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Preliminary Guide to the Owen Street Payne Papers
Bernath Mss 14  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Owen Street Payne Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1938-1943
    Collection Number: Bernath Mss 14
    Creator: Payne, Owen Street
    Extent: .4 linear feet (1 box)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
    Physical Location: Del Sur
    Abstract: Essays by Payne, primarily concerning WWII.
    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

    Owen Street Payne Papers. Bernath Mss 14. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Owen Street Payne's widow, 1968.


    Owen Street Payne was born in Glen Cove, New York, on June 12, 1889 and died in Santa Barbara on Sept. 7, 1967. On Sept. 18, 1917, he married Hortense O. Troy in Maryland, and during World War I was a second lieutenant in the aviation section of the signal officers reserve corps. After living in Europe and Africa, the Paynes moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he represented an eastern bank from 1930 to 1946. He then came to Santa Barbara, remaining until 1953. After ten years' residence in New York and Connecticut, he retired, and returned to Santa Barbara permanently in 1963.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains handwritten essays by Owen Street Payne, ca. 1938-1943, arranged chronologically and primarily concerning the rise of Nazi Germany, World War II, and related issues. Titles include "The Munich Plot," "Germany and Russia," "Tolerance and Communism," "Anti-Semitism," "Roosevelt and Relief," "The Nazi Economic Threat," and "U.S.-British Post-War Relations." Some also pertain to Argentina and other parts of Latin America, with titles such as "The American-Argentine Trade Treaty," "The Monsters of Paraguay," "Subsidized Trade with Latin America," and "The Absorption of Mexico." It is unknown whether any of these were published.