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Guide to the Lobero Theatre Archives, 1869- (Bulk 1922-)
PA Mss 4  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Collections

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Lobero Theatre Archives,
    Date (inclusive): 1869-
    Date (bulk): (Bulk 1922-)
    Collection number: PA Mss 4
    Creator: Lobero Theatre
    Extent: 110 linear feet (206 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.
    Abstract: Organizational records of Santa Barbara California's Lobero Theatre, originally constructed in 1873 and reorganized and rebuilt in 1924 by a group of community members. The county owned theater is run by the Lobero Theatre Foundation and has hosted over 4,000 productions since 1924, including dance, theater, music, film and community events. Records include administrative and financial records, building files for the landmark building designed by Goerge Washington Smith, production files, photographs, clippings and scrapbooks. The production files are comprehensive and include most of the major cultural icons of the 20th century.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Donated by the Lobero Theatre Foundation, 1994. Subsequent unprocessed addition (except for show files), PA Mss 1999-003 donated in 1999.



    Publication Rights

    Use Restrictions: Ownership of intellectual property rights retained by Lobero Theatre.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Lobero Theatre Archives, PA Mss 4, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Organizational History

    1873 Theatre Founded by Jose Lobero
    1922 Lobero Theatre Incorporated
    1924 New Buiding Built by George Washington Smith
    1924 (August) First Production at the Lobero Theatre
    For a detailed history see Otis Wickenhaeuser's Captured dream: a Brief History of the Lobero Theatre (Special Collections PN2277.S432 W52 1990).

    Scope and Content

    The Lobero Theatre Archives are divided into ten series: I: Administration; II: Board; III: Building Files; IV: Clippings; V: Committees; VI: Production Records; VII: Photographs and Posters; VIII: Video/Audio Tapes, IX: Scrapbooks and X: Artifacts. Each series is descibed below under series descriptions. Highlights of the collection include a complete run of production files from 1924-1997, with details on each event at the Lobero. Early production records are in scrapbooks, while later events have a folder of information. The collection also contains architectural records and building files for the landmark building designed by George Washington Smith, administrative records of the Lobero Theatre's administration and board.

    Related Collections

    • Community Art Association (Drama and Music Branches) files in the Community Conservation and Development Collection (SBHC Mss 1) contain further information on the early history of the Lobero.
    • The files of George Washington Smith and Lutah Marie Riggs (architects for the 1924 building) are in the UCSB Architectural Drawing Collection.