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Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. Presidio Research Center
215 East Canon Perdido St.
Santa Barbara, California 93101
Phone: (805) 966-5073
Fax: (805) 568-1999
Email: laurie@sbthp.org
Physical collections: 39
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Bellman, Suzi Family Papers

Collection contains materials created and assembled by Suzi Calderon Bellman, a Presidio descendant. Included are newsletters she wrote about Old Spanish Town in Montecito and some of its residents, family histories, and a photo album put together to document a...

Borden (Elizabeth) Scrapbook

This scrapbook was created by Elizabeth Borden in 1927, when she was 14 years old, to document and commemorate a trip she took to California with her mother to see her grandmother Holden. She took the train through Canada and...

Chapman Goss Family Photography Album

This album contains photographs from the late 1800s of the families of William Freeman Myrick Goss and Hannah Elizabeth Chapman Marcy. The earliest photograph is dated 1872, but several tintypes or daguerrotypes may have been taken earlier. Last names of...

Chase (Pearl) Papers

Correspondence, documents, and photographs of preservationist and community activist Pearl Chase.

Cota, Pablo Documents

Certified copies of military service records for Pablo Cota from 1787-1798

Curletti (Rosario) Collection of Ortega Family Papers

This collection of historic documents dating between 1796 and 1855 relates primarily to the Ortega family of Santa Barbara. The documents include legal and financial letters and notices, title documents, and receipts relating to the property and finances of Jose...

De la Guerra (Delfina) Papers

Personal papers of Delfina de la Guerra, the last member of the de la Guerra family to reside in the Casa de la Guerra. Items include photographs, letters, clippings, objects, and pressed flowers.

Den, Bell, and Luton Families Papers

The papers of the Den, Bell, and Luton Families are focused largely on land ownership by brothers Nicholas and Richard Den, early settlers of Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, and their heirs. They highlight the transition in land tenure during...

Douglas (Walter) Portrait and Oral History Collection

The collection consists of portraits and prints of Santa Barbara citizens who have been active and influential in the work of preserving Santa Barbara's history. They were photographed by Walter Douglas in his home studio between 1996 and 2002. The...

Downie (Harry) Scrapbook

This scrapbook contains news clippings and copies of newspaper articles, typed and handwritten notes, brochures, articles, and photographs about the history of the Santa Barbara Presidio and the reconstruction of the Presidio in the 1970s....

Early days in Santa Barbara and records of the Nidever family

A short history of the Nidever family with a list of Nidever descendants.

El Coro del Real Presidio de Santa Barbara Collection

This collection is made up of the songs that El Coro del Real Presidio de Santa Barbara performed from 1991 to 2009 for its yearly event Las Posadas, as well as several other performances.

El Paseo Scrapbooks

This collection consists of six scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings and ephemera about the El Paseo complex of buildings and shops (also known as Streets of Spain), including El Paseo Restaurant (also known as Restaurante del Paseo) and the El Presidio...

Fages, Pedro Cavalry Inspection Report

Manuscript, August 22, 1788, signed by Californa governor Pedro Fages. Inspection report of the cavalry at the Santa Barbara Presidio, including evaluation of soldiers, equipment, and supplies....

Flores Family Papers

This collection consists of twenty handwritten documents, twenty-five newspaper clippings, ten photographs, and three miscellaneous publications concerning Santa Barbara Presidio Commandant Gumesindo Flores and his wife Cipriana Llano Flores.

Forsyth (Gloria) Papers

This collection consists of one folder of correspondence, notes, minutes and other miscellaneous publications related to Pearl Chase, several activities of the Plans and Planting Committee of the Community Arts Association of Santa Barbara, and Mrs. Forsyth's role as a...

Hass, Jeremy D. and John K. papers on the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation

This collection documents the early activities of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation in partnership with California State Parks to reconstruct El Presidio de Santa Barbara. It includes correspondence, research materials and legal documents about property acquisition and management...

Higman (Sue) Papers

This collection consists of papers gathered by Sue Higman in her roles as board member and officer of several local Santa Barbara organizations, her correspondence on environmental issues, and papers related to the Early Mission Music Program.

Hvolboll, Elizabeth Files on Santa Inés Mission Mills

These files contain background articles, photographs, drafts of legal documents, and newspaper clippings documenting the planning of the purchase by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation and the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County of the Santa Inés Mission...

Lataillade (Cesario) Papers

Correspondence and a legal opinion prepared for Cesario Eugene Lataillade regarding the ownership of properties formerly owned by his father Cesario Lataillade and his mother Antonia Maria Lataillade and properties jointly owned by Lataillade and his business partner Gaspar Oreña.

Lewis (Robert L.) Collection

This collection consists of several publicity materials related to the Robert L. Lewis Studio in Santa Barbara....

Lippitt (Frances) Receipt to Victor Juarez

One handwritten receipt for $2.00 concerning a lost cannon in Santa Barbara, CA. July 17, 1848.

Mignon Children's Shop Records

This record group consists of 3 paper receipt books from 1945-1946, documenting daily sales and a large ledger containing inventory and sales records from 1938 to 1939 by category of item. Description of item, cost price, selling price, customer name,...

Miller, Robert R. Papers

Research notes, documents, printed matter, and drafts for the book

Mills, Paul Papers

These papers document civic and preservation activities conducted by Paul Mills while he was director of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and after his retirement when he was active on the board of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic...

Mission Olive Preservation, Restoration, and Education Project (MOPREP) Records

This record group documents the activities of the Mission Olive Preservation, Restoration, and Education Project and includes adminstrative records, organizational documents, publicity materials, photographs, and educational materials about growing and preserving mission olive trees.

Native Daughters of the Golden West collection

Collection includes a centennial history of the organization, two songbooks, multiple magazine issues, programs and 1 photograph. The magazine was published regularly by the Native Sons of the Golden West beginning in May 1907 and served as the official publication...

Obern, Vivian papers

These papers are organized into three series. Series 1, the Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition and Reenactment, represents the bulk of the collection. It covers the efforts made by organizers and participants to recreate the expedition by Juan Bautista de...

Portilla (Pablo de la) Journal

Handwritten pages dated June 27, 1824 from a journal created by Captain Don Pablo de la Portilla, describing an expedition that left the Santa Barbara Presidio on June 4, 1824 to find and return neophyte Indians who had left Mission...

Price (Glenn) Papers

This collection was created by historians Don McGill and Glenn Price. It is partly a collection of historic documents about early trade along the west coast of North America during the years 1824-1873. It also includes research materials about the...

Samano, Roman discharge document

This document describes the discharge of Roman Samano from the 1st Battalion of the Native Cavalry of California Volunteers at the end of the Civil War.

Ussher photograph album

Photos document the building and landscaping of a home at 1959 Las Tunas in Santa Barbara, California. The photos start with the family visiting the undeveloped property, continue with the building of the house and the landscaping, and end years...

Villa, (Margarita) Papers

This collection contains genealogical files about the earliest founding Santa Barbara families, including pedigree charts, clippings, and correspondence; and subject files containing newspaper clippings, articles, and other ephemera related to Santa Barbara County places, buildings, and people in general.

Whitehead (Richard) Papers

This collection, compiled by Whitehead, contains research materials, drafts,and published writings; facsimiles, transcriptions and translations of historic documents; correspondence; and deeds, maps, and plans, that document the history and reconstruction of El Presidio de Santa Barbara. Also included are Whitehead's...

Witmer Family collection

This collection of photos and publications belonged to Val Witmer and her family. There are several portraits and group shots of family members as well as an oversized photo of the Cota Ranch. Another set of photos is of Father...