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Sticky Wicket Scrapbook
MS 403  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional Collection Guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sticky Wicket scrapbook
    Dates: 1959-1964
    Collection number: MS 403
    Creator: Jowers, Victor
    Creator: Jowers, Sidney Jackson
    Collection Size: 3 boxes

    3 linear ft.
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: This scrapbook contains newspaper articles, menus, artwork and photographs documenting the Sticky Wicket café in Aptos, CA.
    Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Sticky Wicket scrapbook. MS 403. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Roy Rydell.


    The Sticky Wicket café was first opened on Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz on May 6, 1959 by Victor and Sidney Jackson Jowers. For the first couple of years it existed as the only bohemian coffee house in town. But due to location restrictions, the Jowers moved the Sticky Wicket to Mar Vista Drive, Aptos in 1961 where the café thrived. They established the coffee house as a place to have a cup of coffee, eat "exotic" foods, play a game of chess, and listen to nightly folk music. They added frequently changing art shows, free Thursday evening chamber music concerts and eventually a summer program of light opera at the New Vic Theatre.
    In 1963, the State Highway Department started work on the Seacliff Beach interchange to make this section of the Cabrillo Highway a controlled access freeway. The old side roads including Mar Vista Drive were blocked requiring patrons to drive out of the way to get to the cafe. The results were disastrous and eventually led to the closing of the Sticky Wicket café on September 7, 1964.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This scrapbook documents the life and times of the Sticky Wicket café in Aptos, CA through newspaper articles, menus, artwork and photographs.


    Prior to processing, the scrapbook was disassembled and the pages cut apart with the exception of a page or two. Subsequently the materials, clippings, artwork, photographs, have been organized into folders by page as they would have appeared originally.
    The container list is also presented as the materials would have been found if the scrapbook pages had been left intact.
    Separate PDF lists for "Clippings" & "Photographs" are attached to the finding aid under "Additional Collection Guides".

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Jowers, Victor--Archives
    Jowers, Sidney Jackson
    Harrison, Lou
    Cabrillo Music Festival
    Aptos (Calif.)--History

    Additional Collection Guides