Welcome! The Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library is committed to collecting and preserving historical and cultural resources pertaining to Franciscan history and Missions and the communities with which they interacted.

"SBMAL is a unique and indispensable resource. Its artifacts and documents tell the deep and complex story of California's diverse peoples - especially Native Americans, Latinos, and Anglos - in a way that is unmatched anywhere else in the state."

-Prof. Robert M. Senkewicz, Santa Clara University

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Many thanks to the Wood Claeyssens Foundation, Hutton Parker Foundation, Outhwaite Foundation, California Mission Foundation, and the Academy of American Franciscan History for their generous support of SBMAL's collections and programs.

Are you working on a California Missions project for class? Visit our education page to find videos, historical materials, and more for all your project needs.

Our collections include over 9,000 pages of documents from the Franciscan Missions of California and Arizona, the Junipero Serra Collection, and the De la Guerra family papers.

We are taking a winter hiatus during the month of January and will not be able to respond to research inquiries during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to returning in February. Thank you!