Writings, correspondence, clippings, photographs, business records, recordings, publications, fliers, posters, artwork, notes,
scrapbooks and other personal papers of Carmel poet Ric Masten and his wife, poet Billie Barbara Masten, from 1894, 1929-2008.
The bulk of the collection documents Ric’s career as a traveling poet and folk singer. Additional items include materials
documenting Billie Barbara’s work as a poet, artist, and performer.
Ric Masten was an artist, songwriter, folksinger, poet and Unitarian minister. He was born in Carmel, California on June 20,
1929. Ric graduated from Montezuma High School in Los
Gatos, California in 1946, and attended several colleges, but never received a degree. Ric studied painting in Paris at the
Institut des Beaux Arts, but upon returning to Carmel, began writing and producing musical comedies at the Forest Theater,
where he met his future wife, Billie Barbara. He settled with his family in Palo Colorado Canyon, the area of Big Sur which
was often the subject of his 23 books and other performance pieces. Ric started songwriting and eventually began performing
his own poetry. Beginning in 1966, he traveled extensively, performing at hundreds of conferences, colleges, schools, and
churches. Through the years, Ric received numerous awards and honors, both nationally and internationally. In 2007, he was
awarded an honorary doctorate from CSUMB. Ric Masten died May 9, 2008 of prostate cancer.
15.73 Linear Feet
(7 record Cartons, 4 file boxes, 1 half file box, 2 flat boxes, and 1 oversize folder)
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