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Archives of the Province of Saint Barbara

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The Province of Saint Barbara


The friars of Mission Santa Barbara are part of the Province of Saint Barbara. The Province of Saint Barbara was founded in 1915 and is one of seven Order of Friars Minor (OFM) Franciscan entities in the United States. The Province oversees Franciscan ministries in the western United States and has offices in Oakland, California.

The Archives of the Province of Saint Barbara and the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library

Mission Santa Barbara is home to the Archives of the Province of Saint Barbara. The Provincial Archives houses important historical documents, photographs, records, correspondence, books, ephemera, and other materials that belonged to, or were created by the friars and ministries of the Province of Saint Barbara. The Provincial Archives include materials related to the friars' missions abroad in the Philippines, China, and Peru; friars' personnel papers; and twentieth-century photographs from the Province. After consulting with the SBMAL Board, Provincial leaders voted in 2019 to integrate the Provincial Archives into the curation responsibilities of the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library (SBMAL).

Accessing the collections of the Archives of the Province of Saint Barbara

The materials of the Provincial Archives are accessible to researchers with the approval of the Secretary of the Province. Interested researchers should submit inquiries, a completed Access to Resources Request form, and all necessary addenda to SBMAL, at SBMAL staff will forward requests to the Secretary for approval.

Access to Resources Request form


Finding guides for the collections of the Archives of the Province of Saint Barbara

The following finding guides for the collections of the Archives of the Province of Saint Barbara are available. Click on a guide to view that collection's finding guide.

Topowa, Arizona - St. Francis Solano Mission

Berkeley, California - Franciscan School of Theology

Mesilla Park, New Mexico - Holy Cross Retreat

Tularosa, New Mexico - St. Francis de Paula

Mescalero, New Mexico - St. Joseph Mission

Zacatecan and Mexican Friars

Santa Barbara Collection

San Juan Bautista, California - St. Francis Retreat Center

San Francisco, California - St. Boniface Church

San Miguel, California - San Miguel Mission and College

Oceanside, California - San Luis Rey Mission and College

Sacramento, California - St. Francis Church

Oakland, California - St. Elizabeth's Church

Malibu, California - Serra Retreat Center

Huntington Beach, California - Sts. Simon and Jude Church and Parish

Danville, California - San Damiano Retreat Center

Delano, California - Our Lady of Guadalupe

Phoenix, Arizona Collection

Lakeport, California - St Mary's

Santa Barbara Theologate

Tuscon, Arizona - San Xavier del Bac Mission

White River, Arizona Collection

Scottsdale, Arizona Collection

Native Americans of Arizona General Collection

Arizona Stations

Portland, Oregon - Ascension Church

Spokane, Washington - St. Francis Church

Peru Mission

Philippine Mission

China Mission

Secular Franciscans

Provincial Music

Legal Documents

General Curia Collection

Franciscan Missionary Union

Franciscan Communication and VHS

DocPhoto Shelves - Photographs and Scrapbooks

DocPhoto Shelves - Documents


SBMAL is open to researchers by appointment only. Some collections remain closed so please confirm access to a specific collection when scheduling your appointment.

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