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
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.
Living History: A Mission Santa Barbara Community Archive
Every one of us is living through history right now. The Mission Santa Barbara community is inviting everyone to come together and share their stories, experiences, and reflections.
Living History: A Mission Santa Barbara Community Archive is a project designed to collect, preserve, and record individual experiences in this moment. We invite you to join us by sharing your stories and experiences. We will incorporate your materials into a community-created collection, which will be maintained and curated by archivists of the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library. These materials will become part of the historical record that will provide future generations with insight into the events we are all experiencing now, together.