Studying California Missions? Here’s an index to L.A. Times’ resources that can help

Santa Barbara mission, often called Old Mission Santa Barbara, is a hive of activity, with lecture series, Franciscans on the scene, an active museum, extensive archives and gardens.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times )

Stories about California’s famed 21 missions:

California missions: Rediscovering the birthplace of modern California

California missions: How textbooks evolved to reflect the plight of Native Americans


California missions: The quest to cast a spotlight on the darker side of the missionaries’ march

Explore California missions in depth:

La Purísima Concepción

Nuestra Señora de la Soledad

San Antonio de Padua

San Buenaventura


San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo

San Diego de Alcalá

San Fernando Rey de España

San Francisco de Asís (Mission Dolores)

San Francisco Solano

San Gabriel Arcángel


San José

San Juan Bautista

San Juan Capistrano

San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

San Luis Rey de Francía

San Miguel Arcángel


San Rafael Arcángel

Santa Barbara

Santa Clara de Asís

Santa Cruz

Santa Inés



Think you see a mission? Look again

Mission projects from readers

More resources:

California missions: An interactive timeline

Map: See how California’s 21 missions were built to be exactly one day’s journey apart

From the L.A. Times’ archives: How we covered the missions over the years


California missions: The 9 books and websites you need to nail your school project