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John S. Kiewit Photography Collection (Mss 228)


1000+ photographs by photographer John S. Kiewit.

The images reflect what Kiewit saw on his travels throughout California and the West, as well as trips to other parts of the U.S. and the world. Prominent places and themes include Baja, barns and farms, Big Sur, buildings and building elements (doors and windows), Carmel [CA], Central Coast [CA], Channel Islands, Death Valley, fences, ghost towns, Hawaii, Hollister Ranch [CA], landscapes, Malibu [CA], Marin County [CA], New England, New Mexico, ocean views, Oregon, Oxnard [CA], rock formations, signs, surfing, trees, Utah, wildflowers, Wyoming, and Yosemite. Other countries represented in the collection include Cook Island, Costa Rica, El Salvador, England, France, Guatemala, Marques and Tahiti Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, and New Zealand. Most of the images were taken from the 1970s to the 1990s.

Photographer John S. Kiewit (1948- 2000) grew up in California and spent his life documenting his travels in the state and beyond. Kiewit found inspiration in the works of photographers such as Edward Weston and Walker Evans, and loved wandering the back roads of the American West with his camera.

These digitized items represent a selection from the archival collection, held in the Department of Special Collections at the UCSB Library. The John S. Kiewit Archival Collection contains more than 10,000 color and black/white prints, color slides, and black/white negatives, taken from about 1968 to 2000. Color slides constitute the bulk of the collection. Over 1200 slides have been digitized and are available online, while the rest may be viewed in Special Collections.

Copies of John S. Kiewit's Gone to Sanctuary: From the Sins of Confusion (Santa Barbara, CA: Capra Press, 1997) have been cataloged separately and are available in Special Collections (Printers Collection Z478.86.C36 K53) and the Main Library (TR660.5.K54 1997). Additional copies are in box 1 of the collection.

Sample items from the collection