Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library




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The Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library collects and conserves historical material for the study of Franciscan Missions and Native Peoples in the Americas.


Our mission is to collect and preserve these materials in order to provide access to researchers and to help increase the knowledge about the missions, their past, and their role in the heritage of the Southwest and the Americas.


Visit the “Mission Archive” page for finding guides and more information about the major collections of documents from the twenty-one missions established in California between 1769 and 1823, and that range from San Diego to Sonoma.


Contact us directly for more information about other resources, including our vast photo image collection dating from the 1860’s, the private papers of prominent scholars of California mission art, architecture, archaeology, and anthropology including, Edith Buckland Webb, Norman Neuerburg, and Kurt Baer, and our map collection.


Because of our limited hours of operation, research appointments are required. Please visit our “Research” page for the current schedule and any planned closures. Membership in the Archive-Library is required for those wishing to conduct research here.


The Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library is a separate non-profit institution dependent on donations, grants, and membership dues to cover conservation, staffing, and operational expenses. Your membership will help us continue to provide access to this unique collection of historical material and to continue our conservation efforts. Please visit the “Support SBMAL” page for more information on how to become a member.


If you are interested in learning about the Archive-Library’s activities and events, please sign up for our electronic newsletter La Gaceta and think about becoming a member.



Monica Orozco, PhD


(805) 682-4713 ext. 152

2201 Laguna Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93105



Research Hours by Appointment Only:

Most Wednesdays, Thursday, and Fridays from 10:00 am to 3:45 pm

Check “Research” page for schedule updates and closures


Background image: 1848 Fremont Survey Map of California from the SBMAL map collection. Reproduction is available for purchase.