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Guide to the Camino's First Years: Camino, Mesa Court, UCI, 1965-1966(bulk 1965-1966)
AS-068  
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Description
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.
Background
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.
Extent
0.8 linear feet (2 boxes)
Restrictions
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.
Availability
Collection is open for research.