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The UCLA History Project

The first published history of UCLA was California of the Southland, which, not surprisingly, had substantial focus on the Berkeley Campus. In the early 1960s, Gold Shield and two prominent UCLA alumni–Andrew Hamilton ‘35, journalist and UCLA public affairs officer, and John B. Jackson ‘27, manager of the UCLA Publications Service and former executive director of the UCLA Alumni Association–wanted to write a book about UCLA’s first fifty years. Andy and Johnny did the writing; Gold Shield helped with the publication and sales. The result was the now much beloved book, UCLA on the Move, published in 1969. Owners of cherished copies of that book have used it through the years for reference, for strolls down memory lane, and find it especially captivating because of the authors’ use of anecdotes and photographs to tell the story. UCLA on the Move sold out, and those who have copies are unlikely to part with them.

Recently, Gold Shield conceived the idea, provided seed money and provided a significant amount of research for the most recent book on UCLA History called, UCLA: The First Century.