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Guide to the Collection of Orange County and California Maps
MS-R103  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Collection of Orange County and California maps,
    Date (inclusive): circa 1824-1991
    Date (bulk): (bulk circa 1950-circa 1980)
    Collection number: MS-R103
    Extent: 8.9 linear feet (1 box and 23 oversize folders)
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: This collection of over 100 maps documents the State of California, but especially its southern counties. Although the maps are predominantly reproductions they also include a number of originals, with some dating back to the 1820s. Early plats and diseños document the settlement of Southern California, with an emphasis on Orange County, and provide information on land ownership, land divisions, and geographical features. Other more recent thematic maps illustrate the state's geology, show transportation grids, and document the California coast and islands. The collection also includes a large number of contemporary city and county maps and large-scale USGS (United States Geological Survey) maps. The maps occasionally include neighboring states.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and University Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Collection of Orange County and California maps. MS-R103. 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

    Collection assembled by the Department of Special Collections and Archives from maps acquired from a variety of sources.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Andre Ambrus, 2004. Finding aid update by Joanna Lamb in 2009.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection of over 100 maps documents the State of California, but especially its southern counties. Although the maps are predominantly reproductions they also include a number of originals, with some dating back to the 1820s. Early plats and diseños document the settlement of Southern California, with an emphasis on Orange County, and provide information on land ownership, land divisions, and geographical features. Other more recent thematic maps illustrate the state's geology, show transportation grids, and document the California coast and islands. The collection also includes a large number of contemporary city and county maps and large-scale USGS (United States Geological Survey) maps. The maps occasionally include neighboring states.
    Diseños are maps or plats of Spanish and Mexican land grants, which usually accompanied petitions for such grants. Plats are maps, charts or plans that show the location, boundaries, and ownership of individual properties.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into 6 series.
    • Series 1. Maps of California ranchos and rancho-era communities, circa 1824-circa 1980. 1.2 linear ft.
    • Series 2. Maps of Orange County, county and cities, 1887-1986. 2.1 linear ft.
    • Series 3. Maps of other California counties, cities, and geographical features, 1880-1991. 1.2 linear ft.
    • Series 4. USGS maps of California, 1901-1973. 1.4 linear ft.
    • Series 5. California coastal and island maps, 1852-1959. 0.7 linear ft.
    • Series 6. Thematic maps of California, 1855-1964. 2.3 linear ft.

    Related Material

    The following collections in Special Collections and Archives, contain related materials:
    • MS-R01, Don Meadows Papers, Subseries 5.6, Maps
    • MS-R72, Richard Egan Manuscript Maps of Orange County