Guide to the Dick Smith collection SBHC Mss 56
Preliminary arrangement and description by D. Tambo; latest revision March 15, 2017.
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara 93106-9010
2017 March 15
Title: Dick Smith collection
Identifier/Call Number: SBHC Mss 56
Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: .3 linear feet (1 flat oversize box)
Creator: Smith, Dick
Date (inclusive): 1963-1976
The collection is open for research.
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[Identification of Item], Dick Smith collection, SBHC Mss 56. Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Gift of Mrs. Dick [Olive] Smith, 1977, and undetermined.
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.
In 1964 Smith co-authored California Condor: Vanishing American with Robert O. Easton. A posthumous work, Condor Journal: The History, Mythology, and Reality of the California Condor, was edited by his wife, Olive Kingston Smith, in 1978.
Dick Smith died on Feb. 2, 1977.
The collection contains more than 300 color slides, mainly of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill and its aftermath. Included are images of oil rigs, shoreline, beaches, oil soaked birds and animals, clean-up efforts, and some aerialviews. There are duplicates of some images. Most were taken January-Feb. 1969, but some are as early as 1963 (mainly nature images) and others as late as 1976 (mainly oil spill aftermath). Some slides have a Dick Smith stamp.
The slides are mainly Ektachrome, most with 'H" batch numbers. Some are labelled as DS and have other descriptions, so probably all in the same batch are by him, even if not so labelled. 'H' batches in general are probably by him, especially if in the same date ranges and with similar descriptions.
Slides have been arranged by date, batch number, then by slide number within the batch. Unidentified slides, without batch numbers, may be duplicates and are filed after the others.
Easton [Robert O.] Collection. Box 2, Folder 9 contains Sisquoc Ranch Photographic Essay, with photos probably by Dick Smith, ca. 1966. (SBHC Mss 6).
GOO Collection. About 200 prints, many oversize, some matted, most by Dick Smith, relating to the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. (SBHC Mss 10).