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Jackson (Beverley) Photograph Collection

Identifier: AR-2020-010

Scope and Contents

The Beverley Jackson Photograph Collection contains hundreds of black and white photographs of Santa Barbara personalities and events taken by Beverley Jackson, society columnist for the Santa Barbara News-Press from 1968 to 1992. The collection also contains includes photographs taken during the 1984 Olympic events held in Santa Barbara and travel photos of locations in the United States and foreign countries. The collection includes written materials.


  • 1968 - 2020


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Beverley Jackson was the Santa Barbara News-Press society writer from 1968 to 1992, documenting the gatherings of celebrities and local personalities for 25 years. As a participant in Santa Barbara’s social scene, her "By The Way..." column provided that perspective in vivid detail to her readers.

In later years, Jackson started one of the major collections of antique Chinese clothing in the United States and became the Santa Barbara Historical Museum’s curator of Asian art.

Originally from Beverly Hills, Berverley Jackson read more than 600 books on China, eventually writing seven nonfiction books and self-publishing her first novel.

Jackson went on to write for two other Santa Barbara periodicals, the Santa Barbara Independent and VOICE, continuing to contribute stories until four months before her death in August 2020.


710 Photographic Prints

431 Negatives (Photographs)

Language of Materials



The Beverley Jackson Photograph Collection contains photographs of well-known people including actors, artists, architects, athletes, authors, chefs, dancers, musicians, talk show hosts, royalty, and philanthropists. These black and white enlargements were taken by Santa Barbara News-Press society writer Beverley Jackson and illustrate the events chronicled in her "By The Way" newspaper columns.


The Beverley Jackson Photograph Collection is arranged in seven series:

1) People by name, undated

2) People by date, 1963-1990

3) People unknown, undated

4) People in color, undated

5) Places, undated

6) Olympic events in Santa Barbara, 1984

7) Negatives, 1971-1976

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The materials were acquired from Beverley Jackson.

Related Materials

Beverley Jackson Newspaper Columns, AR-2020-003, Gledhill Library, Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Santa Barbara, California.


Jackson, Beverley. “By The Way...”. Santa Barbara News-Press (Santa Barbara, CA), 1968-1994.

Processing Information

The Beverley Jackson Photograph Collection was processed by Gina Sheeks in November 2020.



Guide to the Beverley Jackson Photograph Collection
Chris S. Ervin CA
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Repository Details

Part of the Gledhill Library Repository

136 E. De La Guerra
Santa Barbara California 93101 USA