Research at the Archive
The Archive-Library has copies of the sacramental registers of the California Missions, recording baptisms, marriages, and burials, for use in genealogical research.
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.
Browse the catalogs of the Archive's collection, including the Junípero Serra Collection, 1713 to 1947; the California Mission Documents, 1640-1853; and the Apostolic College (Our Lady of Sorrows) Collection, 1853-1885.
Documents in the De la Guerra Collection cover the social, political, military, and economic pursuits of one of California's founding families.
Documents in this collection pertain to the friars' work with the Tohono O'odham in Arizona during the 20th century. Thank you to the Academy of American Franciscan History for supporting work on this collection.
Norman Neuerburg Collection
Norman Neuerburg was famous for his work on the Getty Villa and for restoration work on several early California buildings. The Norman Neuerburg collection at SBMAL contains Neuerburg's photographs, slides, correspondence, and notes. This collection is currently being processed with the help of a grant from the Academy of American Franciscan History. The finding aid is being actively developed. Please contact to learn more.
Take a look at our photocopying procedures and distribution policies before you visit.
Edith Webb, artist and historian of the California Missions, compiled a collection of research materials that includes photographs, correspondence, and scrapbooks.
Browse our main book catalog for reference materials not found in other libraries.
Explore SBMAL's videos and project materials for use in the classroom.
UCSB Professor of Art and Art History Kurt Baer was appointed the official art historian of Franciscan missions in California. The Kurt Baer Papers represent Dr. Baer's research materials compiled while writing his three books on the missions and their art and architecture.