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Library Exhibit chronicles the Origins and Development of the City of Irvine

Daniel G. Aldrich, III
Larry Agran

The Partners of the UCI Libraries Present

The Opening of our Spring Exhibit

Irvine: the Vision, the Plan, the Promise

With a talk by

Daniel G. Aldrich, III
UCI Interim Vice Chancellor, University Advancement
Larry Agran
City of Irvine Councilmember

With a special tribute to Raymond L. Watson

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Langson Library, UC Irvine

Reception and exhibit viewing to follow immediately
Reservations requested by May 5, 2011

The Libraries spring exhibit, Irvine, the Vision, the Plan, the Promise, chronicles the origins and development of three community pillars: the City of Irvine, Irvine Company, and the University of California Irvine: and how each played a key role in the evolution of Irvine into a nationally recognized model planned community.

In the early 1960s, noted architect William L. Pereira joined with Raymond L. Watson, a visionary chief planner for the Irvine Company, to craft the master plan that led to a new community on Irvine Ranch property. Materials in the Libraries’ new exhibit provide context for how the plans and promises for a new city became a reality.  Artifacts and planning documents from the UC Irvine Libraries’ Orange County collection, and papers from the Raymond L. Watson archive housed in the Libraries’ Special Collections, will be on display, as well as original brochures and advertisements marketing the new city, and images of the undeveloped site for UC Irvine.

The exhibit begins with the 1959 William L. Pereira and Associates report, which was presented to the UC Regents and Irvine Company, and made way for the establishment of UC Irvine. It concludes with the incorporation of Irvine in 1971. Yvonne Wilson, UCI Research Librarian for California and Orange County Government Information, is the curator.

The opening night event will be held on May 11 at 5:30 p.m. in Langson Library and will feature a talk titled, "Reflections on Irvine at 40" by UCI's Interim Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, Daniel G. Aldrich, III, and City of Irvine Councilmember Larry Agran. A special tribute to Ray Watson will be made during the program.

Free and open to the public. Limited seating; reservations requested. Please go to http://partners.lib.uci.edu/irvineexhibit to make an online reservation. For further information please call 949.824.4651 or email partners@uci.edu.