Message #259 Date: Tue Ocotber 3, 1998 Subject: Santa Barbara Presidio Memorias y Facturas [ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] : From: Bernadette Niederer SB Trust for Historic Preservation email@example.com The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation Proudly announces The Publication of: Documenting Everyday Life in Early Spanish California: The Santa Barbara Presidio Memorias y Facturas, 1779-1810 Edited by Giorgio Perissinotto University of California, Santa Barbara Principal Researchers Catherine E. Rudolph Director of Research, S. B.Trust for historic Preservation Elaine Miller University of California, Santa Barbara 408 pages, 6x9 inches, bound in linen with a full-color dust jacket. Supplemented with an historical introduction, full-color illustrations of discovered artifacts, and facsimiles, bibliography and index. Issued in an edition of 1000 copies. Designed by Robert Clark. Special Introductory Price: $45.00 (includes tax) Shipping: $2.50 first book, $1.50 each additional We accept Visa, MasterCard, Checks, & Cash Call (805) 965-0093 for information Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation P.O. Box 388, Santa Barbara, CA 93102 Documenting Everyday Life in Early Spanish California: The Santa Barbara Presidio Memorias y facturas 1779-1810 The everyday life of Spanish Alta California's early settlers has been enshrouded in romantic myth and conjecture, causing misleading interpretations and misunderstandings of how they survived and thrived on the far frontier of Spain's American empire. A major factor was the annual arrival of a government ship bringing the supplies necessary for life on the outer fringes of Spain's New World colonies. These supplies are described in memorias (requisitions) and facturas (invoices). Fifty-two of these documents from the Santa Barbara Presidio, the last of Alta California's four military garrisons, are transcribed and translated in this volume, with the text printed in both Spanish and English on facing pages. They give a detailed picture of the types and quantities of goods used by these hardy pioneers. The stuff of everyday life is here presented in full: staple foodstuffs, exotic spices, and specialty foods "for officers only," cooking utensils and tableware, textiles, beads, and spangles, made-to-order uniforms, basic household equipment and gold-trimmed crystal, agricultural and construction tools, weapons, medicines, liquors, books and manuals, musical instruments and fireworks, priestly garments and church decorations, and much more. Emanating from the documents is a picture of a people, mostly mestizo (European and Indian), forging a new culture with elements of both Old and New Worlds. This is expressed distinctly in the language of the documents, as well as in the goods they requested. This was also a people on the outer fringes of civilization, yet with access to goods, even luxury goods, from throughout the world. They and the world they inhabited emerge from these documents more clearly and more humanly than we've ever seen them before. It is our hope that the publication of these documents will help dispel some of the myths and conjecture surrounding Alta California's beginnings and will serve as a catalyst to further study of similar documents from other presidios and missions. A thorough historical introduction prepared by Dr. Perissinotto provides context and clarification for the mass of data found in the documents. A thorough index to the work is included. The volume is supplemented with full-color illustrations of artifacts discovered in the archaeological work performed at anta Barbara, and with facsimile reproductions of a page from a memorias and a facturas.