The position of archivist is currently vacant. Sacramental record and genealogy requests cannot be fulfilled at this time. Please check back periodically to determine if the position of archivist has been filled.
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.
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:
II. Auxiliary Bishops
V. Archdiocesan Offices
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.
Catholic School Dates
For Current information on churches/parishes, etc. click here.
Sacramental Registers, which consist of original, private records of Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, Marriage and Death, are located at the individual parishes and they should be contacted first for sacramental record requests.
If the individual parish cannot locate the record, the Archdiocesan Archivist can search for sacramental records from the period 1829-1999. The Archdiocesan Archives maintains microfilmed copies of Sacramental Registers for the period 1829-1999. A Sacramental Record Inventory by Town/Church, 1829-1964 is available to determine if records are present at the Chancery.
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 those records.
Genealogical requests should be in writing (please, no telephone requests) or by appointment to visit the Archives. Please click here to fill out a sacramental record request form.
Requests will be answered in order of receipt. Due to lack of staff and time, there is a limit of 2 records per genealogy request. Family trees/lines will not be researched.
A single sacramental record request will be fulfilled for a $10 non-refundable processing fee.
A genealogy search requiring multiple record requests will be fulfilled for a $15 non-refundable processing fee.
These charges apply whether a record is located or not.
Only written requests with payment will be fulfilled. Please make a check out to Archdiocese of Hartford and mail it to:
c/o Archdiocese of Hartford
134 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
Qualified researchers can utilize our collections to work on a variety of projects, including theses or dissertations, parish histories, scholarly works, and newspaper articles.
In addition to our manuscript collections, researchers are also encouraged to utilize our secondary sources, including the following:
The Catholic Church in Connecticut, by Rev. Thomas Duggan, 1930.
The Catholic Transcript, 1829-present, Archdiocesan newspaper on microfilm.
Connecticut Catholic Directory, 1954-present.
Hartford’s Catholic Legacy: Leadership, by Sr. Dolores Liptak, 2000.
Hartford’s Catholic Legacy: Parishes, by Joseph Duffy, 1994.
The History of the Catholic Church in the New England States, 2v., 1899.
History of the Diocese of Hartford, by Rev. James H. O’Donnell, 1900.
Official Catholic Directory, 1850-present.
Check with archives staff for more resources and information on our collections.
Visiting the Archives
RESEARCH HOURS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY:
Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 – 4:30
Closed Legal Holidays, Good Friday, Easter and other Chancery Holidays
Free parking is available behind and/or in the lot adjacent to (immediately to the East of) the Chancery.