Historical Resources Guide

Orange Public Library - Main Branch


The holdings of the main branch of the Orange Public Library include:
  • Artifacts on display
  • Books available for research
  • Collection of interviews from the California State University Fullerton Oral History Program
  • Directories
  • Ephemera
  • Historical inventory of houses in Old Towne area
  • Local high school yearbooks
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • Photographs
For more information, contact the Adult Services desk by calling 714-288-2410, by visiting the Orange Public Library page, and also by visiting the Orange Public Library Local History Collection page.



California State University Fullerton Library


The California State University Fullerton (CSUF) library holdings include books related to the history of the City of Orange.

In addition, the Oral History Program at CSUF, established in 1967, is sponsored by the History Department, the University Library, and the Patrons of the Library. Its aim is to record and preserve the experiences of ordinary citizens who had witnessed or participated in significant historical events. Many of these interviews are related to the City of Orange.

The Program's archivist is available to assist visitors during regularly scheduled hours.

For more information, contact the Pollak Library at CSUF by calling 657-278-2633 or by visiting the Pollak Library website.

Additionally, inquiries can be made at the Center for Oral and Public History at CSUF at 657-278-3580.

Chapman University


The library holdings include books related to the history of the City of Orange, including Chapman Remembers; A History of Chapman College, written by Arlene Reasoner Sayre, 1969, and A New Creation: The Incorporation of the City of Orange, 1888 by Phil Brigandi.

For more information, contact the Chapman University Library by calling 714-997-6815 or visit the Chapman University website.

Paragon Agency


The Paragon Agency has recently released the book A Tour of Old Towne Orange, 1999. The authors, Doug and Jackie Westfall, call it a "heritage", a walking tour of people's lives. It includes listings of houses and buildings, historic trees, and artifacts, with historic photos.

Contact the Paragon Agency by calling 714-771-0652 or by visiting the Special Books website for more information.

Santiago Canyon College


The Santiago Canyon College (SCC) library's current holdings are limited but do include Phil Brigandi's book Orange: The City Around the Plaza. 1997.

For more information on the holdings of the SCC library, contact the reference desk at 714-628-5005 or visit the SCC Library website.

University of California, Irvine


The University of California, Irvine (UCI) libraries have fairly significant holdings related to history, politics and government, schools, and statistics of the City of Orange.

For more information, visit the UCI Libraries website or call the Langson Library at 949-824-6842.