Scope and Content
Title: The Richard S. Whitehead Collection,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1909-1974
Collection number: SBHC Mss 9
Whitehead, Richard S.
Extent: 2 linear feet (5 boxes)
University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
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.
[Identification of item], The Richard S. Whitehead Collection, SBHC Mss 9, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries,
University of California, Santa Barbara.
The following information is drawn from the
Santa Barbara News-Press obituary of August 28, 1988:
Richard S. Whitehead was born July 11, 1907, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He moved to San Mateo, California, in 1913. He later
received his BS and MA degrees from MIT. From 1946 to 1969 he worked for the County of Santa Barbara, as director of planning.
Among his projects were the first master plan for airports in the county and planning for the Lake Cachuma recreational area.
He also helped acquire six county beach parks and several inland parks, as well as establishing a uniform street numbering
system in the county. He was a licensed land surveyor and registered civil engineer, a member of the State Water Pollution
Control Board, the American Institute of Planners, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Channel City Club. He
also was the author of
Citadel on the Channel: The Royal Presidio of Santa Barbara, Its Founding and Construction, 1782-1798, edited by Donald C. Cutter. Whitehead died in Santa Barbara, August 25, 1988.
Scope and Content
The collection is arranged in two series: Alphabetical Files and Geographical Files. Both series primarily are concerned with
land use and planning. In some cases the key word apparently used for filing purposes, has been indicated in brackets.
The following collection, in the UCSB Special Collections, contains a good deal of related information:
Community Development and Conservation Collection (SBHC Mss 1).
In addition, there are numerous other planning reports and documents relating to Santa Barbara county in the UCSB Library's
Main collection. These can be searched on Pegasus, the Library's online catalog.