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Placentia History Collection: Books

Our Local History Room has numerous books about Placentia and Orange County History. In addition, we also have a Local History Biography and a Local Author collection. These items can be found in the Placentia Library's catalog.

Brower Collection

This collection was collected and donated by Isadora Brower McFadden who was a member of the McFadden and Forster families, early founders of Orange County and Placentia. It consists of approximately 57 books all focused on the history of Placentia and Orange County.   

Rideout Collection

This collection includes approximately 70 books on various subjects that was the beginning of the Placentia Library’s book collection.  

Telephone Books & Directories

The Placentia Library has numerous Telephone Books and Directories covering Placentia and Orange County, published by the following companies:  

  • SBC   
  • Ross Publication's  
  • Carter  
  • The Real White Pages  
  • Verizon  
  • Pacific Bell   
  • Pacific Telephone   
  • North Orange County Telephone  
  • And More  

The directories and telephone book collection can be viewed by appointment only. To make an appointment call (714) 528-1906, ext. 224 or email


The Placentia Library collects school yearbooks from local schools. This collection can be viewed in person in our History Room. The collection contains yearbooks from the following schools:  

  • Bradford Avenue Grammar School  
  • Sierra Vista Elementary School  
  • Brookhaven Elementary School  
  • Wagner Elementary School  
  • Kraemer Middle School  
  • Tuffree Middle School  
  • Valadez Middle School  
  • Bernardo Yorba Junior High School  
  • El Camino Real High School  
  • Valencia High School  
  • El Dorado High School  
  • Esperanza High School  
  • Yorba Linda High School  

For a listing the years covered in the Yearbook Collection, please view the Placentia Library catalog

This collection can be viewed anytime by visiting the Placentia Library’s Local History Room during library hours.   

We take donations! If you have Placentia yearbooks, please contact 714-528-1906 or email to see if we need the years you have.