134 Farmington Ave. Hartford, CT 06105 860-541-6491

The Archdiocesan Archives is currently in transition and remains closed.  Please check back in January 2018 for updates on available services.  Please, no phone calls at this time.

**Please be advised that appointments, genealogy requests, historical research requests, and all other inquiries and requests are unable to be fulfilled at this time.

  • Requests received by mail prior to October 2017 will be answered (in order of receipt) starting in February 2018. (Official Sacramental Record requests will be retrieved from the 2017 mail and answered accordingly.)  Mail requests received from October 2017 until the Archives officially reopens to outside research will be returned.
  • All external email requests submitted prior to October 2017 and going forward (until the Archives officially reopens to outside research) will not be answered. Please resubmit your request once the Archives officially reopens to outside research.
  • Messages left via Voice Mail may not be answered until February 2018.

Presently, the Archives is limited to assisting internal Archdiocesan administrative offices only.  Please email your requests to the Archives.

Limited service for individuals needing Sacramental Records (required for official reasons only) is also available.  Please print out and complete the required form(s) for Sacramental Records and return by mail with proper ID to:

Archivist
Archdiocese of Hartford
134 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT  06105

SACRAMENTAL RECORDS REQUEST FORMS*

BAPTISM
FIRST COMMUNION
CONFIRMATION
MARRIAGE
DEATH

*Original Sacramental Registers, which contain the private Sacramental records of the Church, are maintained at the individual parishes.  Sacramental Record requests should be directed to the parish in which the Sacrament took place before contacting the Archdiocesan Archives.

The Archdiocesan Archives maintains microfilmed copies of the original Sacramental Registers for some, but not all parishes.  Microfilm copies of the Sacramental Registers extend from the period 1829 through 1999.

In keeping with the U.S. Census Bureau’s guidelines regarding privacy, ALL SACRAMENTAL RECORDS LESS THAN SEVENTY-TWO YEARS OLD ARE CLOSED TO RESEARCH.  Only properly authorized persons may access the records.

 Archives

The Code of Canon Law mandates that an archive be kept on the diocesan level. Canon 486 §2 states that “there is to be established in a safe place a diocesan archive…in which the instruments and writings which refer to both the spiritual and temporal affairs of the diocese, properly arranged and diligently secured, are to be safeguarded.” In keeping with this canon, as well as the 1974 Document on Ecclesiastical Archives published by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Archdiocese of Hartford has committed to operating a professionally managed Archive located at the Chancery, 134 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut.

Mission

The purpose of the Archdiocese of Hartford Archives is to collect and preserve various records of enduring value which reflect the work of the Catholic Church within the Archdiocese of Hartford. Pursuant to Canon 482, the archives are the direct responsibility of the Chancellor, but are administered by the archivist, who is granted canonical faculties to fulfill this mandate. The main function of Archdiocese of Hartford Archives is to serve the administrative needs of the Archbishop and the Archdiocese. However, it also seeks to ensure a documentary heritage of the Archdiocese of Hartford and a basis for scholarly research.

Overview of the Collection

The Archives of the Archdiocese of Hartford contains a variety of materials organized in the following Record Groups:

I.     Archbishops
II.    Auxiliary Bishops
III.   Chancery
IV.    Parishes
V.     Archdiocesan Offices
VI.    Institutions
VII.  Personal Papers
VIII. Audiovisual Materials

Archival information on Archdiocesan churches available on the web site:
Churches listed by date of establishment.
Churches and dates of establishment listed by city.
List of merged and suppressed (closed) parishes.
Ethnic Parishes
Catholic School Dates

For Current information on churches/parishes, etc. click here.

Sacramental Registers

Limited service is available.  Please refer to instructions above.

Genealogical Research

The Archives is currently closed to research.

Historical Research

The Archives is currently closed to research.

Visiting the Archives

The Archives is currently closed to appointments.