Local Records, Museums, and Libraries

Local Records

South County

Santa Barbara Historical Museum & Gledhill Library

Gledhill Library Link

Focus on Santa Barbara County history. Library has books and pamphlets, photographs, maps, oral histories, newspaper files, clipping and ephemera files, manuscripts and government records. Online resources available. 

Chris Ervin, Archivist

136 E. De la Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 

(805) 966-1601

Library at University of California, Santa Barbara

Due to COVID-19, the UCSB Library building is only accessible to current UCSB students, faculty, and staff with valid UCSB ID. Users with community borrower cards and other walk-in users are not being admitted at this time.

UCSB Library collections of interest to genealogists:

Special Collections (3rd Floor): William Wyles Collection contains nearly 40,000 volumes related to the Civil War and the western expansion, plus manuscript collections, diaries, correspondence, records of military units, maps, and more.

Other collections, such as those about Pearl Chase and Santa Barbara, may be of interest.

Map and Imagery Collection (1st Floor North). Collection of historical US maps (especially for colonial US) may be useful in identifying historic sites.

Check website for directions, parking, and hours.

North County

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