents and one Residence Advisor, in suite-style
layout. Although Mesa Court is a popular choice among continuing students, the majority of the population is freshmen. Each
hall in Mesa Court is coeducational with single-gender suites. Each suite has a living room, bathroom, and four or five bedrooms.
Most bedrooms are doubles; the few singles attract long waiting lists and are usually assigned to returning students. In addition
to centralized laundry facilities, each hall has its own coin-operated laundry facilities and small kitchens available for
resident use. Every residence hall has its own government and elects a representative to the Mesa Court Community Council,
which sponsors activities such as dances, seminars, student-faculty parties, sports events, and the like. Originally, each
house within Mesa Court was given a Spanish name based on the view from its individual balcony. Currently, many of the halls
in Mesa Court have special interest themes and academic courses that are associated with them; the twenty-six residence halls
provide students the opportunity to meet others with similar interests.
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and
their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and University Archives.