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Research at the Archive: Education Materials

A close up of hands unfurling a yellow flower.

Education Materials


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, not just Santa Barbara!

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



A visual of the front cover of the RESTORE booklet.

RESTORE Mission Santa Barbara: A workbook for grades 3-5


California History from Home video series


These short videos provide you with a behind-the-scenes look at our collections and allow us to share the rich history and culture of our state. Join us and experience the treasures of Old Mission Santa Barbara and the Archive-Library from home!

*Please note that collection care and preservation guidelines change over time as we learn more about how best to care for the items in our collections. You may see staff wearing white gloves in these videos, but we typically no longer wear gloves when handling paper materials. For more on why, read this blog post from the British National Archives.

California Mission Paintings by Edwin Deakin


Rare Books Collection at SBMAL


Church Architecture at Mission Santa Barbara

1493 Bible

1774 Antiphonarium


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!

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 San Francisco 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 groups of people to sing and pray together several times each day.  The book is a manuscript, which means it wasn’t printed. It was written out by hand.

Black and white Antiphonal "F" with a large letter displayed as the scale of a human.
Saint Barbara Stained Glass.webp

SBMAL is open to researchers by appointment only.
NEW HOURS for 2024! Research hours are now available on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10:00am to 4:00pm.

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