The Santa Ana History Room photograph collection includes images of historical interest of the city of Santa Ana and other
areas of Orange County from the late 1800's to 2002. The images chronicle a wide variety of topics like agriculture, ethnic
heritage (notably Vietnamese Heritage in Little Saigon, and the Latino Heritage in Fourth Street), urban development, war
(such as the Company L photos, and world war I and II home front photos), industry (Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce collection),
as well as photos depicting historical architecture and art in Santa Ana. In addition to this there are photos of street
scenes in Santa Ana and Orange County, family life and leisure, the fire department, the schools and the public library.
Also included in the photograph collection are groups and family portraits of significant Orange County and Santa Ana residents
like politicians, artists, and pioneer families including the Ross family and the Spurgeon family; and annual events like
parades. Formats include aerial photographs. Of particular interest are a large group of photographs that are a part of
the Charles Swanner collection that depict earlier pioneer frontier life in 1870's Santa Ana, as well as photos that are part
of the W.P.A. collection that depict 1930's Depression era cultural and economic activities and artifacts in Orange County.
The collection contains a small number of cyanotypes from the turn of the century that are part of the Edna Dessery collection
as well as images scanned from slides that are part of the Elsa Edwards collection of historical buildings and more recent
images of 4th Street and Little Saigon that were taken using a digital camera.