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*form submissions are currently disabled*

Please fill out this form to schedule an appointment to conduct research at SBMAL or if you would like to request research assistance.


Please schedule at least one week in advance for on-site research appointments.

Please note that submitting this form does not guarantee an appointment. All requests must be scheduled and confirmed by staff.

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.

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

SBMAL is currently closed to the public, and research request forms have been temporarily disabled at this time. Any research requests received after December 22 will be delayed.
We are working to return to normal operations as soon as possible.
Thank you for your understanding and please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this closure may cause. 

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