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Geiger Memorial Summer Internship

By Monica Orozco, SBMAL Director The time is now to apply for our paid Summer internship established in honor of Fr. Maynard Geiger, OFM, who served as SBMAL archivist for 40 years. The Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library has two origin … Continue reading

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Barbara, Sharon, and the De la Guerra Collection

By Monica Orozco, SBMAL Director The De la Guerra Collection is one of the corner stones of our document collection from early California. Recently I interviewed two of our volunteers, Barbara Ceriale and Sharon Parker, who are helping us conserve … Continue reading

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Mission Art, Architecture, and Sculpture

By Monica Orozco, SBMAL Director What does an art historian from Switzerland have to do with the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library? A great deal, actually. The Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library is most known for its diverse collection of mission-era documents, … Continue reading

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A Visit from the (Book) Doctor

By Monica Orozco, SBMAL Director Recently we had a visit from a “book doctor” or conservator specializing in the preservation and repair of works of art on paper, Karen Zukor from Zukor Art Conservation. She was here from Oakland to … Continue reading

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A Gathering at Mission San Antonio de Padua

By Monica Orozco The 31st annual California Mission Studies Association conference was held February 14-16. The venues included Hearst Castle, Rancho Paso de Robles, and Mission San Antonio de Padua. The weekend began with a tour of Hearst Castle on … Continue reading

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Among the Tohono O’odham

By Monica Orozco As our name implies, the core of our collections focuses on the California Franciscan Missions. This emphasis is reflected in our major document collections, the collections of personal papers from preeminent scholars in the field of California … Continue reading

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Saying “So Long!”

By Monica Orozco This week we’re saying “So long!” to Brian Burd who was formerly Photo Curator at the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library and who has been Museum Curator for the past two and a half years for Old Mission … Continue reading

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Get to Know Us

By Monica Orozco We’re on a mission at the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library. Our mission is to get out the word about who we are and what we do to as many people as possible. We think that when folks … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life

By Monica Orozco When people find out that I work at an archive they often respond by saying “That must be an exciting and interesting job!” And of course I agree that it is often both. But much our work … Continue reading

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Discoveries

Working in an archive means that sometimes you open a cupboard door and discover something new. This is one of those wonderful surprises. Alas, this lovely lady is not part of our collection, but she is currently residing in our … Continue reading

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