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Research at the Archive: Photo Archive

An older image of the courtyard at Old Mission Santa Barbara in sepia tone.

Photo Archive

The Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library holds several thousand photo-images of various types covering a broad range of subjects and dating back to the late 19th century.


These include:


Edith Buckland Webb and Hugh Pascal Webb Collection

Norman Neuerburg Collection

Mamie Goulet Collection

Maynard Geiger Collection

Crampton Collection

Kurt Baer Collection

Rufus B. Hall Stereocard Collection

Ellen Barrett Collection of Early California Buildings

De La Guerra Collection of Family Photos

Eric O’Brien Collection

Mission Tanker Ship Collection

Detroit Publishing Collection

Photo Post Card Collection

Inez Haase Collection

Norman Hall Reed Collection 


Please consult the Quick Guide to the SBMAL Photo Collection for a general description of the contents of each collection. Cataloging and digitizing these images is a long-range project. In the future we will offer a catalogue of a sample of the images available for research on this page.


The Archive-Library would like to thank The Margaret Hubbard Trust, The Woodward Fund, and The California Missions Foundation for their generous support and asssistance with the conservation of its photo image collections.

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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