California Mission records collection

Finding aid prepared by Brooke M. Black.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Manuscripts Department
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2191
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
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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

Access

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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

Subjects

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

Geographic Areas

California -- History -- Sources

Genre

Microfilms -- California


Container List

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 1, reel I

San Antonio de Padua: Baptisms (1771-1811)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 1, reel II

San Antonio de Padua: Burials (1771-1819)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 2, reel I

San Carlos de Borromeo (Carmel): Index of Baptisms (1840-1877), Marriages (1772-1908), Burials (1770-1915), Record books (1770-1831), Account book (1868-1890), Marriage dispensations (1870-1891)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 2, reel II

San Carlos de Borromeo (Carmel): Confirmations (1778-1898)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 3, reel I

San Francisco de Asís (Dolores): Account book (1805-1828)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 3, reel II

San Francisco de Asís (Dolores): Burials (1822-1858)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 4, reel I

San Juan Capistrano: Baptisms Book I (1776-1812), Baptisms Book II (1812-1858) with index

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 4, reel II

San Juan Capistrano: Burials Books I (1777-1828), Burials Book II (1828-1915) with index

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 4, reel III

San Juan Capistrano: Marriages (1777-1915) with index

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 5, reel I

San José de Guadalupe: Baptisms Book I (1797-1830)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 5, reel II

San José de Guadalupe: Baptisms Book II (1830-1859)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 5, reel III

San José de Guadalupe: Marriages & Index (1797-1859)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 5, reel IV

San José de Guadalupe: Burials Book I (1797-1827)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 5, reel V

San José de Guadalupe: Burials Book II (1837-1859)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 6, reel I

San Rafael: "Baptisms, Marriages, Burials" (1817-1839)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 6, reel Ia

San Rafael: "Libro Segundo de Bautismos." Baptisms (1840-1945)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 6, reel II

San Rafael: "Codex matrimonii" (1817-1839)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 6, reel III

San Rafael: Burials (1817-1839)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 7, reel I

San Miguel: Marriages (1798-1860, 1879-1926, 1944-1950), Burials (1879-1924), Baptisms (1921-1944)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 7, reel II

San Miguel: Marriages (1798-1860) positive copy

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 7, reel III

San Miguel: Index of Baptisms (1879-1926), Baptisms (1797-1943)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 7, reel IV

San Miguel: Index of Baptisms (1899-1926), 1891-1950, 1879-1949, Baptisms (1797-1862), Marriages (1854-1898), Baptisms (1879-1899)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 8

San Luis Rey: Baptisms (1869-1965), Burials (1893-1965), First communions (1943-1965), Census (1917, printed), Discovery of Arizona by Marcos de Niza, printed), Marriages (1869-1965)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 9

Santa Cruz: Baptisms (1791-1857), Confirmations (1793-1903, with index), Burials Book I (1791-1834), Burials Book II (1834-1894), Marriages (1791-1902), Dispensations (1863-1882), Account book (1863-1872), Record books, etc. (1806-1834)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 10

San Francisco Solano (Sonoma): Baptisms (1840-1946), Index of baptisms (1870-1946), Confirmations (1882-1945), Pending marriages (1948-1961), Burials (1927-1945), Marriages (1909-1946), St. Mary's Cemetery, Oakland, burial records (1958-1963)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 11, reel I

Santa Clara: Baptisms (1804-1866)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 11, reel II

Santa Clara: Burials (1840-1866)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 11, reel III

Santa Clara: Historical material collected by Dr. Antrim E. Osborne.

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 12, reel I

Santa Barbara: Baptisms (1782-1861)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 12, reel II

Santa Barbara: Baptisms - Indians (1786-1858)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 12, reel III

Santa Barbara: Marriages (1786-1886)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 12, reel IV

Santa Barbara: Marriages - Indians (1787-1857)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 12, reel V

Santa Barbara: Burials (1782-1874)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 12, reel VI

Santa Barbara: Confirmations (1786-1863)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 12, reel VII

Santa Barbara: Index to baptisms, marriages, burials (1782-1912)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 13, reel I

San Juan Bautista: Burials (1797-1962), Confirmations (1851-1937), Census (1811, 1814, 1816, 1823, 1826), Church music to page 63

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 13, reel II

San Juan Bautista: Church music from page 63 to end, Baptisms (1797-1918)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 13, reel III

San Juan Bautista: Baptisms & index (1917-1963), Marriages (1797-1963), collection of holy pictures

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 13, reel IV

San Juan Bautista: Accounts & records (1817-1825), Miscellaneous accounts of presidios at Monterey and San Francisco (1820-1825), Index of parishes of Monterey district

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 14

San Buenaventura: Burials (1824-1912)

San Buenaventura reel is continued on FAC 759: 1 & 3
Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 15, reel I

San Luis Obispo: Confirmations (1778-1906)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 15, reel II

San Luis Obispo: Marriages (1772-1902)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 15, reel III

San Luis Obispo: Burials Book I (1772-1838)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 15, reel IV

San Luis Obispo: Sick Call Book (1947-1949), Index of burials (1777-1913), Burials Books II & III (1838-1952), Cemetery lots (1892-1930)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 15, reel V

San Luis Obispo: Index of Baptisms (1772-1908), Baptisms (1821-1907)

San Luis Obispo reel is continued on FAC 759: 1 & 3
Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 16, reel I

San Diego : Confirmations (1774-1904)

Three copies.
Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 16, reel II

San Diego : Incomplete records of baptisms and burials, 1805, 1834-1840, Baptisms Book I (1769-1822) - with index

Mostly the same as MSS Film 528: 17
Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 16, reel III

San Diego: Baptisms Book II (1822-1855), Burials Books I-III (1776-1880), Marriages Books I-II (1776-1880)

Two copies.
Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 17

San Antonio de Pala (Asistencia): Incomplete records of baptisms and burials, 1805, 1834-1840, Robidoux's Ranch in the '70s by Robert Hornbeck (printed)

Mostly the same as MSS Film 528: 16B
Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 18, reel I

San Gabriel: Baptisms Book I (1771-1794)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 18, reel II

San Gabriel: Baptisms Book II (1795-1819)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 18, reel III

San Gabriel: Baptisms Book III (1820-1855)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 18, reel IV

San Gabriel: Baptisms & index (1771-1873) - typed transcript

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 18, reel V

San Gabriel: Marriages (1774-1855)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 18, reel VI

San Gabriel: Burials (1774-1855)

Reel  MSS MFilm 00528: 19

Santa Gertrudis (B.C.): Baptisms (1751-1812); San Borja (B.C.): Burials (1768-1822); San Diego: Notes, clippings, etc.

Reel  FAC 759: 1 & 3

San Buenaventura: Baptisms (1836-1853), Marriages (1872-1879, 1891-1893), Indian Census Books I & II (1788-1824, 1825), Clothing Distribution to Indians (1806-1815), Inventory of goods (1790); San Luis Obispo: Baptisms (1866-1880), Marriage dispensations (1856-1890), Burial Book II (1838-1884, with partial index), Cemetery lots (1892-1923).