Access to the Archives

ARCHIVES OF THE DIOCESE OF SAVANNAH

PURPOSE

The Archives preserves the permanent and enduring records of the Diocese, its people, institutions and associations. This collection represents the documentary heritage of the local Church and its people in the southern part of Georgia for over two centuries. Established by the Bishop, it exists primarily to serve the administrative needs of the Diocese, but it is also open for scholarly research, in keeping with the precepts of canon law and the civil laws of the United States of America.

WHAT'S IN THE ARCHIVES?

Sacramental records of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist dating from 1796.

Cemetery records dating from 1853.

Collections of materials concerning the Bishops who have led the Diocese since its foundation in 1850, including correspondence, biographies, diaries and news clippings.

Parish collections. Few of these papers date before the 1930’s. There are a few published parish histories.

Documentation on Diocesan departments, agencies and offices.

Records of organizations and institutions.

Records on priests of the Diocese and religious communities.

Financial and legal records, ledgers, wills bequests and estates.

Publications: The Bulletin, The Southern Cross, and The Macon Catholic.

Photographs: Diocesan ceremonies, bishops and priests, religious and lay people, parish institutions, events and happenings.

Reference material: Catholic directories, guides and index materials.

POLICIES

It is our policy to encourage the broadest possible access to the Archives consistent with the protection of legitimate rights to privacy and confidentiality. While most of our earlier records are open to researchers, we reserve the right to restrict materials which are sensitive or private in nature.
The Archives is open for qualified researchers by appointment Monday through Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Reference queries are handled by mail and e-mail.

Requests for information should be sent in writing to:

Archivist, Catholic Diocese of Savannah
601 East Liberty Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Telephone: (912) 201-4070
e-mail archives@diosav.org

See photo gallery for pictures and mini-histories of our older Catholic communities.

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