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Writings and professional files Series 1.  1961-2010

Physical Description: 2.2 Linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains the writings and professional files of Raymond L. Watson and include published articles, drafts of unpublished manuscripts, speeches, lectures, handwritten and typewritten notes, critiques, notebooks, correspondence, articles about Watson, collected research materials, and photographs. Materials in this series are in paper and digital formats. Subjects include city planning, community development, The Irvine Company, the City of Irvine, the University of California, Irvine, and the Irvine family, among others. Of particular interest are Watson's drafts of unpublished manuscripts and his writings located in the digital component of this series. Watson's writings are iterative, with versions of papers or topics rewritten or repurposed over time and they shed light on his professional interests and his writing processes.


This series is arranged alphabetically by subject or material type.
Box 1, Folder 1

Calendar, "Historical Irvine," includes notes, 2008

Box 1, Folder 2

Comments by Watson on writings by Nicholas Bloom, Ann Forsyth, and Hiroshi Nishimaki, circa 1999-2004

General note


  1. Hiroshi Nishimaki, dissertation written in 2001, "The making of garden-cities: case studies of Milton Keynes, Irvine, and Tsukuba."
  2. Nicholas Bloom, Suburban alchemy: 1960s new towns and the transformation of the American dream (published in 2001).
  3. Ann Forsyth, Reforming suburbia: the planned communities of Irvine, Columbia, and the Woodlands (published in 2005).

Correspondence, 1961-2008

Scope and Content Note

Included is chiefly correspondence to or from Raymond Watson, though some third party correspondence can also be found. The correspondence is primarily professional, though some of the correspondents are clearly friends, as represented in the exchanges. Most of the correspondences comprise a single letter or two, refer to something professional in nature, and may also include materials referred to in correspondence (articles, clippings, reports, etc). With several of the correspondents, exchanges continue over several years.
Box 1, Folder 3

Agid, Kenneth, 1991

Box 1, Folder 4

Agran, Larry, 1989-1990

Biographical Note

At the time, Agran was serving as Mayor of the City of Irvine.
Box 1, Folder 5

Angel, Don, 1992

Box 1, Folder 6

Bailey, Eric, 1991

Box 1, Folder 7

Bender, Richard, 1992

Box 1, Folder 8

Childs, Tracy, 2001

Box 1, Folder 9

Collins, Jerry, 1977 May 26

Box 1, Folder 10

Dannenbrink, Robert F., Jr., 2008 September 26

Scope and Content Note

Includes a copy of "The Irvine Company as a merchant builder of residential housing on its own properties, a study as to its feasibility, risk and potential profit," 1966.
Box 1, Folder 11

Dienstfrey, Ted, 1986-1997

Box 1, Folder 12

Doyle, Morris, 1977 May 25

Related Materials

See the letter from Watson to the Trustees of the James Irvine Foundation in Series 2.
Box 1, Folder 13

Eichler, Edward P., 1965 June 24

Box 1, Folder 14

Eisner, Michael, 1991

Biographical Note

Eisner served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at The Walt Disney Company, 1984-2005. Watson had been on the Board at Disney since 1974. In 1983, Watson became Vice Chairman at Disney and then served as Chairman until 1984 when Eisner took over. In 1984, Watson left active management at Disney, but remained as Chairman of the Executive Committee.

Related Materials

For more on the Walt Disney Company, see Series 5 in this collection.
Box 1, Folder 15

Elliott, Robert, circa 1996-2006

Scope and Content Note

Includes accompanying articles and memos, some of which include annotations.
Box 1, Folder 16

Goodkin, Sanford R., 1977 May 25

Related Materials

See the letter from Watson to the Trustees of the James Irvine Foundation in Series 2.
Box 1, Folder 17

LeBlanc, Mike, 1991

Box 1, Folder 18

Luerhs, Richard R., 2007 February 2

Box 1, Folder 19

McCulloch, Sam, 1996

Box 1, Folder 20

Miller, Donn B., 2004 October 25

Box 1, Folder 21

Neutra, Richard, 1965

Box 1, Folder 22

O'Donovan, Leo. 2005

Scope and Content Note

Comrpises email exchanges and an essay by O'Donovan.
Box 1, Folder 23

Petracca, Mark, 1991-1995

Biographical Note

At the time of the correspondence, Mark Petracca was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine and Watson was serving as Vice Chairman at The Irvine Company. Much of the correspondence pertains to issues relating to the City of Irvine such as affordable housing, growth, and property rights.
Box 1, Folder 24

Stanek, Francis, 1991

Box 1, Folder 25

University of California, Irvine Libraries, 2004

Box 1, Folder 26

Wheeler, Kate to Ray Watson, 1977 May 25

Related Materials

See the letter from Watson to the Trustees of the James Irvine Foundation in Series 2.
Box 1, Folder 27

Wurster, William W., 1961 April 10

Box 1, Folder 28

[surname?], Marc, 1986

Box 2, Folder 1

Diary notes, 1987-1992

Box 2, Folder 2

Miscellaneous notes, correspondence, and other materials, 2005, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes a few items in which the correlation to other materials in the collection is not known.
Box 2, Folder 3

Notebooks, undated

Box 2, Folder 4

"Personal files," 1985

Scope and Content Note

Consists of short writings or correspondence pertaining to various professional subjects including The Irvine Company and the Walt Disney Company.
Box 2, Folder 5

Photographs, circa 1964-2007

Scope and Content Note

Included are 13 black-and-white and color photographic prints showing informal group portraits of Watson and others at events or horseback riding (presumably on the Irvine Ranch). Most of the photographs appear to be publicity shots for The Irvine Company. Other people depicted in the photographs include William Pereira, William R. Mason, and Donald Bren, among others.
Box 2, Folder 6-8, Box 32, Folder 5

Published articles about Watson, Bulk, 1973-1986 1964-2005

Box 2, Folder 9

Raymond L. Watson Bridge dedication event materials and medal, 2005 October 27

Box 2, Folder 10

University of California, Berkeley architecture, 40th class reunion, announcement and program, 1991 May

Box 3, Folder 1

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Real Estate Chair program, 1978 April

Box 3, Folder 2

"What is a City?" research notes and reading, 1961-1965




Born digital files, 1992-2010

Other Finding Aid

The files can be searched and accessed through UCIspace @ the Libraries .

Processing Note

Watson's born digital files were originally sent via email, 2011. During the initial processing, the files were copied to a networked data drive and preserved in their original formats (Microsoft Word and Excel). For further preservation, the files were also burned onto a compact disc and stored with the collection. In 2012, the files were converted to PDF format in order to facilitate preservation and access.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of 90 born digital files that include writings by Watson pertaining to Irvine Company developments in Orange County, California; the planning of the University of California, Irvine and the City of Irvine; city planning; community planning; and planned communities. Also included are reports and writings not authored by Watson that primarily relate to urban planning and design. The born digital files were organized by Watson into 12 digital folders:
  1. "City of Irvine"
  2. "Human Scale"
  3. "Intros, forwards, TIC vision
  4. "Misc Writings, Memos, and Reviews"
  5. "Other Author's Articles and Writings"
  6. "Perspectives on New Urbanism"
  7. "Public Policy Institute"
  8. "Ray Watson Bios"
  9. "Speeches"
  10. "TIC History and Background"
  11. "TOCs and Outlines"
  12. "UCI"

Manuscripts (drafts),

Box 3, Folder 3-6

"The Irvine Ranch," unpublished manuscript, circa 2001-2007

Scope and Content Note

Comprises four unfinished drafts of the book.
Box 3, Folder 7, Box 4, Folder 1-3

Material for unpublished manuscript on Irvine, circa 1992-2005

Scope and Content Note

Includes outlines, draft table of contents, draft chapters, notes, and collected materials primarily on the Irvine Ranch, The Irvine Company, the City of Irvine, and the University of California, Irvine, as well as on city planning, community development, among other subjects. Of interest are Watson's writings explaining when and why he decided to write the book (see folder 1).
Box 4, Folder 4

Published articles, 1970-1996


Speeches, conferences, and other writings, 1967-1989

Box 4, Folder 5-6

American Institute of Architects (AIA) New Communities Conference, 1971

Scope and Content Note

Includes Watson's paper, as well as the papers of all of the presenters at the conference.
Box 4, Folder 7

American Institute of Architects (AIA), presentation to the Pasadena/Foothill Chapter, "The American Architect - 1990," 1980 November 7

Scope and Content Note

Includes a rough draft of "Real Estate Development and the Architect," 1979, and notes compiled in 1981.
Box 5, Folder 1

Celebrating forty years of innovation: a symposium honoring UC Irvine's first forty years, 2005 November 3

Scope and Content Note

Includes Watson's speech outline, titled "Site selection, land acquisition, and the building of a university-centered city," and related materials.
Box 5, Folder 2

"The City of Irvine--prophesy and plan," 1971

Box 5, Folder 3

"The Irvine Company: a little bit of history," undated

Box 5, Folder 4

"The Irvine Company's critical role in creating cityhood for Irvine," undated

Box 5, Folder 5

"Irvine: dreams and realities," and related materials, 1985, undated

Box 5, Folder 6

"Irvine land reserve designation as a National Natural Landmark," 2006 October 10

General note

Speech at an event held at Crystal Cove State Park, "Celebrating the significance of the land."
Box 5, Folder 7

Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) talk, Raymond Watson and Stanley Corey, 2005 August 18

Box 5, Folder 8

"Irvine's road to city hood," 2004, undated

Box 5, Folder 9

"Is the Irvine of 1999 what I envisioned in 1960?," circa 1999

Box 5, Folder 10

James Irvine Foundation, notes from minutes, undated

Scope and Content Note

Consists of notes Watson made while researching the James Irvine Foundation minutes. His notes pertain to minutes dating from 1937 to 1963. It is not known when Watson took the notes.
Box 5, Folder 11

Pacific Coast Builders Conference, San Francisco, 1969 June 4-6

General note

Watson participated in the panel "Are you ready for the intricacies of marketing new communities."
Box 5, Folder 12

"Reflections on early Irvine planning," 2005, undated

Box 5, Folder 13-16

Speeches and papers, 1967-1984

Box 5, Folder 17, Box 6, Folder 1

Speeches and research material, 1971-1982

Box 6, Folder 2

"Visions," and other materials, undated


The Irvine Company files Series 2.  1954-2008

Physical Description: 7.3 Linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains material related to the planning and development of the landholdings of The Irvine Company (TIC). Included are reports, studies, plans, correspondence, court cases, photographs, slides, and publications. Subjects include commercial, industrial, and residential developments in Irvine and Newport Beach, open space, and community planning, among others.


This series is arranged in two subseries:
  • Subseries 2.1. Records and publications, 1954-2008.
  • Subseries 2.2. Developments and planning, 1960-2008.

Records and publications Subseries 2.1.  1954-2008

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries contains correspondence, court cases, photographs, slides, records, reports, and publications related to The Irvine Company (TIC). The correspondence is chiefly interoffice memos within TIC and sometimes includes materials referred to in the memos. The photographs and slides document TIC properties and developments, while the publications include reports issued from TIC, promotional and informational publications, and newsletters and newspapers published by TIC.


This subseries is arranged alphabetically by material type. Arrangement within each material type is alphabetical by title or subject.

Correspondence, 1938-2008

Box 6, Folder 3

Cermak, Rick to Jim Cavanaugh regarding the inventory of the Agricultural Headquarters "plan vault," 1996 April 1

Scope and Content Note

Includes the 54-page inventory.
Box 6, Folder 4

Dyer, Susan to Ray Watson regarding affordable housing in Irvine Pacific portfolio - City of Irvine, 1991 September 25

Box 6, Folder 5

Graves, John to Ray Watson for review of the Irvine Company's position on alternative transit (draft), 1989 October 26

Box 6, Folder 6

Irvine, James to the City Council of Newport Beach regarding the Balboa Bay Club site (photocopy), 1938 June 20

Scope and Content Note

Modern photocopy of original. Includes highlighted text.

General note

Modern photocopy of original. Includes highlighted text.
Box 6, Folder 7

Mason, W. R. to Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), attention Richard Turner, 1970-1971

Scope and Content Note

Includes two letters from Mason to LAFCO, a copy of The Irvine Company 1977-1978 capital budget, and a photocopy of a map from the Irvine General Plan, 1970.
Box 6, Folder 8

Rien, Rina to all employees regarding the results of a door to door survey in the Harbor View (Port Streets) neighborhood, 1996 June 11

Scope and Content Note

Includes the final report.
Box 6, Folder 9

Thomas, Larry to Ray Watson, 1991-2008

Scope and Content Note

Includes research materials.
Box 6, Folder 10

Watson, R. L. to all employees regarding the reorganization of the Land Development Division, 1968 March 15

Box 6, Folder 11

Watson, Ray to the Trustees of the James Irvine Foundation, 1977 May 23

General note

For personal repsonses to this letter, see the correspondence in Series 1 from Morris Doyle, Sanford Goodkin, and Kate Wheeler.
Box 6, Folder 12

Wheeler, C. S. to W. R. Mason regarding a request for historical information on the Irvine Company, 1965 November 29


Court cases, 1982

Box 6, Folder 13

Newport Beach, Irvine, and Laguna Beach leasehold litigation, 1982

Box 6, Folder 14

Upper Newport Bay litigation, Ray Watson's exhibit book, 1983-1986


Photographs and slides, circa 1964-1987

Box 6, Folder 15, Box FB 66, Folder 4

Aerial views of various projects, 1967-1987, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes 8 images comprising either aerial photographs or renderings of TIC projects including Newport Center, Eastbluff, University of California, Irvine (UCI), and the Irvine Coast Planned Community.
Box 6, Folder 16

Irvine Company properties photographs, circa 1964-1975

Scope and Content Note

All photographic prints are 8 x 10 inches. Included are 17 black-and-white prints and one color print showing exterior and aerial views of The Irvine Company properties.
Box 6, Folder 17

Newport Center slides, 1968

Scope and Content Note

Includes six color slides and corresponding slide printouts of architectural renderings showing Newport Center.
Box 7, Folder 1

Slide inventory, "Master slide file," undated

Scope and Content Note

Consists of 39 pages of color printouts (on paper) of color slides primarily showing views of Irvine Company residential and commercial developments. Subjects include Woodbridge, Eastbluff, Turtle Rock, Newport Center, University of California, Irvine (UCI), the Irvine Ranch, and the Irvine family. Included are aerial, exterior, and interior views, as well as copy prints of renderings and plans. Each page can hold up to 20 images (though not all pages are full) and each image is the same size as the original slide.
Box 7, Folder 2

Slides, before 1997

Scope and Content Note

Consists of 173 slides documenting Irvine Company planning and developments. The slides remain in the original order given by Watson, which were organized into two groupings: "TIC-PLNG 1518" and "Woodbridge 1519." Included are aerial views, exterior views, and copy prints of plans and renderings of developments. The slides are primarily in color but there are also a few black and white images. Most, if not all, of the slides are duplicated in the digitized slides within this collection.

Slides (digitized), before 1997

Processing History

The slides were digitized by Watson in 1996 and 1997 and stored on five Kodak Photo CDs and were assigned the following numbers: 0121, 0141, 1518, 1519, and 1694. In 2012, the digital images were copied to a networked data drive and converted to JPEG format in order to facilitate preservation and access. The archivist also assigned titles to the groupings of slides contained on each photographic CD to further facilitate access.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of 361 digitized slides documenting Irvine Company developments in Orange County, California; the Irvine Ranch and the Irvine family; and the planning and development of areas within Orange County. Included are aerial, exterior, interior, and plan views, as well as copy prints of schematic drawings, plans, maps, and several photographic portraits. Most of the images are in color. The slides are organized into five groupings:
  1. Raymond L. Watson slides on the University of California, Irvine, before 1997
  2. Raymond L. Watson slides on Irvine Company developments in Newport Beach, California and Irvine, California, before 1997
  3. Raymond L. Watson slides on the Irvine Ranch, before 1997
  4. Raymond L. Watson slides on Woodbridge, Irvine, California, before 1997
  5. Raymond L. Watson slides on various Irvine Company developments, before 1997

Other Finding Aid

The digital files can be searched and accessed through UCIspace @ the Libraries .
Box FB 66, Folder 4

Poster, "Irvine Ranch: What would you do with 120 square miles of California?" 1965

Scope and Content Note

The poster features a photograph of Watson.

Publications and reports, 1959-2006

Box 7, Folder 3

April 1977 business plan for the five-year period ending April 30, 1982, 1977 April 1

Box 7, Folder 4-5

Annual reports and brochures, circa 1969-2006

Scope and Content Note

Included are annual reports dating 1969, 1971-1976, and 2004. Brochures date from after 1983 to 2006.
Box 7, Folder 6

Architectural Record, "A plea for planned communities," 1973 December

Scope and Content Note

Includes the article only, not the entire issue.
Box 7, Folder 7-8, Box 8, Folder 1

Board of Directors meetings agendas, 1959-1990

Box 8, Folder 2

Description of the Irvine business planning process, 1973 November 27

Box 8, Folder 3

Directors and officers, timeline of elections and meetings from 1936 to 1968, circa 1968

Box 8, Folder 4

The evolution of planned community form for the 90s, Urban Planning and Design (working draft), 1995 April 4

Box 8, Folder 5

Executive Committee meeting agenda, Irvine Center presentation, 1977 May 20

Box 8, Folder 6

Fact sheet: The Irvine Company and The Irvine Company development, Orange County, California, 1975 May

Box 32, Folder 2

Fact sheet: The Irvine Company, with plans and maps, after 1991

Box 8, Folder 7

Five-year financial projections, 2005 September

Box 32, Folder 5

Fortune (magazine), paid advertisement for the Irvine Company, 1971 November

Box 8, Folder 8

The future of agriculture--and its problems--in Orange County, 1975 March 7

General note

Written by Watson and presented at a University of California, Irvine discussion sponsored by the Environmental Coalition of Orange County.
Box 8, Folder 9

Good Planning Website, phase I, 2004 April 1, 2004 April 1

Box 8, Folder 10

Good Planning Website, 2005 May 23

Box 8, Folder 11-12

Investment property portfolio (revised), 1977 June 3

Box 8, Folder 13

Irvine Apartment Communities: five year financial reports for the quarter ended, 1997 September 30

Box 9, Folder 1-2

Irvine Company and Irvine Ranch, articles about, 1954-1999

Scope and Content Note

Contains primarily photocopies of collected articles about The Irvine Company.
Box 9, Folder 3

Irvine Company presents a planned development for American industry, 1965

Box 9, Folder 4

Irvine Ranch difference: balancing growth and quality of life, Young Deal Maker Presentation issued from Urban Planning and Design, 2004 January

Box 31, Folder 1, Box 9, Folder 5

Irvine Ranch: innovation, technology, quality of life, 2000, undated

Box 9, Folder 6

Land development: marketing alternatives as they influence profits, 1967 June

General note

Written by Watson, with help from Lansing Eberling and Ted Dienstfrey, among others. Watson was serving as Vice President of the Land Development Division at TIC in 1967.
Box 9, Folder 7

New employee orientation materials, 2002

Box 9, Folder 8

New Worlds, 1977 June/July

Box 9, Folder 9

New Worlds, Irvine Ranch centennial issue, 1976 June/July

General note

2 copies. One copy is missing pages but includes highlighted text. The other copy is complete.
Box 9, Folder 10

Orange County Business Digest, "Building tomorrow's cities...today," and "Irvine and 'New Towns'...an assessment," 1970 January

Scope and Content Note

Includes a feature article on The Irvine Company and its developments. See pages 47-65.
Box 9, Folder 11

Paper, Scissors, Glue, Irvine Company promotional brochure for school districts, undated

Box 10, Folder 1-2, Box 32, Folder 3

Planning Ahead, 1989-2005

Scope and Content Note

Newsletter published by The Irvine Company that "explores elements of a balanced community."
Box 10, Folder 3

PowerPoint slide show resources prepared by Urban Planning and Design, 1988 May

Box 10, Folder 4

Profile of the Agricultural Division, The Irvine Company, Orange County, California, 1977 May

Box 10, Folder 5

Tic Talk, The Irvine Company newsletter, 1997 May and 2001 November

General note

The November 2001 issue includes an interview with Watson.
Box 10, Folder 6

Toward a more market responsive development strategy: a case study in evolution, prepared by Jon Worden for The Irvine Company, undated


Developments and planning Subseries 2.2.  1960-2008

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries contains plans, publications, reports, and studies related to Irvine Company planning and its specific developments. Also included are materials related to the Company's community planning initiatives and subsequent efforts. Of special note is the yearlong Planning Department diary, titled "Dear Diary," which chronicles both the first year of the newly formed planning department and Watson's first year at TIC, from October 10, 1960 to October 9, 1961.


This subseries is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Commercial and industrial, circa 1960-1999

Box 10, Folder 7

Better locations for business in a better environment for people, circa 1970

Box 10, Folder 8-9

Big Canyon Country Club development program, undated

Box 11, Folder 1

El Toro - Report to The Irvine Company on the need for and viability of a commercial airport at El Toro 1997 April 29

Box 11, Folder 2

Irvine Industrial Complex: a better location for industry in a better environment for people, circa 1970

Box 11, Folder 3

Irvine Industrial Complex - East: final environment impact report, 1974 July 8

Box 11, Folder 4

Irvine Industrial Complex: Garden Grove planned unit development, 1976 April 30


Irvine Spectrum

Box 11, Folder 5

Case study of the Entertainment Center at Irvine Spectrum, by Richard Sim, 1996 April 26

Box 11, Folder 6

Irvine Spectrum and Irvine Spectrum Center, planning and development, 1998 September

Box 31, Folder 4

Irvine Spectrum corporate estate design guidelines, undated

Box 11, Folder 7

Irvine Spectrum sales and promotional materials, circa 1980-1998

Box 11, Folder 8

Irvine Spectrum: The International Center for Research, Technology and Business, undated


Newport Center

Box 12, Folder 1

Newport Center, articles about, circa 1960-1969

Box 12, Folder 2

Newport Center/Fashion Island phase 2, 1985 February 25

Box 12, Folder 3

Newport Center master plan, circa 1980-1999

Box 12, Folder 4

Newport Center: where business is beautiful, circa 1960-1979

Box 12, Folder 5

University Town Center zone change, 1974 September 16


Community planning, 1967-2004

Box 12, Folder 6

Bridge for the Future, bridge housing, 1983

Box 12, Folder 7

Community Association management and maintenance workshop, 1974 April 27

Box 12, Folder 8

Community Association workshop on finance, 1974 March 9

Box 12, Folder 9

Community Developers Group meeting: company organization, 1968 February 8

Box 12, Folder 10

Community framework diagnosis and statistics, 1991 September 1

Box 12, Folder 11

Community planning notebook, circa 1995-1999

Box 12, Folder 12

Elliott, Rob, presentation for New Urbanism panel, with annotations by Watson, 1995

Box 13, Folder 1

Handbook for community association leaders, circa 1970-1979

Box 13, Folder 2

Irvine Community Development Company village development process, 2004 June 11

Box 13, Folder 3

Report on opinion research and communication test for The Irvine Company, 1989

Box 13, Folder 4

Watson, Ray, memo to community developers group, 1967 December 15

Box 13, Folder 5

Welcome home: your guide to a new environment, 1971


Development areas and planning, 1960-2003

Box 13, Folder 6

Boundary maps after 1988

Box 13, Folder 7

Development program summary, 1963

Box 13, Folder 8

Final report: southern sector general plan, 1968 May

Box 13, Folder 9

Five year development program first report, 1962

Box 13, Folder 10

Five year development program second report, 1963 January

Box 13, Folder 11

Five year developmental strategy (charts and plans), 1977-1978

Box 13, Folder 12

General plan, 1975 February

Box 13, Folder 13

Irvine coast: conceptual landscape themes, 1985 October 1

General note

Prepared by The SWA Group for The Irvine Company.
Box 14, Folder 1-2

Irvine coastal area general plan, 1976

Box 14, Folder 3

Irvine coastal area general plan--and overview, 1975 November 5

Box 14, Folder 4

Irvine coastal community plan: a coastal element of the South Irvine Ranch general plan, 1971 October 21

Box 14, Folder 5

Irvine general plan - coastal planning studies, undated

Box 14, Folder 6

Irvine Ranch: a guide to the master plan for the southern section, 1964 January 15

Box 14, Folder 7

Irvine Ranch: a visionary master plan, circa 1990

General note

4 versions.
Box 31, Folder 7

Irvine Ranch comparative community study, 2001

Box 31, Folder 8

Irvine Ranch comparative community study, 2003

Box 32, Folder 4

Irvine Ranch comparative community study, 2006 June

Box 15, Folder 1

Jointly planning the City's nothern sphere, 2001 December 10

Box 15, Folder 2

Land Development Division guidance statement, 1972 December

Box 15, Folder 3

Planning Area 17: planning background summary, 1999 September

Box 15, Folder 4

Planning Area 27, circa 1990-1999

Box 15, Folder 5

Planning Department "Dear Diary," Part 1, 1960 October 10 - 1961 April 28

Box 15, Folder 6

Planning Department "Dear Diary," Part 2, 1961 May 1 - 1961 October 5

Box 15, Folder 7

Products and procedures of The Irvine Company, Planning Department, 1973 September 17

Box 15, Folder 8

Urban Planning and Design Group, 1998-2000

Box 15, Folder 9

Working environments - Flextech campuses, 1999 November 11


Open space, 1991-2006

Box 15, Folder 10

Forever wild: the Nature Preserve of Orange County, 1996

Box 15, Folder 11

Guide to the great outdoors: Irvine, Laguna Beach, and Newport Beach, 2000 July

Box 16, Folder 1

Irvine Company Open Space Reserve stewardship plan, 1991 September 4

Box 32, Folder 4

Irvine Ranch Land Reserve: a vision for the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve, 2004 January

Box 31, Folder 5

Irvine Ranch Land Reserve comprehensive stewardship plan, 2003 January 21

Box 31, Folder 6

Irvine Ranch Land Reserve comprehensive vision plan: the master plan of opportunities, 2003 August 4

Box 32, Folder 4, Box 16, Folder 2-3

Irvine Ranch Land Reserve, promotional materials, 2001, 2002, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes publications, audio-visual materials, and an oversize fold out map.

Video recording: "The Irvine Ranch, different by design," undated

Scope and Content Note

Promotional video that includes imagery, music, and short interviews with Raymond Watson and Rob Elliot of The Irvine Company discussing the planning and development of the Irvine Ranch and it's designated 50,000 acres of open space.
Box 16, Folder 3, Disk 002-U

Use copy,

Physical Description: 1 videodisc (DVD) (7 minutes); sound; color.

Video recording: "The Irvine Ranch Land Reserve," 2001 November 28

Scope and Content Note

The video documents a November 28, 2001 event celebrating the designation of 50, 000 acres of Irvine Ranch land set aside for open space by The Irvine Company. Presenters at the event included Raymond Watson, Donald Bren, Mike McKee, and Monica Florian of The Irvine Company, as well as Steve McCormick and Graham Chisolm of the Nature Conservancy, Mary D. Nichols of the California Resources Agency, and Michael Pinto of the Laguna Canyon Foundation. Also included are brief comments from event attendees including Joan Irvine Smith.
Box 16, Folder 3, Disk 001-U

Use copy,

Physical Description: 1 videodisc (DVD) (1 hour); sound; color.
Box 16, Folder 4

Irvine Ranch National Natural Landmark, dedication brochure, 2006

Box 16, Folder 5

Irvine Ranch: stewardship for a sustainable tomorrow, publication and letter, 2004 August 30

Box 16, Folder 6

Photographer Stephen Francis discovers nature's hidden treasure in Irvine's open space, circa 1990-1999

Box 16, Folder 7

Village place making with landscape and open space, 1999 October 17


Residential, 1961-2008



Box 16, Folder 8

Irvine: the quality of life, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes a copy of Professional Relocation Guides California Bound: Irvine Company Communities and an informational brochure for Westpark.
Box 16, Folder 9

North Park: different by design, circa 1990

Box 16, Folder 10

North Park phase II: builder proposal competition, 2000

Box 16, Folder 11

North Park traditional village planning principle, 1998

Box 16, Folder 12

Village of Turtle Rock: community plan, 1973 November 7

Scope and Content Note

Includes a letter from James E. Taylor of The Irvine Company to the Mayor and Irvine City Council.
Box 16, Folder 13

Village of Woodbridge (formerly Central Irvine Village A), draft environmental impact report by James A. Roberts Associates, Inc., 1973 September 10

Box 17, Folder 1

Village of Woodbridge neighborhood criteria, 1975 October

Box 17, Folder 2

Village of Woodbridge planned community district regulations, 1973 September

Box 17, Folder 3

Village of Woodbridge planned sign program (approved), 1976 April 5

Box 17, Folder 4

Village of Woodbridge supplemental information, 1974 January

Box 17, Folder 5

Villages of Irvine, 2008 Spring/Summer

Box 17, Folder 6

Woodbridge Village Center signing criteria, circa 1975


Newport Beach,

Box 17, Folder 7

Bluffs (Eastbluff), in House and Garden, 1967 February

Box 17, Folder 8

Harbor Ridge, circa 1980

Box 17, Folder 9

Linda Isle study - Irvine Planning Department, 1961 July 24

Box 31, Folder 3

Newport Bay advertisements, 1962-1964

Box 17, Folder 10

Renderings of various developments, 1995


City of Irvine files Series 3.  1970-2005

Physical Description: 2.0 Linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains plans, reports, publications, articles, and clippings pertaining to the city of Irvine before, during, and after its incorporation in 1971.


This series is arranged alphabetically by subject or material type.
Box 17, Folder 11

Argument against Measure B zone changes to Village 38, 1991

Box 17, Folder 12

City of Irvine green building program discussion, 2005 March


General plans and urban design implementation plan, circa 1970-1991

Box 17, Folder 13

General plan for the City of Irvine, 1974 October

Box 18, Folder 1

Irvine general plan, circa 1970

Box 32, Folder 1

Irvine general plan, circa 1970

Box 18, Folder 2

Irvine general plan, 1991 March

Box 18, Folder 3

Irvine general plan: a blueprint for the future, undated

Scope and Content Note

Fold out poster imitating a blueprint.
Box 18, Folder 4

Irvine general plan policies, 1972 October 6

Box 18, Folder 5

Urban design implementation plan: City of Irvine horizon year policies (draft), 1976 August

Box 18, Folder 6

Urban design implementation plan: City of Irvine horizon year policies, 1977 March

General note

Prepared by Wallace, McHarg, Roberts, and Todd for the City of Irvine and The Irvine Company.
Box 18, Folder 7

Urban services for Irvine: a report to The Irvine Company and the University of California, by Griffenhagen-Kroeger, Inc., 1964 December


Incorporation, 1970-1972

Box 19, Folder 1

City of Irvine incorporation, 1971-1972

Box 19, Folder 2

Report justifying the proposal to incorporate the territory of Irvine, 1970

Box 32, Folder 1

Irvine Citizen, "Irvine at 25: Special Commemorative Edition," 1996 October 3

Box 19, Folder 3-4

Irvine, materials compiled by Ray Watson on the City of, undated

Box 19, Folder 5

Irvine, miscellaneous articles compiled by Ray Watson on the City of, circa 1970-2003

Box 19, Folder 6

Irvine, miscellaneous articles compiled by Ray Watson on Irvine politics, ballot measures, and voting, circa 1989-1991

Box 19, Folder 7

Irvine sustainable community activities, 2005 February 2

Box 20, Folder 1

Irvine 2002: a planner's guidebook to Irvine, California, 2003 July 3

General note

Written by David J. Baab while participating in the Advanced Management Development Program for Real Estate Entrepreneurs and Senior Managers at Harvard University.

Publications, 1970-1997

Box 20, Folder 2

"Best places to raise a family," reprinted from Parents (magazine), 1985 May

Box 31, Folder 9

"A city is born, Irvine, California," from The Register, 1970 September 30

Box 31, Folder 2

City of Irvine: silver anniversary, 1997 February

Box 20, Folder 3

Irvine Harvest Festival, 1996 October 4-6

Box 20, Folder 4

Irvine: I call it home, Friends of Heritage Park Regional Library, Irvine, California, 1992 May

Scope and Content Note

A collection of essays and poetry.
Box 20, Folder 5

Irvine Magazine, 1993 July/August

Box 20, Folder 6

The Irvine promise, circa 1980

Box 20, Folder 7

Irvine: the genesis of a new community, Urban Land Institute (ULI), 1974

General note

This publication seems to be very important to Watson's research over the years, based on the fact that there were numerous copies of it found when processing the collection. Two copies have been retained, while the other copies were returned to Watson.
Box 20, Folder 8-9

Irvine World News, 1970-1991

Box 31, Folder 2

Only Irvine: insiders' views of America's foremost planned community, circa 2005

Box 20, Folder 10

Reflections on Irvine: 25 years, 1996


Subject files on city planning and planned communities Series 4.  1963-2006

Physical Description: 2.5 Linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains publications, conference proceedings, reports, articles, and theses and dissertations on subjects related to city planning and planned communities. Subjects include new communities, New Towns, urban growth, urban sprawl, community development, and housing, among others. Most material does not relate specifically to the city of Irvine or The Irvine Company, with the exception of some theses and dissertations and the article by Ann Forsyth.


This series is arranged by alphabetically by subject. Within each subject, folders are arranged alphabetically by title or subject.

City planning, growth, and housing, circa 1964-2006

Box 20, Folder 11

Financing the future housing needs of the United States, Frank R. Gailor, 1971

Box 20, Folder 12

Frameworks, design activism, University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, 2005 Spring

Box 21, Folder 1

Growth management and the courts: can law and policy be reconciled?, circa 1975

Box 21, Folder 2

Housing and community design: making places for people, UCIThink School of Social Ecology, 1999 April

Box 32, Folder 2

A lexicon of the new urbanism (draft), 1999 June 3

General note

Published by Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company.
Box 21, Folder 3

A line in the land: urban-growth boundaries, smart growth, and housing affordability, Reason Public Policy Institute, 1999 October

Box 21, Folder 4

Market-oriented planning: principles and tools, Reason Public Policy Institute, 1997 November

Box 21, Folder 5

Myths and facts about transportation and growth, Urban Land Institute, 1989

Box 21, Folder 6

"Outgrowing Jane Jacobs and her New York," from The New York Times, Nicolai Ouroussoff, 2006 April 30

Box 21, Folder 7

Public sector impacts on housing and real estate: issues and problems, Real Estate Chair Lecture Series, 1976 December

Box 21, Folder 8

Putting the pieces together: state actions to encourage smart growth practices in California, Urban Land Institute, 2002

Box 21, Folder 9

The real estate issue, The New York Times Magazine, 2006 March 5

Box 21, Folder 10

Research readings, circa 1964-1973, undated

Scope and Content Note

Subjects range from economics to new towns. Included are two papers by Judy Rosener on the concept of community and a study on cul-de-sacs.
Box 21, Folder 11-12

Research readings, circa 1988-1998

Scope and Content Note

Subjects include new urbanism, suburban design, neotraditional town planning, and small towns, among others.
Box 21, Folder 13

The sprawling of America: in defense of the dynamic city, Reason Public Policy Institute, 1999 January

Box 22, Folder 1

Symposium on the origins and development of property rights, 1973 January 17-20

Box 22, Folder 2

Urban planning now: what works, what doesn’t?, Harvard Design Magazine, 2005 Spring/Summer


Planned communities and new towns, 1963-2005

Box 22, Folder 3

Developing successful new communities, Urban Land Institute, 1991

Box 22, Folder 4

European Planned Community Tour, 1965 September 21-October 6

General note

Watson attended this tour when he was serving as Vice President of Planning for The Irvine Company (TIC). Other attendees on the tour included Donald Bren who was serving as the president of the Mission Viejo Company, Albert Trevino Jr., Chief Designer and Landscape Architect for TIC, and Ada Louise Huxtable, architecture critic and writer for The New York Times, among others. The tour visited planned communities in England, Scotland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Germany. Included is collected information on the planned communities visited in each country, biographical information on the architects and planners of the planned communities, and lists and biographical information on the attendees of the tour.
Box 22, Folder 5

Evaluation of new communities: selected preliminary findings, Center for Urban and Regional Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1974

Box 22, Folder 6

An evaluation of the Federal New Communities Program, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, circa 1984

Box 22, Folder 7

Grading the Irvine Ranch, from Planning (magazine), Ann Forsyth, 2005 May

Box 22, Folder 8

New cities--in developed and developing nations, Frank G. Mittelbach, 1973 May 22

Box 23, Folder 1-2

New communities policy development resource book, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1974

Box 23, Folder 3

New towns in America: the design and development process, edited by James Bailey, 1973

General note

This is a hard cover book compiled by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) under the editorship of James Bailey. Watson wrote the chapter, "Phasing Growth: How Fast? Where Next?"
Box 23, Folder 4

New towns in Europe, Marmon & Mok Associates, circa 1964

Box 23, Folder 5

New towns: prospects for innovation, Frank G. Mittelbach, 1974 May

Box 23, Folder 6-7

Papers pertaining to the study of new communities and community building at the Center for Planning and Development Research, University of California, Berkeley, 1963-1965

Box 24, Folder 1

Planning for new towns, chapter from unknown source, after 1990

Box 24, Folder 2

Soviet new towns: housing and national urban growth, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1976 July


Theses and dissertations related to city planning and community development, 1995-1999

Box 24, Folder 3

Designing for the physical and social senses of Irvine's parks, Stephen Kelly, 1999

Box 24, Folder 4

Don't fence me in: communities, conflicts & rights, Amy Wallace, 1999 June

Box 24, Folder 5-7, Box 25, Folder 1

Emerald cities: 1960s new towns and the reinvention of the modern American suburb, Nicholas Bloom, 1998 May

General note

Includes two letters from Watson noting his comments and observations on Bloom's thesis. Folder 4 contains a single bound volume of the thesis with comments. The thesis became a book and was published by Ohio State University Press in 2001 under the title, Suburban alchemy: 1960s new towns and the transformation of the American dream. See Series 1, Box 1/Folder 19.
Box 25, Folder 2

Experimental prototype community of tomorrow: Walt Disney and the quest for community, Steven Eric Mannheim, 1999 December 20

Box 25, Folder 3

Lewis Mumford's Eutopianism, Patricia Elliot, 1966 September

Box 25, Folder 4

Look who's hanging out: assessing recreational opportunities for Irvine teens, James M. Purpura, 1999 Spring

Box 25, Folder 5

New American communities: culture, form, and the future beyond urban centers of North America (draft copy), Tim T. Franke, 1995 January 10

Scope and Content Note

Includes a memo from Watson to Rob Elliot (a colleague of Watson) noting Watson's comments and observations on Franke's thesis.
Box 25, Folder 6

The Nexus Project: community and place in Irvine--the role of public elementary schools in increasing sense of community in Irvine, California, Victor Van Zandt, 1999 Spring

Box 25, Folder 7

Public spheres in planned communities: resident perspectives and the shaping of sense of community, Gregg Macey, 1999 May 28

Box 26, Folder 1

We gather together: the role of congregational life in developing sense of place and sense of community in the post-suburban city, Douglas Jackson and Melani Smith, 1999 Spring


Other subject files Series 5. 1954-2009

Physical Description: 1.8 Linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains publications, clippings, and reports related to subjects of professional interest to Watson including the University of California, Irvine, the Irvine Ranch, the Irvine family, Orange County, CA, and the Walt Disney Company.


This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 26, Folder 2

Bren, Donald, articles about, 1987-2003

Biographical Note

As of 2012, Bren serves as chairman of The Irvine Company, a position he has held since 1983.
Box 26, Folder 3

California History, special issue: envisioning California, 1989-1990 Winter

Box 26, Folder 4

Catalogue II of the Regional Oral History Office (ROHO), the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley and corresponding letter, 2002 January 15

Box 26, Folder 5

History of Newport Harbor, Newport Gallery, 2001 January 28

Box 26, Folder 6

Irvine Historical Society publications and thank you letter, 1997-2005

Box 26, Folder 7

Irvine Park - Bears to briquets: a history of Irvine Park, 1897-1967, circa 1967

General note

Photocopy. Written by James Sleeper.

Irvine Ranch, history of and related materials, 1963-2001, undated

Box 26, Folder 8

Deed for land transfer granted to Irvine by Flint and Bixby (copy), 1876

Box 26, Folder 9

"88,000 golden acres waiting for the dust to settle," Seymour Freedgood, from Fortune (magazine), 1963 November

Box 26, Folder 10

Highlights of the history of the Irvine Ranch, undated

Box 26, Folder 11

A history of the Irvine Ranch, compiled by The Irvine Company, undated

Box 32, Folder 1

"An introduction to the Irvine Ranch and an explanation of its participation in the orderly development of Orange County," published by The Register, 1969 February 2

Box 26, Folder 12

Irvine family tree, 1975 January 29

Box 26, Folder 13

The Irvine Ranch, a picture essay by the editors and contributors to Orange County Illustrated, undated

Box 26, Folder 14

Irvine Ranch, articles about, 1963-1999, undated

Box 26, Folder 15

Irvine Ranch Headquarters Historic Park: master planning program, 1997 October 29

Scope and Content Note

Includes an interoffice memo from Rick Cermak to Ray Watson.
Box 27, Folder 1

James Irvine Foundation: "Celebrating California," circa 2001

Box 27, Folder 2

Rancho San Joaquin Gazette, undated

General note

A publication devoted to the history of the Irvine Ranch and Orange County, CA, written by Jim Sleeper who was serving as staff historian at The Irvine Company.
Box 27, Folder 3

Irvine Valencia Growers Packing House: HABS "outline format" documentation report, 2003 September 2

General Note

Report prepared by The Keith Companies and Hatheway & Associates. HABS is an acronym for Historic American Buildings Survey.
Box 27, Folder 4

Location 3 (magazine), 2007 Fall

Scope and Content Note

Focus is on Orange County coastal communities.
Box 27, Folder 5

Orange County Airport dedication publication, 1967 May 6

Historical Background

Was renamed the John Wayne Airport in 1979.
Box 27, Folder 6

Orange County annual survey, 1998

Scope and Content Note

Written by Mark Baldassare and Cheryl Katz for the University of California, Irvine (UCI).
Box 27, Folder 7

Orange County, articles about, 1976-2001

Box 27, Folder 8

Outdoor Education Center, undated


Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), 2003-2009

Box 27, Folder 9

Public Policy Institute of California: a think tank for the 21st century, 2003 February 5

General note

Written by David W. Lyon.
Box 27, Folder 10

Report on 500 Washington Street, 2009 August

Box 27, Folder 11

Rowland, Cynthia R. and A. Marisa Chun to Karen K. Steeber of PPIC regarding the Sarbanes-Oxley Act proposed whistleblower policy, 2004 August 13

Box 27, Folder 12

Reference drawer index from studies library, 1995 May 5

Box 27, Folder 13, Box 32, Folder 3

Santa Ana, California annexation, clippings and articles about, 1962

Box 27, Folder 14

Smith, Joan Irvine, “A California woman's story," 2005 October 17

General note

An autobiography written by Joan Irvine Smith, 130 pages. A book of the same name was published in 2006 comprising 489 pages.
Box 27, Folder 15

Spurgeon, Bill Jr., clippings about, 1959-1968, undated

Box 27, Folder 16

Tracks, a publication of the Newport Bay Naturalists & Friends, 2005 June-August


University of California, Irvine (UCI), 1959-2006

Box 27, Folder 17

The Irvine story: history and development of the University of California, Irvine, Neil Boothby, 1972 May 30

Scope and Content Note

Boothby's senior project.
Box 27, Folder 18

Second phase report for a university-community development in Orange County, William L. Pereira and Associates, 1960

Box 27, Folder 19

A university campus and community study and second phase report, William L. Pereira and Associates, 1959-1960

Box 28, Folder 1

UCI: a celebration of stars--the 2006 Medal Awards, 2006

General note

Watson was a medal recipient.
Box 28, Folder 2

UCI, Department of Planning, Policy, and Design, informational materials, circa 2006

Box 28, Folder 3

UCI faculty, for sale housing program, 1982

Box 28, Folder 4-5

UCI inclusion area/inclusionary housing, 1961-2001

Scope and Content Note

Includes reports, studies, memos, correspondence, and writings and notes by Watson.
Box 28, Folder 6

UCI long range development plans, 1963-1989

Box 28, Folder 7

UCI, news articles about, 1962-1997

Box 28, Folder 8

University of California site selection study: a report on the search for new campus sites, Southern California Metropolitan Center Section, South Cross Section, Charles Luckman Associates, 1959 March 1

General note

Includes notes by Watson.

Walt Disney Company, 1985-2005, undated

Biographical Note

Watson served on the board at the Walt Disney Company beginning in 1974. In 1983, Watson became Vice Chairman at Disney and then served as Chairman until 1984 when Michael Eisner took over. In 1984, Watson left active management at Disney, but remained as Chairman of the Executive Committee.

Related Materials

For more on the Walt Disney Company, see Series 1, (Correspondence; Eisner, Michael) in this collection.
Box 28, Folder 9

Disney World Conference on the Future, 1985 March 27-29

General note

Watson organized the conference.
Box 29, Folder 1

Walt Disney Company, correspondence, fiscal year report, and other material, 2004-2005, undated

Box 29, Folder 2

Walt Disney Company - "Exhibits to the report of the special committee of the board of directors in respect of Michael Eisner investment in Goldman Sachs IPO," 2003 March 14