134 Farmington Ave. Hartford, CT 06105 860-541-6491
  • The Archdiocesan Archives is currently in transition and will continue to remain closed throughout 2018.

  • Limited services will be available during 2018. Please continue to check back for updates on added available services throughout the year.

  • Please, no phone calls at this time.

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Welcome

Thank you for visiting the website of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Archives!

For a brief history of the Archdiocese of Hartford, click here.

Contact Information

The Archdiocesan Archives is located at the Chancery.

Mailing Address:
Archives
Archdiocese of Hartford
134 Farmington Ave.
Hartford, CT  06105

Access to the Archdiocesan Archives is by appointment only. (Appointments are currently unavailable.)

Canon Law: 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 Archdiocesan Archives is to collect and preserve official and ancillary records of enduring value, which reflect the work of the Roman 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 the 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 Archdiocesan Archives  contains a variety of materials organized in the following Record Groups:

I.      Records of the Archbishops and Bishops
II.    Records of the Chancery and Archdiocesan Offices
III.   Records of the Institutions and Organizations
IV.   Records of the Parishes
V.     Personal Papers
VI.   Audiovisual Materials

Prior to 1953, the Diocese of Hartford originally included all of Connecticut. Today, Connecticut is divided into three diocese:

Archdiocese of Hartford

  • Established 1953; Diocese of Hartford, established 1843
  • Counties: Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven, CT

 

Diocese of Bridgeport

  • Established 1953
  • Counties: Fairfield, CT

 

Diocese of Norwich

  • Established 1953
  • Counties: Middlesex, New London, Tolland, and Windham, CT & Fishers Island, NY

 

The Archdiocese of Hartford Archives does not maintain parish records (including related parish Sacramental Records) for parishes now part of the Dioceses of Bridgeport and Norwich. Please contact the respective dioceses directly to obtain parish records not held by the Archdiocese of Hartford.

 

Archdiocesan Parishes and Schools: Resources

Parishes listed by establishment date.
Parishes listed by town/city.
List of merged and suppressed (closed) parishes.
Ethnic Parishes.
Catholic schools listed by establishment date.
Catholic schools listed by town/city. (Currently unavailable)

For Current information on churches/parishes, click here.

 

Available Services

Administrative
(Archdiocesan Offices, Institutions, Organizations, and Parish Offices)

  • General Questions:
    • Internal Archdiocesan offices may call or email inquiries directly to the Archives.
  • Requests:
    • All administrative requests need to be in writing and can be sent via email, internal mail, or postal mail to the Archives.  Please include all pertinent information in your request letter along with any deadlines.  Please include name, office/affiliation, contact phone number, and email address with your request.

 

Sacramental Records

  • Purpose of Sacramental Records:
    • Sacramental Records are private records mandated by Canon Law, which are created and used by the Church for the purpose of tracking Sacraments received by an individual over the course of his/her lifetime.  Sacramental Records are created in circumstances presumed to be private and confidential.
    • Sacramental Records are the property of the Church and are not public records in the sense that they are not open to immediate examination and inspection by anyone for whatever reason.
    • In civil law, Sacramental Records will stand as valid, authentic evidence when an appropriate civil record does not exist.
  • Obtaining Sacramental certificates (for official reasons only):
    • A Sacramental certificate will be issued for official religious and civil reasons only.
    • An individual may request a copy of his/her own Sacramental certificates.  Parents and legal guardians may also request Sacramental certificates for their minor (under 18) child.  Officials of the Archdiocese of Hartford, other diocese, or Roman Catholic parishes may also request Sacramental certificates for official reasons.
    • 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.
    • Sacramental Records are recorded in the original Sacramental Registers of the parishes.  Original Sacramental Registers are maintained at the individual parishes, not the Archdiocesan Archives. Please contact the parish in which the Sacrament was conferred (or the welcoming parish in cases of merger and suppression) before contacting the Archdiocesan Archives.  For a listing of merged/suppressed parishes, click here.
    • Please contact the Dioceses of Bridgeport and/or Norwich for Sacramental Records of parishes currently under their jurisdiction.
    • Microfilm copies of some, but not all, parish Sacramental Registers are maintained by the Archdiocesan Archives for reasons of preservation.  Under certain circumstances, the microfilm copies may be accessed by the Archdiocesan Archivist to fulfill official requests.
    • Individuals who are referred by the conferring or welcoming parish to the Archdiocesan Archives to obtain an official certificate of a Sacramental Record (required for official reasons only), please print and complete the required form(s) for the Sacramental Record(s) and return by postal mail with proper ID and related paperwork to:Archivist
      Archdiocese of Hartford
      134 Farmington Avenue
      Hartford, CT  06105

 

There are no centralized records of any kind maintained by the Archdiocese of Hartford that would permit searching for Sacramental information by a person’s name alone.  The name of a church/parish along with the name of the city/town and approximate date of the Sacrament are required in order for a Sacramental Record request search to be performed.  Without this information, it is the responsibility of the requestor to contact the current 127 parishes directly to locate the record.

If you are unsure of the church/parish, city/town, and/or dates for a Sacramental Record, please consult family civil and legal documents; review family address books, letters, scrapbooks, and photograph albums; contact living relatives; and partner with local libraries and historical societies to aid your search before contacting the Archdiocesan Archives. Past addresses, names of officiating clergy, and major landmarks can be useful to the Archivist in narrowing the search.

 

Sacramental Record Request Forms

Please read all information above prior to completing a listed form.

BAPTISM
FIRST COMMUNION
CONFIRMATION
MARRIAGE
DEATH

School Records

School Records are maintained by the school’s Registrar’s office, the parish office (if a school has closed), or the Office of Catholic Schools (if a high school or parish has closed).  Please contact the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis (Office of Catholic Schools) to locate and obtain school records.

Cemetery Records

Cemetery Records are maintained by the Catholic Cemeteries Association.  Please contact the Association to locate and obtain cemetery records.

Genealogical Research

The Archives is currently closed to research.

  • All Genealogical requests are unable to be fulfilled at this time.  Any requests made via phone, email, letter, in-person, etc., will not be accepted. (A Genealogical Request Form may be available later in the year.)

Historical and General Research

The Archives is currently closed to research.

  • All research requests are unable to be fulfilled at this time.  Any requests made via phone, email, letter, in-person, etc., will not be accepted. (A Historical/General Research Request Form may be available later in the year.)

Other Inquiries and/or Requests

The Archives is currently closed and unavailable to provide assistance at this time.

Visiting the Archives

The Archives is currently closed to appointments.

Donations and Depositing Materials

  • Administrative
    • Archdiocesan administrative offices, parishes, and affiliated institutions and organizations may deposit routine materials according to the current policies and procedures of the Archdiocesan Archives.  Please contact the Archives for further details.

 

  • Non-Administrative
    • At present, the Archdiocesan Archives is unable to accept outside donations (physical materials, monetary, and otherwise).