More Protectors: Additional Orange County Archives

The county is home to additional special collections and has even more resources for fun study. Here are some of our favorites.

Orange County Historical Society
The Santa Ana-based nonprofit organization has a reference library of more than 1,200 volumes and a historical photo collection. Orange Coast’s Answer Man Chris Jepsen is president. 714-543-8282,

Orange County & Southeast Asian Archive Center
Part of the UC Irvine Libraries, the center and its collection document the experiences of refugees and immigrants from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam in the U.S. It includes books, oral histories, periodicals, refugee orientation materials, dissertations and theses, plus public programs and more. 949-824-4968,

The Sherman Library & Gardens
The Corona del Mar library contains approximately 25,000 books, pamphlets and other printed items, maps and photographs, several hundred thousand papers and documents, and more than 2,000 reels of microfilmed material pertaining to the history of the Pacific Southwest. 949-673-1880,

Center for Oral and Public History
Part of the history department at Cal State Fullerton, the collection is the largest oral history program in the state with more than 5,000 recorded interviews and related transcripts, photographs, and other materials. 657-278-3580,

San Juan Capistrano Historical Society
The society’s archives contains more than 6,000 photos, genealogical records, oral histories, artifacts, and general files. The archives are located in the O’Neill Museum on historical Los Rios Street. 949-493-8444,

Orange Public Library, Local History Collection
Books, periodicals, photographs, manuscripts, maps, pamphlets, ephemera, and artifacts, covering the period 1871 to the present are located in the main library’s history center (407 E. Chapman Ave.). The collection has an emphasis on the citrus industry, old businesses, civic and religious organizations and city agencies. 714-288-2465,

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