UCLA Spotlight

UCLA History Project

  • By Wendy Soderburg
  • Published Jun 1, 2004 8:00 AM

It’s been 35 years — practically enough time for two more generations of Bruins to pass through UCLA’s hallowed halls — since the last comprehensive history book about the campus, “UCLA On The Move,” was published.

So much has happened since 1969 that a new book was clearly overdue. In fact, many in the campus community realized that the need to capture the full scope of UCLA’s history, in every way possible, was crucial. As a result, the UCLA History Project was born.

“The book is the cornerstone of the history project, but we’ve discovered that there is a bigger issue here: How do you have an ongoing collection of UCLA history and use that to communicate to people about what UCLA has become?” said Assistant Vice Chancellor of Alumni Relations Keith E. Brant, who is leading the project. “Telling the story is going to be quite a challenge.”

Senior Writer Marina Dundjerski, a 1994 alumna, is the principal researcher and author of the new book, which is being planned as a 400-page general history combining narrative, pictorial elements, lively anecdotes and marginalia. The UCLA Alumni Association and longtime support group Gold Shield Alumnae of UCLA will co-fund the new publication.

Patricia Hardwick, a 1952 UCLA graduate and Gold Shield member, is chair of the project steering committee, comprised of Gold Shield members, alumni volunteers and UCLA staff. The book project is especially dear to the hearts of the organization’s members, who were instrumental in getting the first history book published in 1969.

There are a few areas not covered in “UCLA On The Move” that Hardwick would like to see in the new book. “There’s the campus itself, which has turned into such a city,” Hardwick said. “And student housing, which I think is a huge issue. I lived in Hershey Hall, and that was about it when I was on campus!”

The UCLA History Project will be an ongoing effort to preserve the UCLA story, and the campus community is invited to help by submitting anecdotes, photographs, videos, programs and other memorabilia. For more information, visit the web site or call (310) 206-0383.


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