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The Archives endeavors to assist researchers by making the heritage of the Archdiocese of St. Louis available to them within the guidelines of civil and canon law, conservation considerations and as resources permit. The Archives is the official repository for the records of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and serves as the memory of the established Catholic Church in the region. Among its holdings are:

Archival Materials

Archbishops/Bishops and Auxiliary Bishops

Chancery Office

Parishes

Religious Communities

Archdiocesan Agencies, Institutions and Catholic Organizations

Biographical Information on Deceased Secular Clergy

Sacramental Registers of Closed Parishes

St. Joseph Home for Boys Records, 1829-2001

Microfilm

  • Newspapers on Microfilm (35 mm)
    • Catholic Herald (Dec 1921- May 1948)
    • Church Progress (May 1882 – May 1929)
    • The Western Watchman (1872-1924)
    • The Sunday Watchman (1925-1933)
    • The St. Louis Register (1941-1956)
    • Oriflamme (1916-1952)
    • The St. Louis Review (1957-2008)
  • St. Louis City Directories 1936-1980 (not published yearly)
  • St. Louis County Directories 1893-79 (not published yearly)
 quizacatholic.jpg    Quiz a Catholic was a popular program in the 1950's, produced by the Archdiocese of St. Louis' Radio and TV Office.

Media

The audiovisual collection consists of a small collection of videos, films, reel to reel tapes, TV reels (16 mm), a few slides, audiocassette tapes and DVDs. Many are from the closed Archdiocesan Radio and TV Office.

Reference Books

While the Archives and Records Office contains largely original and unique materials, various secondary reference materials shed light on the Catholic experience in the St. Louis area. A sample of these materials is located in the reading room. The Official Catholic Directory (1822 to present) and the Archdiocesan Yearbooks (1947 to present) are some of the most frequently consulted materials.