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Guide to the James J. Sullivan Collection
SBHC Mss 49  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: James J. Sullivan Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1966-1972
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1970)
    Collection Number: SBHC Mss 49
    Collector: Sullivan, James J.
    Extent: 2.0 linear feet (4 boxes and 5 audiotapes)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
    Physical Location: Del Sur.
    Abstract: Papers compiled by James J. Sullivan, UCSB faculty member, and primarily relating to the 1970 Isla Vista disturbances. Includes documentation collected and reports issued by bodies such as the Santa Barbara Count Grand Jury, the Santa Barbara Citizens Commission on Civil Disorders, the Faculty/Clergy Observer Program, the Police Practices Action Project [PPAP], and the President's Commission on Campus Unrest. Also includes extensive participant, observer, and law enforcement accounts of incidents, arrests, and subsequent lawsuits.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special 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

    James J. Sullivan Collection. SBHC Mss 49. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information



    James J. Sullivan was a UCSB Assistant Professor of Economics and a member of the Faculty-Clergy Observer Program, created in response to the 1970 Isla Vista disturbances. He compiled the preliminary report on the disturbances.
    The Isla Vista disturbances took place in 1970 and were characterized as occurring in three phases:
    Isla Vista I: In January 1970, UCSB Professor William Allen was denied a hearing on his dismissal and there were ensuing campus demonstrations. On February 25, 1970, William Kunstler spoke at Campus Stadium in the afternoon and crowds swelled in Isla Vista. Just after midnight the Bank of America building burned.
    Isla Vista II: On April 16, 1970, Jerry Rubin spoke at a campus 'free-speech' area. On April 17, crowds gathered at the Bank and UCSB student Kevin Moran was accidentally killed during police actions.
    Isla Vista III: On June 3, 1970, a Santa Barbara Grand Jury indicted 17 for the February bank burning. Over the next several days, crowds protested the indictments, there was some damage to property in IV, trash fires, and bottle and rock throwing. A curfew was imposed, sweep actions by the police, and numerous arrests. By June 12 confrontations subsided and the curfew was lifted. Total arrests: 667.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection primarily contains documentation relating to Isla Vista III and subsequent legal actions.