Preliminary Guide to the Robert Sollen Collection, ca. 1954-1996

Preliminary arrangement and description by David C. Tambo; machine-readable finding aid created by David C. Gartrell
Department of Special Collections
Davidson Library
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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© 1999
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Preliminary Guide to the Robert Sollen Collection, ca. 1954-1996

Collection number: SBHC Mss 33

Department of Special Collections



Davidson Library

University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Information:

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Davidson Library
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: (805) 893-3062
  • Fax: (805) 893-5749
  • Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
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Preliminary arrangement and description by David C. Tambo
Date Completed:
Latest revision 7/26/99
Encoded by:
David C. Gartrell
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert Sollen Collection,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1954-1996
Collection number: SBHC Mss 33
Creator: Sollen, Robert
Extent: 23 linear feet (19 boxes)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Shelf location: Del Sur stacks, Oversize, and Telescoping boxes.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

Donated by Robert Sollen, 1996.

Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

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], Robert Sollen Collection, SBHC Mss 33, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Biography

The following biographical sketch is drawn from material provided by Robert Sollen and from a January 24, 1997 article in the Santa Barbara News-Press.
Robert Sollen was born September 29, 1921, in Menominee, Michigan. He served with the U.S. Coast Guard, 1942-1946, and received his BA in political science and journalism from the University of Wisconsin in 1948. He was a reporter and editor with several newspapers, and was a free-lance writer, before joining the Santa Barbara News-Press in 1963. Sollen was a copy editor and reporter with the News-Press, specializing in environmental writing, until his retirement in 1985.
As a reporter, Sollen covered the January 28, 1969 Santa Barbara Channel oil well blowout that spewed several million gallons of crude oil. That disaster helped to mobilize environmental activism nationwide. In 1968 he had won second place in the national Scripps-Howard conservation writing contest for a series of News-Press articles anticipating oil pollution problems in the Santa Barbara channel.
Sollen has been active in a number of local organizations, including Get Oil Out (GOO). He also was a Santa Barbara Planning Commissioner, 1989-1991, and has taught Environmental Journalism at UCSB since 1986.

Scope and Content

This collection was assembled over a number of years by Robert Sollen, largely as background research for his reporting duties with the News-Press and his ongoing interest in oil and other environmental issues.
The collection contains the following series:
An Ocean of Oil (binders, with manuscript drafts, chapter notes, and photographs relating to Sollen's monograph, published by Denali Press, 1998).
Chron Files, 1968-1986 (chronologically arranged clippings, notes, reports, and other materials generally relating to Santa Barbara and California oil issues)
Clippings, ca. 1968-1996 (includes many of Sollen's News-Press articles)
Companies/Projects (reports, articles, clippings, memos, and notes)
Leasing, 1980-1990 (includes reports studies, clippings, and articles, many by Sollen)
Subject Files (includes Santa Barbara County Planning Commission documents, and other reports, memos, articles, and clippings)
Oversize (newspaper articles, scrapbooks, and maps).
Also included with the collection are a number of monographs and government reports, which have been cataloged separately. These may be searched on Pegasus, the UCSB Library's online catalog.

Related Material

UCSB Special Collections holds a number of other collections relating to the history of the oil industry in the Santa Barbara area and the Santa Barbara Oil Spill of 1969. They include:
Easton (Robert O.) Collection (SBHC Mss 6).
Get Oil Out Collection (SBHC Mss 10).
Oil Spill Information Center Collection (SBHC Mss 11).
League of Women Voters Collection (SBHC Mss 2).
Saadi (Ruth) Collection (SBHC Mss 14).
Sharp (Richard C.) Collection (SBHC Mss 7)
Von Breton (Harriet) Collection (SBHC Mss 8).
Weingand et al, v. County et al (Channel Island Drilling) Collection (SBHC Mss 31).
In addition, the UCSB Davidson Library has a number of Environmental Impact Reports and related studies that also document the history of the area's oil industry. These are cataloged individually and may be searched on Pegasus, the UCSB Library's online catalog. Many are located in Special Collections.

Container List

 

An Ocean of Oil

Box 1

An Ocean of Oil (binders, with manuscript drafts, chapter notes, and photographs)

 

Chron Files

Note

ca. 1968-1986 (chronologically arranged clippings, notes, reports, and other materials generally relating to Santa Barbara and California oil issues)
Box 2

1968-1974

Box 3

1975-1986

 

Clippings

Note

ca. 1968-1996 (includes many of Sollen's News-Press articles)
Box 4

Abandonments

Box 4

Accidents

Box 4

Adair, Red

Box 4

Advertising

Box 4

Advisory Committee

Box 4

Air Quality

Box 4

Alaska

Box 4

Alternative Fuels

Box 4

Anniversaries (1969 Oil Spill)

Box 4

Antarctica

Box 4

Archives

Box 4

ARCO

Box 4

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)

Box 4

Asia (SE)

Box 4

Atlantic Coast

Box 4

Awards

Box 4

Babbitt

Box 4

Beaches

Box 4

Bickmore, David (County Petroleum Engineer)

Box 4

Blowout (Jan. 28, 1969)

Box 4

Blowouts (other)

Box 4

Books

Box 4

Brazil

Box 4

Bureaucracy

Box 4

Burford, Ann Gorsuch

Box 4

Burman Oil

Box 4

California Coastal Operators Group (C/COG)

Box 4

California Independent Producers Association

Box 4

Canada

Box 4

Channel Islands

Box 4

Channel Islands Alliance

Box 4

Chevron

Box 4

Cities Service

Box 4

City Council

Box 4

Coalition against Oil Pollution

Box 4

Coast Guard

Box 4

Coastal Impact

Box 4

Colorado River

Box 4

Conferences on Santa Barbara Oil

Box 4

Conflict of Interest

Box 4

Congress

Box 4

CONOCO

Box 4

Consolidation Policies

Box 4

Consumption/Conservation

Box 5

Containment

Box 5

Cooger Report

Box 5

Council on Environmental Quality

Box 5

County Board of Supervisors

Box 5

County Control Ordinance

Box 5

County Government

Box 5

County Oil Ordinance

Box 5

County Petroleum Administrator

Box 5

County Petroleum Engineer

Box 5

County Petroleum Office

Box 5

CREF

Box 5

Curran, John

Box 5

Cuyama

Box 5

CZMA (Coastal Zone Management Act)

Box 5

Damage Settlement Funds

Box 5

Damages

Box 5

Deepwater Port Act

Box 5

Deepwater Technology

Box 5

Demand

Box 5

Denial

Box 5

Deukmejian

Box 5

Development (Onshore)

Box 5

Development Plans

Box 5

Development Projects

Box 5

Developments - Cities Service

Box 5

Developments - Shell

Box 5

Developments - Texaco

Box 5

Discharges

Box 5

Discoveries

Box 5

Dispersants, Oil

Box 5

Dredge

Box 5

Drilling

Box 5

Drilling Bits

Box 5

Drilling, Channel

Box 5

Drilling, Federal

Box 5

Drilling, Geophysical

Box 5

Drilling (OCS)

Box 5

Drilling, Onshore

Box 5

Drilling, Tidelands

Box 5

Dumping, Illegal

Box 5

Earthquake Damage

Box 5

East Coast

Box 5

Economic Impact

Box 5

Economics of Oil

Box 5

Editorials

Box 5

Elk Hills

Box 5

Elwood

Box 5

Energy - Alternatives

Box 5

Energy - Conservation/Efficiency

Box 5

Energy - Consumption

Box 5

Energy Division

Box 5

Energy Forecasts

Box 5

Energy (oil)

Box 5

Energy Policy

Box 5

Enforcement

Box 5

Environmental Impact Reports

Box 5

Environmental Protection

Box 5

Environmental Recovery

Box 5

Environmental Research

Box 5

Erosion (Beach)

Box 5

Exports

Box 5

Exxon

Box 6

Exxon

Box 6

Films (Santa Barbara Oil Spill)

Box 6

Fires

Box 6

Fishing

Box 6

Florida

Box 6

Flow, Rate of

Box 6

Foreign Oil

Box 6

Gaviota Pier

Box 6

Geological Hazards

Box 6

Geological Survey, U.S.

Box 6

Geology

Box 6

Geophysical

Box 6

Geophysical Surveys

Box 6

Gesner, Bill

Box 6

Get Oil Out (GOO)

Box 6

Greenpeace

Box 6

Gulf of Mexico

Box 6

Gulf States

Box 6

Harbor, San Luis Obispo County

Box 6

Harbor, Santa Barbara

Box 6

Hardin, Garrett

Box 6

Hartley, Fred

Box 6

Hickel, Walter J.

Box 6

History

Box 6

Hodel, Donald

Box 6

Humble Oil

Box 6

Husky Oil Co.

Box 6

Imports

Box 6

Industry Response

Box 6

Information (Oil Spill Information Center)

Box 6

Interior Committee - Senate

Box 6

Interior, Department of

Box 6

Iraq-Kuwait Crisis

Box 6

Islands, Drilling

Box 6

Junk, Subsea

Box 6

Kallman, Robert

Box 6

Labor (Oil)

Box 6

Lagomarsino

Box 6

Land Use (Oil ), California

Box 6

Lands Commission, State

Box 6

Lease Sale

Box 6

Leases

Box 6

Leases Cancelled

Box 6

Leases, Santa Barbara Channel

Box 6

Leasing - General

Box 6

Leasing - CZMA

Box 6

Leasing - OCS

Box 6

Leasing, Offshore

Box 6

Leasing, Onshore

Box 6

Leasing, Policy and Regs.

Box 6

Leasing, State

Box 6

Leasing, Tidelands

Box 7

Legislation

Box 7

Legislature

Box 7

Liability

Box 7

Litigation

Box 7

Lujan, Manuel

Box 7

McKelvey, Vincent

Box 7

Measure A

Box 7

MEMS (Marine Emergency Management Studies)

Box 7

Mergers

Box 7

Mesa, Santa Barbara

Box 7

Middle East

Box 7

Military Consumption

Box 7

MMS (Minerals Management Service)

Box 7

Mobil/Clearview

Box 7

Mohr, John L.

Box 7

Molino

Box 7

Moratorium

Box 7

Morton, Rogers

Box 7

National Forest

Box 7

Natural Gas

Box 7

Navigation

Box 7

Nixon

Box 7

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Spill Study

Box 8

North County

Box 8

North Slope

Box 8

OCS Exploration, Development

Box 8

OCS Studies

Box 8

OCS Task Force

Box 8

Offshore Technology Conference

Box 8

Ogle Oil

Box 8

Oil and Gas, State Division of

Box 8

Onshore

Box 8

Onshore (City)

Box 8

Onshore (County)

Box 8

Onshore Drilling

Box 8

Onshore Impact

Box 8

Onshore Installations

Box 8

Onshore Operations

Box 8

OPEC

Box 8

Organizations, Conservation (Environmental Information Council)

Box 8

Other Publications

Box 8

Pauley Oil/Petroleum

Box 8

Pecora, William T.

Box 8

Perta Oil Co.

Box 8

Phillips Petroleum

Box 8

Pipeline, Alaska

Box 8

Pipeline (Mobil)

Box 8

Pipeline, Onshore

Box 8

Pipeline Project

Box 8

Pipelines

Box 8

Placer Claims

Box 8

Platform Gail

Box 8

Platform Gilda

Box 8

Platform Grace

Box 8

Platform Harmony

Box 8

Platform Holly

Box 8

Platforms

Box 8

Platforms, Exxon

Box 8

Platforms, Gulf

Box 8

Plat

Box 8

Point Arguello Geology

Box 8

Point Pedernales

Box 8

Political Campaigns

Box 8

Political Contributions

Box 8

Politics

Box 8

Pollution

Box 8

Press

Box 8

Prices (of oil)

Box 8

Pricing

Box 8

Processing

Box 8

Production/Potential

Box 8

Prop 20

Box 8

Protest

Box 8

Public Opinion

Box 8

Puget Sound

Box 8

Quality

Box 8

Quota, Oil Import

Box 8

Radioactivity

Box 8

Reagan

Box 8

Refineries

Box 8

Refining

Box 8

Reorganization

Box 8

Remnants

Box 8

[Resources] Ocean Resources Study

Box 8

Revenue

Box 8

Revenue, Public

Box 8

Revenue/Royalty

Box 8

Revenue Sharing

Box 8

Rincon

Box 8

Rintoul, Bill

Box 8

RMD (Resource Management Department)

Box 8

Safety, Offshore

Box 8

Safety (Oil)

Box 8

San Miguel Field

Box 8

San Luis Obispo County Coast

Box 8

Sanctuaries

Box 8

Sanctuary Drilling

Box 8

Sanctuary, Ocean

Box 8

Santa Barbara, City of

Box 8

Santa Clara Unit

Box 8

Seeps

Box 8

Seismic Safety

Box 8

Seismic Surveys

Box 8

Seminar, Asilomar

Box 8

Service Stations

Box 8

Shale

Box 8

Sidenberg, Ellen

Box 8

Sierra Club

Box 8

Slicks

Box 8

SOHIO

Box 8

Soil Contamination

Box 8

Soviet Union (Oil)

Box 8

Spill Fund

Box 8

Spills

Box 8

Spills (Anticipated)

Box 8

Spills Elsewhere

Box 8

Spills, McGrath

Box 8

Spills, Mobil

Box 8-9

Spills, Tanker

Box 9

Spills, Texaco

Box 9

Spills, Unocal

Box 9

Spills, Misc. Local

Box 9

Standard Oil of California

Box 9

Strategic Reserve

Box 9

Straughan, Dale

Box 9

Subsea Completions

Box 9

Summaries

Box 9

Summerland

Box 9

Sumps

Box 9

Supertanker Ports

Box 9

Supply

Box 9

Supply Bases

Box 9

Symposium, Oil (UCSB)

Box 9

Tankering - Chevron

Box 9

Tankers

Box 9

Tanks, Storage

Box 9

Techniques for Control

Box 9

Technology

Box 9

Terminal, Gaviota

Box 9

Terminal Siting

Box 9

Terminals

Box 9

Terminals, Marine

Box 9

Territorial Waters

Box 9

Texaco

Box 9

Texas

Box 9

Tidelands

Box 9

Torch

Box 9

Trade, Balance of Payments

Box 9

Training

Box 9

Transportation

Box 9

Transportation (Propane, Butane, etc.)

Box 9

UCSB/Oil

Box 9

Udall

Box 9

Unocal

Box 9

Unitization

Box 9

Valdez

Box 9

Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) - Oil

Box 9

Washington State

Box 9

Wastewater Discharge

Box 9

Watt, James

Box 9

Western Oil & Gas Association

Box 9

Wharf, Stearns

Box 9

Wildlife

Box 9

Wildlife - Birds

Box 9

Wildlife - Fish

Box 9

Women

 

Companies/Projects

Note

(reports, articles, clippings, memos, and notes)
Box 10

1980s

Box 10

1990s

Box 10

ARCO (includes Coal Oil Point)

Box 10-11

Chevron (includes Point Arguello Field, Gaviota Processing Facility, and oil transportation)

Box 12

Exxon (includes Santa Ynez Oil Field, and tankering)

Box 12

Mobil (includes Clearview, and Mobil accidents)

Box 12

Molino Gas Project

Box 12

Pacific Pipeline Project

Box 13

San Miguel Project

Box 13

Unocal (includes Guadalupe Dunes)

 

Leasing

Box 13

Leasing, 1980-1990 (includes reports studies, clippings, and articles, many by Sollen)

 

Subject Files

Note

(includes Santa Barbara County Planning Commission documents, and other reports, memos, articles, and clippings)
Box 14

Abandonments

Box 14

Air Quality

Box 14

Artificial Reefs Campaign

Box 14

California Offshore Oil and Gas Development

Box 14

Cartoons

Box 14

Centaur History

Box 14

Chronologies

Box 14

Cleanup and Containment

Box 14

Coastal Natural Resources

Box 14

Coastal Oil Inventory

Box 14

Consistency Issue

Box 14

Consolidation Policies

Box 14

Drilling Waste

Box 14

Economics -- California Offshore Oil

Box 15

Economics -- California Offshore Oil

Box 15

Facilitation Process, 1992

Box 15

Failed Strategy

Box 15

Fishing Index

Box 15

Five-Year Leasing Plan, 1997-2002

Box 15

Five-Year Plans

Box 15

Liquified Natural Gas, 1973-1986

Box 15

Local Initiatives

Box 15

Marine Collisions -- Pac Baroness and Atlantic Wing

Box 15

Marine Emergency Management Study (MEMS)

Box 15

Minerals Management Service

Box 15

1954 HRG

Box 15

OCS Lands Act

Box 15

OCS Technical Working Group

Box 15

Offshore Oil

Box 15

Offshore Oil Drilling at Santa Barbara

Box 16

Offshore Oil Fields - Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties

Box 16

Oil Data -- General and Misc.

Box 16

Oil Glossary and Conversion Tables

Box 16

Platform 'A': The Oil Spill That Spread Around the World (Laurence Brundall)

Box 16

Reagan's Environmental Team

Box 16

Rezone

Box 16

Sanctuaries

Box 16

Seismic Testing

Box 16

Stearns Wharf

Box 16

Summerland Oil

Box 16

Tanker Accidents

Box 16

Terminal History

Box 16

Waste Discharge

 

Oversize Materials

 

Newspaper Articles

Box 17

Newspaper Articles (mainly full page and multi-page items, including the Santa Barbara News Press 1954 coverage regarding the future of offshore oil drilling, and 20th anniversary coverage of the Santa Barbara Channel 1969 Oil Spill)

 

Scrapbooks

Box 17

Smith, Dick -- 1969 Oil Spill (articles and photographs from that time)

Box 17

Sollen, Robert -- "The Big Picture: The Future of the Offshore Oil Industry in Santa

Box 17

Barbara County as It Was Seen in 1982, 1983, and 1984" (major articles of the period)

 

Maps -- Flat

Box 18

California Offshore Oil Maps

Box 18

Los Angeles and Orange Counties

Box 18

Oil Maps

Box 18

State Maps

 

Maps -- Rolled

Note

(arranged geographically, from north to south)
Box 19

Point Conception to Arroyo Quemado

Box 19

Arroyo Quemado to Goleta Point

Box 19

Goleta Point to Rincon Point

Box 19

Rincon to West Montalvo

Box 19

Port Hueneme to San Pedro

Box 19

Point Fermjan to Newport Beach