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County Weighs Moving Historical Trove to CSUF

Jan. 5, 2014

California Gov. Robert Waterman’s March 14, 1889, executive order preceding Orange County’s creation is tucked away in the southeast basement corner of the Old Orange County Courthouse.

Built in Santa Ana 12 years later, the courthouse’s granite and sandstone walls were designed to house county records, and have done so since.

But the Orange County Archives may move to a Cal State Fullerton library, where students and professors could regularly study the naturalization records, cattle brands and other material chronicling this young county.

The early-stage proposal by Supervisor Shawn Nelson, who represents Fullerton, has rankled local historians and the county archivist. They like the courthouse, although they acknowledge its space constraints.

A third option – a separate archives center in Santa Ana – fell apart after the county purchased a building and realized it would cost millions to renovate. Now officials are considering a move out of the county seat.

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