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Guide to the Collection on the Orange County, California Centennial Year
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Important Information for Researchers
  • Historical Background
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Collection on the Orange County, California Centennial Year
    Date: 1988-1989
    Collection Number: MS-R059
    Extent: 0.3 linear feet (1 box and 1 oversized folder)
    Languages: The collection is in English.
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: This collection comprises publications created for the Orange County, California Centennial Year celebration in 1988-1989, including programs, brochures, magazines, and newsletters.

    Important Information for Researchers


    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. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Collection on the Orange County, California Centennial Year. MS-R059. 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.

    Processing History

    Processed by Audrey Pearson, 2007.

    Historical Background

    In January 1889 Representative Eugene E. Edwards introduced a bill in the California State Assembly to create a new county, Orange County, in the southern region of what was then Los Angeles County. The bill passed in the Assembly in February and the Senate in March, and the act was signed by Governor Robert W. Waterman on March 11, 1889. Orange County's government became operational on August 1, 1889.
    In 1989 Orange County Centennial, Inc., a privately funded non-profit committee, organized more than 150 programs and events throughout the county in celebration of its hundredth anniversary. The festivities were capped by a birthday party on August 1. Many publications were produced to celebrate the centennial year. Additionally, a time capsule containing historical documents and examples of popular culture and contemporary technology was buried at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana. Some of these programs have continued annually, including a Centennial Scholarship for Orange County students.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection comprises publications created for Orange County's Centennial Year celebration, including programs, brochures, magazines, and newsletters highlighting events.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged alphabetically by format.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Orange County (Calif.) -- Archives.
    Orange County (Calif.) -- Centennial celebrations -- Archives.
    Orange County (Calif.) -- History.

    Genres and Formats of Materials

    Programs -- Orange County (Calif.) -- 20th century.