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There will be no off-campus access to Library electronic resources and databases this Friday, November 28 from 6-10pm. Library buildings are also closed for the Thanksgiving holiday during that time.

Santa Barbara History Collections

  • Community Development and Conservation Collection ca. 1892-1995 (SBHC Mss 1) Also known as the Pearl Chase Collection, focusing on Santa Barbara history in the 20th century, predominantly 1920s-1960s. Included are papers relating to several hundred local organizations (especially pertaining to architecture, gardens, housing, land use, and planning), as well events such as Fiesta, Chase family papers, and numerous photographs of local scenes.
  • Rypins (Alice) Collection 1960, 1970-1980s  (SBHC Mss 3) The collection mainly documents water issues in the Santa Barbara area. Alice Rypins (1910-1998) was a City of Santa Barbara, Board of Water Commissioner and a City Council member.
  • Shewczyk (Patricia) Collection ca. 1975-1985 [bulk dates 1981-1985] (SBHC Mss 4) The collection consists mainly of Goleta Water District Board of Directors' meeting packets, and some related files, including records of various committees. Published local government reports have been transferred to the Government Information Center and have been cataloged individually.
  • English (Robert A.) Collection ca. 1967-1975 (SBHC Mss 5) The collection mainly pertains to the activities of the Community Council to End the War in Vietnam and other peace efforts in the Santa Barbara area.
  • Easton (Robert O.) Collection ca. 1911-1990s (SBHC Mss 6) Correspondence, research and subject files (including Chumash, natural resources, wilderness, and women's issues), drafts of writings, and related materials of the Santa Barbara author of (on the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill), , and the acclaimed multi-volume series. Also includes...
  • Sharp (Robert C.) Collection ca. 1963-1974 (SBHC Mss 7) Includes bids, contracts, leases, logs, reports, charts, and court records pertaining to oil drilling in the Santa Barbara Channel, mainly regarding lawsuits stemming from the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill.
  • Von Breton (Harriette C.) Papers ca. 1944-1978 SBHC Mss 8) The collection contains files relating to various civic and political issues, 1940s to 1970s, including the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill.
  • Whitehead (Richard S.) Collection ca. 1909-1974 (SBHC Mss 9) The collection is arranged in two series: Alphabetical Files and Geographical Files. Both series primarily are concerned with land use and planning.
  • Get Oil Out (GOO) Collection ca. 1969-1990 (SBHC Mss 10) Office files (bylaws, minutes, fundraising, publications, newsletters), governmental action, legal, and subject files, mainly pertaining to efforts to contain and monitor oil industry off coast of Santa Barbara, especially in the aftermath of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill.
  • Oil Spill Information Center (OSIC) Collection ca. 1923-1973 (SBHC Mss 11) The four-volume publication (Santa Barbara: University Library, UCSB, 1972) serves as a guide to specific items in the collection. Copies of the index are located in Special Collections and the Sciences and Engineering Library (SEL) [Z7173.W3 C3)].
  • Ingram Family Collection ca. 1883-1946 (SBHC Mss 12) Included in this small collection are a birth certificate, naturalization certificate, photographs, abstracts of title, deeds, and other legal and real estate documents relating to the Ingram family, ca. 1883-1946.
  • Peace Resource Center of Santa Barbara Collection ca. 1980-1992 (SBHC Mss 13) Newsletters, flyers, correspondence, photos, and subject files of the Santa Barbara center.
  • Saadi (Ruth) Collection ca. 1984-1993 (SBHC Mss 14) Files relating to League of Women Voters - Santa Barbara concerns, including air pollution, energy, environment, growth and development, oil and gas, voting and elections. Ruth Saadi was an active member and Energy Director of the organization.
  • Eissler (Fred) Collection ca. 1959-1975 (SBHC Mss 15) Files relating to the Santa Barbara Airport, Crosstown Freeway, and Goleta Slough/Goleta Valley Flood Control Project.
  • Santa Barbara Water Resources Collection ca. 1959-1984 (SBHC Mss 16) The collection contains files relating to Santa Barbara area water districts, groundwater, and hourly precipitation records...
  • South Coast Railroad Museum Collection ca. 1878-1976 (SBHC Mss 18) Mostly printed materials, such as pamphlets, brochures, guides, and timetables, relating to railroad history, with some emphasis on California.
  • Tompkins (Walker A.) Collection 1849-1989 (SBHC Mss 19) The bulk of the collection was donated by Barbara H. Tompkins, widow of Walker A. Tompkins, with the remainder donated by Eric Hvolboll. The collection consists mainly of Tompkins writings (local/regional history and historical fiction) and related research files, but …
  • Maher (Patrick J. ) Papers ca. 1927 - 1980 (SBHC Mss 23) The collection contains files and scrapbooks mainly relating to Santa Barbara, 1936-1945, when Patrick J. Maher was mayor of the city. Also included are later interviews with Maher, 1978-1979....
  • County Resource Management Office (CRMO) Collection 1983-1996 (SBHC Mss 25) Environmental News packets of photocopied clippings offered by the subscription service run by the [Santa Barbara] County News Service. The clippings are taken from several Santa Barbara and area newspapers.
  • Goleta Chamber of Commerce Collection ca. 1943-1994 (SBHC Mss 26) Papers, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and photographs pertaining to the Goleta Chamber of Commerce.
  • Ruhge (Justin) Collection ca. 1970s-2007 (SBHC Mss 27) Primarily research files relating to Santa Barbara and Goleta history.
  • ACCESS Collection 1965-1988 (SBHC Mss 29) The collection contains files pertaining to the Alternative Comprehensive Environmental Study System (ACCESS) project in Santa Barbara county.
  • Moldaver (Lee) Collection 1976-1993 (SBHC Mss 30) Files mainly relating to Santa Barbara transportation issues.
  • Sollen (Robert) Collection ca. 1954-1996 (SBHC Mss 33) This collection was assembled over a number of years by Robert Sollen, largely as background research for his reporting duties with the and his ongoing interest in oil and other environmental issues....
  • Storke (Charles A., II) Collection ca. 1911-1998 (SBHC Mss 38) Papers of Charles A. Storke II, Montecito resident, newspaperman, businessman, son of Thomas M. Storke.
  • Storke (Charles A.) Collection ca. 1850s-1980s (SBHC Mss 40) Files relating mainly to Storke's biography , as well as family and research files.
  • Isla Vista Archives ca. 1954-1989 (SBHC Mss 41) Records of the Isla Vista Community Council and Isla Vista Municipal Council, as well as subject/issue files including health, housing, incorporation and annexation, Isla Vista relations with UCSB, Santa Barbara County, and California, law enforcement, planning, population, public safety, riots, …
  • Tremaine (Katharine W.) Collection ca. 1937-1997 (SBHC Mss 43) Mainly records of the Santa Barbara-based Sunflower Foundation, which Tremaine established, and through which she made contributions to hundreds of local, state, and national organizations. Also, some personal and family papers.
  • Local History Files ca. 1970-1999 (SBHC Mss 44) The bulk of the collection was accumulated and maintained by the UCSB University Libraries Reference Department as a vertical file for researchers, then later transferred to the Department of Special Collections. Related materials have been incorporated into the collection and... 
  • Rand (William W.) Papers ca. 1921-1968 (SBHC Mss 46) Papers of William Whitehill Rand (1902-1988), geologist, engineer, and petroleum prospector. The collection includes documents, maps and some artifacts related to Rand's career in geology, marine engineering, and the oil industry. The maps are scientific and some include offshore sounding... 
  • Ridland (John) Collection ca. 1957-1999 (SBHC Mss 47) John Ridland is a UCSB Professor of English, Emeritus, a poet, and a supporter of local literary endeavors. Several of his published works are located in Special Collections. They can be searched on Pegasus, the UCSB Libraries online catalog.
  • Buzzell (Rolfe G.) Collection 1969-1978 (SBHC Mss 48) Correspondence, depositions, documents and evidence, witness statements, California State Assembly hearings, and audiotapes relating to the 1970 Isla Vista disturbances. Collected by Rolfe G. Buzzell, UCSB graduate student at the time.
  • Sullivan (James J. ) Collection 1966-1972 (SBHC Mss 49) Papers compiled by James J. Sullivan, UCSB faculty member, and primarily relating to the 1970 Isla Vista disturbances. Includes documentation collected and reports issued by bodies such as the Santa Barbara County Grand Jury, the Santa Barbara Citizens Commission on ... 
  • Santa Barbara Area Newspapers ca. 1870-1992 (SBHC Mss 50) Single issues and short runs of newspapers not otherwise cataloged separately.
  • Isla Vista Improvement Association Records 1961-1967 (SBHC Mss 51) The collection contains a short historical sketch of the organization and its records, including by-laws, minutes of meetings, membership lists, financial statements and correspondence....
  • Santa Barbara Oil Spill Scrapbook 1969 (SBHC Mss 52) One scrapbook with clippings tracing the history of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill of January 1969.
  • Clyde (George) Scrapbooks 1965-1976 (SBHC Mss 53) The collection contains three large scrapbooks with clippings of oil stories, many relating to the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill, but also earlier and later articles, from 1965 to 1976. The clippings are from the, as well as other... 
  • McGuire (Harry) Collection ca. 1659-1980 (SBHC Mss 54) Correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and publications edited by McGuire, who spent his later years in Santa Barbara. Includes materials relating to the Music Academy and Santa Barbara Council of Arts. Also, Hogarth prints (18c), British engravings and handbills (mainly 19c),... 
  • Easton (Robert E.) Collection ca. 1882-1968 (SBHC Mss 55) Collection contains mainly papers and ledgers re Robert E. Easton's business dealings, especially the Sisquoc Ranch Co.
  • Smith (Dick) Collection 1969-1971 (SBHC Mss 56) The collection contains more than 200 black/white photographs, 8x10 and larger, 2 color prints, and more than 300 color slides of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill and its aftermath. These mainly are images of oil rigs, shoreline, beaches, oil... 
  • Santa Barbara Citizens Commission on Civil Disorders Collection 1970 (SBHC Mss 57) The collection contains a list/table of contents and 15 open reel audiotapes of hearings held from June 17, 1970 to September 1, 1970 regarding Isla Vista and other local disturbances, 1969-1970. It includes eyewitness testimony, accounts of arrests and jail...
  • KCSB Audiotape Collection 1969-1970, 1972 (SBHC Mss 58) The collection contains 102 open reel tapes produced by radio station KCSB, with live coverage of events, other broadcasts, calls, and interviews.
  • Lynds (Dennis) Papers ca. 1920s-2005 (SBHC Mss 59) Correspondence, manuscript drafts, and research files of Santa Barbara mystery writer Lynds.
  • Appelbaum (Richard P.) Collection ca. 1973 (SBHC Mss 60) Audio recordings, interviews re Bank of America burning in Isla Vista, next to UCSB, in Feb. 1970.
  • Climatological Data Collection ca. 1957-1973 (SBHC Mss 65) Climatological data sheets from Point Mugu, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria; also shorter runs of data, in folders, from areas such as Coal Oil Point, Ellwood, Punta Gorda, Rincon Point, Goleta, Carpinteria, Summerland, and Montecito. Includes hourly data on wind, sky... 
  • Dunlap (Margaret S.) Papers ca. 1940s-1990s (SBHC Mss 67) Bio/personal files, sketch books, slides, photographs and other material of a local artist who created many public art works in Santa Barbara.
  • California Photograph Album ca. 1890-1910 (SBHC Mss 71) This California photograph album contains 74 black/white numbered photographs, some with descriptions, including coastal scenes, boats and fishermen, Garden of the Gods, Monterey, ostrich farm, Santa Cruz, San Gabriel Mission (Pasadena), Santa Barbara Mission (nos. 2264-2265), and several images apparently ....
  • Conway (Joel) / Flying A Studio Photograph Collection ca. 1910s-1997 (SBHC Mss 78) The collection mainly contains black and white prints and negatives relating to the Flying A Studios (aka American Film Manufacturing Company), a film company that operated in Santa Barbara (1912-1920), as well as supporting documentation.
  • Conard (Rebecca) / PHR Associations Technical Reports and Research Files ca. 1984-1993 (SBHC Mss 75) The collection contains technical reports and research files created and compiled by Rebecca Conard, founding partner of PHR Associates and, 1988-1993, sole proprietor.
  • Jeanne Graffy papers, ca. 1971-1994. (SBHC Mss 82) Papers of Santa Barbara City Council member and Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors member.