Gledhill Library

Edwin and Carilyn Gledhill

Photo of Edwin and Carolyn Gledhill

The Gledhill Library was dedicated in
1967 to W. Edwin and Andriette Gledhill, who served for many years as the Society's Executive Director and Curator, respectively. The Gledhill Library is a research, non-circulating collection open to the public.

Collections focus on the history of Santa Barbara County with additional materials on California history and history of the American West. Holdings include books and pamphlets, photographs, maps, audio oral histories, newspaper files, clipping and ephemera files, manuscripts and government records.

The book catalog may be accessed at, the website of the Central Coast Museum Consortium, as well as the catalogs of other museum libraries.

The library is open free of charge to Society members and to students. A research fee of $2.00 an hour, up to a cap of $5.00 a day is accessed to other patrons. Photocopy facilities are available.

Library Collections

Library acquisitions are governed under the Collections Policy of the Museum.

  • Approximately 5100 books and pamphlets regarding the histories of Santa Barbara County, California, and the American West.

  • Approximately 75,000 photographic prints, 10,000 glass plate negatives, and some 17,000 slides covering particularly the period 1870-1945.

  • Newspapers, 35 mm film and hard copy, 1855-1986. This collection also includes over 170 clipping scrapbooks.

  • Almost 500 oral history tapes dating back to the 1950s.

  • Government records include census material, tax records, 19th-century court cases, voting registers. Forty microfilm reels of Spanish and Mexican records including land grant materials.

  • Document records include over 360 linear feet of correspondence, personal papers, diaries, and business records.

  • Over 3000 maps, most of which cover Santa Barbara city and South Coast

Museum's journal, Noticias

Since 1955, readers have enjoyed exploring the rich heritage of Santa BarbaraCounty through the pages of the Museum's journal, Noticias. From the era of the Native American Chumash to our own 21st century, the key issues, watershed events and colorful personalities of our community's history come alive through vivid writing and vintage photography. Some highlights from past issues:

All this and more may be discovered in Noticias.

The Photography of Carolyn and Edwin Gledhill, 1906-1944

Photo excerpts from the "Portraits in Paradise" book sold at the Gledhill Library. These photos are also part of the Gledhill Library Collection.

Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Upton Sinclair c1936
Pulitzer Prize author

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Amanda Duff Dunne

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Diego Rivera

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Frank Sands c1906
Newspaper Owner

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William Boeing 1920
Boeing Aircraft

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Jiddu Krishnamuri
Global Teacher

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Myra Townsend Arthur
Politically Active Reformer

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Walter Huston