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Guide to the Santa Barbara Citizens Commission on Civil Disorders Collection
SBHC Mss 57  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Santa Barbara Citizens Commission on Civil Disorders Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1970
    Collection Number: SBHC Mss 57
    Creator: Santa Barbara Citizens Commission on Civil Disorders
    Extent: 1 linear foot (1 half-size box and 15 open reel audiotapes)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
    Physical Location: Del Sur (Box 1) and Performing Arts (audiotapes).
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    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

    Santa Barbara Citizens Commission on Civil Disorders Collection. SBHC Mss 57. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Mrs. Adolf C. [Helen] Pedotti, Oct. 1970.

    Administrative History

    In response to 1969-1970 disturbances in Isla Vista (the community adjacent to the University of California, Santa Barbara campus) and elsewhere locally, the Santa Barbara Citizens Commission on Civil Disorders was self-appointed and organized mid-June 1970. The 46 members were from various segments of the community, but did not include UCSB administration, faculty, and students, Isla Vista residents, and local government officials.
    The Commission was formed to make public inquiries and findings relating to "... the eruption of civil disorders in our area, the course and nature of these disorders, the efforts by official and unofficial agencies to quell or stem disorder, and the administration of justice connected with the disorders."
    More than 150 people testified during the hearings, including University administrators, faculty, and students (also including political, social, and ecology groups); Isla Vista realtors, landlords, and businessmen; attorneys, and other legal and law enforcement experts; members of the Sheriff's Civil Service Commission, National Guard, Santa Barbara County Fire Department, and a State Senator; Isla Vista Community Council leaders and members of other Isla Vista organizations; psychiatrists, medical observers, ministers, chemists; and numerous citizen observers and participants in the disturbances in Isla Vista, at the University, and at El Paseo (in Santa Barbara). Due to pending lawsuits, county officials and law enforcement officers could not give testimony.
    The hearings were public and recorded on tape. They were made available to Commissioners and others not able to attend the hearings. This collection of tapes was donated by Mrs. Adolf C. [Helen] Pedotti, a member of the Commission, rancher, and Vice-President of Central Coast Broadcasters, KCOY-TV, in October 1970.
    [From information in the Introduction to the Table of Contents located in Box 1, folder 1].

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains a list/table of contents and 15 open reel audiotapes of hearings held from June 17, 1970 to September 1, 1970 regarding Isla Vista and other local disturbances, 1969-1970. It includes eyewitness testimony, accounts of arrests and jail experiences, observations of police actions, accounts of news coverage, observations on causes of unrest, resource information on judicial codes, bail systems, effects of tear gas, socio-economic conditions of Isla Vista, housing, mass arrest procedures, administration of justice during civil disorders, the role of UCSB administration, radicalization process among the student body, Black Student Union, Student Legal Defense Fund, observations of the legal community, Faculty for Academic Responsibility group, UCSB Radical Student Union group, county drug problems, Isla Vista Red Cross Unit, the development of ecology as a student issue, the role of fire departments in civil disorders, law enforcement training, Isla Vista riots from a state administrative point of view, and and issues of UCSB student government.