The Santa Ana Library is located at 26 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana. The History Room has been relocated to the back of the main floor and is open Monday through Thursday, 12 Noon to 6 p.m. and at other times by appointment. The phone number to speak to the archivist Manny Escamilla is 714-647-5280. Parking is in parking structure P-3 entered off Civic Center Drive and will be validated by the library if one visits the History Room.
Some resources available include parish birth and death records from 7 parishes in Central and South Central Mexico from the 1710s through 1925 in book format (UCI has the same collection); and on microfilm, the Orange County Register and Santa Ana Register from about 1905 through present (searchable on NewsBank on the library’s computers). Other newspaper collections include the Santa Ana Standard, 1883-1901, the Pacific Weekly Blade and Evening Blade, 1888-1889 and some issues through 1918, the Santa Ana Leader, 1901-1903 and some issues of the Los Angeles Times.
In addition, the collection includes Orange County Directories and Phone Books, Santa Ana High School Yearbooks, Neighborhood Association Meeting Notes, the Orange County Pioneer Council Oral Histories (also available at Cal State Fullerton), and 1906, 1914, and 1927 Sanborn Maps.
Check the website http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/library/history/sahrmission.asp for more information. Everyone at the library was most helpful. I especially enjoyed speaking with Manny Escamilla. He was very informative.
Manny told me that the microfilm reader is new but still needs to be set up by the IT Department, which should be accomplished by May or June 2012. Also, they will do an obituary search for you from their holdings for a fee of $20 per search. The library is deciding at this time whether to continue their subscription to NewsBank or to get a subscription to ProQuest. Ask when you call what is available.