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         More Than 27,000 Photographs of Costa Mesa people and places

o  Schools, Government, Commerce, Agriculture, Residential

o  Santa Ana Army Air Base (SAAAB)

         1,000+ Library Books on Costa Mesa and surrounding areas

o  Most books are out of print

         Local Periodicals and Newspapers

o  Phone Books, City Directories, Journals and Magazines

o  Newspaper - Globe-Herald/Daily Pilot 1923-1961

o  Subject News Clipping Files

         Hundreds of Maps

o  Costa Mesa - Newport area, Orange County and Southern California

o  1900 to Present

         Audio & Video Recordings and Movies Films

o  Oral History, Local and Regional History, World War 2

         Major Collections

o  Mildred Fisher Collection - Costa Mesa Schools 1928-1965

o  Nell Murbarger Collection - Personal and travel writings; research notes for "Ghost Towns of the Southwest"

o  SAAAB Collection - Training Base 1942-1946

o  Dodge Family Collection - Early Costa Mesa

o  Ed Miller Collection - Research notes for "A Slice of Orange", "Hayburners of Orange County", and "SAAAB Story"

o  Lions Club Collection - Papers and memorabilia, 1928-present

o  Early Costa Mesa Collection - Rural/Agricultural Period, 1900-1950

         Estancia Historical Site

o  Mission/Rancho/Farming Period, 1820-1920

o  Native American & Archaeological Artifacts

o  Period Furnishings and Personal Effects


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