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Preliminary Guide to the Katharine W. Tremaine Collection
SBHC Mss 43  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content Notes
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Katharine W. Tremaine Collection
    Dates: ca. 1937-1997
    Collection number: SBHC Mss 43
    Creator: Tremaine, Kit, 1907-
    Collection Size: ca. 26 linear feet (24 records cartons, 3 document boxes, 1 half-size document box, 1 oversize box, 29 audiocassettes, 7 VHS videotapes).
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: Mainly records of the Santa Barbara-based Sunflower Foundation, which Tremaine established, and through which she made contributions to hundreds of local, state, and national organizations. Also, some personal and family papers.
    Physical location: Boxes 1-27 (SRLF); Box 28 (Del Sur); Box 29 (Del Sur Oversize); Audiovisual (Annex 2).
    Languages: English

    Access Restrictions

    None. The bulk of the collection is stored offsite. Advance notice is required for retrieval.

    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

    Katharine W. Tremaine Collection. SBHC Mss 43. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Multiple donations by Katharine W. [Kit] Tremaine and the Tremaine estate, 1992-1999.


    b. Katharine Williams, 9 Jan. 1907 in Louisiana. d. 3 Feb. 1997 in Santa Barbara.
    See Kit's autobiographical published writings, Butterfly Rises, and especially Fragments, which talks in later chapters about Sunflower, and some of the important individuals in her life such as Daniel Lentz, John Tomson, Verna Yater. Note that a number of photos in Fragments, none of which apparently are in our collection and which presumably went to the family.
    [Excerpted from: The Sunflower Foundation: General Information and Grant List, 1985]:
    The Seed Fund and The Sunflower Foundation distribute funds to a wide variety of progressive social change organizations throughout the country -- with grants ranging from $2,000 to $25,000 (and most grants in the range of $5,000 to $10,000).
    Seed Fund/Sunflower Foundation generally assists organizations addressing the root causes of problems in our society, rather than those treating the surface symptoms of the problems. Recent funding decisions demonstrate a preference for programs designed to alter change in public policy or public consciousness around an issues; to protect and strengthen the rights of U.S. residents who are people of color, including activists and community leaders believed to be targeted by the government for their political activities; to mobilize workers and improve the working conditions of workers (with a focus on unorganized workers and Third World workers in the organized labor force); and to influence and alter U.S. foreign and military policy, in the interests of peace and non-intervention in the affairs of other countries. Seed/Sunflower funds not only anti-nuclear activists and educators, but others working to preserve our environment and natural resources.
    The Seed Fund and The Sunflower Foundation also have interest in supporting educational efforts, including investigative journalism and dissemination of findings, community education on economic and military issues, and the exchange of information and ideas among social change activists, including professionals working for progressive social change.
    These categories of funding are not all-inclusive, but they suggest the advocacy aspect of programs funded by Seed/Sunflower. Their emphasis is on change -- not provision of direct services. And they only fund groups which would have difficulty securing funds from traditional funding sources.

    Scope and Content Notes


    The collection contains the following series:
    • Personal
      • Biographical
      • Correspondence
      • Subject Files
      • Transcripts
      • Writings
    • Financial/Legal (non-Sunflower)
      • Katharine W. Tremaine (KWT)
      • Katharine W. Tremaine Trust
      • KOTO Foundation
      • Taxes
      • Oil/Louisiana Files
    • Sunflower Foundation/Seed Fund
      • General
        • Articles of Incorporation/Bylaws
        • Board of Directors
        • Financial
        • Grants
        • Taxes
      • Grantee Files
    • Photographs
    • Audiovisual

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Tremaine, Kit, 1907-
    Sunflower Foundation
    Nonprofit organizations--California.