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Guide to the Richard S. Whitehead Collection, ca. 1909-1974
SBHC Mss 9  
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: The Richard S. Whitehead Collection,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1909-1974
    Collection number: SBHC Mss 9
    Creator: Whitehead, Richard S.
    Extent: 2 linear feet (5 boxes)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information





    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

    [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.

    Related Collections

    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.