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Guide to the Orange County Aerial Photograph Collection MS.R.087
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  • Access
  • Preferred Citation
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content Summary
  • Publication Rights
  • Acquisition Information
  • Historical Background
  • Processing History

  • Title: Orange County aerial photograph collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.R.087
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 7.0 linear feet (4 document boxes and 15 oversize folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1938-1965
    Abstract: This collection consists of approximately 721 black-and-white aerial photographs of Orange County, California produced on behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The bulk of this collection consists of 9 x 9 inch and 23 x 23 inch photographic prints produced in 1938-1949, and 1965.
    Creator: United States. Dept. of Agriculture.

    Access

    This collection is open for research. Access to the 1965 photographs is limited under the supervision of an Archivist or designated staff due to fragile and adhered photographs in oversize folders 1-2.

    Preferred Citation

    Orange County aerial photograph collection. MS-R087. 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.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in six series:
    • Series 1. Aerial photographs, 1938, 2.5 linear feet
    • Series 2. Aerial photographs, 1942, 1.0 linear foot
    • Series 3. Aerial photographs, 1947, 0.5 linear foot
    • Series 4. Aerial photographs, 1949, 0.5 linear foot
    • Series 5. Aerial photographs, 1952-1953, 1.0 linear foot
    • Series 6. Aerial photographs, 1965, 1.5 linear feet
    Each photograph is stamped with a uniquely identifying number at the top right including a three letter prefix indicating the county.
    • AXJ = Los Angeles County
    • AXK = Orange County
    • AXL = San Bernardino County
    • AXM = Riverside County
    Several photographs have two prefixes indicating the aerial view is of two bordering counties.
    Most photographs are organized sequentially by the identifying number scheme within the respective year; however, there are gaps in the numbering sequence. The range of items within each folder is indicated by the folder title that includes the identifying number scheme of the first and last photograph in the folder. Folder titles in document boxes do not include the three letter county prefix.

    Scope and Content Summary

    This collection consists of approximately 721 black-and-white aerial photographs of Orange County, California produced on behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The bulk of this collection consists of 9 x 7 inch, 9 x 9 inch and 23 x 23 inch photographic prints produced in 1938-1949, and 1965.

    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 Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Accession 2001.032 was acquired in 1988 from the Apache Corporation (Denver, Colorado) via University of California Santa Cruz. Accession 2012.019 was acquired in 2002 and 2003 from University of California Berkeley’s Geography Department via the Earth Sciences and Map Library.

    Historical Background

    The photographs were produced for the United States Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the Agriculture Adjustment Administration (1942), Soil Conservation District of California (1952-1953) and the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service (1965) and provide regional historical information regarding land use and development in Orange County, California.

    Processing History

    Minimally processed by Carole McEwan, 2011. Further processing by Brandee Idleman, 2012.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Aerial photographs -- California -- Orange County -- 20th century
    Agriculture -- California -- Orange County.
    California -- California Land Conservation Act of 1965.
    Land use -- California -- Orange County -- History -- Sources.
    Orange County (Calif.) -- Photographs.
    Regional planning -- California -- Orange County -- Archives