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Presidio Research Center

Welcome to the

Santa Barbara Presidio Research Center

The Presidio Research Center supports the archaeological, research, education, and curatorial programs of SBTHP and El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park. Our collections focus on multi-format materials related to:

  • the Presidio's political, social, economic, cultural, intellectual, and ecological history, with emphasis on the Spanish and Mexican eras of occupation

  • the Presidio Neighborhood, peoples and communities who have lived there through time

  • the historic preservation movement in Santa Barbara County, including the role of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation in that movement

Our collections can support research on a number of topics including architecture, genealogy, social history, and more. The Presidio Research Center is open to the public by appointment. Browse our collections and find out how to visit below >>

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The History of the Presidio Research Center

Learn how the Presidio Research Center documents and shares local community histories in the past and present >>

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Presidio Research Center Collections

Browse our physical and digital collections >>


How to Visit the Presidio Research Center

The Presidio Research Center is free to use and open to the public! Learn how to visit the center here >>

Plan Your Visit

The Research Center is open by appointment only, learn more >>


215 East Canon Perdido Street

Santa Barbara, California



(805) 961-5369

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