By Edna E. Kimbro and Julia G. Costello with Tevvy Ball

The California Missions

Illustrated in color throughout, The California Missions: History, Art, and Preservation combines engaging text with historical paintings, archival photographs, and recent photography to create a vivid profile of these iconic institutions. Initial chapters recount their founding and early history, examine their rediscovery in the late nineteenth century, and trace the beginnings of the mission restoration movement. Subsequent chapters present mission architecture and wall murals, survey the rich holdings of European and Native American art in mission collections, and examine the challenges involved in preserving the mission heritage for future generations. The second part of the book provides concise historical profiles for each of the twenty-one missions. There is also a glossary.

The late Edna E. Kimbro was a renowned architectural conservator and historian and a founding member of the California Mission Studies Association. Julia G. Costello is an internationally recognized expert on archaeology and cultural resources, with particular expertise in the California missions. Tevvy Ball is an editor with Getty Publications.

This Getty Conservation Institute publication can be ordered online at the Getty Bookstore or by calling 800-223-3431 (United States) or 310-440-7333 (international).