Local History Landing Page

Orange History – Information 

Discover the history of Orange, including the first and only Spanish rancho in Orange County, the founding and settlement of the city, the iconic Plaza, the Old Towne Historic District, and some of the people and neighborhoods that have made Orange the unique place it is.

Orange History – Local History Collection 

Includes a searchable online database of digitized items and a much larger physical collection housed in the History Center at the Orange Public Library & History Center.

Digital Collection 

Search for and view historical photos, newspaper coverage, city directories, and assorted other documents presenting aspects of Orange history online using our local history database.

Physical Collection

Visit the History Center or browse the Library’s general catalog to view our diverse physical collection including books, periodicals, photographs, manuscripts, maps, pamphlets, and ephemera from 1871 through the present covering a wealth of subjects. Special emphasis is on the citrus industry, historic local businesses, architecture, civic and religious organizations, city agencies, and the people of Orange.