Digital Collections

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Elsa Edwards Collection

Mrs. Edwards was a descendent of the Ross Family with an avid interest in local history. Her collection highlights over 200 houses and commercial buildings throughout Orange County, but primarily around Santa Ana.

Chamber of Commerce

Highlights in the collection are predominantly buildings around Santa Ana. Included are churches, banks, and retail buildings primarily from the later 1950s to the early 1970s.

Vietnamese Heritage Collection

Home to the largest population of Vietnamese people outside of Vietnam, this collection highlights their impact on landscape of Orange County and Santa Ana.

Edwards W. Cochems Collection

A prominent photographer in Santa Ana, Edwards W. Cochems created stunning photography in the 1930s and 1940s.  Both commercial and portrait in nature, the pictures in this collection peer into the city during its prosperity and expansion during 1920s and the dramatic years that followed in the 1930s.


Charles Swanner Collection

Mr. Charles Swanner was an attorney and local author who collected pictures of Santa Ana depicting years of its birth in the 1870s through the 1940s. Highlights in these collections are the various street scenes of Santa Ana in its formative years.

Latino Heritage

4th Street in Santa Ana is at present day a cultural hub for the city's Latino population. Depicted in this collection are images of various businesses, theatres, restaurants as well as people who frequent this area and their activities.

Baker Photo Studio Collection

One of the more popular studios in Santa Ana, the photos produced by the Baker Photo Studio in this collection are primarily portraits. Taken during the mid 1940s and 1950s, the collection includes pictures of groups, weddings, and funerals in Santa Ana.

WPA Research Project 3105

Gathered under the support of the Depression Era Federal Government Project and overseen by the Works Progress Administration, these photos reflect the "development of bare land into communities" in Orange County during 1930s.









The digitization project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Sciences and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.