The Santa Barbara Presidio Postcard Collection contains postcards accumulated from multiple sources by the Presidio Research
Center. This collection emphasizes the Santa Barbara Presidio, the surrounding Presidio neighborhood, the City of Santa Barbara,
and the California Missions.
The first American postcard was developed in 1873 by the Morgan Envelope Factory of Springfield, Massachusetts. These first
postcards depicted the Interstate Industrial Exposition that took place in Chicago. Later in 1873, Post Master John Creswell
introduced the first pre-stamped "Postal Cards", often called "penny postcards". Postcards were made because people were looking
for an easier way to send quick notes. Postcards, in the form of government postal cards and privately printed souvenir cards,
became very popular as a result of the Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago in 1893, after postcards featuring buildings
were distributed at the fair.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Director for
Historical Resources. 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. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital facsimiles of the original materials. Use
of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.
Collection is open to researchers.