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Guide to the Warren Austin Papers PA Mss 80
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  • Access Restrictions
  • Use Restrictions
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Other Descriptive Information

  • Title: Warren Austin papers
    Identifier/Call Number: PA Mss 80
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 20.75 linear feet (10 document boxes, 1 oversize flat box, 2 small shoeboxes, 55 film reels)
    Date (inclusive): 1939-1999
    Abstract: Papers of Warren Austin (1911-1999), owner of Val Verde estate in Montecito, California. Austin was a close friend of Dame Judith Anderson, a patron of the Lobero Theatre (Santa Barbara, CA.) and personal physician to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
    Physical location: Annex 2 (Boxes 1-14)
    Language of Materials: The collection is in English.
    creator: Austin, Warren, 1911-1999

    Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research.

    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], Warren Austin papers, PA Mss 80. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Nancy Oliva, March 2010.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Pearl Ko and Zachary Liebhaber, 2011.

    Biography

    Dr. Warren R. Austin (1911-1999) was personal physician to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor while the Duke was Governor of the Bahamas during World War II. After the end of the war, Dr. Austin moved to Montecito California, where he established his practice in the Montecito Medical Center in 1948, and married Florence Heath Horton Austin (1915-1991) in 1956. In 1956, Dr. and Mrs. Austin purchased the Val Verde estate in Montecito from Marjorie Buell. Val Verde, an Italianate mansion designed by Bertram Goodhue in 1893 for Henry Dater and added to by garden designer Lockwood de Forest for Wright Ludington, is considered one of the premier original Southern California estates. Dr. and Mrs. Austin expanded the estate from 9 to 17.4 acres.
    In addition to his medical career, Dr. Austin was deeply involved in theater and music in Santa Barbara, bringing many performances to the city as director of Val Verde Productions, including, among others, The Bernard Shaw Story (1966) starring Bramwell Fletcher, Dear Liar (1967) starring Sally Goldwater, and Hamlet (1970), with Dame Judith Anderson in the title role. In the course of these activities and as a patron of the arts in Santa Barbara, Dr. Austin struck up important friendships with Dame Judith Anderson, British Theater administrator Michael Hallifax, and Zoe Caldwell, famed for her performance alongside Dame Judith Anderson in Medea. Dr. Austin was involved in the Broadway Theatre League of Santa Barbara and a patron of the Lobero Foundation, where he was instrumental in establishing the Dame Judith Anderson Fund.
    Dr. Austin was the founder of the Canoe Island French Camp on Orcas Island, San Juan Islands, at which he served as camp physician.

    Scope and Content

    Much of this collection consists documents relating to Dr. Austin's activities in drama and music as a patron of the arts and head of Val Verde Productions in Santa Barbara. Documents include clippings, correspondence, photos, flyers, programs, drafts of press releases written by Dr. Austin himself, notes, ledgers, and records of fund raising activities.
    The rest of the collection comprises papers pertaining to the Val Verde Estate, including a map of the Ludington tract, financial documents, photographs, and many documents relating to the Val Verde trust from the 1990's, as well as records, clippings, photographs, and correspondence pertaining to Dr. Austin's Canoe Island French Camp.
    Personal items include photographs, correspondence, and personal documents of both Warren Austin and Florence Heath Horton Austin.
    Among the photographs are early images of Santa Barbara buildings, including the Lobero Theater and the Montecito Fire Station, as well as photographs of Dame Judith Anderson and Zoe Caldwell.

    Arrangement

    The collection is divided into the following series: 1. Theater and Music, 2. Val Verde Estate, 3. Canoe Island French Camp, 4. Personal Items, 5. Correspondence, 6. Photographs, 7. Miscellaneous, 8. Oversize, 9. Home Movie Film Reels. Series 1. Theater and Music has been subdivided into subseries, for the most part, by production name. Production files include photographs, correspondence, clippings, ledgers, notes, magazine features, flyers, programs, and printer's plates. Series 2. Val Verde Estate and Series 3. Canoe Island French Camp include photographs, artwork, correspondence, legal and financial documents. The remaining series contain personal items relating to Warren Austin and Florence Heath Horton Austin and include correspondence, photographs, financial documents, certificates and notebooks. The collection includes 55 home movie film reels.

    Other Descriptive Information

    Series numbers on box labels are in Roman numerals.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Anderson, Judith, Dame, 1898-1992
    Clippings (information artifacts)
    Correspondence
    Home movies
    Photographs
    Programs