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Mission Santa Clara Archives

Mission Santa Clara Archives includes correspondence, reports, manuscripts, sacramental records and other administrative records.

  • The original sacramental records consist of nine leather-bound handwritten volumes documenting baptisms, confirmations, marriages and burials performed at Mission Santa Clara from 1777-1903. The following records are available for research on microfilm in the Norman F. Martin Reading Room of the Archives and Special Collections:
                Baptisms, 1777-1863
                Confirmations, 1779-1896
                Marriages, 1778-1903
                Burials, 1777-1894
  • The manuscripts include four music manuscripts used at Mission Santa Clara during the Mission period, and a leather-bound miscellany manuscript of various writings collected and bound by Fr. Joseph Viader who served at Mission Santa Clara from 1796-1833.
  • The administrative records, 1777-1845, include reports such as Patentes Y De Ynventario Perteneciente a La Mision De Santa Clara en La Nueva California, Ano De 1806, and official correspondence of the Franciscans who served at Mission Santa Clara.
A subset of Mission Santa Clara sacramental records are available on microfilm in the main stacks of the University Library. Microfilm copies of sacramental records from selected other California Missions are available in the Reading Room.
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