This collection consists of Frank and Frances Robinson's research materials relating to issues surrounding the proposed land
exchange between the County of Orange and The Irvine Company that would have allowed the latter to develop the Upper Newport
Bay, California. Included are court materials relating to the subsequent trial and electioneering and publicity as well as
subsequent activities in the development of the Upper Newport Bay as a nature preserve.
Frank and Frances Robinson moved to the Westcliff community of Newport Beach, California, in 1962. Frances ("Fran"), a Los
Angeles native and longtime environmentalist, and Frank, an aerospace engineer born in South Carolina, became aware of the
importance of wetlands in the ecosystem and were alarmed at what they began to observe in 1963 in the Newport Beach Upper
Newport Bay area. Signs reading "No Trespassing" and walls were erected, while fill dirt was dumped onto the beaches that
were until that time available to the public, to make way for new development.
30.0 linear feet
(23 record cartons, 2 document boxes, and 4 oversize flat boxes)
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 Archives.
Collection is open for research.