SBMAL Staff and Board Members

Who We Are

The Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library (SBMAL) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) research and educational institution (Federal Tax I.D. 95-6220730) dedicated to the collection and preservation of, and access to, historical and cultural resources pertaining to Franciscan history and Missions and the communities they interacted with, especially in Colonial New Spain, Northwestern Mexico, and the Southwestern United States.

SBMAL seeks to provide wide access to its holdings and serve as a resource to the community and qualified researchers. The Archive-Library organizes and participates in educational, professional, and community events that support its mission, and that help increase the knowledge of the California missions, their past, and the heritage of California and the Americas.


The Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library is a non-profit institution, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees, and dependent on donations, grants, and membership dues to cover conservation, staffing, and operational expenses.












SBMAL Board Members

Mr. John Gherini, Esq., President

Mr. Dan Massara, Treasurer

Dr. Judy Larson

Br. Angelo Cardinalli, OFM

Ms. Terry Bascombe

Dr. John R. Johnson

Dr. James Brooks

Fr. Joe Chinnici, OFM

Fr. Robert Barbato, OFM Cap.

Dr. Sarah Cline

Mr. Peter Da Ros

Dr. Juan Cobo Betancourt

Fr. John Hardin, OFM


Monica Orozco, PhD
Monica Orozco, PhD


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Rebecca Vasquez
Rebecca Vasquez

Research and Program Assistant

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We are taking a winter hiatus during the month of January and will not be able to respond to research inquiries during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to returning in February. Thank you!