Winter 2022 Exhibit | Snapshots of Orange County in the 1940s: Spaces, Places, Faces

Snapshots of Orange County in the 1940s: Spaces, Places and Faces exhibit, presented by UCI Libraries, explores the cultural, economic, and political landscape of Orange County from its inception through World War II. While multi-cultural groups were setting roots before the war, military installations brought soldiers from all over the country to Orange County, changing the demographics, cultural norms, and expectations. This exhibit shares the stories of the spaces, places, and faces that transformed rural Orange County to a thriving metropolis. 

The exhibit would not be possible without the work of curators Nicole Arnold, Research Librarian for Student Success and Instruction; Cynthia Johnson, Head of Reference Department and Grunigen Medical Library; John Sisson, Research Librarian for Biological Sciences; and Krystal Tribbett, Curator for Orange County Regional History and Research Librarian for Orange County; and the Libraries' Exhibits Team.


Snapshots of Orange County in the 1940s: Spaces, Places and Faces is a complementary exhibit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office's traveling exhibition, Americans and the Holocaust. The traveling exhibition explores the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans' responses to Nazism, war, and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s highlighting themes in American history, including Americans' responses to refugees. This exhibition challenges the commonly held assumptions that Americans knew little and did nothing about the Nazi persecution and murder of Jews as the Holocaust unfolded. Americans and the Holocaust will be on display from February 2, 2022 through March 9, 2022 during regular library hours. To learn more Americans and the Holocaust, please visit:

As one of fifty sites selected to host Americans and the Holocaust, we are honored to share this groundbreaking exhibition with the UCI campus and community. In alignment with the traveling exhibition, we have gathered a variety of guest speakers and experts from UCI and across the nation to discuss antisemitism, extremism, and the power of human connection. We invite you to join us as we honor the past, challenge assumptions, and explore how history continues to shape our present. To learn more about events related to the Americans and the Holocaust, please visit:


Snapshots of Orange County in the 1940s: Spaces, Places and Faces will be on display during regular library hours starting February 2, 2022 through Fall 2022. Self-parking ($2/hour) at UCI Student Center Parking Structure or Lot 1. For more information on parking rates, please visit:


This exhibit was designed by Allan Helmick, Sylvia Irving, and Luisa Lee.

Your Support Makes These Exhibits Possible

UCI Libraries' Exhibits Program promotes the diverse holdings and scholarly and cultural value of the Libraries' collections to the campus and community. For more information about special sponsorship opportunities, or to make a transformational gift to support special projects related to the exhibit please contact UCI Libraries Associate Director of Development, Angelica Simmons, at or (949) 824-3080.