This collection comprises the extant
files of Raymond L. Watson (1926-2012), former President and CEO of the Irvine Company.
Beginning in 1960, Watson served the company as Architect Planner, Vice President of
Planning, Senior Vice President of the Land Development Division, Executive Vice President,
and Vice Chairman, as well as in other positions until his retirement in 2003. Included in
the collection are Watson's speeches, correspondence, and writings; Irvine Company records,
publications, and reports; subject files relating to the Irvine Company, the Irvine Ranch,
the City of Irvine, the University of California, Irvine, and Orange County, California
(including Upper Newport Bay); and professional files on topics such as city planning,
housing, and new towns. Of particular interest are Watson's own writings on community
development and the City of Irvine.
Raymond L. Watson, former president of The Irvine Company, began his career with The Irvine
Company in September 1960. With the exception of the years 1977 to 1983, was continuously
involved with the company in various capacities.
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 the Special Collections and Archives.