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Rouse (Stella Haverland) Olden Days The Way It Was Collection

Identifier: AR-2020-002

Content Description

Six scrapbooks contain all thirty years of the weekly local history columns written by Mrs. Rouse for the Santa Barbara News-Press newspaper. Numbering approximately 1,500, the articles are cataloged by keywords in the Gledhill Library Subject Index. See Arrangement note for date range of articles within each scrapbook.


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


Language of Materials


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.


1,500 Item(s)

6 Scrapbook(s)


The articles making up the Rouse Olden Days The Way It Was Collection are arranged in six (6) scrapbooks:

Scrapbook No. 54 contains articles from 1962-11-04 through 1966-12-25

Scrapbook No. 55 contains articles from 1967-01-01 through 1972-02-06

Scrapbook No. 55A contains articles from 1972-02-13 through 1978-05-28

Scrapbook No. 55B contains articles from 1978-06-04 through 1983-03-18

Scrapbook No. 55C contains articles from 1984-03-25 through 1989-12-03

Scrapbook No. 55D contains articles from 1989-12-10 through 1991-02-24

Related Materials

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

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

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.

Physical Description

The materials are in generally fair to poor condition as they are the original on newsprint cut from the newspaper and pasted into heavily used scrapbooks. The pages should be queued for digitizing or reformatting.

Guide to the Stella Haverland Rouse Olden Days The Way It Was Collection
In Progress
Leslie A. Ervin and Chris S. Ervin
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Repository Details

Part of the Gledhill Library Repository

136 E. De La Guerra
Santa Barbara California 93101 USA