Volume 3: Western United States
California: CA-115

Santa Inés Mission
1760 Mission Drive
P.O. Box 408
Solvang, California 93464

Phone 805-688-4815


Hours: By appointment only

Access: Some restrictions apply

Copying Facilities: Yes


History: Santa Inés Mission, Solvang, Santa Barbara County, California, has been a predominantly Native American (Chumash) parish near the Santa Ynez Reservation (Chumash) in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Archives: Mission Hills, California).

1804-1850 (Natives declined)

Franciscans (Santo Evangelico Province) (Archives: Puebla, Mexico) established and administered Santa Inés Mission (Chumash)


Franciscans at Santa Inés attended to La Purisima Concepcion de Maria Santisima Mission (Chumash), Lompoc, Santa Barbara County


Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (South American Province) (Archives: Peru) administered Santa Inés


Los Angeles diocesan priests administered Santa Inés


Capuchins (Irish, Our Lady of Angels provinces) (Archives: Burlingame, California) have administered Santa Inés


Sisters of the Society devoted to the Sacred Heart have served the parish with religious education


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1804-ongoing

Volume: At least 1.9 cubic feet

Description: The records at Santa Inés Mission were not arranged according to a classification scheme when reviewed by a Marquette University archivist, 2006. Consequently, the description is by type of record.


/1 Correspondence

Inclusive dates: 1913-1960s

Volume: Ca. .4 cubic foot

Description: Annual reports of Native American (Pomo) missions and schools in Mendocino County with St. Dominic Mission, Pinoleville Rancheria; St. Patrick Mission, Yokayo [Yokaia] Rancharia; and St. Mary of the Angels Church, Ukiah and Round Valley Reservation with Round Valley School (Pomo, Yuki, Wailaki), Coyelo and maintenance for Santa Inés Mission; notable correspondents include the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions (Charles S. Lusk and Rev. William M. Hughes), Bureau of Indian Affairs (Superintendent W.W. McConihe), Rev. Sebastian Brennan, O.F.M. Cap., and the Diocese of Los Angeles and San Diego (Chancellor Bernard Dolan and Secretary John J. Devlin).


/2 Parish Census

Inclusive dates: 1904-1990

Volume: Ca. 10% of 1 cubic foot

Description: Population data in 3 volumes plus ca. 25 index cards (4 x 6 inches) arranged by families; the 1911 census lists parishioners’ ethnicity and includes some Chumash, Opata, and Yaqui Indians.


/3 Photography

Inclusive dates: ca. 1900-ongoing

Volume: Several prints within ca. 7 cubic feet

Description: 20 albums, re: Santa Inés Mission and Chumash Indians.


/4 Sacramental Records

Inclusive dates: 1804-ongoing

Volume: Possibly 50% Native Americans within ca. 1 cubic foot

Description: Records (baptisms, first communions, confirmations, marriages, burials); includes La Purísima Mission, 1836- 1845; includes some copies from Franciscans Santa Barbara Province Archives, Santa Barbara, California.


/5 Clippings Files

Inclusive dates: ca. 1925-ongoing

Volume: Ca. 10% within .5 cubic foot

Description: Chumash Indians.


/6 Capuchin Biographical Files

Inclusive dates: Undated

Volume: Ca. 10% within .3 cubic foot

Description: Arranged alphabetically by surname; includes a few articles, re: Chumash Indians.


Unless otherwise noted, the repository on this page holds (or held) the records described here and they are not held at the Marquette University Archives.