Guide to the Committee of 4000 Records MS.R.160

Finding aid prepared by Chris S. Ervin
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California, 92623-9557
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spcoll@uci.edu
© 2012


Title: Committee of 4000 records
Identifier/Call Number: MS.R.160
Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.2 Linear feet (1 box)
Date (inclusive): 1979-1983
Abstract: 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.
Creator: Committee of 4000.

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Committee of 4000 Records. MS-R160. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Transferred by Yvonne Wilson, former government documents librarian at UC Irvine.

Processing History

Processed by Chris S. Ervin, 2012 November.

Historical Background

The Committee of 4000, a non-profit political action group based in Newport Beach, California, was founded by land leaseholders who disputed the terms of their leasing rights with the Irvine Company in the early 1980s.The Irvine Company had leased land to some home buyers in Newport Beach and in the city of Irvine in the late 1950s. In the late 1970s the long-term leases were up for renewal. A decade of inflation had pushed up land prices sharply, justifying enormous rent increases. The frightened leaseholders formed a political action group, called the Committee of 4000 to try to persuade Irvine Company to hold down the threatened rent hikes. The president of the Committee of 4000 was Barbara Young of Newport Beach, California.

Bibliography

Further information related to the Committee of 4000 can be found in
Hector, Gary (August 27, 1990). "AMERICA'S RICHEST LAND BARON: Donald Bren's stunning property covers 100 square miles of California." Fortune. Retrieved 2012-11-14. http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/1990/08/27/73941/ 

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection consists of documents 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.

Arrangement

The collection is not arranged.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Committee of 4000.
Irvine Company.
City planning -- California -- Irvine -- History -- Sources.
Correspondence -- 20th century.
Land use -- California -- Irvine
Land use -- California -- Irvine -- History -- Sources.
Legal documents -- California -- Orange County -- 20th century
Minutes -- California -- Orange County -- 20th century.

Box 1, Folder 1

Irvine Company correspondence 1982 February 12 - 1983 October 17

Box 1, Folder 2

Superior Court of the State of California, Scott vs the Irvine Company 1982 December 10 - 1983 July 25

Box 1, Folder 3

Ad Hoc committee on leasehold 1979 March 10

Box 1, Folder 4

"10 Facts every leaseholder should know about the Irvine Company's land leasing and pricing programs" 1982

Box 1, Folder 5

Leaseholder Bill of Rights 1982

Box 1, Folder 6

An open letter to the Irvine Company from the Committee of 4000 1981 November

Box 1, Folder 7

Minutes and notices 1981 November 18 - 1983 May 25

Box 1, Folder 8

Irvine Company: Leasehold information file 1983

Box 1, Folder 9

Standard amendment to residential lease and option to purchase 1983 June 30 - 1983 September 14