Archives & Records
The Archives Department is the central location for historical records relating to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, the oldest diocese in Texas. These records, which date from the 1840s, include letters, maps, financial materials, photographs, scrapbooks and albums, sacramental records, and artifacts. We are responsible for collecting and preserving the materials, as well as making them available to researchers. The Archives is also in charge of microfilming for the Archdiocese, and we are the custodian of microfilmed sacramental records. In addition, the Archives is available to consult with parishes or organizations regarding their records.
The Archives encourages donations of materials, especially personal papers, scrapbooks, or photos, which document the history of the Catholic Church in east Texas. The materials will be preserved and made available to scholars and other interested researchers.
The Archives is open to researchers by appointment only, and the use of some collections requires the prior approval of the Chancellor. Please call or email the Archives to discuss your research with the archivist.