Skip to main content

Isaac Bonilla Interview, 1963-07-25


Content Description

From the Collection:

The Santa Barbara Legacy Reel Audio Tape Collection contain recordings of oral histories, radio programs, meetings, lectures, telephone conversations, ceremonies, and music perfomances of local old timers and influential people. These 184 electronic files, extracted from 98 one quarter-inch reel-to-reel magnetic tapes, represent the earliest audio recordings made by the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.


  • 1963-07-25

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


2 Electronic files

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Materials Specific Details

The interviewer and interviewee use language that could be interpreted as racist and perpetuating stereotypes of historically marginalized groups. The presence of sensitive or offensive material in the Isaac Bonilla interview is not endorsed or approved by Santa Barbara Historical Museum (SBHM). SBHM recognizes and regrets the culturally sensitive nature of this material. However, as indicated by the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association, removing offensive material is, de facto, an alteration of the archival record and would constitute willfully destroying records to conceal facts or distort evidence. As such, the material in the archive remains as a historical record. SBHM is committed to transparency, reconciliation, and education.

Materials Specific Details

Isaac Bonilla, with assistance from his wife Joy, is interviewed by Dorothy Holmes Toporeck in the Bonilla home. Track 1 subjects covered are Ike's youth and occupations, growing up on Modoc Road, the Kelly Brothers, and the Potter Hotel fire. Bonilla discusses the 1925 earthquake from 00:38:23 to 00:46:43. Track 2 subjects covered are the Chase family, the old Southern Pacific right-of-way at Modoc Road, participation in a teen gang, Jones Dairy Lunch, Haverland Ranch, Mussel Beach, and racism. Bonilla discusses the Flying A filming on Modoc Road from 00:07:15 to 00:10:15, raiding the Haverland Ranch from 00:38:49 to 00:39:53.

Repository Details

Part of the Gledhill Library Repository

136 E. De La Guerra
Santa Barbara California 93101 USA