Canfield and Starbuck Law Firm Papers
The Canfield and Starbuck Law Firm Papers contain a selection of client legal documents from the late 19th to early 20th century for the central California coastal region generated by the Santa Barbara law firm of Canfield & Starbuck. The content of the collection is primarily correspondence and estate paperwork.
- 1860 - 1935
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Collection is open for research.
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Property rights reside with the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head Archivist of the Gledhill Library.
Biographical / Historical
Robert B. Canfield, a New Jersey native, came to Santa Barbara in 1876 and is known for establishing the first gas mains under parts of State Street and developing the first gas lighting system in the city. Mr. Canfield was also an attorney, organized the first local Bar Association, served as a City Judge, was president of the Mission Water Company, and was president of First National Bank for 23 years, from 1895 to 1918. He married Miss Davidson in 1873.
Henry Pease Starbuck was a prominent attorney in Santa Barbara. In 1904 he became a partner of the Canfield & Starbuck law firm located in the Howard-Canfield building on the corner of State and East Canon Perdido Streets. In 1907, Starbuck became the first property owner in Junipero Place (now Junipero Plaza) when he purchased the lot from Edward F.R. Vail where this voluminous Craftsman house is located.
6 Linear Feet (in 6 record storage boxes)
Language of Materials
The Canfield and Starbuck Law Firm Papers contain a selection of client legal documents from the late 19th to early 20th century for the central California coastal region.
This collection is arranged in 4 series:
Series 1. Legal Documents, 1860-1931
Series 2. Correspondence, 1915
Series 3. Estate Documents, 1900-1935
Series 4. Miscellaneous Documents, 1898-1928
Other Finding Aids
The Canfield-Starbuck Law Firm Papers were processed by Chris S. Ervin CA in May 2019.
- Canfield, Robert B. (Robert Bage), 1843-1929 (Person)
- Starbuck, Henry Pease (Person)
- Guide to the Canfield and Starbuck Law Firm Papers
- Chris S. Ervin CA
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