Guide to the Collection on the Orange County, California Centennial Year

Processed by Audrey Pearson; machine-readable finding aid created by Audrey Pearson
Special Collections and Archives
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California 92623-9557
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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 Additionally, a time capsule containing historical documents and examples of popular culture and contemporary technology was buried at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana.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.

Collection Contents



Box : Folder 1 : 1

General circa 1988-1989

Box : Folder 1 : 2

Orange County Transportation Commission: 100 Traffic Solutions 1989

Box : Folder FB-4 : 6

Calendar of Events 1988



Box : Folder 1 : 3

Brea Mall 1989

Box : Folder 1 : 4-6

Celebrate: Orange County's First 100 Years (A three-part supplement to the Los Angeles Times) 1988-1989

Box : Folder 1 : 7

Westminster Mall 1989

Box : Folder 1 : 8

Newsletters: OC100: Celebrate the Spirit 1889-1989 1989



Box : Folder 1 : 9

Cycling Celebration, Centennial Bike Tour and Festival 1988 July

Box : Folder 1 : 10

Fifty-third Annual Conference of the National Association of Counties 1988

Box : Folder 1 : 11

First Annual Conference of Orange County History 1988 October

Box : Folder 1 : 12

Tallships Festival 1988 September

Box : Folder 1 : 13

Report: Orange County Centennial Final Report circa 1989