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California Mission records collection
MSS MFilm 00528  
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  • Administration Information
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  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: California Mission records collection
    Dates: 1770-1965
    Collection Number: MSS MFilm 00528
    Creator OR Collector:
    Extent: 57 reels of microfilm
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection contains microfilm copies of all the obtainable records (1770-1965) of the missions of early California.
    Language of Material: The records are in Spanish and English.

    Administration Information


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], California Mission records collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    San Gabriel Mission Records were acquired through Thomas Workman Temple, 1960. The rest of the records were acquired through Brother Veronius Henry, F.S.C., 1965.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains copies of all the obtainable records (1770-1965) of the missions of early California. These records consist mainly of baptismal, marriage, and burial records, often with indices. There are also copies of historical material (Santa Clara Mission), church music (San Juan Bautista Mission), Indians Census Books and clothing distribution to the Indians (San Buenaventura), and account books (San Juan Bautista, Santa Cruz and San Carlos Borromeo Missions).
    1. San Antonio de Padua (2 reels) -- 2. San Carlos de Borromeo (2 reels) -- 3. San Francisco de Asís (2 reels) -- 4. San Juan Capistrano (3 reels) -- 5. San Jose de Guadalupe (5 reels) -- 6. San Rafael (4 reels) -- 7. San Miguel (4 reels) -- 8. San Luis Rey (1 reel) -- 9. Santa Cruz (1 reel) -- 10. San Francisco Solano (1 reel) -- 11. Santa Clara (3 reels) -- 12. Santa Barbara (7 reels) -- 13. San Juan Bautista (4 reels) -- 14. San Buenaventura (1 reel) -- 15. San Luis Obispo (5 reels) -- 16. San Diego de Alcalá (3 reels) -- 17. San Antonio de Pala (Asistencia) (1 reel) -- 18. San Gabriel (6 reels) -- 19. Santa Gertrudis (Baja), San Borja (Baja), San Diego (misc.) (1 reel) -- FAC 759 (mix of items from more than one mission).
    It has been impossible to obtain records of all the missions. Because of fire, earthquakes, and problems of secularization there has been a loss of records for certain periods at various missions. Most of these records are now available through the Family Center of the Church of Latter Day Saints.
    FAC 759: 2, 4 is missing and may not have been made or it never came to the Huntington as it contains the exact information as two other reels. At some point there may have been reels 20 and 21 containing second source material on the missions and material about Soledad, but those reels are no longer present. Part 18 (San Gabriel) formerly cataloged as MSS MFilm 00439 and MSS MFilm 00440; these call numbers have now been cancelled.
    Related Material: The Huntington Library's Early California Population Project has related California mission material: http://www.huntington.org/information/ecppmain.htm

    Indexing Terms


    Indians of North America -- California
    Missions -- California -- Archives

    Geographic Areas

    California -- History -- Sources


    Microfilms -- California