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Lagerquist (Roger) Isla Vista history collection
SBHC Mss 107  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement
  • Related Materials

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
    Title: Roger Lagerquist Isla Vista history collection
    Identifier/Call Number: SBHC Mss 107
    Physical Description: 19.84 Linear Feet (6 legal document boxes, 7 clamshell albums, 3 oversize flat boxes)
    Date (inclusive): Bulk of material date from 1958-1978
    Abstract: The bulk of this collection include materials related to the history of Isla Vista and Lagerquist's involvement with the community as a resident from the 1960's until his death in 2016. Materials include reports, newsletters, photographs, and studies on Isla Vista's population, environment, and government. Additional materials in this collection include research and subject files related to Lagerquist's career as an engineer, as well as materials related to Europe and the Soviet Union.
    Physical Location: Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library
    Language of Material: This collection is primarily in English, with some materials in Russian and German.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Research Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Research Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Research Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Roger Lagerquist Isla Vista history collection, SBHC Mss 107. Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Materials donated by Roger Lagerquist, 2016. Supplemental materials donated by the Lagerquist family (wife Hildegard, children Jean Turner and Barbara Lagerquist), 2016.

    Biographical / Historical

    Roger Lagerquist was a mechanical engineer by profession, having graduated from Caltech with a BSME in 1955. After completing USAF ROTC at Caltech, Lagerquist was stationed at Spangdahlem Air Force Base in Germany (1955 to 1958). While there, he developed a passion for amateur photography. He purchased a simple Agfa 35mm camera and began photographing the local countryside and people. As his skills developed, he advanced to a 35mm Voigtländer SLR camera with detachable lenses, enabling him to expand his capability behind the shutter.
    While in Germany, he met and married Hildegard, his wife of nearly 60 years. After returning to the USA and spending a few years near the Caltech campus in Pasadena, the couple, along with their young daughters, Jean and Barbara, moved to the beachside community of Isla Vista. Their son, Thomas, was born the following year. Lagerquist continued his photographic hobby, capturing not only family life, but also the spirited beauty of Isla Vista and its ever-changing collection of eclectic inhabitants.
    During the height of the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War (the late 1960s), Isla Vista and the UCSB campus became a hotbed of political activity and alternative lifestyles. Lagerquist could often be seen taking photographs while riding his bicycle or rowing his boat. Over a span of more than 50 years, he captured the unique experiences of living in Isla Vista; a microcosm of the much larger American socio-political scene.
    Lagerquist had a dynamic Engineering career spanning many disciplines and resulting in several patents. Early in his career, he worked for Edgerton, Germeshausen, and Grier, Inc., and designed the tower used by Dr. Rats of UCLA for his study on the effects of low level radiation on the flora and fauna in a desert test area. This study predicted that there would be changes in the local mammals, but the surprising find was how this radiation over time caused the ovaries of the lizard population not to form; thus causing their extinction in the local area. Lagerquist also worked on vehicle safety and crash testing at AMF. This critical work lead the way to numerous safety improvements found in today's automotive industry.
    Later in his career, he worked in the burgeoning field of biomedical engineering, furthering the technology of intraocular lenses for cataract surgery, developing surgical instruments for laparoscopic surgery, and other medical products.
    Lagerquist had a strong personality, a great sense of humor, and was an inveterate activist. He loved his family and was devoted to their wellbeing. He and wife Hildegard raised 3 children, (all of whom graduated from UCSB), and they have 5 grandchildren.
    Biography written by Lagerquist's daughter, Jean Turner.

    Scope and Contents

    The bulk of this collection includes material related to the history of Isla Vista and Lagerquist's involvement with the community as a resident from the 1960's until his death in 2016. Materials include reports, newsletters, photographs, and studies on Isla Vista's population, environment, and government. Researchers may wish to consult the Isla Vista series to find resources related to the burning of the Bank of America in Isla Vista as well as additional protest and riot related material. The photographs, negatives, and slides in this collection are primarily original images taken by Roger Lagerquist.
    Additional materials in this collection include research and subject files related to Lagerquist's career as an engineer, as well as materials related to Europe and the Soviet Union.

    Arrangement

    This collection is organized into six series: Personal and biographical files, Publications, Isla Vista materials, Subject files, Photographs and slides, and Audiovsisual materials. The series in this collection are organized chronologically by date with undated materials placed at the end of the series.

    Related Materials

    A number of other collections with Isla Vista and related materials are described in the UCSB Santa Barbara Historical Collections series of Special Research Collections.
    Examples include:
    -University of California, Santa Barbara, Office of Public Information Subject Files, UARCH 12. Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library
    -Isla Vista Archives, SBHC 41. Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library
    -Local History Files, SBHC 44. Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Housing -- California -- Isla Vista
    Riots -- California -- Isla Vista
    Isla Vista (Calif.) -- History
    Isla Vista (Calif.) -- History, Local
    Student movements -- California -- Santa Barbara
    Student movements