Guide to the Mission Olive Preservation, Restoration, and Education Project (MOPREP) Records RG-04

Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. Presidio Research Center
215 East Canon Perdido St.
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
(805) 966-5073

Title: Mission Olive Preservation, Restoration, and Education Project (MOPREP) Records
Identifier/Call Number: RG-04
Contributing Institution: Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. Presidio Research Center
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2.0 boxes
Date: 2003-2011
Abstract: This record group documents the activities of the Mission Olive Preservation, Restoration, and Education Project and includes adminstrative records, organizational documents, publicity materials, photographs, and educational materials about growing and preserving mission olive trees.
creator: Chapman, Ron

Administrative History

The Mission Olive Preservation, Restoration, and Education Project (MOPREP) was established in 1998 to preserve historical knowledge and provide horticultural expertise to the California missions about their heritage olive trees. Its goals were to preserve a cultural link to the California Mission olive tree for the purpose of general public education and enjoyment of the historical significance, culinary heritage, and health benefits of the Mission Olive tree and its oil.
MOPREP encouraged missions statewide to plant, prune and harvest their olives, to educate the public on how crucial olive oil was in daily mission life and to create a living link to California's culinary history.
MOPREP volunteers coordinated horticultural care, replanting, and olive harvests for oil making from olive trees located at the 21 California missions. They researched the history of the California Mission olive trees, locating and authenticating original groves and artifacts. Their displays educated mission visitors on the history, culinary heritage, health benefits and uses of olive oil in mission life.
MOPREP retired as an organization in December 2011 and its project manager, Ron Chapman, turned the records over to the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.

Conditions Governing Use note

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Director for Historical Resources. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers.

Scope and Contents note

This record group documents the activities of the Mission Olive Preservation, Restoration, and Education Project. The records are organized into 3 series. Adminstrative Records and Activities contains organizational documents, publicity materials, educational materials, and background materials on the mission olive. Central to the activities of the organization was the DNA testing of trees at several California missions. Preservation and Restoration Projects documents the preservation of original trees as well as new planting of clones at various sites. The Photographs series consists of five photo albums documenting the organization's activities.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], Mission Olive Preservation, Restoration, and Education Project Records RG-04, Presidio Research Center, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, Santa Barbara, California.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Olive oil--California.


MOPREP Administrative Records and Activities

Box-folder 1/1

MOPREP Introduction Binder

Box-folder 1/2

Agriculture Committee Policies and Procedures

Box-folder 1/3

MOPREP Brochures

Box-folder 1/4

Media Coverage and Articles

Box-folder 1/5

Web Site

Box-folder 1/6

Events and Festivals

Box-folder 1/7

Mission Olive Tree DNA Analysis

Box-folder 1/8

Mission Olive DNA Testing

Box-folder 1/9

Pilgrimage to Missions and Ancient Grove

Box-folder 1/10

Docent Presentation Manual

Box-folder 1/11

Care of Mission Olive Trees--Misc. Articles

Box-folder 1/12

Olive Tree Care Handbook

Box-folder 1/13

Organic Olive Production Short Course

Box-folder 1/14

Olive Festivals

Box-folder 1/15

Olive Articles and Pictures

Box-folder 1/16

Historical Sources


Media Coverage

Scope and Contents note

Scrapbook of clippings

Preservation and Restoration Projects

Box-folder 1/17

California State Parks

Box-folder 1/18

Cline Winery Greenhouse and Museum

Box-folder 1/19

Jalama Mission Olive Trees

Box-folder 1/20

Jalama Grove

Box-folder 1/21

Mission/Vallejo Olive Harvest 2005

Box-folder 1/22

Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad

Box-folder 1/23

Mission Carmel

Box-folder 1/24

Mission San Antonio de Padua, MOPREP Meeting 4/9/11

Box-folder 1/25

Mission San Miguel/O'Dell Grove

Box-folder 1/26

Mission San Rafael

Box-folder 1/27

Mission Santa Clara

Box-folder 1/28

Mission Santa Cruz

Box-folder 1/29

Sonoma Project

Box-folder 1/30

Olive Grove 2005--Compact Disk

Box-folder 1/30

Capitol Olive Tree--Compact Disk

Box-folder 1/30

Brochure photos, Sonoma, Gen. Vallejo, Misc.--Compact Disk

Box-folder 1/30

Docent Manual and Pictures--Compact disk

Box 2

Photographs 2001-2011

General Physical Description note: 5 albums in 1 record carton