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Preliminary guide to the Fred Eissler collection SBHC Mss 15
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  • Access Restrictions
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
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  • Title: Fred Eissler collection
    Identifier/Call Number: SBHC Mss 15
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 20.0 linear feet (14 cartons, 3 document boxes, 2 oversize boxes)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1966-1972
    Date (inclusive): circa 1950s-2000s
    Abstract: Papers of environmentalist and teacher Frederick Eissler (1922-2014). Files relate to the Santa Barbara Airport, Crosstown Freeway, Goleta Slough/Goleta Valley Flood Control Project, and the Sierra Club. In addition to these files, a large component of the collection contains Eissler's research files, correspondence and photographs.
    Physical Location: Del Sur Stacks
    Language of Materials: The collection is in English.
    creator: Eissler, Fred

    Access Restrictions

    Portions of this collection may contain restricted materials.Please contact the Department of Special Collections at the UC Santa Barbara Library in advance to request access.

    Use Restrictions

    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

    [Identification of Item], Fred Eissler collection, SBHC Mss 15. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Donation, 1991.

    Processing Information

    Processed by David Tambo, 2002; Denise Kniter, 2015.


    Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Frederick Eissler (1922-2014) earned his teaching credential at San Jose State University, going on to teach high school in Santa Barbara, California. As environmental activist, Frederick Eissler served on the national board of directors of the Sierra Club (1963-1969), and the Santa Barbara based Scenic Shoreline Preservation Conference (1967).
    Involved in the preservation of Santa Barbara coast wildlands, wilderness areas, marine sanctuaries, urban open spaces, and the Santa Barbara waterfront, Eissler played an instrumental role in many Santa Barbara area environmental, planning, and preservation issues from the 1960s to the end of his life.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains files compiled by environmental leader Fred Eissler, and relate to local Santa Barbara development and environmental issues such as the Santa Barbara Airport, Crosstown Freeway, Goleta Slough/Goleta Valley Flood Control Project.
    In addition, the collection contains Eissler's notes in the areas of environmental science, sociology, demographics, and psychology, perhaps in preparation for a book, personal and professional correspondence, as well as photographs, many related to Sierra Club Los Padres outings.


    The collection has been divided into 4 series: 1. Airport, 2. Freeway, 3. Goleta Slough/Goleta Valley Flood Control, 4. Miscellaneous.
    Series 4. Miscellaneous has been subdivided into two subseries, Group 1 and Group 2. All materials in Group 1 have been processed and are available for access. Materials in Group 2 remain unprocessed.