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This collection of historic documents dating between 1796 and 1855 relates primarily to the Ortega family of Santa Barbara. The documents include legal and financial letters and notices, title documents, and receipts relating to the property and finances of Jose Francisco Ortega and his heirs.
The papers of the Den, Bell, and Luton Families are focused largely on land ownership by brothers Nicholas and Richard Den, early settlers of Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, and their heirs. They highlight the transition in land tenure during the Mexican period and early years of California statehood as well as the inner operations of land and oil development in Santa Barbara County during the first part of the twentieth century.
- Names: Pico, Pío, 1801-1894 X