Archives

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Santa Barbara Old Post Office, ca. 1920. Santa Barbara Museum of Art Archives
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Building Planning Meeting, ca. 1940. From left to right: Morris Simpson, Mrs. George Merrill Davis, Joseph Knowles Sr., Buell Hammett, Donald Bear and Janet Lineberger. Santa Barbara Museum of Art Archives
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art Façade, ca. 1941. Santa Barbara Museum of Art Archives
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Wright S. Ludington at Museum Grand Opening, June 5, 1941. Santa Barbara Museum of Art Archives
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art Façade, ca. 1962. Santa Barbara Museum of Art Archives
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June C. Wayne in the exhibition “Paintings and Lithographs by June Wayne”, January 1953. Santa Barbara Museum of Art Archives
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Margaret Mallory, ca. 1950. Santa Barbara Museum of Art Archives
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Frederick Hammersley in the exhibition “Paintings by Frederick Hammersley”, June 1965. Santa Barbara Museum of Art Archives


About the Archives

The purpose of the SBMA Archives is to preserve, manage and make accessible records of its institutional and exhibition history to Museum staff as well as outside researchers and scholars, and to create and manage the Museum’s Records Management Program. We maintain records of museum publications, exhibition catalogues, archival photography, and oral history recordings and transcripts

Due to the ongoing renovation the Archives will be closed to the public for the foreseeable future. Research queries can be directed to archives@sbma.net


Frequently Used Lists

Exhibition Catalogues

1941 – Ongoing

List of exhibition catalogues produced both internally and externally for exhibitions held at SBMA

Exhibition History

1941 – Ongoing

Complete list of exhibitions held at SBMA

Exhibition Records

1941 – Ongoing

Records relating to the planning and installation of exhibitions generated from 1941 – present

Archival Collections

Publications Collections
ARCH.PUB.001
1941 – Ongoing

Records documenting SBMA publications, including catalogues, brochures, invitations, newsletters, annual reports, ephemera and miscellaneous objects.

Wright S. Ludington Collection
ARCH.COLL.001
1900 – 1993

Records documenting former trustee and major donor Wright S. Ludington including photographs, correspondence, collection inventories, receipts and appraisals.

Past Exhibitions

Exhibition descriptions from 1941 – ongoing. Please check back soon as descriptions will be added for subsequent decades

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