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Guide to the Santa Barbara African American local history collection CEMA 99
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  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Processing Information note
  • Related Collections
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Scope Note
  • Series Description
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Conditions Governing Access note

  • Title: Santa Barbara African American local history collection
    Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 99
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2.0 linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1900-2011
    Location note: Del Norte
    General Physical Description note: 3 document boxes, 1 over-sized box and 19 cassette tapes.
    Abstract: This Collection is based on the Black Santa Barbara Historical Calendar project files. Additional materials pertinent to Santa Barbara African Americans continue to be added to the collection.

    Biographical/Historical note

    The origins of this collection began as the Black Santa Barbara Historical Calendar, a collaborative research project in the Black Studies Department at UCSB. The aim of the calendar was to call attention to local personages and events important in Santa Barbara's African American community. Professor Cedric Robinson headed the project with the help of undergraduate students from across the nation and high school students from the local district. Research for the first calendar began in the summer of 1994; the Black Studies Department published two calendars, one in 1995 and the other in 1996 and research continued in the summer of 1997 until funding was lost and the project was halted. While the collection's origins were to support a discontinued calendar project, the documents, photographs and interviews are of great value for an understanding of African American local history. Additional materials continue to be be added.

    Processing Information note

    Processed by Michelle Wilder, Alexander Hauschild October 8, 2007, Callie Bowdish and Mari Khasmanyan February 18, 2011.

    Related Collections

    Horace McMillan Papers (CEMA 007); Anita Mackey Papers (CEMA 057); William Downey Papers (CEMA 032); The Santa Barbara Afro-American Oral History Project Collection (CEMA 42); Grover C. Barnes Papers (CEMA 115); Sojourner Kincaid Rolle Papers (CEMA 055).

    Preferred Citation note

    Santa Barbara African American local history collection, CEMA 99, Department of Special Collections, University Library, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Scope Note

    The calendar project produced two calendars for the years, 1995 and 1996. The historical material used for these calendars makes up the bulk of this collect. Photos, calendars, articles and audio-recordings connected to civic African Americans leaders make up this collection that continues to grow.

    Series Description

    Series I: Calendar project contains a copy of the 1995 and 1996 version of the calendar as well as many of the component parts that made the 1995 calendar. Also of particular interest is a paper documenting selective case studies of the "Oral history of the Black Santa Barbara community during the 1940's and 1950's," which arose from the 1996 calendar project. There are copies of articles related to African American history and organizations such as the NAACP. There is an assortment of photographs of important local personages and community groups in Santa Barbara. This series is arranged alphabetically by title; those files that fall under the common title of calendar have been arranged chronologically.
    Series II: Subject Files contains research on various topics and people relative to the Santa Barbara African American community. The files range from dates 1878-2011. These files have been arranged alphabetically by title.
    Series III: Audio-recordings from the Black Santa Barbara Calendar Project. The dates of the files range from the years 1994-1995. These files have been arranged alphabetically by name of the interviewee.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    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.

    Conditions Governing Access note