Below are minimally processed archival collections related to local and regional history that have recently been made available for researchers. For additional information please contact the Special Collections and Archives staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or (949) 824-3947.
MS-R137, Al and Charlotte S. Appel Papers
This collection of Al and Charlotte S. Appel’s papers document various socialist and left-wing political parties and movements in Orange County, California chiefly from 1965-1990. The collection includes journals, flyers, newsletters, posters, and other ephemera, as well as correspondence of Al Appel. Some major topics represented are human rights, especially in South America, Russian Socialism, and Communism in China and Cuba. Particularly well represented are the Socialist Organizing Committee and the Organizing Committee for an Ideological Center. The collection also contains early materials from the Orange County Veterans for Peace, of which Appel was a founder. Extent 18.7 linear feet (19 boxes and one oversized folder).
MS-R149, Roger Johnson Papers
Roger Johnson (1934-2005) served as chairman and chief executive for Western Digital Corporation in Irvine, California from 1982 to 1993. Though a lifelong Republican, he was appointed by Democratic President Bill Clinton to serve as head of the U.S. General Services Administration from 1993 to 1996. The collection includes speeches, correspondence, cabinet meeting papers, videotapes, and related materials. Extent 6.2 Linear feet (7 boxes)
MS-R160: Committee of 4000 Records
This collection consists of documents of and related to the Committee of 4000, a non-profit political action group from Irvine, California. The Committee of 4000 was an organization founded by land leaseholders who disputed the terms of their leasing rights with the Irvine Company in the early 1980s. The collection includes newsletters, correspondence from the Irvine Company, meeting minutes, promotional materials, legal documents, and other material related to the organization’s class action lawsuit and activities. Extent 0.2 linear feet (1 box).
MS-R161: Orange County Commission on the Status of Women Records
This collection consists of records from the Orange County (California) Commission on the Status of Women from 1978 to 1990. Materials in this collection include booklets, reports, pamphlets, newsletters, schedules, a transcript, and related material documenting the activities of the commission. Extent 0.4 linear feet (1 box).
MS.R.164: Environmental Coalition of Orange County Records
This collection consists of materials related to the Environmental Coalition of Orange County (ECOC), a non-profit environmental group based in Santa Ana, California. The collection includes subjects divided into various county environmental issues from the mid-to-late 1970s to the early 1980s. In addition to correspondence to and from ECOC Executive Director, Harold (Hal) M. Thomas sprinkled throughout the collection, there are a variety of printed materials on many different local environmental issues. (Note: This is a revised finding aid). Extent 2.0 linear feet (5 boxes).
MS.R.165: Fair Housing Council of Orange County Records
This collection consists of materials related to the Fair Housing Council of Orange County (FHCOC), a private non-profit organization formed in 1965 in the wake of the civil rights movement that resulted in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Council incorporated in 1968, the same year that Congress extended civil rights protections to cover housing with the adoption of the Fair Housing Act. The collection includes court documents including actions brought by the FHCOC against the City of Irvine and The Irvine Company to compel implementation of the of the Fair Housing Act of 1968; City of Irvine planning documents reflecting settlement steps taken to implement court ordered actions; and FHCOC newsletters and economic reports. Extent 1.4 linear feet (4 boxes).