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THE CALIFORNIA ISLANDS
SAVING THEIR HISTORY— TELLING THEIR STORIES

ISLAPEDIA is dedicated to perpetuating the memories of those whose
exploration, energy and enterprise became the building blocks of the history of all California Islands.

Sponsored by the SANTA CRUZ ISLAND FOUNDATION
Readers are encouraged to contact ISLAPEDIA author, Marla Daily, with comments,
edits and suggestions. Feedback and questions are welcomed and appreciated.
marla@scifoundation.org
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND FOUNDATION ARCHIVES CATALOGUE

About ISLAPEDIA:
16,385 pages of digitized records and information
richly illustrated with 9,414 images
as of May 28, 2021

ISLAPEDIA is a comprehensive California Islands encyclopedia covering hundreds of topics and thousands of entries on all eight California Channel Islands: San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, San Nicolas, Santa Barbara, Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands. All additional Islands of the Californias are also included. ISLAPEDIA includes more than 2000 people whose lives or deaths intersected with the islands, plus place names, ships and shipwrecks, island events and noteworthy topics. Rare 19th century and early 20th century California islands references and unique unpublished manuscripts and diaries are found here. ISLAPEDIA was begun in 1973 by cultural anthropologist, Marla Daily, president of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation(1987-current). The Santa Cruz Island Foundation is the sole institution devoted to the cultural history, art, film and science of all California Islands. ISLAPEDIA is a continuing research work in progress—now in its 5th decade.




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Read Curiosity Correspondent notices here

California Islands Center

Channel Islands Clock By Decade

Channel Islands Library

Read Unpublished Field Notes, Manuscripts & Island Diaries, here

Listen to Island Sounds Recorded By Justin Messina, here

Listen to Oral History Interviews

View a Timelapse of the historic Justinian Caire Sundial at Smuggler's Ranch here


THE CALIFORNIA CHANNEL ISLANDS:

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ISLANDS:

PACIFIC ISLANDS OFF THE BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO PENINSULA: (MAP)

ADDITIONAL RELATED ISLANDS OFF MEXICO:



PEOPLE

Dixey Wildes Thompson (1826-1903)
PEOPLE: ISLAPEDIA includes short biographies of over 2000 people whose lives intersected the California Channel Islands between 1850 and 1950 – those who would own them, those who would work them, those who would visit them with purpose, and those who would die there.

PLACES

Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Monument, SMI
PLACES: A broad ISLAPEDIA category which includes not only island geographic locations and place names, but also yacht clubs, social organizations, and schools. Entries range from Abalone Point, Santa Catalina Island to the Zitnick Springs, San Nicolas Island.

VESSELS

Cueva Valdez, Siwash
VESSELS: Over 600 vessels are included, from the 19th century otter-hunting schooner, Achilles, to Zingara, a 52-foot gasoline-powered schooner that burned off Anacapa Island in November 1931. More than 385 shipwrecks are listed by island, and cross-referenced alphabetically throughout ISLAPEDIA.

Abbreviations Index

Santa Cruz Island Foundation Collections

Cops Run For Charity on Santa Cruz Island


  • DEDICATED TO CAREY STANTON.
How prescient you were the many times you teased me with your chant:
Lidia, Lidia—My en-sick-lo-pedia!