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De la Guerra Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: De la Guerra Collection
    Dates: Bulk dates: 1806-1886
    Collection Number: DLG
    Extent: (6 vertical file drawers, 17 oversize boxes)
    Repository: Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library
    Santa Barbara, California 93105
    Abstract: The letters, diaries, accounts, petitions, statistics, and reports in the De la Guerra Collection cover the social, political, military, and economic pursuits of one of California's founding families.
    Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian


    The collection is open for research use by appointment. To make an appointment call (805) 682-4713 ext 152 or email research@sbmal.org

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. De la Guerra Collection. Collection Number: DLG. Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library

    Acquisition Information

    These documents remained in the hands of the de la Guerra family until 1967, when Father Joseph Thompson, O.F.M., great-grandson of Captain de la Guerra, died. A few years prior to his death, Father Thompson had deposited the collection at the Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, California, with the provision that upon his death, they be transferred to the Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library and remain there permanently.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The de la Guerra Collection is comprised of the papers of José Antonio de la Guerra y Noriega (1779-1858), captain of the Spanish army and commandant of the Santa Barbara Presidio (1806-1842) and to his successors. The letters, reports, and diaries document José Antonio de la Guerra y Noriega's time as a military and political leader and as the treasurer for the Franciscan missionaries of California, which accounts for the many letters of the missionaries in this series that were sent to him.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal correspondence
    Business correspondence