UCSB Professor of Art and Art History Kurt Baer was appointed the official art historian of Franciscan missions in California.
The Kurt Baer Papers represent Dr. Baer's research materials compiled while writing his three books on the missions and their
art and architecture.
Kurt Baer (1903-1979) was born in Switzerland in 1903 and moved to California in 1909 with his family. He went on to study
at U.C. Berkeley and worked in the arts before getting his Ph. D. from University of Southern California. In 1947, Baer began
teaching art and history at UCSB. While teaching, Bear became interested in California mission art and architecture. He wrote
three books on the topic including: Painting and Sculpture at Mission Santa Barbara (1955), The Treasures of Mission Santa
Ines (1956), and Architecture of California Missions (1958). Bear spent his professional career participating in the excavation
and restoration of several missions and mission era buildings. He was appointed the official art historian of Franciscan missions
in California. In 1960, he received a fellowship from the Organization of American States to lecture and conduct research
in Mexico. In 1961, Baer moved to Peru under the Fulbright program to continue his research and study before returning to
the United States the following year.
~ 12 linear feet (27 Documents Boxes, 1 Oversize flat file box)
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