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Centro de Investigación del Presidio de Santa Bárbara

Colecciones

Las colecciones incluyen más de 4.300 libros y revistas, colecciones de manuscritos que datan de los siglos XVIII al XX, microfilms, archivos temáticos, mapas, cintas de audio y vídeo y fotografías. En conjunto, estos materiales documentan muchos aspectos del crecimiento y el desarrollo de Santa Bárbara, y de las vidas de las personas que han vivido en esta zona, así como de otros sitios del presidio, historias étnicas y comunitarias, y las tierras fronterizas españolas más amplias. La colección también consta de más de 1.000 objetos, que se utilizan para interpretar el  Presidio y la Casa de la Guerra histórica a través de exposiciones históricas y artísticas permanentes y rotativas.

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Digital Collections

Browse digital collections and exhibits featuring historic photos, maps, and oral histories. Our digital materials are a small and ever-growing representation of materials held on-site. 

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Manuscript Collections

This collection includes unpublished materials created by Presidio-area families and organizations, which were donated to the Presidio Research Center. You can view the finding aids for our collections on the Online Archive of California at the link. Contact the Archivist & Librarian to browse these collections. 

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Maps and Plans

This large collection includes maps, architectural plans, and graphic materials for research use. Printed and hand-drawn maps date from 1788, with a copy of a drawing of the original Presidio plan by Goicoechea, and cover the town of Santa Barbara through its growth as a city, focusing on blocks, neighborhoods, city, and county. View the map index at the link, and contact the Archivist & Librarian for assistance in your search. 

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Photographs

This extensive collection of historic and contemporary photographs of the Presidio neighborhood is organized into several series by topic and historical period. Contact the Archivist & Librarian to browse this collection. 

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Subject Files

This collection includes clippings, articles and ephemera that don’t appear on the main library shelves. Most of these materials have been catalogued and are listed here in this index. Contact the Archivist & Librarian to browse this collection.