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Preliminary Guide to the Preston E. Cloud Papers
UArch FacP 5  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Preston E. Cloud Papers
    Dates: ca. 1913-1989
    Bulk Dates: ca. 1940s-1980s
    Collection number: UArch FacP 5
    Creator: Cloud, Preston, 1912-1991
    Collection Size: 48 linear feet (36 records cartons; 1 document box; 3 oversize boxes; 3 map case drawers)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: The collection contains correspondence; organizational and administrative files; research, subject and teaching files; writings; and photographs of the UCSB biogeology professor Preston Cloud.
    Physical location: SRLF.
    Languages: English

    Access Restrictions

    Collection stored off-site, advance notice required for retrieval. Teaching series includes some restricted student records.

    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

    Preston E. Cloud Papers. UArch FacP 5. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Janice Cloud, 1991.


    Preston Cloud was born in 1912 and educated at George Washington and Yale universities. He worked for many years with the U.S. Geological Survey and taught at Harvard, the University of Minnesota, Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, UCLA, and the University of California Santa Barbara. He was internationally renowned for his work in paleontology, geology, biogeology, and environmental studies, and was the recipient of many awards, including the 1976 Penrose Medalist of the Geological Society of America. He died in 1991.
    See UCSB UArch Biographical files for further biographical details.

    Scope and Content of Collection


    The Collection contains the following series:
    Correspondence (Boxes 1-19). Incoming and outgoing., ca. 1934-1979.
    Organizational and Administrative Files (Boxes 19-20). Includes various boards, committees, conferences, programs, projects, and studies.
    Research (Boxes 21-22). Includes journals (daily record of activities); field notebooks (geological observations and professional activities); and photo notebooks (logs of photos taken).
    Subject Files (Boxes 23-25). Includes research and project notes, maps, some drafts of papers, along with related printed material.
    Teaching (Boxes 26-27). Mainly Harvard and UCSB, with class/lecture notes, syllabi, exams, and related materials.
    Writings (Boxes 27-34). Monographs (incl. correspondence, notes, drafts, editorial files, photos, and other illustrations, reviews, and related materials) and papers (reports and articles, many co-authored, also some talks, reviews and letters to editors, and some research files; includes drafts of papers/articles and related correspondence, b/w photographs and negatives, research notes, and copies of articles by others).
    Photographs. (Box 35): Mainly b/w prints and 35 mm negatives; a few color prints and color slides. Aerial Photos (b/w, Naval Operations, with index). (Boxes 36-37): Aerial photos have been transferred to the UCSB Libraries, Map and Imagery Laboratory (MIL).
    Oversize – Boxed (Boxes 38-40). Charts, drawings, maps, and photographs.
    Oversize – Map Cases (Drawers 19/14-19/16). Aerial photographs, charts, drawings, maps, and other photographs.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Cloud, Preston, 1912-1991
    University of California, Santa Barbara