The mission of the Historical Collections Council is to promote and develop an appreciation of historical California art. Founded in 1985, the HCC, a California nonprofit organization, provides an ongoing opportunity for its members to learn about the art of early California. Members visit important art collections, both public and private, attend educational lectures and enjoy social events with fellow art lovers.

Membership dues go to support educational activities at the Irvine Museum and to other public institutions that support our mission. In addition, the HCC has provided grants to those institutions with a variety of needs, such as the underwriting of catalogues, the purchase of early California paintings, art conservation and direct contributions to help fund exhibitions. At the Irvine Museum, the HCC funds the busing program to bring school children to the museum. Other benefactors of grants are the Laguna Art Museum, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Oceanside Museum, the Crocker Museum, and the Santa Monica Historical Society, just to name a few.

The HCC has as its Advisor, Jean Stern, Executive Director of the Irvine Museum. His expertise is well known and his contribution to the HCC is invaluable. Members have many opportunities to learn from Mr. Stern as they view collections or attend presentations on California paintings. Click here to learn more about Mr. Stern. The association of Jean Stern and the Irvine museum with our Organization is a great benefit to our members.

This website is intended to be a resource for both HCC members and non-members. Please check out the Calendar of Events, Recommended Reading section, the Featured Art & Artist, or consider becoming a Member and complete the New Member form.