Guide to the Robert B. Sweet Collection
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Guide to the Robert B. Sweet Collection, ca. 1807-1959
Collection number: Mss 156
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Title: Robert B. Sweet Collection,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1807-1959
Collection Number: Mss 156
Sweet, Robert Ballantine
4.5 linear feet
(2 record center containers, 1 document box, and 2 oversize boxes)
University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Physical Location: Del Sur (Boxes 1-3) and Del Sur Oversize (Boxes 4-5).
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or
quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given
on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
Robert B. Sweet Collection. Mss 156. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa
Gift of Helen Sweet Keener and Clyde Keener, 1976.
Robert Ballantine Sweet (1876-1956) was born in Iowa, but spent most of his life in California. He was a physician (eye and
ear specialist), longtime resident of Long Beach, and an avid book collector and bibliophile, with a wide diversity of interests.
The donors of the collection were Helen E. Sweet Keener, daughter of Robert Sweet, and Clyde Keener, her husband. Helen Sweet
Keener (1906-1984) was Dean of Women and Associate Professor of Biology at UCSB. Clyde Keener (1903-1995) was Professor of
Industrial Arts at UCSB.
Scope and Content of Collection
The Sweet manuscript collection is a very small part of a much larger personal library, all of which was donated to UCSB.
Included in the manuscript section is correspondence, a diary, photos (Robert B. Sweet and others), scrapbooks, volumes of
engravings, and a set of stereo slides.
The book collection reflects Sweet's far-ranging interests and includes anthropology, the arts, biography, the Civil War,
history, humor, literature, medicine, philosophy, psychology, racism, religion, sexuality, sociology, travel, and women. The
vast majority are 20th century U.S. imprints, but there are important earlier 16th-19th century works (especially early medical,
religious, and historical texts), and first, signed, and other significant editions of authors such as William Blake, Theodore
Dreiser, Robert Frost, Lafcadio Hearn, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Elbert Hubbard, Aldous Huxley, Robinson Jeffers, D. H. Lawrence,
Sinclair Lewis, Jack London, Henry Miller, Robert Service, Upton Sinclair, John Steinbeck, Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry David
Thoreau, Mark Twain, H. G. Wells, Walt Whitman, and John Greenleaf Whittier. The books have been cataloged separately and
can be searched on Pegasus, the UCSB Libraries online catalog.
At the time of the donation in 1976, this collection of more than 8,000 books was the second largest gift the UCSB Library
had ever received, exceeded only by the William Wyles gift (the first 'special collection' at Santa Barbara).
Box 1: 1
Benjamin List of Books for Private Library Builders, 1935
Box 1: 2
Book -- text cut out for storage of small items, 1807
Box 1: 3
Diary (apparently of a photographer in the Washington, D.C. area), 1845
Box 1: 4
Keener, Clyde --
A Study of the General Education Contributions of Industrial Arts (UCLA dissertation),
Scope and Content Note
Series consists of items removed from cataloged volumes in Sweet Collection.
Box 1: 5
Birth Control -- correspondence and pamphlets, mainly British, ca. 1920s-1930s
Box 1: 6
Lloyd, J. W. -- correspondence (also W. L. Lloyd), ca. 1929-1940
Box 1: 7
Photograph Album -- Sweet family, ca. late 19th century
Box 1: 8
Lloyd, J. W. - inscribed by friend J. Johnston, ca. latter 19th century
Box 1: 9
Sweet, Robert B. -- 2 b/w, later in life
Box 1: 10
Picture Postcard -- Pikes Peak
Box 1: 11
Cards (color, mostly Christmas and advertising), ca. late 19th century
Box 1: 12 - 13
Clippings, typescript and handwritten passages, 2 volumes (mainly poetry and literary excerpts), ca. late 19th-early 20th century
Box 2: 1
Jennie Roberts (mainly clippings, glued into volume of
Congressional Record), ca. late 19th century
Box 2: 2
Recipes, household hints, ca. mid 19th century
Box 3: 1 - 6
Stereographic Library --
Tour of the World (Keystone View Co., 12 vols. in 6 boxes)
Box 4: 1
Studio portrait (b/w) of Robert Sweet, n.d.
Box 4: 2
Steel Engravings -- bound volume (R. Hinshelwood, W. Wellstood, and others), ca. mid 19th century
Box 4: 3
Italian Posters - bound volume (Off. G. Ricordi & C. Milano), ca. late 19th century
Box 5: 1
Landacre, Paul --
Black Stallion (prospectus for Woodcut Society publication), 1940
Box 5: 2
Scrapbook - mainly 19th century engravings