This is the "Home" page of the "California Missions" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content

California Missions  

Last Updated: Jan 9, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

Home Print Page

What did we miss?

Did you find a good resource we didn't include? Let us know!


Father Serra

Cover Art
Junipero Serra: Explorer and Missionary Call Number: JB SERRA/SCHUMACHER - Schumacher, Tyler
ISBN: 9780736854405
Provides an introduction to the life and biography of Junipero Serra, the Spanish explorer and missionary who established nine missions along the California coast.

Cover Art
Father Junipero Serra - Genet, Donna
ISBN: 089490762X
Traces the life of Father Junípero Serra from his childhood on the Spanish island of Majorca, his duties and travels as a missionary, to his death in 1784 and his legacy of the "Golden Chain" of missions in California.

Father Serra: Traveler on the Golden Chain - Meyer, Kathleen Allan
ISBN: 0879731397
A short biography of the life and accomplishments of Father Junipero Serra. For approximately grades 4-6.


  • The Missions : California's Heritage - Mary Null Boule
    Call Number: J979.403/BOULE
    This series features all the missions in California, in a small pamphlet-like format. Each mission is a separate pamphlet, written just for students
  • People of the California Missions - Williams, Jack S. and Thomas L. Davis
    This covers all the other groups that went into making the missions successful. It describes the necessity of the profession, the way they were recruited, their duties, and their family life and wives and children.
  • The Missions of California - Various
    About 4th grade reading level. After a description of the missions in general, the specific mission is the focus. The history, daily life along with a timeline are covered. There are also instructions on building a model of the specific mission.

The California Missions

A short general introduction to the California Missions. Designed for teachers and students as a guide to some of the most used sources available from San Diego Public Library. This project is partially funded by a Library Services and Technology Act Grant.



Subject Guide

Profile Image
Joan Raphael

Research resources

Databases and Internet.


Fiction and picture books on California Missions

Cover Art
Ramona - Jackson, Helen Hunt
Call Number: FIC/JACKSON
ISBN: 0451522087
Note that there are many editions in the library if this one is not available. This edition is accessible to children, with illustrations by N. C. Wyeth. This is a classic historical fiction on Ramona, fictional love story of a beautiful, illegitimate Scots-Indian orphan and the handsome and courageous Indian Alessandro. Ramona has grown up a privileged, adopted child, unaware of her ancestry. When she chooses Alessandro, she becomes Indian. Persecuted and betrayed by individuals and the government, Ramona and Alessandro struggle and flee. Ramona is considered one of the great propaganda novels of the nineteenth century. Takes place in California.

Cover Art
Song of the Swallows - Politi, Leo
Call Number: E/POLITI
ISBN: 9780892369898
Sad when the swallows leave for the winter, young Juan prepares to welcome them back to the old California Mission at San Juan Capistrano on St. Joseph's Day the next spring.

Cover Art
Zia - O'Dell, Scott
Call Number: J FIC/O'DELL
ISBN: 0395243939
A young Indian girl, Zia, caught between the traditional world of her mother and the present world of the Mission, is helped by her aunt Karana whose story was told in "Island of the Blue Dolphins."


Loading  Loading...