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R. J. Briscoe was a member of the Newport Beach Fire Department starting in 1931. He retired as Fire Chief.

This collection contains photographs of Newport Beach, especially relating to natural disasters, such as fires, floods and earthquakes. Notable subjects of the photographs include dredging of Newport Harbor, Newport Beach Engine Company #1, west jetty construction, hydroplane races in Newport Harbor, the burning and removal of the the sailing ship Muriel which ran aground at the entrance to Newport Harbor, filming of All Quiet on the Western Front, damage from 1933 Long Beach earthquake, the 1933 Rendezvous Ballroom fire, and the Newport Beach Refinery fire.