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The Pollak Library Receives Grant to Digitize Early Orange County Photograph Collection

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October is American Archives Month.

The Pollak Library is pleased to announce that we were recently awarded a Local History Digital Resources Project (LHDRP) LSTA grant through the California State Library. This grant provides funding, in addition to education and resources, which will facilitate the digitization of 200 rarely seen historical images and make them accessible to the public over the Internet.

The Conaway-Hickox-Smart Studio Photograph Collection depicts Orange County’s pioneers and its common folk, business and industry, social and leisure time, the changing landscape, and the history of Southern California’s vernacular architecture in the early twentieth century. Moreover, this collection portrays a fascinating cross-section of American life as experienced by those living in and around Orange County from 1890 through 1950. The collection includes images of various notables, such as Glenn Martin, early aviation pioneer, Silkwood, a much celebrated racehorse, J.W. Towner, Orange County’s first judge, and President Benjamin Harrison during a visit to Santa Ana, among many others.

An open house at the University is planned to unveil this remarkable collection in the spring of 2012.

For more information, please contact:

Susan Tschabrun, MLS, Ph.D.
Chair, Dept of Technical Services
Paulina June & George Pollak Library
California State University, Fullerton
Phone: (657) 278-7556

Post originally written by Stephanie George, former Librarian and the Archivist at the Center for Oral and Public History.