Collection Scope and Content Summary
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine
Title: Collection on the development of Newport Beach, California
Identifier/Call Number: MS.R.142
1.2 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1966-1995
Abstract: This collection comprises municipal
documents and other materials related to the planning and development of the City of Newport
Language of Material:
The collection is open for research.
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by
the creators of the records and their heirs. Some materials are in the public domain. For
permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and
Collection on the Development of Newport Beach, California. MS-R142. Special Collections
and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information
about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder
descriptions, and box/folder locations.
Transferred from the UC Irvine Libraries Government Documents Division, 2005.
Processed by Joanna Lamb, 2009.
Incorporated in 1906, the City of Newport Beach was initially a small, isolated tourist
destination, with seasonal residents occupying self-supporting villages such as Lido Isle
and the Balboa Peninsula. During the 1940s and 1950s, more permanent residents moved to
Newport Beach due to importation of water from the Colorado River, highway expansion, and
the growing military population.
Newport Beach began a period of marked expansion in 1958 when the Ford Aeronautic research
facility and the Hughes Superconductor plant opened and in 1959 Irvine Company donated 1,000
acres for the UC Irvine campus. Throughout this time Newport Beach invested public funds in
recreation spaces, landmark restoration, and a hospital. In the 1960s through the 1980s, the
city continued to embark on large-scale community planning projects.
||Jose Andres Sepulveda acquires Rancho San Joaquin (including the Newport Upper
Bay and most of the mainland shoreline of the lower bay) through a Mexican land
||Joss Sepulveda sells holdings to partners Flint, Bixby and Irvine.
||The Steamer Vaquero enters Newport Bay; a landing is established and the area is
||James Irvine acquires what becomes the Irvine Ranch from his partners, the land
and areas that will later become the City of Newport Beach .
||The McFadden brothers build an ocean wharf.
||The McFadden brothers move their shipping business from inside the bay to the new
outside landing on the peninsula.
||The subdivisions of Newport are established as West Newport, East Newport, Bay
Island, Balboa, Corona del Mar, Balboa Island, and Port Orange.
||The Pacific Electric Railroad reaches Newport, establishing a connection between
Los Angeles and Newport.
||Newport Beach becomes a city and annexes Balboa.
||The McFadden brothers sell Newport, Lido, and Balboa Island.
||The Santa Ana River is rechanneled from Newport Bay to the sea.
||The first sanitary sewers are installed.
||Corona del Mar is annexed by the city of Newport Beach and the Eddie Martin
Airport opens (now John Wayne Airport).
||The Coast Highway opens.
||The Metropolitan River District begins receiving water via the Colorado River
||El Toro Marine Base opens, attracting thousand of recruits to the area with many
settling in the Newport area.
||Monies are secured for the construction of Hoag Hospital in Newport.
||Hughes semiconductor plant, Ford Aeronautics, and Newport Dunes open.
||Newporter Inn opens.
||The first high rise apartment development opens.
||UC Irvine opens with 1,600 students.
||Fashion Island opens.
||Voters reject building a freeway through the city. Fun Zone is saved from
redevelopment, thus marking the beginning of a preservation and anti-growth
||Orange County bus lines are extended to Newport.
||Sheraton Hotel builds a 300 room complex on Emkay Development Company
Collection Scope and Content Summary
This collection comprises municipal documents and other materials related to the planning
and development of the City of Newport Beach, California. The bulk of the collection is from
the 1970s and includes reports, directories, manuals, legal documents, newsletters, and
publicity related to city planning, retail, and housing developments.
This collection is arranged alphabetically under two divisions, the City of Newport Beach
Planning and Development records and Related Orange County Materials.
Felton, James P., and Hilary Kaye, eds. 1988. Newport Beach: The first century,
1888-1988. Newport Beach, California: Newport Beach Historical
Society.Meyer, Samual A., ed. 1957.
years: A history of the city of Newport Beach, 1906-1956
. Newport Beach,
California: Newport Harbor Publication Company. Newport Beach Public
Library. Newport Beach chronological timeline. 2009 [cited 1/26 2009]. Available from
Subjects and Indexing Terms
City planning -- California -- Newport Beach -- History -- 20th century
Newport Beach (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century --