By Monica Orozco
This week we’re saying “So long!” to Brian Burd who was formerly Photo Curator at the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library and who has been Museum Curator for the past two and a half years for Old Mission Santa Barbara. Brian has had a varied and exciting career. He worked on a car assembly line in Michigan in his college days, he’s worked as a photographer for several news papers (ask him about his time covering Michigan State basketball when they had a young player named Earvin “Magic” Johnson), and he worked for the Santa Cruz Island Foundation.
After his time at the Santa Cruz Island Foundation, Brian came to work at the Archive-Library as Photo Curator and was instrumental in creating order out of disorder. He helped envision and develop our photo digitization and cataloguing project. He was my right hand man when I first became Director, helping me find my way around the collections and filling in some of the institutional memory.
Unfortunately for me and SBMAL we lost the funding for his position two and a half years ago and Fr. Richard McManus, Guardian of Old Mission Santa Barbara, snatched up Brian. Together they have worked on renovating many of the exhibits in the OMSB Museum. The transformation in the Museum has been amazing!
But Brian is ready for a new chapter, one that involves lots of music and travel. First up is a trip to New Orleans with his wife Fran Malinoff. We will be losing a wonderful colleague and will only be a wee bit jealous thinking about all the new adventures he will be having! Stay in touch Brian, and bon voyage!
Monica Orozco is the Director of the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library