Wright S. Ludington Collection

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Wright S. Ludington Collection
Dates: 1900-1993
Collection Number: ARCH.COLL.001
Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear feet)
Repository: Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara, California 93101
Abstract: The Santa Barbara Museum of Art Wright S. Ludington Collection documents the personal papers of Wright S. Ludington from 1900 – 1992. Many of the records overlap Ludington’s involvement with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art from 1940 until his death in 1992 as donor, president and art collector. The collection includes scrapbooks, photograph prints, 35 mm slides, exhibition and auction catalogues, correspondence, art collection inventory, invoices and receipts, news clippings and ephemera.
Language of Material: English


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Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish should be directed to the SBMA Manager of Archives

Preferred Citation

Wright S. Ludington Collection. Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Acquisition Information

A bulk of the material was generated by SBMA or collected by SBMA staff in the performance of work duties. Additional material was donated to SBMA by the Ludington Estate in 1992.

Biography/Administrative History

Wright Saltus Ludington (1900 – 1992) was an avid art collector, aspiring artist and one of the founding members of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Born in New York City on June 10, 1900 to Charles and Ethel Ludington. He had two brothers Charles Townsend Ludington who was born in New York City in 1896 and Nicholas Saltus Ludington born in Philadelphia in 1904. Ludington attended the preparatory boarding Groton School in northern Massachusetts before moving to Santa Barbara with his family where he attended the Thacher School in Ojai, California. After his time at Thacher, Ludington went to Yale to study architecture; however, after one year he dropped out to pursue the study of art. He enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and later the Art Student League in New York. In 1927 Ludington officially settled in Santa Barbara. He became involved with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art since its founding having been part of the building committee, later its president in 1951 and a long time trustee and donor for over 50 years until his death in 1992.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Wright S. Ludington Collection is a group of material maintained by SBMA donor Wright S. Ludington and collected by SBMA staff in the course of work duties. Papers include biographical material, correspondence, photographs, inventories, receipts, appraisals, news clippings, notes and audio cassette tapes. A bulk of the material is correspondence between Ludington and Museum staff/trustees with additional correspondence between dealers and lenders.