In 2008, two UCSB Public History Program students were recipients of Pearl Chase Society fellowships of $5,000 each. Jill Dolan and Peggy Beedle’s project was to produce an inventory of Santa Barbara County history resources. In late 2010, Pearl Chase Society Board members updated and edited the project and listed several additional institutions. The Society’s goal is to provide the public with a complete listing of resources available regarding our rich and varied history with a special emphasis on architecture and buildings, homes and structures.

The overview of each institution also includes resources documenting historical people, places, artifacts and events. By providing links to websites and emails as well as listing names and phone numbers of contact persons and addresses of institutions, the Society hopes to facilitate the public’s search for information.

Archives located in Andersen’s Pea Soup Restaurant
376 Avenue of the Flags, Buellton, CA 93427

Contact Person
Curt Cragg, archivist
cragg.curt@gmail.com
805.260.8233

Overview
The Buellton Historical Society houses a collection of artifacts, ephemera, maps and photographs of the town. The highlight of the archives is the collection of digitized photographs that include buildings, street scenes and residents. Buellton has not completed any architectural surveys.

Hours
Open Daily from 7:00 am. to 10:00 pm., when Andersen’s Pea Soup Restaurant is open for business, or by appointment.

Parking
Free parking in the restaurant parking lot.

Fees
Fee of $50 per hour for professional researchers
Photocopying is $.25 per page

5775 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93103
www.carpinteria.ca.us

Contact Person
Nick Bobroff, Associate Planner
nickb@ci.carpinteria.ca.us
805.684.5405, ext 407

Overview
Historic landmark protection is built into the city’s Municipal Code (see Section 12.20), however, the City of Carpinteria works with the Santa Barbara County Historic Landmarks Advisory Commission (HLAC) to evaluate historic properties within the city. All applications must be approved by both the HLAC and the Carpinteria City Council. No architectural surveys have been undertaken.

Hours
Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
(Closed Wednesdays 2-4 pm and holidays)

Parking
Free parking lot

956 Maple Avenue
Carpinteria, California 93013
www.carpinteriahistoricalmuseum.org

Contact Person
David Griggs, director of research
(Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm)
(805) 684-3112

Overview
The G. Horace Coshow Research Library is non-circulating and for research use only by appointment. The library contains books on local and western history, maps, bound newspaper volumes, family histories & genealogies, subject archives and more. A rare collection of more than 6,000 photographs chronicles the Carpinteria Valley’s settlers and development. Another special collection of 246 tape-recorded oral history interviews with Valley “old-timers” documents their lives and memories of Carpinteria. Both of these special collections are catalogued and cross-indexed, making them very “user-friendly.” Resources are available for use by authors, newspaper and magazine journalists, artists and designers, students, genealogists, land-use planners, consultants, and others interested in Carpinteria’s rich local heritage. Research fees may apply.

Hours
Museum Exhibits: Tuesday-Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Research Library: Tuesday – Friday by appointment

Fees
Free admission to exhibits; donations appreciated

Parking
Parking lot and street parking available

304 Los Carneros Road, Goleta, CA 93117
www.goletahistory.org

Contact
805.681.7216
info@goletahistory.org

Overview
The Goleta Valley Historical Society specializes in archives and artifacts relating to the history of the area since the nineteenth century. Collection includes extensive information on pioneer families, Rancho La Patera, the Stow House, and the history of the City of Goleta; plus extensive photograph collections, some newspapers, environmental review documents, books on local history, clipping files and “how-to” books on historic research. Goleta has not completed any architectural surveys.

Hours
Please call or email for an appointment.

Fees
No research fees at this time. Standard document copying fee; photograph reproduction fees vary by size and end-use.

Parking
Free parking lot at Rancho La Patera & Stow House.

1005 Guadalupe Street, Guadalupe, CA 93434
www.guadalupemuseum.org

Contact Person
Richard Pelton, President
804.343.2527

Overview
The Rancho de Guadalupe Historical Society houses a small library, historical photographs that depict the early days of the area, information on the construction of the Southern Pacific Railroad, and a map of the original town plat. Guadalupe has not completed any
architectural surveys.

Hours
Saturday and Sunday 1:00- 3:00 pm or by appointment by calling 805-343-5901

Parking
Free parking is available

Fees
Photocopying is $.10 per page.

207 North L Street, Lompoc, CA 93436
www.lompochistory.org

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 88
Lompoc, CA 93438

Contact Person
reference@lompochistory.org
805.735.4626 during hours below
805.736.5304 Myra Manfrina other times

Overview
The Lompoc Valley Historical Society maintains a Reference Room in the Fabing-McKay-Spanne House. The room houses collections of photographs, bound Lompoc newspapers, some directories, and a large collection of family histories, school histories, and information on shipwrecks.

Hours
8:30 – 11:00 am Monday and Thursday
10:00 am -1:00 pm fourth Saturday of the month

Parking
Public parking is available on Walnut or L Streets

Fees
Standard photocopying charges.

Architectural Surveys
The City of Lompoc maintains a local landmark list. In addition, a 1988 study identified approximately seventy historic structures in the downtown area. There is now a cultural resources overlay district in downtown Lompoc, intended to protect cultural resources
within it.

Montecito Community Hall
1469 East Valley Road, Montecito, CA 93108-1242
www.montecitoassociation.org

Contact Person
Marion Gregston
history@montecitoassociation.org
805.969.1597

Overview
The Montecito Association History Archive houses an extensive collection of information on Montecito properties catalogued by street address or historic name of property. Material includes clipping files, photographs of historic properties, maps, deeds and other historic documents, and extensive genealogy resources on Montecito’s old Spanish families. In addition, the archive houses family photo albums and collections of family documents, city directories with reverse indexes as well as information on architects related to Montecito estates. Collection includes information and images of Santa Barbara’s backcountry including Forest Service ranger photographs of lodges and camps.

Architectural Surveys

  • Montecito Historical Evaluation Areas 2+3, completed by Michel Nellis, 1990.
  • 50-Year-Old Bridge Surveys, Santa Barbara County, completed by Michel Nellis, 2004, 2005.
  • Old Coast Highway, completed by Michel Nellis, 2006.
  • Interview with Maria Herold. Contains interview plus survey of Area A, Montecito, completed by Michel Nellis, 2007.

Hours
Tuesdays: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Thursdays: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fees
No use fee for professional researchers at this time. Donations appreciated. Copying fees 20¢ per copy page. Scanning service fees based on end use; inquire. Prints from scanned images: $1.00 black and white; $3:00 color.

Parking
Free parking in adjacent lot

Address
1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
www.sbbg.org
805.682.4726

Contact Person
Currently in flux due to budget concerns
info@sbbg.org or phone number above

Overview
The Blaksley Library at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden houses an extensive collection of materials relating to the botany of California as well as regional historical landscape and architectural materials. Resources specific to Santa Barbara County include photos of local gardens by Josef Muench and the Garden Club of Santa Barbara collection of slides of Santa Barbara and Montecito estates taken in 1926. A detailed description of the collection is
on the website.

Hours
Unknown at this time

Fees
Copies are $.15 per page

Parking
Free parking is available

630 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov
www.santabarbaraca.gov/Resident/Community/Heritage/Historic+Resources+List.htm

Counter Service, or call 805.564.5470

Overview
The City of Santa Barbara Community Development Department maintains a list of Designated City Landmarks and Structures of Merit as well as a list of Potential Historic Structures, available on the above-listed website. The City has completed three neighborhood architectural surveys. Forms for individual structures and maps depicting the survey boundaries are available at the counter. The Department also maintains Street Files that include building permits and associated documents, and some building plans (most later than 1926). Advance appointment necessary to review the building plans.

In addition, the city houses a photo file of thousands of homes and buildings in Santa Barbara. The photo collection is the project of long-time Pearl Chase Society Board member, Bob Baum. The city also houses large-scale photocopies and/or slides of most Santa Barbara pages of the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps dating from 1886 to 1963.

Hours
Monday –Thursday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and every other Friday

Fees
20¢ per copy page

Parking
Free adjacent parking lot

Architectural Surveys

  • Downtown Santa Barbara Survey, conducted in three phases in 1978, 1980 and 1990 by Mary Louise Days and volunteers
  • Waterfront Survey, originally surveyed in 1978, redone by Preservation Planning Associates in 2001
  • Lower Riviera Survey, conducted in 2009 by Post/Hazeltine

123 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2058
http://www.sbcountyplanning.org/boards/hlac/hlac.cfm

Contact Person
Anita Hodosy-McFaul, HLAC Secretary
HLACSecretary@co.santa-barbara.ca.us
805.884.6833

Overview
The Historic Landmarks Advisory Committee oversees historic preservation in the unincorporated parts of Santa Barbara County. It maintains two lists of historic properties, Landmarks and Places of Merit, which are on the HLAC website, along with instructions for nomination of historic properties. In addition, the committee funds surveys of rural areas in the county. The Planning and Development department also holds selected environmental review documents.

Those interested in researching historic properties in unincorporated Santa Barbara County should contact the HLAC secretary for further information.

Hours
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 noon and 1:30-4:00 pm

Parking
Public parking is available in downtown Santa Barbara

Completed Historic Resource Surveys

  • Montecito Historical Evaluation Areas 2+3, completed by Michel Nellis, 1990.
  • Goleta Valley, Unincorporated Area Farm Properties, completed by Fermina Murray, 2003.
  • 50-Year-Old Bridge Surveys, Santa Barbara County, completed by Michel Nellis, 2004, 2005.
  • Old Coast Highway, completed by Michel Nellis, 2006.
  • Highway 192, Volumes 1-4, completed by Michele Nellis, 2006.
  • Interview with Maria Herold. Contains interview plus survey of Area A, Montecito, completed by Michel Nellis, 2007.
  • Lower Mission Canyon, completed by Michel Nellis, 2009.

Note: County Assessor’s Office and County Surveyor’s office have tax and ownership histories as well as historic maps, including several Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.

316 Castillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3814
www.sbgen.org

Contact
sbcgs@msn.com
805.884.9909

Overview
The Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society houses information on family genealogy, including online databases of Santa Barbara County cemeteries, marriage, and death records. In addition, it houses unpublished family histories and is in the process of indexing vital records from Santa Barbara newspapers. The library contains over 10,000 volumes plus Santa Barbara City Directories, telephone books, CD’s, microfiches and periodicals.

Hours
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00 am – 3:00 -pm
Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Fees
Copies are 15¢ for members, 25¢ for non-members

Parking
Free parking is available

136 E De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2205
www.santabarbaramuseum.com/

Contact Person
Michael Redmon, Director of Research
mredmon@sbhistorical.org
805.966.1601

Overview
The Museum Library houses an extensive collection of maps, photographs, (including glass plate negatives), city and county directories, oral histories (including builders and architects), ephemera files, subject files, clipping & obituary files, and approximately 150 scrapbooks of newspaper articles categorized by subject. Information is available on adobes, hotels, houses, etc. Bound Santa Barbara newspapers and original Sanborns maps are available. Most material relates to South County/City of Santa Barbara.

Hours
Tuesday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; 1st Saturday of the month, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. No appointment necessary but calling in advance suggested.

Parking
Free parking in Museum parking lot

Fees
Library use fee for non-members – $2 per hour. Check w/librarian for fee details. Page copies, 15¢ member, 50¢ non member. Photograph reproduction fees vary by size and end use.

2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
www.sbmal.org/

Contact Person
Monica Orozco, Director
research@sbmal.org
805.682.4713 ext 152

Overview
The Santa Barbara Mission Archive Library has an extensive collection of documents relating to the California missions, particularly Mission Santa Barbara. In addition, collections such as the De La Guerra papers provide information on life in early Santa Barbara. Collections that included photographs of Santa Barbara street scenes and buildings include the N. H. Reed Collections, the Santa Barbara postcard collection, and the Santa Barbara County photograph collection. The archive-library houses maps of Santa Barbara and vicinity from the 1840s through the 1970s.

Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Please call for an appointment.

Parking
Free parking is available

Fees
Photocopying is 25¢ per page. Donations appreciated.

40 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
www.sbplibrary.org/research/library-collections.html

Contact Persons
Jace Turner
jaturner@santabarbaraca.gov
805.564.5604 Ext. 11 (Reference)

Irene Macias, Library Director
imacias@santabarbara.gov

Overview
The Central Library houses microfilm copies of early Santa Barbara newspapers, county and city directories from 1875 to 1989, and histories of Santa Barbara County. The Edson Smith Photograph Collection consists of approximately 1400 images of turn-of-the-20th-century Santa Barbara residents and structures. These photographs are catalogued by subject. There is a local history database and a newspaper clipping file located at the Reference Desk. Also at the reference desk is a bound, indexed copy of the Architectural and Historic Resources Survey conducted by the City of Santa Barbara. The California collection containing rare books and documents of Santa Barbara and California history is housed in a locked case.

Hours
Closed Mondays
Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Fees
Photcopy and microfilm machines are available. Copies are 20¢ each.

Parking
Public parking is available in downtown Santa Barbara fee lots

Presidio Research Center
215 E. Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
www.sbthp.org

Contact Person
Torie Quiñonez, Research Center Librarian
torie@sbthp.org
805.965.2004

Overview
The Presidio Research Center has an extensive collection of materials on the development of the City of Santa Barbara, with an emphasis on the historic Presidio area of downtown including business and residential development throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

This includes maps and photographs organized by subject. The Trust was at the forefront of the historic preservation movement in Santa Barbara and has extensive collections to aid in preservation research. An excellent resource for genealogy, especially of Presidio soldiers.

The research center holds a portion of the Pearl Chase Papers and the Richard Whitehead Papers, landownership records for the downtown area, and materials relating to Casa de la Guerra and other Trust projects (adobes, bungalows, etc.).

Hours
Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am – Noon; Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Please call for an appointment.

Fees
Photocopies 25¢; photograph reproduction fees vary by size and end-use.

Parking
Public parking is available in downtown Santa Barbara lots.

110 South Pine Street, Room 101
Santa Maria, California 93458-5082
www.ci.santa-maria.ca.us/3013.shtml

Contact Person
Larry Appel
Director of Community Development
805.925.0951,
lappell@ci.santa-maria.ca.us

Patti Rodreguez
Santa Maria Historic Landmarks Commission
prodreguez@ci.santa-maria.ca.us

Overview
The Santa Maria City Community Development Department, Building Department, is the repository for building plans for structures in Santa Maria. A list of landmarks is available at the above-listed website. The City allows for the designation of structures, heritage trees and archaeological resources, and its Zoning Ordinance provides for Historic Overlay Districts.
The Santa Maria Valley Historical Society Library is the primary repository for
historic documentation.

Hours
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
appointments may be necessary

Parking
Free parking is available

Fees
Vary depending on size of document or plan

616 S. Broadway
Santa Maria, CA 93454
mysite.verizon.net/santamariahistory/menu.html

Contact Person
Richard Chenoweth, director
805.922.3130
richard@santamariahistory.org

Overview
The museum has an extensive library of historical reference material including books, maps, materials form the Santa Maria Genealogical Society, and a collection of more than 5,000 historical photographs in a database.

Hours
Tuesday – Saturday, Noon – 5:00 pm

Fees
Standard photocopying fees; donations appreciated

Parking
On site

3595 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
805.688.7889
www.santaynezmuseum.org/collections.html

Contact Person
Curt Cragg, archivist
cragg.curt@gmail.com
805.260.8233

Overview
The Santa Ynez Historical Society covers the entire Santa Ynez valley, including the townships of Santa Ynez, Ballard, Buellton, Los Olivos and Solvang, as well as Los Alamos and Las Cruces (no longer extant). The museum houses local histories, ephemera and historic photographs of valley scenes and buildings. The history of the development of transportation in the valley is the highlight of the collection.

Hours
Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 NOON to 4:00 PM
(Archival research by appointment only)

Fees
25¢ per page

Parking
Museum parking is available

www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/collections/index.html

Email questions to
special@library.ucsb.edu
805.893.3062

Overview
The Santa Barbara Area Collections consists of over thirty collections dealing with local history, including the Pearl Chase Papers, the Walker Tompkins Papers, and information on the history of Isla Vista. Online finding aids are available for some of these collections. The Santa Barbara Authors & Publishers are listed alphabetically. Special Collections also houses the following original, bound Sanborn Maps: 1907 updated to 1921; 1907 updated to 1929;
1930 updated to 1947.

Hours
Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

www.sdc.ucsb.edu/

Email questions to
milrefdesk@library.ucsb.edu
Please call 805.893.2779 24 for hours in advance for an appointment.

Overview
The Map and Imagery Laboratory houses a large collection of historic aerial photographs and historic maps for Santa Barbara ranging from maps created by the Spanish to historic
highway maps.

Hours
Monday – Friday 9:00-5:00 pm.

www.uam.ucsb.edu/Pages/adc_front.html

Email questions to
adc@uam.ucsb.edu
805.893.2724

Overview
Located in the Art Museum, the University Architecture and Design Collection holds over 750,000 drawings and other architecture records. Of particular interest for Santa Barbara are the George Washington Smith and Lutah Maria Riggs collections whose online finding aids can be reached at www.oac.cdlib.org/institutions/University+Art+Museum
The repository also holds the David Gebhart papers, which have not been processed.

Hours
Monday – Friday 1:00 – 5:00 pm, please call for an appointment.

Email questions to
centalcoastinfo@gmail.com
805.893.2474

Overview
Located in Room 2211 of HSSB (Humanities and Social Sciences Building),
the Central Coast Information Center is part of the California Office of Historic Preservation. It maintains lists of significant historic properties, including the following:

National Historic Landmarks (online by state)
www.nps.gov/nhl/designations/listsofNHLs.htm

National Register of Historic Places (online by state)
www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/

California Registered Historical Landmarks (online by county)
ohp.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=21387

Also

California Register of Historical Resources, California Points of Historical Interest, Historic Resources Inventory (state database), and Environmental Review Documents (Cultural Resource Management surveys)

Hours
Tuesday and Wednesday 8:00AM – 6:00 PM