Research Information

The Joseph L. Brechner Research Center was created through a donation from the late Marion Brody Brechner in honor of her husband, Joseph (1915-1990), an award-winning journalist, community leader, and freedom-of-information advocate. The son of Eastern European immigrants, Brechner believed deeply in American democracy and citizens’ rights and responsibilities to be informed members of society.

The Brechner Research Center is on the fifth floor of the Orange County Regional History Center and is free to the public by appointment only. We welcome scholars, students, genealogists, filmmakers, journalists, and the general public to conduct research during our visiting hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Materials available for research include prints and photographs, archives and manuscripts, architectural drawings and records, books, and other published materials. Search the collection online using the link below. If you need any assistance or can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact us.

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Please note that there are fees associated with the reproduction of collection materials. 

Photo Reproductions

Photocopies of materials are available for a small fee on a case-by-case basis. Reproductions of photos are also available. Prices vary. Please contact the photo archivist for more information.

For more information or to request an appointment, please contact Travis Puterbaugh at Travis Puterbaugh or 407-836-8584. In order to make the most out of your visit, we strongly encourage appointment requests be submitted at least two weeks in advance.

Reproduction requests submitted 48 hours before required deadline are subject to a $50 rush fee.