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About this Collection
This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. In addition, the City of Anaheim, the Anaheim Historical Society, Native Sons of the Golden West and Anaheim Public Library have provided additional funds for the creation of this digital archive of nearly 2,000 photographs of the City of Anaheim. 
    These unique local history resources have been organized for easy browsing by Anaheim residents, scholars, and history buffs throughout California and the world. The categories on this web page are based on
the Anaheim City School District's local history curriculum for third grade classes.


UNIT 1: Exploring the Local Landscape Orange County

  • Geographic Features
  • Land Use
  • Wildlife
  • Manmade Infrastructure

    UNIT 2: American Indians of the Local Region – Orange County
  • Gabrielino (Tongva) tribe

    UNIT 3: Explorers of the Local Region – Orange County
  • Explorers of Orange County
  • Immigration

    UNIT 4: The Rancho Period
  • Anaheim's Spanish and      Mexican Ranchos
  • Rancho families
  • Rancho economy

    UNIT 5A: Early Settlers of Anaheim
  • Los Angeles
         Vineyard Society
  • Winemaking
  • City views (1857-1899)
  • Mother Colony House
  • Anaheim Union Water Co.
  • Early schools and churches
  • Pioneers
  • Neighborhoods and houses     (pre-1900)
  • Recreation and
        Entertainment (pre-1900)


  • UNIT 5B: The Birth of a City – Anaheim

  • City Hall
  • City Fathers
  • Government employees
  • Public services and
         facilities  (pre-1900)

    UNIT 6: Growth & Development of a Community Anaheim
  • City views
         (1900 to present)
  • Businesses/Industries
  • Agriculture and Citrus
  • Anaheim Landing
  • Transportation
  • Public Services and

  • Recreation and 
  • Neighborhoods and houses
  • Natural disasters
  • Schools and churches
  • Government employees
  • Families
  • 2000

    The University of California has digitized thousands of historical images and documents from its vast collections, and from museums and libraries across California, and has made them available to the general public through Calisphere, a unique - and free - educational web site.

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