Guide to the Collection on the Development of Newport Beach, California MS.R.142

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Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
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Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Title: Collection on the development of Newport Beach, California
Identifier/Call Number: MS.R.142
Physical Description: 1.2 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1966-1995
Abstract: This collection comprises municipal documents and other materials related to the planning and development of the City of Newport Beach, California.
Language of Material: English .


The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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 Archives.

Preferred Citation

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.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the UC Irvine Libraries Government Documents Division, 2005.

Processing History

Processed by Joanna Lamb, 2009.

Historical Background

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.

Biographical/Historical note


1842 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 grant.
1864 Joss Sepulveda sells holdings to partners Flint, Bixby and Irvine.
1870 The Steamer Vaquero enters Newport Bay; a landing is established and the area is named Newport.
1876 James Irvine acquires what becomes the Irvine Ranch from his partners, the land and areas that will later become the City of Newport Beach .
1888 The McFadden brothers build an ocean wharf.
1889 The McFadden brothers move their shipping business from inside the bay to the new outside landing on the peninsula.
1903-1907 The subdivisions of Newport are established as West Newport, East Newport, Bay Island, Balboa, Corona del Mar, Balboa Island, and Port Orange.
1905 The Pacific Electric Railroad reaches Newport, establishing a connection between Los Angeles and Newport.
1906 Newport Beach becomes a city and annexes Balboa.
1910 The McFadden brothers sell Newport, Lido, and Balboa Island.
1921 The Santa Ana River is rechanneled from Newport Bay to the sea.
1922 The first sanitary sewers are installed.
1923 Corona del Mar is annexed by the city of Newport Beach and the Eddie Martin Airport opens (now John Wayne Airport).
1926 The Coast Highway opens.
1941 The Metropolitan River District begins receiving water via the Colorado River Aqueduct.
1943 El Toro Marine Base opens, attracting thousand of recruits to the area with many settling in the Newport area.
1950 Monies are secured for the construction of Hoag Hospital in Newport.
1958 Hughes semiconductor plant, Ford Aeronautics, and Newport Dunes open.
1959 Newporter Inn opens.
1960 The first high rise apartment development opens.
1965 UC Irvine opens with 1,600 students.
1967 Fashion Island opens.
1971 Voters reject building a freeway through the city. Fun Zone is saved from redevelopment, thus marking the beginning of a preservation and anti-growth movement.
1973 Orange County bus lines are extended to Newport.
1976 Sheraton Hotel builds a 300 room complex on Emkay Development Company land.

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.

Collection Arrangement

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. 50 golden 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 http:/

Subjects and Indexing Terms

City planning -- California -- Newport Beach -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
Newport Beach (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources


City of Newport Beach Planning and Development records

box 1, folder 1

City of Newport Beach Annual Activity Report 1966

box 1, folder 2

City of Newport Beach Development Policies and Land Use Plan-DRAFT report 1980 November 6

box 1, folder 3

City of Newport Beach Emergency Disaster Plan 1977 April

box 1, folder 4

City of Newport Beach Emergency Operations Plan 1981 June

box 1, folder 5

City of Newport Beach Parking Demand Study: Newporter Inn and Sheraton report 1974 May

box 1, folder 6

City of Newport Beach Planning Commission report on issue identification and work programs 1978 July

box 1, folder 7

Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce promotional publication 1970

box 1, folder 8

Newport Beach City Council Annual Reports 1971-1977

box 1, folder 9

Newport Beach City Council rulings 1975 and undated

box 2, folder 1

Newport Beach Long Range Planning Report 1969


Newport Beach Planned Community reports

box 2, folder 2

Addendum Environmental Impact Report for Sea Island Townhome Project report 1978 October

box 2, folder 3

Block 800 Planned Community District for the Newport Center report 1979 April

box 2, folder 4

Broadmoor Pacific View Planned Community District Regulations report 1976

box 2, folder 5

Emkay Development Company Planned Community Development Standards report undated

box 2, folder 6-9

The Irvine Company Planned Community District Regulations reports 1973-1978

box 3, folder 1

Versailles on the Bluffs at Newport Planned Community District Regulations report 1970

box 3, folder 2

Newport Beach Zoning Code manual 1969 October 15

box 3, folder 3

Newport Center Corporate Plaza agenda for Public Hearing Item No. 2 1975 September 22

box 3, folder 4

Newport Center / Fashion Island Transit Needs Study 1979


Newport Harbor Chamber of Commerce publications

box 3, folder 5

Lookout, Action Report for Business and Community Leaders 1986 November

box 3, folder 6

Newport Harbor Chamber of Commerce civic directories 1981-1982, 1974-1975

box 3, folder 7-8

Newport Harbor Chamber of Commerce membership directory 1979, 1982


Related Orange County Materials

box 3, folder 9

County of Orange Environmental Management Agency report 1981 December

box 3, folder 10

Friends of Weir Canyon newsletters 1978 July

box 3, folder 11

Huntington Beach planning maps undated

box 3, folder 12

Irvine Chamber of Commerce Business Connection Newsletter 1986 January

box 3, folder 13

Orange County Harbor District Thirtieth Anniversary Commemorative Report 1964

box 3, folder 14

Orange County Labor Magazine, vol. I, No. 5 undated

box 3, folder 15

Orange County voter ephemera 1995 June and undated