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  • Contributing Institution: Gledhill Library
    Title: Levine (Marvin) 1969 Oil Spill Papers
    Creator: Levine, Marvin, 1930-2013
    Identifier/Call Number: AR.2023.005
    Physical Description: .4 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1969-1989
    Abstract: The Marvin Levine 1969 Oil Spill Papers are a selection of materials covering the 5-year aftermath of the 1969 Santa Barbara Channel oil spill from the point of view of the Santa Barbara County government as it worked to hold Union Oil Company responsibile for clean-up of an environmental catasophe.
    Language of Material: English .

    Scope and Contents

    The Marvin Levine 1969 Oil Spill Papers cover the 5-year period from the 1969 Santa Barbara Channel oil spill to 1974 when a settlement was reached between Santa Barbara County and Union Oil. The collection contains correspondence, court documents, congressional testimony, press releases, technical data, and news clips related to County Counsel Marvin Levine's involvement in successfully holding Union Oil responsible for clean-up of the disaster.

    Biographical / Historical

    Marvin Levine (1930-2013) served as Chief Deputy County Counsel for Santa Barbara County, California. He represented the County in the lawsuit against Union Oil Company following the environmental disaster of the Santa Barbara Channel Oil Blowout of 1969.
    Marvin "Marv" Levine was born and raised in The Bronx, New York. He graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School, Long Island University and Brooklyn Law School. Law school was interrupted by military service during the Korean Conflict. He served in the Army as a paratrooper in the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Regiment of the 11th Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Throughout his life, he was proud of having been an Airborne trooper and had many jumps to his credit.
    Following his admission to the bar, he had a small practice in Manhattan, New York City, New York. In 1968, Levine was hired as Deputy County Counsel by Santa Barbara County, California. Throughout his career, he was Chief Deputy County Counsel, Assistant County Counsel and Acting County Counsel before his retirement in 1990.
    One of Levine's proudest career achievements was representing Santa Barbara County in the lawsuit against Union Oil Company, et. al. following the catastrophic Santa Barbara Channel Oil Blowout of 1969. The lawsuit achieved a substantial settlement for Santa Barbara County and, as a side effect, encouraged the environmental movement.
    Besides being an attorney, Marv pursued his passion for drawing and painting. He was also a music lover and collector and restorer of string instruments. For many years he played recorder music in a quartet of other accomplished musicians in Santa Barbara.


    The Marvin Levine 1969 Oil Spill Papers are arranged in two (2) series:
    1) County Counsel documents, 1969-1979
    2) News stories, 1969-1989

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gifted by Margaret E. Levine in May 2023.

    Other Finding Aids

    Marvin Levine 1969 Oil Spill Papers Donor Inventory

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Chris S. Ervin CA in May 2023

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Marvin Levine 1969 Oil Spill Papers, AR-2023-005, Gledhill Library, Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Santa Barbara, California.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Property rights reside with the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head Archivist of the Gledhill Library.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Oil spills -- California -- Santa Barbara Channel
    Oil spills -- Cleanup
    Oil spills -- Law and legislation
    Environmental disasters -- Law and legislation
    Santa Barbara County (Calif.)
    Union Oil Company of California