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  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Separated Materials note

  • Title: Margarita Villa Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS-23
    Contributing Institution: Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. Presidio Research Center
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 5.0 Linear feet 6 boxes
    Date: 1977-2009
    Abstract: 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.
    creator: Villa, Margarita Delbrook

    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

    Margarita Villa Papers, MS-23, Presidio Research Center, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, Santa Barbara, California.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Margarita Delbrook Villa (1913-2011) was a 6th generation descendant of Presidio soldiers Jose Dominguez and Victorino Feliz. She was born in Santa Barbara and lived there all her life. She married Leroy Villa, also a descendant of Spanish soldier Juan Jose Villa, in 1932. The couple had four children: Leroy, William, Therese, and Marjorie. Margarita Villa did extensive family genealogical research on the early founding families of Santa Barbara. She was a docent at the Santa Barbara Historical Society and the Presidio and was a founding member of Los Descendientes de Santa Barbara, begun in 1986. She was also a member of Los Californianos, and Los Pobladores 200 de Los Angeles. Marjorie Villa Elkin was Secretary of Los Descendientes from 1996-1997. Villa created a family history called Footprints of the Past: Family Memories of Leroy W. and Margarita D. Villa. Volume II documents her married life and travels with Leroy, as well as provides photos, pedigree charts, and additional information about their ancestors.

    Scope and Contents note

    The collection is arranged into three series: Family Files, Subject Files, and records of the organization Los Descendientes. Family files, arranged alphabetically, contain pedigree charts, clippings, and correspondence, mostly between Villa and others. Subject files, arranged alphabetically, contain newspaper clippings, articles, and other ephemera related to Santa Barbara County places, buildings, and people in general.
    The records of the Los Descendientes were housed with the Villa family, who were very active in the organization from its onset.

    Separated Materials note

    Books and journals from this accession were removed and added to the library collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Villa, Leroy
    Hispanic Americans--California--Santa Barbara--Genealogy
    Mexican Americans--California--Santa Barbara--Genealogy
    Names, Personal--Spanish
    Registers of births, etc.--California--Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara (Calif.)--Genealogy
    Santa Barbara County (Calif.)--Genealogy