This Collection is based on the Black Santa Barbara Historical Calendar project files. Additional materials pertinent to Santa
Barbara African Americans continue to be added to the collection.
The origins of this collection began as the Black Santa Barbara Historical Calendar, a collaborative research project in the
Black Studies Department at UCSB. The aim of the calendar was to call attention to local personages and events important in
Santa Barbara's African American community. Professor Cedric Robinson headed the project with the help of undergraduate students
from across the nation and high school students from the local district. Research for the first calendar began in the summer
of 1994; the Black Studies Department published two calendars, one in 1995 and the other in 1996 and research continued in
the summer of 1997 until funding was lost and the project was halted. While the collection's origins were to support a discontinued
calendar project, the documents, photographs and interviews are of great value for an understanding of African American local
history. Additional materials continue to be be added.
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.