Archives of the Province of Saint Barbara
The Province of Saint Barbara
The friars who live at 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 The Provincial Archives houses important historical documents, photographs, records, correspondence, books, ephemera, and other materials that belonged to, or were created by the friars and ministries of the Province of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. Interested researchers must submit an Access to Resources Request form to the Provincial Office. Upon receipt of that completed form, researchers should then contact SBMAL via email to set up a research appointment.