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  • Scope and Contents
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Arrangement
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Separated Materials
  • Related Materials
  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Presidio Research Center
    Title: Sue Higman Papers
    creator: Higman, Sue
    creator: Community Arts Association of Santa Barbara. Plans and Planting Committee
    creator: Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
    source: Higman, Sue
    Identifier/Call Number: MS-18
    Physical Description: 2 Linear Feet plus oversize items
    Date (inclusive): 1888-2003
    Abstract: 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.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection predominantly consists of papers gathered by Sue Higman in her roles as board member and officer of several local Santa Barbara organizations.

    Biographical / Historical

    Susanna Baat Higman was born in 1920 and grew up and lived in Santa Barbara her entire life. She is best known for her volunteerism with civic, cultural, historical and environmental organizations and activities. Taught a love of nature by her father Arthur, who took her hiking and backpacking, she devoted much time and energy from 1954 on to the Sierra Club and the California State Parks Foundation, as well as to many local organizations such as GOO (Get Oil Out), the Community Environmental Council, Small Wilderness Area Preserves, and the Santa Barbara County Environmental Resources Panel, to name a few.
    Besides the environment, Higman cared deeply about the reconstruction of El Presidio de Santa Barbara and was a member and secretary of the board of trustees for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation for many years, becoming a life honorary trustee in 2003. She was an officer of the Citizens Planning Association for many years, and worked with Pearl Chase on the Plans and Planting Committee of the Community Arts Association for many years, becoming Treasurer in the 1970s and eventually becoming its president in 1982.
    Higman was also active on the Citizens Advisory Committee of La Purisima Mission State Historic Park and received an award in 1975 for her contributions. Her love of history also fostered her interest in early mission music and she helped put on a series of music programs at missions around the state, sponsored by the California State Parks Foundation.
    Sue Higman had a close relationship with Pearl Chase. Chase called her my best girl and told her you are rendering a fine service for [the] community and whole area. I'm fortunate to be in the inner circle of your friends. In another letter she praised Higman's community involvement: You are helping at the crossroads of Planning--Mission Music, Community Arts and Access--quite a load! Backpackers are important; let's train some more. Being one of Pearl's Girls, Higman helped organize the annual Pearl Chase birthday luncheons and was instrumental in establishing a city memorial plaque to Pearl and Harold Chase at Chase Palm Park.
    In 1997, Higman received the Pearl Chase Preservation and Conservation Award from the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Trust established the Sue Higman Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010 in her honor.


    The collection is organized into 7 series:
    Series 1 - Community Arts Association records
    Series 2 - Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
    Series 3 - Citizens Planning Association
    Series 4 - Early Mission Music Program
    Series 5 - Environmental Issues
    Series 6 - Books and Ephemera
    Series 7 - Photographs

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift from Jim Higman in 2008.

    Separated Materials

    Several books and pamphlets were removed from the papers and added to the library collection.

    Related Materials

    The papers of the Plans and Planting branch of the Community Arts Association in this collection continue those in the Community Development and Conservation Collection at UCSB (SBHC Mss 1) given to UCSB by Pearl Chase. Sue Higman served as treasurer and president of the CAA and kept the rest of the records from the 1970s and 1980s together.
    For additional material about Pearl Chase, see also the Pearl Chase Papers at the Santa Barbara Trust For Historic Preservation (MS-01).

    Preferred Citation

    Sue Higman Papers, MS-18, Presidio Research Center, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, Santa Barbara, California.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open to researchers.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist and Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Mission music
    Santa Barbara Presidio (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
    Historic preservation
    Chase, Pearl, 1888-1979
    Higman, Sue