Entries by Cathy Berry


The Johnson-Reed Immigration Act of 1924 – Anti-Asiatic Legislation

Santa Barbara County, the State of California, and the United States have benefitted greatly from the contributions of Japanese-Americans who began immigrating well over 150 years ago. Japanese Americans have endured a history of discrimination, exclusion, and violence America has imposed on their community. The immigration of Japanese citizens to the United States began after […]

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Telephone Service and Directory for Santa Maria City and Vicinity – 1922

Telephone Service in Santa Barbara County – The 1920s It’s hard to imagine a time without telephone service, but in Santa Barbara County in the 1920s, the technology was revolutionary. By 1920, 35% of American homes had telephone service, though the number was far less for rural areas like much of Santa Barbara County. Telephone […]