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)
- 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.
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. 225
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.