Biographical files, correspondence, documents, clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, and sound recordings of a leading California
State Assembly member from Santa Barbara, responsible for introducing and leading support of a bill to authorize transfer
of Santa Barbara State College to the University of California system. Robertson Gym is named after him. He also authored
a bill limiting development of coastal oil drilling, and led a movement to reform the California state constitution.
Alfred Worcester Robertson was born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire on June 29, 1889. His father, Samuel W. Robertson (1850-1938),
was an elementary school teacher who became a much-loved figure at the Santa Barbara High School after moving his family to
California in 1908. At that time, Alfred, who was throughout his life known as either "Bobby" or "Robbie," had completed his
freshman year at Dartmouth and transferred to Occidental College in Los Angeles so he could join his family on their move
west. He was very active in collegiate sports, participating in football, basketball, baseball, and track. He also appeared
in several school plays, and entered a number of oratorical contests. He went on to attend Stanford University, received his
Juris Doctor degree, and was admitted to the California bar in 1913. He established a law practice in Santa Barbara, where
he would live for the rest of his life. He also married his "college sweetheart," Edith Ireland, and their son Richard was
born in 1918.
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(1 document box, 3 oversize boxes, and 3 sound recordings)
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