The Spirit of UCLA: Exploring UCLA’s rich history through the University Archive
As UCLA approaches its 100th anniversary in 2019, the University Archive plays a central role in documenting and celebrating the university’s dynamic history. The University Archive preserves the contributions of countless Bruins and inspires today’s students to think about their roles in UCLA’s legacy. University Archivist Heather Briston shares how Library collections fuel leading-edge research and educational excellence at UCLA, and shows treasures from a new exhibit tracing the evolution of Bruin spirit.
About Heather Briston:
Heather Briston was appointed university archivist in the UCLA Library in 2014. Previously, she was the head of public services for UCLA Library Special Collections. Prior to coming to UCLA, she was the Richard and Mary Corrigan Solari University Historian and Archivist at the University of Oregon during 2001-11.
UCLA’s University Archives has systematically documented campus history, decision-making processes and cultural history since 1948. It collects permanent official university records of enduring value, in all formats, for historical, legal and other purposes. It also selectively acquires materials that document student life, campus life and the role of the university in the community and the papers of UCLA faculty who have had an exceptional impact on the university, their discipline and/or society.
As university archivist, Briston is responsible for the unit’s administration, curatorship, research and instructional services and scholarly communication activities, as well as for providing consultations, outreach and education to university units regarding their responsibilities for permanent records in all formats. Briston also works with departments and offices on campus to provide historical context for events, development and program growth.
This event is invite only.