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Menzies (Jean Storke) collection
SBHC Mss 34  
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  • Access Restrictions
  • Use Restrictions
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Jean Storke Menzies collection
    Identifier/Call Number: SBHC Mss 34
    Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
    Physical Description: 25 linear feet (25 cartons)
    Date (inclusive): 1897-1995
    Date (bulk): 1955-1992
    Abstract: These papers contain files of organizations and institutions with which Menzies was associated (including Santa Barbara Mission and University of California, Santa Barbara), as well as personal papers and subject files (people, places, subjects). Menzies spent years in India with husband Ernest Menzies, who was a businessman there. Jean Storke Menzies was daughter of Thomas Storke (owner, publisher of the Santa Barbara News-Press) and was a journalist herself. Many of the files contain articles by her and related background research matter.
    Physical Location: The collection is located at the Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF).

    Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research, though some legal files are closed, as noted in container list. The collection is stored offsite. Advance notice is required for retrieval.

    Use Restrictions

    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], Jean Storke Menzies collection, SBHC Mss 34. Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Multiple donations by Jean Menzies Vaughan and Tom Menzies, 1995-2009.

    Biographical Note

    Jean Storke Menzies was born December 30, 1904, the first child of Thomas and Elsie Smith Storke. She obtained a bachelor's degree from Vassar and was the first woman to receive a master's degree in physics from Stanford University. After Stanford, she taught physics at Vassar and later taught at a private school in San Francisco.
    In 1937 she married Ernest F. Menzies and moved to Calcutta, India, where he was in business. They spent the war years there. After his retirement in 1951 they moved back to Santa Barbara, where she became a reporter and feature writer for the Santa Barbara News Press, a paper founded by her father.
    Jean Storke Menzies was extensively involved in a number of local organizations for many years, from the 1950s and to the 1990s. She was closely associated with Pearl Chase, another long time advocate of planning and historic preservation, and was particularly active with such groups as the Santa Barbara Mission Archive's Library, the Santa Barbara Historical Society, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, the UCSB Foundation and Affiliates, and the Friends of the UCSB Library. She died at age 88, on April 17, 1993.
    One of Jean Storke Menzies ancestors was Captain Jose Francisco Ortega, who helped build the Santa Barbara Presidio and who was its first commander. Captain Ortega's granddaughter, Rafaela Ortega, married Daniel Hill, and their daughter married T. Wallace More. The Mores' daughter, Martha, married C.A. Storke, an attorney and journalist, who was Jean Storke Menzies' grandfather and Thomas M. Storke's father.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains personal and family papers, organization files, and subject files. Personal and family papers in the collection contain articles about Jean Storke Menzies and Thomas Storke, but no personal correspondence or financial material is included. There also are copies of articles that Jean Storke Menzies wrote, mainly for the Santa Barbara News Press. Articles also are interspersed throughout other parts of the collection.
    Organization files, comprising the largest portion of the collection, contain correspondence, minutes, programs, reports, brochures, flyers and clippings for organizations, clubs, businesses, institutions, schools, and other groups. Most are in the Santa Barbara area or are national and state organizations, with Santa Barbara chapters. There are extensive runs of material for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara Girls School, Santa Barbara Mission Archive Library, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, and University of California, Santa Barbara. Also included are materials from Vassar and Stanford University.
    Subject files include correspondence, drafts of articles and speeches, clippings, brochures and flyers on a wide range of topics relating to the Santa Barbara area and other parts of the world, reflecting Jean Storke Menzies' international interests and apparently serving as research files for many of the articles that she wrote.
    The collection also contains an audiovisual component, including a number of home movie reels (16mm).


    The collection has been arranged into the following unnumbered series: Personal/Family papers, Organization files, Subject files, Oversize, and Audiovisual.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Associations, institutions, etc. -- California -- Santa Barbara
    Audiovisual materials
    Clippings (information artifacts)
    Family papers
    Organization files
    Personal papers
    Topical collections
    Menzies, Jean Storke -- Archives
    Storke, Thomas M. (Thomas More), 1876-1971
    Storck family
    Santa Barbara Botanic Garden -- Archives
    Santa Barbara Girls School -- Archives
    Santa Barbara Mission. Archive-Library -- Archives
    Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History -- Archives
    Santa Barbara News-Press -- Archives
    Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation -- Archives
    University of California, Santa Barbara -- Archives