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Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. Presidio Research Center
215 East Canon Perdido St.
Santa Barbara, California 93101
Phone: (805) 966-5073
Fax: (805) 568-1999
Email: anne@sbthp.org
Physical collections: 26
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Borden (Elizabeth) Scrapbook

This scrapbook was created by Elizabeth Borden in 1927, when she was 14 years old, to document and commemorate a trip she took to California with her mother to see her grandmother Holden. She took the train through Canada and...

Chapman Goss Family Photography Album

This album contains photographs from the late 1800s of the families of William Freeman Myrick Goss and Hannah Elizabeth Chapman Marcy. The earliest photograph is dated 1872, but several tintypes or daguerrotypes may have been taken earlier. Last names of...

Chase (Pearl) Papers

Correspondence, documents, and photographs of preservationist and community activist Pearl Chase.

Curletti (Rosario) Collection of Ortega Family Papers

This collection of historic documents dating between 1796 and 1855 relates primarily to the Ortega family of Santa Barbara. The documents include legal and financial letters and notices, title documents, and receipts relating to the property and finances of Jose...

De la Guerra (Delfina) Papers

Personal papers of Delfina de la Guerra, the last member of the de la Guerra family to reside in the Casa de la Guerra. Items include photographs, letters, clippings, objects, and pressed flowers.

Den, Bell, and Luton Families Papers

The papers of the Den, Bell, and Luton Families are focused largely on land ownership by brothers Nicholas and Richard Den, early settlers of Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, and their heirs. They highlight the transition in land tenure during...

Douglas (Walter) Portrait and Oral History Collection

The collection consists of portraits and prints of Santa Barbara citizens who have been active and influential in the work of preserving Santa Barbara's history. They were photographed by Walter Douglas in his home studio between 1996 and 2002. The...

Downie (Harry) Scrapbook

This scrapbook contains news clippings and copies of newspaper articles, typed and handwritten notes, brochures, articles, and photographs about the history of the Santa Barbara Presidio and the reconstruction of the Presidio in the 1970s....

El Paseo Scrapbooks

This collection consists of six scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings and ephemera about the El Paseo complex of buildings and shops (also known as Streets of Spain), including El Paseo Restaurant (also known as Restaurante del Paseo) and the El Presidio...

Flores Family Papers

This collection consists of twenty handwritten documents, twenty-five newspaper clippings, ten photographs, and three miscellaneous publications concerning Santa Barbara Presidio Commandant Gumesindo Flores and his wife Cipriana Llano Flores.

Forsyth (Gloria) Papers

This collection consists of one folder of correspondence, notes, minutes and other miscellaneous publications related to Pearl Chase, several activities of the Plans and Planting Committee of the Community Arts Association of Santa Barbara, and Mrs. Forsyth's role as a...

Higman (Sue) Papers

This collection consists of papers gathered by Sue Higman in her roles as board member and officer of several local Santa Barbara organizations, her correspondence on environmental issues, and papers related to the Early Mission Music Program.

Lataillade (Cesario) Papers

Correspondence and a legal opinion prepared for Cesario Eugene Lataillade regarding the ownership of properties formerly owned by his father Cesario Lataillade and his mother Antonia Maria Lataillade and properties jointly owned by Lataillade and his business partner Gaspar Oreña.

Lewis (Robert L.) Collection

This collection consists of several publicity materials related to the Robert L. Lewis Studio in Santa Barbara....

Lippitt (Frances) Receipt to Victor Juarez

One handwritten receipt for $2.00 concerning a lost cannon in Santa Barbara, CA. July 17, 1848.

Mignon Children's Shop Records

This record group consists of 3 paper receipt books from 1945-1946, documenting daily sales and a large ledger containing inventory and sales records from 1938 to 1939 by category of item. Description of item, cost price, selling price, customer name,...

Miller, Robert R. Papers

Research notes, documents, printed matter, and drafts for the book

Mission Olive Preservation, Restoration, and Education Project (MOPREP) Records

This record group documents the activities of the Mission Olive Preservation, Restoration, and Education Project and includes adminstrative records, organizational documents, publicity materials, photographs, and educational materials about growing and preserving mission olive trees.

Obern, Vivian papers

These papers are organized into three series. Series 1, the Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition and Reenactment, represents the bulk of the collection. It covers the efforts made by organizers and participants to recreate the expedition by Juan Bautista de...

Portilla (Pablo de la) Journal

Handwritten pages dated June 27, 1824 from a journal created by Captain Don Pablo de la Portilla, describing an expedition that left the Santa Barbara Presidio on June 4, 1824 to find and return neophyte Indians who had left Mission...

Price (Glenn) Papers

This collection was created by historians Don McGill and Glenn Price. It is partly a collection of historic documents about early trade along the west coast of North America during the years 1824-1873. It also includes research materials about the...

Villa, (Margarita) Papers

This collection contains genealogical files about the earliest founding Santa Barbara families, including pedigree charts, clippings, and correspondence; and subject files containing newspaper clippings, articles, and other ephemera related to Santa Barbara County places, buildings, and people in general.

Whitehead (Richard) Papers

This collection, compiled by Whitehead, contains research materials, drafts,and published writings; facsimiles, transcriptions and translations of historic documents; correspondence; and deeds, maps, and plans, that document the history and reconstruction of El Presidio de Santa Barbara. Also included are Whitehead's...