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Finding Aid for the David Gebhard papers, circa 1949-1996 0000136
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  • Custodial History note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Content note
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: David Gebhard papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000136
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 233.0 Linear feet (227 record storage boxes and 2 flat file drawers)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1949-1996
    creator: Gebhard, David, 1927-1996 -- Archives


    Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of David and Patricia Gebhard, 1997, 2007, and 2012.

    Preferred Citation note

    David Gebhard papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical/Historical note

    David Gebhard was born on July 21, 1927 in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. Gebhard received his Bachelor’s degree, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota in Art and Architectural history. From 1953 to 1955 Gebhard was an Instructor and Curator of the Art Gallery at the University of New Mexico. Following employment at the University of New Mexico, Gebhard was from 1955 to 1961, the Director of the Roswell Museum & Art Center. Between 1960 and 1961 Gebhard received a Fulbright to teach architecture in Istanbul, Turkey. After his Fulbright, in 1961, he moved to Santa Barbara and was hired as the Director of the University of California, Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) Art Museum, a position that he held until 1981. He was the founder and first curator of the Architectural and Design Collection at UCSB. Gebhard was a prolific researcher and writer who published hundreds of articles concerning architects, architecture and design, as well as numerous books and guides on architecture, particularly that of California. From 1964 to 1968 Gebhard was an Associate Professor and then a full Professor at UCSB from 1968 until 1996. Gebhard was an active architectural historian whose contributions and steadfast determination helped preserve the unique character of Santa Barbara. David Gebhard died suddenly from a heart attack while cycling near his home in 1996, at the age of 69.

    Scope and Content note

    The David Gebhard papers span 233 linear feet and date from circa 1949 to 1996. The collection includes correspondence, research and reference notes organized alphabetically by architect or architectural topic, photographs, newspaper clippings, Gebhard’s lectures and presentations, and awards.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Patricia and David Gebhard research papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of Southern California, Santa Barbara.
    ADC Study collection, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gebhard, David, 1927-1996
    Smith and Williams.
    Architecture -- California -- 20th century
    Architecture -- California -- Santa Barbara -- 20th century