Manuscripts, monographs, serials, newspapers, clippings, black-and-white photographs and albums, black-and-white negatives,
audiotapes, scrapbooks, maps, and artifacts, generated and collected in the course of research by Walker A. Tompkins, author
of histories of Goleta and Santa Barbara, California.
Walker A. Tompkins was born on July 10, 1909 in Prosser, Yakima County, Washington. He was the son of Charle E. and Bertha
Tompkins who had moved to Washington from Missouri. Tompkins grew up on a wheat farm in Walla Walla County before moving with
his family to Turlock, California in 1920. He began his writing career in Turlock, at the age of fourteen, as a reporter for
the Daily Journal. At the age of 21, he sold his first western novel to Street and Smith of New York, just before beginning college at Washington
State. He also attended Modesto (California) Junior College.
33 Linear Feet
(11 records containers, 17 document boxes, 4 flat oversize boxes, 1 map cabinet drawer, 110 open reel audiotapes, and 7 audiocassettes)
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.
The collection is open for research. Financial records restricted.