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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Sacred Garden at Mission Santa Barbara
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!
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!
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.