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Research at the Archive

Education Materials for 21 Missions


Here you'll find what teachers have asked SBMAL to provide: Video tours, preservation projects, and more! Video Tours include Old Mission Santa Barbara la Huerta's native plants garden and mother orchard, as well as a video about a friar at the Mission today. 

Students, are you working on a Mission project for class? Email to gather materials to use in your project on any of Alta California's 21 missions!


A Mission Friar: What does a friar do at the Mission today?




RESTORE Mission Santa Barbara: A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure workbook for grades 3-5



La Huerta: Native Plants at Old Mission Santa Barbara




La Huerta: Mother Orchard at Old Mission Santa Barbara




California History from Home video series


We are very excited to announce a new short video series in collaboration with Old Mission Santa Barbara. Each week we will be releasing new videos to provide you with a behind-the-scenes look at our collections and to share the rich history and culture of our state. Join us and experience the treasures of the Mission and the Archive-Library from home!


California Mission Paintings by Edwin Deakin

Rare Books Collection at SBMAL

Church Architecture at Mission Santa Barbara

1493 Bible

Sacred Garden at Mission Santa Barbara

1774 Antiphonarium

1789 Chumash Tabernacle

Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library Coloring Sheets

Teachers! Parents! Kids! Coloring enthusiasts! Download, print off, and color these unique images from our collections that we have turned into fun coloring sheets. Be sure to post your finished creation, tag us in it (@sbmissionarchive), and use the hashtag #museumfromhome. We can’t wait to see what you make!

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Saint Barbara and Old Mission Santa Barbara Stained Glass Window from Mission Dolores Basilica









This beautiful stained glass window scene of Old Mission Santa Barbara with Saint Barbara looking on comes from Mission Dolores Basilica. Mission Dolores Basilica was built next door to Mission San Francisco de Asís in 1918. Thank you to two of our interns, Gary and Louise Matz, for taking this photo for us!



Saint Francis Antiphonarium Illumination 








The picture of Saint Francis seen here comes from a 1774 antiphonarium from our music manuscript collection. An antiphonarium is a kind of choir book that contains music for the Divine Office.  The book is a manuscript, which means it wasn’t printed. It was written out by hand.



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SBMAL is currently closed to the public until February 2023.
Research requests are on currently on hold at this time.
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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