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, according to the O.C. Register.
The idea comes from Supervisor Shawn Nelson, who represents Fullerton. It is a fantastic idea! Cal State Fullerton says they will protect the records – providing specialized storage with humidity and temperature controls that are currently lacking. Of course a few detractors are losing their minds, as is the County archivist, but let’s be honest – who the heck even uses these records and why should we the taxpayers be on the hook for housing them if we can cut a cheaper deal with Cal State Fullerton? And think about it – right now most of these records are piled up in boxes in a basement – right where the previous Clerk-Recorder, Tom Daly, left them. Wouldn’t it be better to move them to a place where they can be sorted and displayed and actually made available to the public? In fact wouldn’t it be great to scan them for posterity? I doubt there are five people that look at these records on a regular basis. I am sure Cal State Fullerton has five visitor parking spots they can use. I hope that O.C. Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen and Supervisor Nelson will make this happen. The OC Register says that Nguyen is looking for more space at the Old OC Courthouse but the best solution is going to be to put them at Cal State Fullerton where academia and the public will have a better look at these archives. It is by the way the height of irresponsibility to suggest that moving the records will result in the Archives staff being fired. They are still going to be needed to manage this collection! Cal State Fullerton will only be housing the records. So that is a bogus charge at best.