Academy of American Franciscan History

    Welcome to the website for The Academy of American Franciscan History!

     The Academy is a research institute affiliated with the Franciscan School of Theology at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. The Academy is dedicated to the encouragement of the study of the Franciscan Order in the Americas. It does this through the publication of monographs, documents,  a scholarly journal, as well as sponsoring seminars, conferences, and public lectures.
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New Books!

The Academy of American Franciscan History is proud to announce the 
publication of three new books:

From La Florida to La California: 
Franciscan Evangelization in the Spanish Borderlands
Edited by Timothy J. Johnson and Gert Melville
(Order from AAFH)

Twilight of the Mission Frontier: Shifting Interethnic Alliances and Social
Organization in Sonora, 1768-1855
by Jose Refugio De la Torre Curiel

Nahua and Maya Catholicisms: Texts and Religion in Colonial Central Mexico
and Yucatan
by Mark Christensen 

To purchase these books click on the following link:


Seven scholars have been selected to write the exciting new study of Franciscans in the United States.

Margaret Guider, OSF
Robert Carbonneau, CP
Anne Butler
Amy Koehlinger
Patrick Hayes
Ray Haberski
David Endres

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The 8th Annual Antonine Tibesar, OFM Lecture will be held at 7:00 pm on Saturday, October 25 at the Santa Barbara Mission Archive Library at Old Mission Santa Barbara!

Ellen McCracken of the University of California, Santa Barbara will speak on "Fray Angelico Chavez and the Colonial Southwest: Historiography and Re-materialization". We hope to see you there!