Bill Muster Collection

Preliminary arrangement and description by D. Tambo
Department of Special Collections
Davidson Library
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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Preliminary Guide to the Bill Muster Collection, ca. 1919-1988 [bulk dates 1940s-1980s]

Collection number: Bernath Mss 240

Department of Special Collections

Davidson Library

University of California, Santa Barbara
Processed by:
D. Tambo
Date Completed:
June 21, 2011
Encoded by:
A. Demeter
© 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Bill Muster Collection
Dates: ca. 1919-1988
Bulk Dates: 1940s-1980s
Collection number: Bernath Mss 240
Collection Size: ca. 7 linear feet (6 cartons, 1 oversize box, 10 audiotapes, and 8 films).
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Abstract: The collection primarily contains photographs and slides taken by William N. (Bill) Muster, from the time he was in Germany after WWII, in various parts of the U.S. (mainly the LA area), and trips around the world, often as part of the Society of American Travel Writers groups. Also included are materials relating to the Muster family, his business career (including time as an executive with the Muzak company), and interests such as the Delta Queen (an American steamboat designated a National Historical Landmark).
Physical location: Boxes 1-8 (Annex 2); Audiovisual (Annex 2).
Languages: English

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Donor retains intellectual property rights.

Preferred Citation

[Item description], Bill Muster Collection. Bernath Mss 240. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Multiple gifts from Nori Muster, daughter of Bill Muster, 2005-2006.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection primarily contains photographs and slides taken by William N. (Bill) Muster, from the time he was in Germany after WWII, in various parts of the U.S. (mainly the LA area), and trips around the world, often as part of the Society of American Travel Writers groups. Also included are materials relating to the Muster family, his business career (including time as an executive with the Muzak company), and interests such as the Delta Queen (an American sternwheel steamboat designated a National Historical Landmark).
Abbreviations:
  • BM = Bill Muster = William N. Muster
  • SATW = Society of American Travel Writers

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Muster, Bill.
Muster, Nori J. (Nori Jean), 1956-
Muster, Paula.
Muzak (Firm).
Delta Queen (Steamboat).
Travel photography.
Germany--Pictorial works.
Ansbach (Mittelfranken, Germany).
California--Pictorial works.
Los Angeles (Calif.)--Pictorial works.
Amsterdam (Netherlands)--Pictorial works.
Athens (Greece)--Pictorial works.
Australia--Pictorial works.
Austria--Pictorial works.
Budapest (Hungary)--Pictorial works.
Canada--Pictorial works.
Egypt--Pictorial works.
England--Pictorial works.
Grand Canyon (Ariz.)--Pictorial works.
Hawaii--Pictorial works.
India--Pictorial works.
Israel--Pictorial works.
Japan--Pictorial works.
Kenya--Pictorial works.
Liechtenstein--Pictorial works.
Mexico--Pictorial works.
Minnesota--Pictorial works.
New Guinea--Pictorial works.
New York (State)--Pictorial works.
New Zealand--Pictorial works.
Paris (France)--Pictorial works.
Portugal--Pictorial works.
Puerto Rico--Pictorial works.
Salt Lake City (Utah)--Pictorial works.
Spain--Pictorial works.
Switzerland--Pictorial works.
Turkey--Pictorial works.
Yugoslavia--Pictorial works.

Related Materials

In UCSB Special Collections:
  • The Nori Muster Betrayal of the Spirit Collection (ARC Mss 28).
In other repositories:
  • The Story of the Delta Queen Steamboat: A Legislative and Corporate History from the Files of Bill Muster, papers held by the Cincinnati Historical Society. An index of the collection is online at this URL: http://steamboats.com/museum/deltaqueen.html 
  • Further steamboat materials held by the Dubuque Historical Society.

 

Bio/Personal

Box 1

Air Force [Ansbach, Germany] and University of Illinois Tear Sheets (mainly clippings with photos by BM), ca. 1946-1950

Box 1

Chicago Fair Tear Sheets (mainly clippings with photos by BM), ca. 1949-1950

Box 1

Eichler Home File

Box 1

Muster, Bill - article about BM, 1977

Box 1

Traveler's Almanac - copies of vols. published by BM, pr, reviews, and other related files, ca. mid-latter 1970s

Box 1

UPI Tear Sheets (mainly clippings of UPI stories with photos by BM), ca. 1948-1952

Box 6

University of Illinois [went on G.I. Bill] Yearbook, 1950

Additional Note

BM was Associate Editor, Photography, for Illio (the yearbook), see pp. 297, 392, 451, 461
 

Photographs - Black/White

Box 1

Portfolio - per Nori: prob. put together by BM for freelance jobs during college, ca. 1950

 

Prints

Box 1

Africa - Kenya

Box 1

Australia SATW 1987

Box 1

Balasco, Bodini - also incl. color prints

Box 1

Commercial Photos by BM

Box 1

El Cid 1960s

Box 1

Germany, 1940s

Additional Note

incl. photo lab and office, views of Ansbach, where BM was stationed, and portrait drawing of BM
Box 1

Harold Lloyd Estate 1971

Box 1

Hartford, John - musician

Box 1

London

Box 1

Los Angeles

Box 1

Magic Mountain - roller coaster

Box 1

Mexico

Box 1

Minneapolis home 1950s

Box 1

Muster, Bill - India, SATW, 1978

Box 1

Muster, Bill and Paula - incl. 1950 wedding

Box 1

Muster First Apartment

Box 1

Muster, Nori - Smothers Brothers Show 11/17/1967

Box 2

Muzak

Box 2

Satarupa

Box 2

World Traveler's Almanac 1970s

Box 2

Miscellany and Unidentified

Box 2

Negatives - incl. 35mm, 2 1/4 x 2 1/4, 4x5, and 8x10

Box 2

Allair, Jackie (4x5)

Box 2

Commercial photos (4x5), 1940s-1960s

Box 2

Donny - also incl. b/w contact prints (4x5)

Box 2

El Cid - flamenco club (35mm)

Box 2

Franchel, Emile (4x5)

Box 2

Germany, ca. 1945-1946

Additional Note

incl. three Nuremberg Trial photos; also BM office, photo lab, darkroom, and equipment; mess hall and exterior of other buildings flying U.S. flag, airfield, probably all of Ansbach U.S. military base, where BM was stationed; and other buildings, probably of the community of Ansbach [in Bavaria] (8x10)
Box 2

Germany? (2 1/4 x 3 1/2 and smaller)

Box 2

Germany and Austria (4x5)

Box 2

Glendale Theater Group - Jeri Moffat (4x5)

Box 2

Grace Street Swim Pool (4x5)

Box 2

Inwood House (2 1/4 x 2 1/4)

Box 2

L.A. Hi Fi Show (2 1/4 x 2 1/4)

Box 2

Longbow House - Sherman Oaks, CA (2 1/4 x 2 1/4)

Box 2

Minneapolis home (4x5)

Box 2

Music Land (4x5)

Box 2

Muster Family (4x5), 1950s-1960s

Box 2

Muster, Bill (4x5)

Box 2

Muster, Bill and Paula (4x5), ca. 1957-1958

Box 2

Muster, Nori (4x5), ca. 1957-1958

Box 2

Muster, Paula - Paula's favorites (4x5)

Box 2

New York City / Boston vacation (35mm), 1967

Box 2

New York World's Fair (2 1/4 x 2 1/4), 1939-1940

Box 2

Record Copy - incl. images of BM records from high school, etc. (4x5)

Box 2

Rufus J. Flywheel (4x5)

Box 2

SATW India Trip (35mm), 1978

Box 2

Skylark House - BM's house above Sunset Strip in LA [incl. color transparencies of Dixieland party in 1988] (35mm)

Box 2

Sunnyvale House (2 1/4 x 2 1/4), 1959-1961

Box 2

Traveler's Almanac - cover (4x5), 1970s

Box 2

Wedding (4x5) 2/6/1950

Box 2

Xmas Card (4x5), 1952

Box 2

Xmas Card (4x5), 1955

Box 2

Miscellany - Sydney, Canada, and other (4x5)

Box 2

Unidentified (4x5)

 

Photographs - Color

 

Prints

Box 2

Air Force Rockets - Vandenberg AFB, CA, 1978

Box 2

India - Cal. Communications, Inc. (CCI) - BM's company

 

Muster, Nori

Box 2

Graduation - UCSB, 1978

Box 2

Initiation, Los Angeles 1979

Box 2

Skylark House

Box 2

Unidentified

 

Negatives - incl. 35mm, 2x2

Box 2

Satarupa, Ann - incl. a few related color prints and b/w negatives

Box 2

Yosemite (incl. a few b/w negatives), ca. May 1973

Box 2

Unidentified

 

Transparencies - incl. 35mm, 2 1/4 x 2 1/4, 4x5

Box 2

Beach Shots

Box 2

Hare Krishna (ISKCON)

Box 2

Harold Lloyd Estate? 1971

Box 2

Mexico?

Box 2

Monterey

Box 2

Muster, Paula

Box 2

Sinatra, Frank

Box 2

Venice Beach

Box 2

Unidentified

Box 6

Miscellany [formerly boxed together] - incl. CCI, Harold Lloyd Estate, travel

 

Slides - Color

Box 3

Slide album [disbound] - India - SATW convention [includes many images of men, women, and children, temples and other buildings, local scenes [no captions], ca. Sept/Oct. 1978

 

Slides - sleeved

Box 3

Apr. 1965 - Portugal

Box 3

June 1965 - Athens

Box 3

June 1965 - Paris

Box 3

July 1965 - Lake of the Woods (MN)

Box 3

May 1966 - Puerto Rico

Box 3

July 1966 - Santa Barbara, CA

Box 3

May 1967 - Lake Arrowhead, CA

Box 3

May-Aug. 1967 - Misc. Family

Box 3

June 1967 - Zoo Visit

Box 3

July 1967 - San Francisco Trip with R&R

Box 3

Aug. 1967 - Flamenco Dancers

Box 3

Aug-Sept. 1967 - Delta Queen and Expo

Box 3

Dec. 1967-Jan. 1968 - Mexico Trip

Box 3

May 1968 - Mexico: Bullfighters and Dancers

Box 3

1968 - Misc. Family

Box 3

Sept. 1969 - Japan trip

Box 3

May 1975 - Santa Barbara / San Luis Obispo

Box 3

July 1975 - Santa Barbara Mission

Box 3

Mar. 1976 - J. Paul Getty Villa

Box 3

Mar. 1976 - Los Angeles

Box 3

Apr. 1976 - Santa Barbara / San Luis Obispo

Box 3

Apr. 1976 - Sierras

Box 3

Apr. 1976 - Los Angeles

Box 3

May 1976 - Los Angeles

Box 3

Aug. 1976 - Los Angeles

Box 3

Sept. 1976 - Los Angeles

Box 3

Oct. 1976 - Mexico: Yucatan - Chichen Itza and Palenque

Box 3

Oct. 1976 - Los Angeles

Box 3

Nov. 1976 - Los Angeles

Box 3

Nov. 1976 - Santa Barbara

Box 3

[1976?] - Delta Queen

Box 3

Feb. 1977 - New Orleans

Box 3

Mar. 1977 - Mammoth Ski

Box 3

Mar. 1977 - Los Angeles

Box 3

Mar. 1977 - Swap Meet

Box 3

Apr. 1977 - Africa Trip: Animals, People, Kenya (Bomas, Lamu, Malindi)

Box 3

Apr. 1977 - England

Box 3

Apr. 1977 - Grand Canyon

Box 3

May 1977 - Ski Mt. Waterman

Box 3

June 1977 - San Luis Obispo: Ah Luis Store

Box 4

June 1977 - Santa Barbara

Box 4

June 1977 - Sequoia National Park

Box 4

July 1977 - [Los Angeles area?]

Box 4

Oct. 1977 - Egypt

Box 4

Nov. 1977 - Los Angeles

Box 4

Nov. 1977 - Niagara Falls

Box 4

Dec. 1977 - Los Angeles

Box 4

Apr. 1978 - Baja

Box 4

June 1978 - Sierra Club: Mt. Janacinto

Box 4

[June ? 18] 1978 - Nori Graduation

Box 4

Sept 1978 - [India?]

Box 4

Aug. 1979 - Santa Barbara / San Luis Obispo

Box 4

Sept. 1979 - Santa Barbara

Box 4

Oct. 1979 - Hawaii: Big Island Views, Conversion, Holo Holo Campers, Kona Village, West, Final Banquet and Kona Surf

Box 4

1979 - Hare Krishna Rafiata (Venice Beach)

Box 4

1979 - Salt Lake City, Alta Ski Area

Box 4

Apr. 1980 - Los Angeles

Box 4

Jan-Feb. 1981 - Los Angeles

Box 4

Apr. 1981 - Mexico: Acapulco, Las Brisas, Puerta Vallarta, Zihuantejo, [poss. 1981: Ixtapa]

Box 4

Apr. 1981 - Hawaii: Sitmar [cruise line] - People

Box 4

July 1981 - Hawaii: Flowers, Honolulu, Kailua, Waikiki, Windward Side

Box 4

Aug. 1981 - Ansel Adams

Box 4

Aug-Sept. 1982 - Mexico: Ixtapa

Box 4

1982 - Japan

Box 4

Oct. 1983 - Israel: Dancers, Jerusalem, Streets, Buildings, People, Countryside

Box 4

Dec. 1983 - Los Angeles

Box 4

May 1984 - Hungary: Budapest - Dancers, Market, People

Box 5

Nov. 1984 - New Zealand: Auckland, Queenstown, Te Anan, Milford Sound, Mount Cook, Rotorua, Christchurch

Box 5

Nov. 1984 - New Guinea, Kenny Byrd

Box 5

Nov. 1984 - Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, Animals

Box 5

Jan. 1985 - Hemphill Harris Show

Box 5

Jan. 1985 - London

Box 5

Jan. 1986 - Pacific Northwest Trip

Box 5

Oct. 1986 - Skylark Repair; Sunset

Box 5

Dec. 1986 - Mendocino, CA

Box 5

Jan. 1987 - J. Paul Getty Villa

Box 5

July 1987 - Amsterdam, Rotenberg, Munich, Freiburg, Worms, Liechtenstein, Yugoslavia, Salzburg, Alps, Zurich, Venice, Heidelberg

Box 5

Aug. 1987 - Nori

Box 5

N.D. - Los Angeles

Box 5

N.D. - Santa Barbara / San Luis Obispo

Box 5

N.D. - Unidentified

 

Artifacts

Box 6

Plaque - Muzak: Pacific Network Incorporated, presented to William N. Muster for over 15 years of service

Box 6

Platter (pewter) - SATW: The President's Award, 1987, Bill Muster, for Meritorious Service to the SATW

 

Oversize

Additional Note

Mainly photo enlargements, some mounted, including Delta Queen, building of Universal City construction, Germany, travel to countries such as Turkey, Kenya photo from BM's office, scenery, the ship Fairsky; also drawings of Nori and Billy Muster, 1919 class photo with relatives of Nori's, 1930s Lake of the Wood photo with [BM's] foster family.
 

Audiovisual

 

Audiotapes - open reel

Tape No. A21089/R7

Nov. 1960; Apr. 1961 - content unknown

Tape No. A21090/R7

Aug. 3, 1963 - Hilliard talks (Edward Hilliard, Sr. - Hollywood comedian, circus owner, poet, and artist)

Tape No. A21091/R5

July 28, 1966 - Andrus vs Muster

Tape No. A21092/R5

Sept. 16, 1966 - N. C. Cooke, A. Gordon Kibbee, and Mrs. Marie Kibbee at Knights Restaurant

Tape No. A21093/R5

Oct. 19, 1970 - Delta Queen story, KSTT News

Tape No. A21094/R7

May 4, 1974 - Frank Cady [ Delta Queen?]

Tape No. A21095/R7

No Date - Calliope Music [ Delta Queen?]

Tape No. A21096/R5

No Date - BM calling people on the phone

Tape No. A21097/R7

No Date - Jokes: Furey and Stan Freberg; John Wilkman

Tape No. A21098/R5

No Date - content unknown

 

Film - Color - 8mm

Tape No. V4643/F1

Summer 1964 - [family vacation]

Tape No. V4644/F1

Spring 1965 - Capistrano / Tijuana

Tape No. V4645/F1

1965 - Spain / Portugal

Tape No. V4646-4648/F1

No Date - Rhine Boats - research for building the Mississippi Queen [as per Nori] (3 reels)

 

Film - Color - 16 mm

Tape No. V4649/F1

Muzak Conference, n.d.

 

Film - Color - 35 mm

Tape No. V4650/F1

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