Mission Santa Clara Manuscript Collection
Unveiling the Mission Santa Clara Manuscript Collection: New Guide Available for Research
The Mission Santa Clara Manuscript Collection Processing Project in Archives & Special Collections has organized and described the Mission Santa Clara manuscripts and created an initial finding aid for the Collection, which has been published on the Online Archive of California.
Mission Santa Clara’s valuable Manuscript Collection consists of hundreds of manuscripts primarily written and collected by the Franciscan missionaries from the founding of the Mission in 1777 until the arrival of the Jesuits in 1851. The manuscripts deal not only with the missionaries’ spiritual endeavors, but with various aspects of daily life at Mission Santa Clara. The Manuscript Collection includes sacramental records, account books, annual reports, governmental and ecclesiastical correspondence, choirbooks, and instructions on wool-processing, health care and cuisine, among others.
In addition to the creation of the finding aid, the Mission Santa Clara Manuscript Collection Processing Project will digitize and translate a selection of its documents.