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Preliminary Guide to the Dick Smith Collection
SBHC Mss 56  
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The collection contains more than 200 black/white photographs, 8x10 and larger, 2 color prints, and more than 300 color slides of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill and its aftermath. These mainly are images of oil rigs, shoreline, beaches, oil soaked birds and animals, clean-up efforts, and some aerial views. There are duplicates of some images. Most were taken January-Feb. 1969, but some are as late as 1971. A few of the photos have stamps or notes on the back, indicating credit should be given to the Santa Barbara News-Press or Dick Smith.
Richard J. [Dick] Smith was born in Minnesota on Aug. 29, 1920. He came to Santa Barbara County in 1948, got a job at the Santa Barbara News-Press as Promotion Manager and continued to work there part-time, spending the rest of his time hiking the backcountry. Over the years he came to be known as Santa Barbara County's foremost backwoodsman and a local wilderness area bears his name.
.4 linear feet (1 oversize box and 1 slide tray)
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