Walter Douglas Portrait and Oral History Collection MS-15

Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. Presidio Research Center
215 East Canon Perdido St.
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
(805) 966-5073
anne@sbthp.org


Title: Walter Douglas Portrait and Oral History Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MS-15
Contributing Institution: Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. Presidio Research Center
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 15.0 Linear feet 13 oversized boxes; 110 audio cassettes
Date: 1983-2002
Abstract: 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 collection also consists of corresponding oral history interviews with the portrait subjects.
creator: Douglas, Walter C.

Biographical/Historical note

Walter C. Douglas was born December 15, 1919 in St. Francis Hospital, Santa Barbara, CA. He was baptized by Fr. Villa in Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. He is a member of the graduating class of 1939 from Santa Barbara High School and a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography’s first graduating class in 1948. During his career, Mr. Douglas worked as a photographer for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, a group supervisor at Los Prietos Boys Camp, a planning technician for Santa Barbara County, a building designer for the cities of Santa Ynez and Solvang, an engineer and photographer for Pacific Bell Telephone Company, and as a free-lance photographer. A lifelong Santa Barbara resident, Mr. Douglas is a founding member of the Santa Barbara Historical Society and has been involved with the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation from its inception. He currently lives in Santa Barbara with his wife Joyce.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use note

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Director for Historical Resources. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation note

Walter C. Douglas Portrait and Oral History Collection, Presidio Research Center, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gifts, Walter Douglas, 1997-2000

Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of a series of matted portraits and prints photographed by Walter C. Douglas in his home studio between 1996 and 2002. While the majority of the photos are portraits, a small number are landscape, structure, and architectural detail shots of historic Santa Barbara city and county buildings. Container descriptions identify the nature of the photograph; descriptions that contain names only indicate a portrait; building names or more detailed descriptions indicate landscape, structure, or architectural photos or prints. The portraits are primarily of Santa Barbara citizens who have been active and influential in the work of preserving Santa Barbara's history, and many work in connection with the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.
The collection also consists of corresponding oral history interviews with some of the portrait subjects. Subjects were selected for portrait sittings and interviews based on their connection with Santa Barbara historic preservation or a connection with prominent nineteenth century Santa Barbara citizens. Several of the interviewees are descendants of major landholding families from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; others are or were notable figures involved in a variety of civic activities from the mid-twentieth century forward. Walter C. Douglas' project represents nearly a decade of work preserving the stories and images of these Santa Barbara citizens. Photos labeled Print are prints made by Walter C. Douglas from a negative, and generally consist of early twentieth century photographs and one daguerrotype (Maria Antonia De la Guerra, box 1). The collection is organized by and preserves the numbering and original chronological order imposed by Mr. Douglas during his project. In Mr. Douglas' own words, his project accomplishes the documentation of the last generation of Santa Barbara pioneers.

General note

RI after the portrait name indicates that a recorded interview was also conducted.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Photographic prints
Portraits
Santa Barbara (Calif.)--Biography--Portraits.
Santa Barbara (Calif.)--Buildings, structures, etc.

Box 1

Elizabeth Erro Hvollboll *RI 3-26-96

Box 1

Charles Storke

Box 1

Walter Douglas (2)

Box 1

Lawrence Larry Robles (2) *RI 1-26-96

Box 1

Catherine Lataillade *RI 9-25-96, 10-2-96

Box 1

Maria Antonia De la Guerra (Print)

Box 1

Mike Acosta *RI 1-29-96

Box 1

Juan and Maria Martinez (Print)

Box 1

Thomas W. Dibblee, Jr.

Box 1

Lorretta Dibblee

Box 2

John T. Rickard *RI 3-1-96

Box 2

Lloyd Monk *RI 3-7-96

Box 2

Anthony George *RI 3-26-96

Box 2

Virginia Days *RI 4-2-96

Box 2

Anthony Days *RI 4-2-96

Box 2

Mary Louise Days *RI 4-2-96

Box 2

Harold K. Doulton

Box 2

Fr. Virgil Cordano, O.F.M. *RI 4-15-96

Box 2

Carl Park

Box 3

Robert O. Easton *RI 4-29-96

Box 3

Jody Villa *RI 5-4-96

Box 3

Betsy Lester Roberti *RI 5-8-96

Box 3

Richard Lugo *RI 5-13-96

Box 3

San Ramon Chapel-Sisquoc Valley

Box 3

Sally Gane *RI 5-20-96

Box 3

David Gray McDavid *RI 5-31-96

Box 3

Anna Lincoln Ellis *RI 5-31-96

Box 3

George S. McKenzie (2) *RI 6-10-96

Box 3

Ruiz Drug Store (Print)

Box 3

Maria de Los Angeles Ruiz (Print)

Box 3

Charles M. Cooper *RI 6-18-96

Box 4

Monroe J. Rutherford

Box 4

Leeota Lanter Peterson *RI 7-8-96

Box 4

Carrillo Building, State Street (1922)

Box 4

Hunt’s Mercantile Store

Box 4

Laura Middleton Campbell *RI 7-15-96

Box 4

Residence of Arleigh Adams

Box 4

Arleigh Adams (2) *RI 7-15-96

Box 4

Russell Clay Ruiz

Box 4

Nancy Mecham Irvine *RI 8-15-96

Box 4

William Laranjo *RI 10-4-96

Box 4

Kay Kakimoto Willis *RI 9-19-96

Box 4

Nuey Wong Chung *RI 9-18-96

Box 4

Elaine Heavilin (Lin Suey) *RI 9-10-96

Box 5

Major General Charles A. Ott *RI 9-16-96

Box 5

Gloria Brooks Forsyth

Box 5

Thomas C. Catlett *RI 10-19-96

Box 5

Loisgene Kinevan

Box 5

Douglas J. Spence *RI 1-24-97

Box 5

Steven Adelbert Malott *RI 2-24-97 (with Ruby Pierce Malott)

Box 5

Barney Ruiz *RI 3-24-97

Box 5

Roy Strong *RI 4-1-97

Box 5

Richard H. Schutte

Box 6

E. George Obern *RI 4-8-97

Box 6

Vivian Obern *RI 4-8-97

Box 6

Helen L. Pedotti

Box 6

Remi and Margaret Nadeau *RI 4-21-97

Box 6

Mary Lou Lockard Houser

Box 6

Nancy De L’Arbre *RI 5-19-97

Box 6

Horace Rupp (Photograph of Printed Eulogy)

Box 6

Daniel Ramirez

Box 6

James H. Sturgeon

Box 6

Jacqueline McConnell Sturgeon

Box 7

Rene Grace Jackman

Box 7

James Dawson Powers

Box 7

Gale Sisson Powers (Print from painting)

Box 7

Joyce McDavid Douglas *RI 7-17-97

Box 7

Victoria P. Browning

Box 7

William N. (Bill) Russell

Box 7

Robert N. (Bob) Scott

Box 7

Sue (Baat) Higman *RI 8-11-97

Box 7

Yvon Scoun Duran

Box 7

Ray B. Romero (2) *RI 9-9-97

Box 7

Evelyn Fox Beraldo *RI 8-25-97

Box 8

Frank K. Kelly

Box 8

Georgina Bonilla Romero and Ray B. Romero *RI 10-5-97

Box 8

Ken Ruiz at Casa de la Guerra

Box 8

Norman Locke

Box 8

Harold H. Poett *RI 10-29-97

Box 8

Jean Eastwood Hayward *RI 11-17-97

Box 8

Roof Detail, East Wing, Casa de la Guerra

Box 8

Casa de la Guerra, West Wing

Box 8

Door Detail, Exterior West Wing, Casa de la Guerra

Box 9

Michele Marni Harmer *RI2-17-97

Box 9

Anthony Pico/Harry B. Pico *RI 3-30-98

Box 9

Capt. Richard Maury *RI (2), 6-4-98, 11-7-98

Box 9

Jeremy D. Hass *RI 7-6-98

Box 9

Jose Martinez

Box 9

A Dibblee Poett *RI 9-23-98

Box 9

Stephen E. and Ruth Jackman *RI 11-4-98

Box 9

Scott Glenn *RI 11-21-98

Box 9

Randy Chase *RI 1-5-99

Box 10

S. Wayne Powers *RI 2-8-99

Box 10

Kathleen B. Powers *RI 2-8-99

Box 10

David W. Gledhill *RI 2-20-99

Box 10

Clifton F. (Clif) Smith

Box 10

Ernest C. (Ernie) Ruiz (2) *RI 12-27-99

Box 10

James Gilmore Mills (2) *RI 2-8-00

Box 10

Jim Norris *RI 2-17-2000

Box 11

Wendy Haider Motta *RI 3-3-00

Box 11

E. Keith Lockard, Lucia Lockard, and Stephen Lockard-Meith

Box 11

Grace Lockard (Print)

Box 11

Earl Tubbs Lockard

Box 11

Erin Graffy de Garcia *RI 3-11-02

Box 11

Neal Graffy *RI 3-15-02 (2)

Box 11

Janine Bordeaux Smith *RI 10-30-02

Box 11

Kirsten Bianca Hardy *RI 11-4-02

Box 11

C. Seybert Kinsell, M.D. *RI 12-02-02

Box 11

John Robles *RI 2-8-03

Box 12

Margaret Delbrook Villa

Box 12

Leroy Villa

Box 12

Philip Williams George (Lapeyaloot)

Box 12

Virginia Lugo

Box 12

Edna Robert Tenney-Seven Oaks Game Bird Ranch

Box 12

Walter Douglas (2) *RI 1-17-97

Box 12

U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides)

Drawer 3

Tommy Wong Chong RI 9-25-96

Drawer 3

Peggy McManus Houghtaling RI 10-23-2000

Drawer 3

Robert Tenney RI 2-28-83

Drawer 3

M. B. Scott RI 3-30-99

Drawer 3

Norman Caldwell RI 8-30-99

Drawer 3

Robert A. Burtness RI 9-8-99

Drawer 3

William Burtness RI 11-9-95