Category Archives: Collections

A Glimpse into the Rare Books Collection: “Polar Scenes” by Joachim Campe

By Anastasia Heaton While diving into the Rare Books Collection here at the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive Library (SBMAL), I was stunned to find a considerable amount of late 18th and early 19th-century travel literature. These works detail Western Europeans’ … Continue reading

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The Life of Christ On Copper Paintings Restoration

by Anastasia Heaton Thanks to a generous grant from the California Missions Foundation, the Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library has been able to move forward with restoration treatment for five unique paintings from its collections. These five artworks depict scenes from … Continue reading

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Close-up of the (Art) Collection

Thanks to a very generous donation the Archive-Library is now home to this beautiful painting of Madonna and Child also known as Our Lady of the Rosary of Pomata. The oil painting is 17th or 18th century from the Cuzco … Continue reading

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Sketches of an Artist, J. Franklin Waldo

John Franklin Waldo was born in 1835 in Vermont.  Early in his life he worked as a carriage and sign painter and then, in 1871, studied at the Chicago Academy of Design.  While largely supporting himself as a fresco painter, … Continue reading

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Digital Incunabula or, Br. Jeff loves Alliteration

By Br. Jeff Durham, OFM Many of the patrons at the Santa Barbara Mission-Archive Library assume that all of the things we do involve old documents, manuscripts and photos. However, there is a slow trickle of items which I refer … Continue reading

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Welcome, Br. Jeff!

My name is Jeff, I am originally from North Carolina, but have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1998. I currently live in Santa Barbara, California. I am a friar in the Order of Friars Minor, which was … Continue reading

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Meet Our New Geiger Intern!

Editor’s note:  Each year since 2012 we offer a paid summer internship to honor Fr. Maynard Geiger, OFM. The purpose of this internship is to support an opportunity for an undergraduate or graduate student to gain experience working in an archive. … Continue reading

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