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Stella Haverland Rouse Santa Barbara History Column Papers

Identifier: MS-50

Content Description

Three archives boxes containing thirty years of weekly local history columns written by Mrs. Rouse for the Santa Barbara News-Press newspaper, approximately 1,500 articles. A fourth archives box contains indexes to the columns, autobiographical notes, a selection of columns on the Riviera district where Mrs. Rouse lived, and working notes and drafts of columns.


  • Publication: 1962-11-04 - 1991-02-24


Biographical / Historical

Mrs. Clarence (Stella Haverland) Rouse, a native of Santa Barbara and a graduate of University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) with advanced work in the Library School of Los Angeles, spent ten years at the Santa Barbara Public Library prior to her marriage. She also did graduate work in California history at Santa Barbara College, predecessor to University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). Her interest in California history led her to part-time work at the News-Press doing the daily column, "In Old Santa Barbara" and a Sunday historical feature story.

Mrs. Rouse wrote the "In Old Santa Barbara"" column, a distillation of local news from 25, 50, and 75-years ago, for the Santa Barbara News-Press. She wrote it from 1953 up until she began writing a weekly history column for the same paper in 1962.

Mrs. Rouse was editor of Noticias, the quarterly history journal of the Santa Barbara Historical Society, from Fall 1977 until Spring 1987. She also authored many articles for Noticias during this period.

Mrs. Rouse retired from the News-Press and her column on February 17, 1991.


1.6 Linear Feet ( - 4 letter-size archival document boxes)

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Related Materials

The following publications acknowledge Stella Haverland Rouse's News-Press history columns on Santa Barbara's past;

Santa Barbara Conservancy. 2009. Stone architecture in Santa Barbara. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub.

Beresford, Hattie. 2017. The Way It Was: Santa Barbara Comes of Age. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Beresford, H.

Related Materials

Rouse, Stella Haverland. 1984. "Development of the Riviera". Noticias. 30 (4): 68-74.

Condition Description

The materials are in generally good condition and organized in acid-free folders. There is a mix of newsprint, photocopies, and handwritten paper. The most pressing preservation issues are signs of fading print on early-era photocopies and rust-related issues caused by oxidizing iron paper clips and straight pins.



Guide to the Stella Haverland Rouse Santa Barbara History Column Papers
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Leslie A. Ervin and Chris S. Ervin
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Repository Details

Part of the Presidio Research Center Repository

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