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Santa Barbara Area photo collection, circa 1880-1915
Wyles Mss 182LOCAL
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Santa Barbara Area photo collection, circa 1880-1915


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[Santa Barbara]: [collection of thirty-two original photographs of Santa Barbara, Lompoc, and surrounding area, Including scenes of towns, agriculture, settlers, schools, amusements, etc.] [Santa Barbara County, ca. Ca. 1880-1915]. Thirty-two original photographic prints, measuring from 3¼ x 5¼ to 8 x 10 inches. These photographs show scenes in towns and in the country, of coastlines, farms and ranches, oil drilling operations, schools, hotels, etc., providing a visual record of the development of the area. Some of the photographs are captioned in the negative, others have contemporary or later notes on the verso of the image or the card mount, thereby identifying the people and places depicted. One of the earliest photographs (circa 1880) is captioned on the verso, "When Clara Ashley was Goddess of Liberty," referring to an annual Fourth of July Parade that began in Santa Barbara in 1876. It shows a parade moving down the central street in Santa Barbara, with horses pulling carriages or wagons, and onlookers viewing the festivities. Another photograph, likely from the 1910s, shows an automobile crossing a bridge at Gaviota Pass in Santa Barbara County. Several of the photographs are on mounts identifying the professional photographer who took them, thus providing further information on the development of the photography industry in California at the turn of the century. In all, an interesting collection of photographs from the then remote and little developed Santa Barbara County


1880 (issued)


The collection is open for research.
Use governed by UCSB Special Collections policy.
Cite as: [Identification of item], Santa Barbara Area photo collection, Wyles Mss 182. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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0.2 linear feet





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The collection is open for research.
Use governed by UCSB Special Collections policy.