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

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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.

SBMAL Hours: 


By appointment only: most Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Break from 12:00 p.m to 1:00 p.m for lunch.

Closed on federal holidays and other occasions.

Santa Bárbara Mission-Archive Library

2201 Laguna Street 

Santa Barbara, CA 93105

(805) 682-4713 ext.152


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We would like to acknowledge that SBMAL is located on the traditional ancestral territory of the Barbareño Chumash people.

© 2016 by the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library. Federal Tax ID# 95-6220730. The Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the John and Beverly Stauffer Foundation, whose contributions have enabled us to remain open and accommodate researchers for more hours than would otherwise be the case.