Collections  & Donations


The Archdiocesan Archives is the main repository for the historical and contemporary documents of the Roman Catholic Church in Newfoundland.

The holdings of the Archdiocesan Archives are divided into the following categories:

  • Papers of the Bishops (1784-2001)
  • Clergy Files 
  • Parishes of the Archdiocese
  • Educational Records and Reports 
  • The Monitor (1934-1996)
  • Photographs
  • Parish Baptism, Marriage Records (1763-1900s)
  • Architectural descriptions and blueprints
  • Finding Aids

A guide to the collections of the Archives is available to researchers for examination at the Archives, upon request. Finding aids are available for processed collections.


In addition to serving as the archives of the Archdiocese of St. John's, it also collects the records of area Catholic parishes, schools, institutions, organizations, associations and individuals.

The types of records we are interested in include financial, administrative and legal records, parish histories, minute books, letters, journals and diaries. scrapbooks, photographs, artifacts, books, pamphlets and other materials that pertain to the history, development and practice of the Catholic Church in Newfoundland.

How to Donate 

Material Donation: If you are interested in donating materials to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese Archives, please contact the Archivist first to identify which items are appropriate for preservation and to arrange transfer of the materials.

Hours of Operation

Archives & Research Office  

Monday to Friday

10:00am - Noon 

1:00 pm - 4:00pm

Closed for Lunch 12:00 noon - 1:00pm

Basilica Museum Mullock Library

Summer hours | Tuesday to Friday

9:00am - Noon

12:30pm - 4:00pm

Closed for Lunch 12:00 noon - 12:30pm

For off season viewing contact Archives Office.

Contact Us

Archdiocesan Archives

Pastoral Center

200 Military Road

St. John’s, NL A1C 2E8

Tel: (709) 726-3660

Fax: (709) 726-8021


Ms. Emily Gushue


Tel: (709) 726-3660 | ext. 254


Located on the west side of the Basilica.

The entrance to the main office and reception is in the lane between the Basilica and the original Bishop's residence.