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These papers document civic and preservation activities conducted by Paul Mills while he was director of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and after his retirement when he was active on the board of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. Series I contains files on a number of projects that Mills worked on as a member of various Trust committees. Most notable was his work on the restoration of Casa de la Guerra and the design of the Presidio Chapel burial tiles. A small file of material about the flagpole at the Presidio and the Flags Project is also included in this series. Series II contains substantial files on Mills' relationship with the royal family of Spain and his tireless efforts in 1981 to work with the City of Santa Barbara and the Landmarks Committee to find a permanent home for a statue of King Carlos III, a gift from Juan Carlos I. Included is correspondence, speeches and news clippings that document the placing of the statue and the controversy that surrounded its location.
After a long career as curator and director of three West coast art museums, Paul Chadbourne Mills (1924-2004), joined the board of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation in 1981. After retiring from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in 1982, Mills became active in the preservation and restoration efforts of the Trust until his death in 2004. He chaired the Casa de la Guerra Committee to restore the Casa to 1855, the period of the Jose de la Guerra family, and designed the de la Guerra memorial banner. He was also a key player in the 1994 design and installation of the tile memorial honoring the founding families buried in the Presidio Chapel. He also chaired the Artifacts and Exhibits committee and was active on the Restoration Committee.
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All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Director for Historical Resources. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Collection is open to researchers.