Guide to the Warren Austin Papers

Department of Special Collections
Davidson Library
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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Guide to the Warren Austin Papers

Collection number: PA Mss 80

Department of Special Collections

Davidson Library

University of California, Santa Barbara
Processed by:
Zachary Liebhaber
Date Completed:
Encoded by:
Zachary Liebhaber
© 2011 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Warren Austin papers
Dates: 1939-1999
Collection number: PA Mss 80
Creator: Austin, Warren R. (1911-1999)
Collection Size: 7 linear feet, plus 55 film reels (13 document boxes, 1 flat box).
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Abstract: Papers of Warren Austin (1911-1999), owner of Val Verde estate in Montecito, California. Austin was a close friend of Dame Judith Anderson, a patron of the Lobero Theatre (Santa Barbara, CA.) and personal physician to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


Use of the collection is unrestricted.

Publication Rights

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.

Preferred Citation

Warren Austin papers. PA Mss 80, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Nancy Oliva, March 2010.

Biography / Administrative History

Dr. Warren R. Austin (1911-1999) was personal physician to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor while the Duke was Governor of the Bahamas during World War II. After the end of the war, Dr. Austin moved to Montecito California, where he established his practice in the Montecito Medical Center in 1948, and married Florence Heath Horton Austin (1915-1991) in 1956. In 1956, Dr. and Mrs. Austin purchased the Val Verde estate in Montecito from Marjorie Buell. Val Verde, an Italianate mansion designed by Bertram Goodhue in 1893 for Henry Dater and added to by garden designer Lockwood de Forest for Wright Ludington, is considered one of the premier original Southern California estates. Dr. and Mrs. Austin expanded the estate from 9 to 17.4 acres.
In addition to his medical career, Dr. Austin was deeply involved in theater and music in Santa Barbara, bringing many performances to the city as director of Val Verde Productions, including, among others, The Bernard Shaw Story (1966) starring Bramwell Fletcher, Dear Liar (1967) starring Sally Goldwater, and Hamlet (1970), with Dame Judith Anderson in the title role. In the course of these activities and as a patron of the arts in Santa Barbara, Dr. Austin struck up important friendships with Dame Judith Anderson, British Theater administrator Michael Hallifax, and Zoe Caldwell, famed for her performance alongside Dame Judith Anderson in Medea. Dr. Austin was involved in the Broadway Theatre League of Santa Barbara and a patron of the Lobero Foundation, where he was instrumental in establishing the Dame Judith Anderson Fund.
Dr. Austin was the founder of the Canoe Island French Camp on Orcas Island, San Juan Islands, at which he served as camp physician.

Scope and Content of Collection

Much of this collection consists documents relating to Dr. Austin's activities in drama and music as a patron of the arts and head of Val Verde Productions in Santa Barbara. Documents include clippings, correspondence, photos, flyers, programs, drafts of press releases written by Dr. Austin himself, notes, ledgers, and records of fund raising activities.
The rest of the collection comprises papers pertaining to the Val Verde Estate, including a map of the Ludington tract, financial documents, photographs, and many documents relating to the Val Verde trust from the 1990's, as well as records, clippings, photographs, and correspondence pertaining to Dr. Austin's Canoe Island French Camp.
Personal items include photographs, correspondence, and personal documents of both Warren Austin and Florence Heath Horton Austin.
Among the photographs are early images of Santa Barbara buildings, including the Lobero Theater and the Montecito Fire Station, as well as photographs of Dame Judith Anderson and Zoe Caldwell.


The collection is divided into the following series: I. Theater and music, II. Val Verde estate, III. Canoe Island French Camp, IV. Personal items, V. Correspondence, VI. Photographs, VII. Miscellaneous, VIII. Oversize, IX. Home movie film reels. Series I. Theater and music has been subdivided by production. Production files include photographs, correspondence, clippings, ledgers, notes, magazine features, flyers, programs, and printer's plates. Series II. Val Verde estate and Series III. Canoe Island French Camp include photographs, artwork, correspondence, legal and financial documents. The remaining series contain personal items relating to Warren Austin and Florence Heath Horton Austin and include correspondence, photographs, financial documents, certificates and notebooks. The collection includes 55 home movie film reels.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Anderson, Judith, Dame, 1898-1992
Home movies

Collection Contents


Series I. Theater and music


Alhecama Players, 1965-1984

Box 1: 1


Box 1: 2

Correspondence, ad copy, notes

Box 1: 3

Press releases

Box 1: 4

This Week in Santa Barbara, 1966, 1967


The Bernard Shaw Story, 1966

Box 1: 5


Box 1: 6


Box 1: 7

Correspondence (Bramwell Fletcher)

Box 1: 8



Boy Meets Girl, 1965

Box 1: 9

Flyers, programs

Box 1: 10



Brasiliana, 1968

Box 1: 11

Financial documents, receipts

Box 1: 12


Box 1: 13



Broadway Theatre League of Santa Barbara, 1961-1962

Box 1: 14


Box 1: 15


Box 1: 16

Mary Stuart--program


Dame Judith Anderson, 1966-1990

Box 1: 17

Tribute and fund--clippings

Box 1: 18

Tribute and fund--programs, flyers, magazine feature

Box 1: 19

Tribute and fund-speech by Dr. Austin

Box 1: 20

Tribute and fund--correspondence

Box 1: 21

92nd birthday celebration-correspondence

Box 1: 22

Miscellaneous--clippings, notes to Dr. Austin

Box 1: 30

Jean-Pierre Giradoux--correspondence, 1971


Dear Liar, 1967

Box 1: 23


Box 1: 24

Financial documents, notes

Box 1: 25

Programs, flyers

Box 1: 26

This Week in Santa Barbara

Box 1: 27


Box 1: 28

Press releases, correspondence

Box 1: 29

Printer's plates


Ganna Walska, 1962

Box 2: 1


Box 2: 2

Notes to Dr. Austin


Hamlet, 1970

Box 2: 3


Box 2: 4

Correspondence, touring schedules

Box 2: 5

Financial documents, notes

Box 2: 6

Press releases

Box 2: 7


Box 2: 8

This Week in Santa Barbara

Box 2: 9

Programs, flyers


Jose Molina Bailes Espanola, 1966

Box 2: 10


Box 2: 11

Correspondence, ledger sheet

Box 2: 12


Box 2: 13

This Week in Santa Barbara

Box 2: 14

Press releases


Lion in Winter, 1968

Box 2: 15


Box 2: 16

Correspondence, Pasadena Playhouse flyer

Box 2: 17



Lobero Theatre Foundation, 1965-1990

Box 2: 18

This Week in Santa Barbara, Spotlight, Newspaper Clippings, Patsy Cline, Sid Caesar

Box 2: 19

Lobero Val Verde cocktail party guest list

Box 2: 20

Minutes of Annual Meeting of Members

Box 2: 21


Box 2: 22

Miscellaneous--Invitations, cards

Box 2: 23

List of Santa Barbara organizations


Madame Butterfly, 1966

Box 2: 24


Box 2: 25

This Week in Santa Barbara, Scope

Box 2: 26


Box 2: 27

Slides, Printer's plate


Michael Hallifax, 1986-1996

Box 2: 28



Metropolitan Opera Company, 1965-1967

Box 2: 29


Box 2: 30

Press releases

Box 2: 31

Tosca summary

Box 2: 32

This Week in Santa Barbara

Box 2: 33


Box 2: 34

Patron invitations list


Medea, 1986

Box 3: 1


Box 3: 2

Correspondence (Zoe Caldwell, Robert Whitehead)

Box 3: 3


Box 3: 4

Speech by Dr. Austin

Box 3: 5

Press releases


Odd Couple, 1968

Box 3: 6


Box 3: 7

Flyers, programs


South Pacific, 1966

Box 3: 8


Box 3: 9

Programs, This Week in Santa Barbara


Val Verde Productions, 1965-1988

Box 3: 10

Financial and legal correspondence, receipts

Box 3: 11

General correspondence

Box 3: 12

Miscellaneous--notes, lists, survey


Vienna Choir Boys, 1965

Box 3: 13


Box 3: 14

Programs, This Week in Santa Barbara

Box 3: 15



Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, 1965

Box 3: 16

Clippings, This Week in Santa Barbara

Box 3: 17

Letter from Santa Barbara Women's Club, Correspondence

Box 3: 18

Photograph outside of Lobero, Flyer


You Can't Take It With You, 1968

Box 3: 19



Santa Barbara Summer Theater, 1962

Box 3: 20

Production photographs of Make a Million and Roar Like a Dove


Series II. Val Verde estate



Box 4: 1

Party for Michael Hallifax, with Dame Judith Anderson at Val Verde, 1986

Box 4: 2

Bridge Day, 1987

Box 4: 3

Coffman, Demers-Gray Wedding, 1997

Box 4: 4

Gebhard Wedding

Box 4: 5

Brunch, 1990's

Box 4: 6

Family photographs on estate, 1950's-1980's

Box 4: 7

Bookplate--statue of Warren and Heath Austin

Box 4: 8

Mailbox by gate

Box 4: 9

Gardens and shrine, 1992

Box 4: 10

Goodwin Harding photo shoot, 1991


Conditional Use Permit

Box 4: 11

Correspondence, 1993-1999

Box 4: 12

Bridely--Val Verde Project narrative, 1993

Box 4: 13

County documents, 1997

Box 4: 14

Clippings, 1997-1998



Box 4: 15

Correspondence--financial and legal, 1959-1969

Box 4: 16


Box 4: 17

Guestbook, 1991-1997


Series III. Canoe Island French Camp

Box 5: 1

Clippings, Photographs

Box 5: 2

Welcome speech by Dr. Austin

Box 5: 3

Drawing of Dr. Austin

Box 5: 4

Arkadia notes, French Camp ad, 1985

Box 5: 5

Brochures, postcards, camp directories, 1979, 1990

Box 5: 6

Meeting of the Board of Directors, 1994

Box 5: 7

Correspondence, 1972-1997

Box 5: 8

Correspondence, with photographs, 1994, 1996

Box 5: 9

Island of the Bones, Griffin productions

Box 5: 10

George Kostyal slides


Series IV. Personal Items

Box 6: 1

Warren Austin--sketches, 1971

Box 6: 2

Warren Austin-- Ascot gavotte,

Box 6: 3

Warren Austin--general certificates, cards

Box 6: 4

Warren Austin--resumes, clippings

Box 6: 5

Warren Austin--medical records, 1988-1996

Box 6: 6

Warren Austin--Montecito Medical Center, after 1952

Box 6: 7

Warren Austin--medical certificates, cards, 1960-1988

Box 6: 8

Warren Austin--St. Francis internship letter, UWA continuing education letter, 1958, 1997

Box 6: 9

Warren Austin--junior surgery notebook, UMI, 1939

Box 6: 10

Warren Austin--last will and testament, 1953

Box 6: 11

Warren Austin--Christensen flowershop, plan, letters, 1970

Box 6: 12

Heath Austin--wedding clipping, 1956

Box 6: 13

Heath Austin--Health update and Memorial speech by Dr. Austin at Orcas center, 1993

Box 6: 14

Heath Austin--Death and birth certificates, death notice in S.B. News press, 1992

Box 6: 15

Heath Austin--Certificates, cards, 1982

Box 6: 16

Heath Austin--Chicago Bridge and Iron, after 1943

Box 6: 17

Heath Austin--Horton Trust

Box 6: 18

Heath Austin--Cottage Hospital, Wade Eckert M.D., 1967, 1972

Box 6: 19

Heath Austin--Sarah Lawrence 1935 Reunion

Box 6: 20

Heath Austin--Notebook of poems

Box 6: 21

Card drawn by D.D., 1957


Series V. Correspondence

Box 7: 1

Warren Austin--Letters, 1950s

Box 7: 2

Warren Austin--Letters, 1960s

Box 7: 3

Warren Austin--Letters, 1970s

Box 7: 4

Warren Austin--Letters, 1980s

Box 7: 5

Warren Austin--Letters, 1990s

Box 7: 6

Warren Austin--Letters

Box 7: 7

Warren Austin--Letters, medical

Box 7: 8

Heath Austin--Letters, 1950s

Box 7: 9

Heath Austin--Letters, 1960s

Box 7: 10

Heath Austin--Letters, 1970s

Box 7: 11

Heath Austin--Letters, 1980s

Box 7: 12

Heath Austin--Letters, 1990s

Box 7: 13

Heath Austin--Letters

Box 7: 14

Mr. And Mrs George Terry Horton--Letters

Box 8: 1

Letters addressed to Warren and Heath Austin, 1950s

Box 8: 2

Letters addressed to Warren and Heath Austin, 1960s

Box 8: 3

Letters addressed to Warren and Heath Austin, 1970s

Box 8: 4

Letters addressed to Warren and Heath Austin, 1980s

Box 8: 5

Letters addressed to Warren and Heath Austin, 1990s

Box 8: 6

Letters addressed to Warren and Heath Austin

Box 8: 7

Major Gray Phillips, empty envelopes

Box 8: 8

Major Gray Phillips

Box 8: 9

Major Gray Phillips, 1947

Box 8: 10

Major Gray Phillips, 1959

Box 8: 11

Major Gray Phillips, 1960s

Box 8: 12

Major Gray Phillips, 1970s


Series VI. Photographs

Box 9: 1

Unidentified boy in boat, possibly Warren Austin

Box 9: 2


Box 9: 3

Warren Austin in Bahamas, 1943

Box 9: 4

Warren Austin, Montecito Medical Center, medical partner

Box 9: 5

Santa Barbara, earthquake photos, 1925

Box 9: 6

Santa Barbara, early photographs including Lobero theater, Montecito Fire Station, 1947-1959

Box 9: 7

Western Chapter, International Shade Tree Conference at Lotus Land (photo plus ticket), 1965

Box 9: 8

Heath Austin and child at home (includes negatives), 1941

Box 9: 9

Heath Austin on horseback and relaxing by pool with friends

Box 9: 10

Heath Austin by fireplace

Box 9: 11

Parties, including Warren and Heath Austin at Fiesta gathering (includes negatives)

Box 9: 12

Animals, n.d.

Box 9: 13

Art objects, artists (including exhibition of American Physicians Arts Association)

Box 9: 14

Dame Judith Anderson with Dorothy Austin, Christmas morning, 1959

Box 9: 15

Signed photographs from unknown dramatic performance, 1987

Box 9: 16

Travel--Austria, Netherlands, Paris, Scotland (slides), after 1961

Box 9: 17

Travel--Japan, Hong Kong, 1964

Box 9: 18

Travel--cruise, one photograph

Box 9: 19

Travel--Spain, Rome (slides), Vienna (negatives), 1982

Box 10: 1

Travel--Paris, Spain, London (plus Oslo negatives), 1989

Box 10: 2


Box 10: 3

Travel--Sitmar Carribean cruise, 1981

Box 10: 4

Travel--Sea Princess cruise (plus Canberra negatives), 1982

Box 10: 5

Travel--Canada, Seattle, Orcas Island

Box 10: 6

Child's birthday party

Box 10: 7

Houses--lawns, patios, walkways

Box 10: 8

Wine tasting

Box 10: 9

Miscellaneous, Warren and Heath Austin

Box 10: 10

Ranch and friend--slides

Box 10: 11

Holiday greetings

Box 10: 12

Austin gravestone, after 1991

Box 10: 13

Unidentified--friends and family

Box 10: 14

Negatives--not identified

Box 10: 15

Major Gray Phillips and Heath Horton Austin at Val Verde


Series VII. Miscellaneous

Box 11: 1

Val Verde Productions--patron cards

Box 12: 1

Val Verde Productions--Lobero Theatre tickets, 1966-1967

Box 13: 1

Val Verde Estate--map key


Series VIII. Oversize

Flat Box 14: 1

Photograph of George T. Horton

Flat Box 14: 2

Survey of Ludington Tract, 1942

Flat Box 14: 3

Statement of Income cash--Horton Trust, 1961-1964


Series IX. Home movie film reels

Visual V4832/F1

1969 Prologue

Visual V4833/F1

1971 Camp One

Visual V4834/F1

Parties dancing scenes

Visual V4835/F1

Dori's Easter, 1960

Visual V4836/F1

1974 Institut Francile Canoe Island Camps

Visual V4837/F1

(13) Acapulco USA, (14) Arriving 12/9/1969, (15) Long Beach, (16) Back home

Visual V4838/F1

1972 Institut Francile Canoe Island Camps

Visual V4839/F1

1971 Camp Two

Visual V4840/F1

1973 CIC

Visual V4841/F1

1973 Last

Visual V4842/F1

1973 Late

Visual V4843/F1

Nassau Lepers - FIRE (1st Lieut. Warren Austin)

Visual V4844/F1

Record 1: Michigan and PE, Lava Ponderay, Pattersons

Visual V4845/F1

Trip to England, Concordian Pacific etc.

Visual V4846/F1

Trip 2--Spain, Majorca, Italy (Genoa, Naples, Pompeii, Rome, Pisa, Florence), 1959-1960"

Visual V4847/F1

Dori in Disneyland, 6/27/1962

Visual V4848/F1

Miscellaneous, 1940

Visual V4849/F1


Visual V4850/F1

April VE Day, Paris, Germany, Moselle-Rhine, 1945

Visual V4851/F1

February Florida, Duncans, 1940

Visual V4852/F1

Film 5-8, Jerusalem, Jordan, Egypt, 1961

Visual V4853/F1

Film 13-16, Greek islands, Vienna, 1961

Visual V4854/F1

MS Mississippi in Ensenada, 1962

Visual V4855/F1

Goats, ducks, geese, animals etc., 1963

Visual V4856/F1

Sun Valley

Visual V4857/F1


Visual V4858/F1

Canadian Concert (box)

Visual V4859/F1

Fabrice, Fabienne, Dori, 1976

Visual V4860/F1

Laying chateau foundations, 1975

Visual V4861/F1

Karen goodbye, 1975

Visual V4862/F1

Seaplane, 1976

Visual V4863/F1

House, raccoons, ferry, 1975

Visual V4864/F1

Beth goodbye, 1976

Visual V4865/F1


Visual V4866/F1

Bastille and Parade Day (One)

Visual V4867/F1

Austin, 1972

Visual V4868/F1

Camp, HF Bar Ranch, John and Alice Fish, Val Verde, Roses and cats, 1970-1972

Visual V4869/F1

1959-1960 2, 3 Cannes train to Paris, Nice to Paris, Freighter (Maryland), Central America, Disneyland, 1959-1960

Visual V4870/F1

End of trip

Visual V4871/F1

The Austins Abroad 1964

Visual V4872/F1

York, Conventry, Denmark, London, Dori

Visual V4873/F1

Institut Francile Canoe Island Camps

Visual V4874/F1

December, Peru, Panama, 1967

Visual V4875/F1

1967 London, Lisbon, the Equator, 1967

Visual V4876/F1

Nassau montage

Visual V4877/F1

Dori, canoe, ferry, 1969

Visual V4878/F1

Camp, parade, picnic, 1969

Visual V4879/F1

Australia, Fiji, Monterey trip

Visual V4880/F1


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