Archives and Records


What's in the Archives anyway?!

The Diocesan Newspapers (1920-present)

The Diocese of Savannah has continuously published a newspaper since 1920.

The Bulletin of the Catholic Laymen's Association 1920-1957

The first issues were called The Bulletin of the Catholic Laymen's Association and published through October of 1956. When the Diocese of Atlanta formed, the Bulletin of the Catholic Laymen's Association became the paper for both Dioceses from November 1956 through December of 1958, with the exception of three months in 1958 (see The Savannah Bulletin)

The Savannah Bulletin

For three months in 1958 (January through March), the Diocese of Savannah published The Savannah Bulletin. 

The Bulletin, Diocese of Savannah Edition

In 1959, The Bulletin, Diocese of Savannah Edition began publication concurrent with The Bulletin, Archdiocese of Atlanta Edition.

The Southern Cross (1963 - current)

Finally, in January of 1963, The Southern Cross, the current newspaper we know today, was formed. 

All Savannah editions of the newspapers are available in the Diocesan Archives for research. Publications prior to 1977 have been digitized and are also accessible online through Digital Libraries of Georgia Historic Newspapers.

Copyright for all publications prior to the Southern Cross (1963) may be requested through the Diocesan Archives. Please contact the Southern Cross for present copyright permissions.

Institution Records

The Diocesan Archives holds records from a number of closed or merged schools, parishes, and institutions. Our finding aids detail the history, any access restrictions, and the type of records found in each collection. We will be adding and updating finding aids as collections are described and organized. These collections are available during regular public hours and by appointment. Please email us at  prior to your visit. 

Bishops' Records

We also maintain the records of our bishops from 1900-present. Many of our older records are accessible at the Notre Dame University Archives. While most of our Bishops' records require written permission from the Chancellor before access can be granted, Most Rev. J. Kevin Boland, DD public addresses, homilies, and talks are now available by appointment.

Other Collections

We have a number of small collections of personal papers of mostly Diocesan Priests. In addition, some independent Catholic Institutions and individuals who have contributed to the Catholic culture in the Diocese have deposited their records in the Diocesan Archives. As these records are organized and adequately described, we will post finding aids online.

Director of Archives & Records Management

Stephanie Braddy, CA


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