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Guide to the California Newspaper Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: California newspaper collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1848-1994
    Date (bulk): 1890-1960
    Collection number: MS-R070
    Extent: 14.8 linear feet 27 boxes
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: This intentionally accumulated collection of scattered issues of newspapers printed in California consists of approximately 100 Orange County titles and approximately 160 titles from other urban, rural, and remote locations, primarily in Southern California. Significant but chronologically limited coverage can be found for papers from Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego counties. The newspapers range from popular weeklies and dailies to more overtly political publications. Issues documented in these newspapers include the concerns of agricultural, seaport, mining, and industrial workers; Native Americans; political campaigns; artist communities; and the military. Coverage of the Antebellum and Civil War periods in American history is particularly strong in issues of the Daily Alta California. Also of interest is the relatively comprehensive coverage of the socialist weeklies Upton Sinclair's Epic News and Upton Sinclair's National Epic News from the 1930s, in addition to issues of Utopian News and Upton Sinclair's End Poverty. The collection also features scattered, rare issues of Spanish-language weeklies published in Orange County during the middle of the 20th century, such as Accion and Noticias (Fullerton), and El Anunciador Mexicano, Latin American, and El Nuevo Mundo (Santa Ana). Titles range from those issued by large publishers to independents. The collection also includes a small number of German-language publications.
    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

    California newspaper collection. MS-R70. 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

    This intentionally accumulated collection was created by Special Collections and Archives staff to provide more efficient storage of and access to the department's holdings of early California newspapers from a variety of sources. A significant portion of the newspapers in this collection were given to the library by Velma Dunlap in 1971 along with the papers of her husband, John "Sky" Dunlap (MS-R21), who was an Orange County newspaperman. Others were relocated to this collection from the Don Meadows Papers (MS-R01). Rare issues of Spanish-language newspapers published in Orange County during the middle of the 20th century were a gift to the UCI Libraries from Hector Tarango via UCI Social Sciences professor Gilbert Gonzalez. The remaining newspapers were added by Special Collections staff from a variety of sources.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Linda Akatsu, Michael Lee, and William Landis in 1998 and 2000. Guide edited by Adrian Turner in 2001.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This intentionally accumulated collection of scattered issues of newspapers printed in California consists of approximately 100 Orange County titles and approximately 160 titles from other urban, rural, and remote locations, primarily in Southern California. Significant but chronologically limited coverage can be found for papers from Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego counties. The newspapers range from popular weeklies and dailies to more overtly political publications. Issues documented in these newspapers include the concerns of agricultural, seaport, mining, and industrial workers; Native Americans; political campaigns; artist communities; and the military. Coverage of the Antebellum and Civil War periods in American history is particularly strong in issues of the Daily Alta California. Also of interest is the relatively comprehensive coverage of the socialist weeklies Upton Sinclair's Epic News and Upton Sinclair's National Epic News from the 1930s, in addition to issues of Utopian News and Upton Sinclair's End Poverty. The collection also features scattered, rare issues of Spanish-language weeklies published in Orange County during the middle of the 20th century, such as Accion and Noticias (Fullerton), and El Anunciador Mexicano, Latin American, and El Nuevo Mundo (Santa Ana). Titles range from those issued by large publishers to independents. The collection also includes a small number of German-language publications.
    The earliest publication is the April 1, 1848 issue of San Francisco's California Star, an early specimen of the city's first newspaper. The collection contains copies of the earliest issues of Orange County's first newspaper, the Anaheim Gazette, founded by George W. Barter (a partner with Henry Hamilton of the Los Angeles Star).
    For further information on several of the newspapers in this collection and their publication history, see Muir Dawson, History and Bibliography of Southern California Newspapers, 1851-1876 (Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop, 1950) and Edward C. Kemble, A History of California Newspapers, 1846-1858 (Los Gatos, Calif.: Talisman Press, 1962).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Socialism--California--Newspapers.
    California--Newspapers.
    Orange County (Calif.)--Newspapers.
    Orange County (Calif.)--Politics and government--Newspapers.
    Orange County (Calif.)--Social life and customs--Newspapers.
    Los Angeles County (Calif.)--Newspapers.
    Sacramento County (Calif.)--Newspapers.
    San Diego County (Calif.)--Newspapers.
    Orange County (Calif.)--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Newspapers--California--19th century.
    Newspapers--California--20th century.

    Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Dunlap, Velma, former owner.

    Related Material

    Special editions of newspapers documenting city events are arranged under the city of their publication in the Don Meadows Papers (MS-R01).
    Extensive coverage of the Anaheim Gazette is represented in UCI holdings, both in the original paper copies and on microfilm. For locations of microfilm holdings (1870-1871, 1874-1964) consult the UCI library catalog.
    Related newspapers from the United States and other countries can be found in the Miscellaneous Newspapers Collection (MS-M17), Special Collections and Archives, UC Irvine Libraries.