The Diocesan Archives provides safe, secure and controlled storage for non-current parish records, including baptism, marriage and burial records, proof of status for legal purposes as well as genealogical purposes.
Archives also holds the parish history files and frequently receives calls from parishioners seeking historical information for events such as special anniversaries. Photographs and architectural drawings may also be requested and borrowed for displays.
The Diocesan Archives also acts as a records centre and maintains the central filing system for active and semi-active files of the Diocese. Some of the records that are maintained in the archives include parish and diocesan property, correspondence, deanery minutes and correspondence, diocesan boards and committees, treasury and personnel files.
Staff may be consulted regarding records-keeping, storage and records retention issues. Tours of the Archives are available by appointment. For additional information, please review the Guide to Using Your Diocesan Archives.
For members of the public who want to conduct their own research, the Archives is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Although an appointment is not required on our open days, we do recommend that you contact us a day or two before your planned visit to ensure that we have the materials you are interested in available for research. Please note that the Archives will be closed from 12-2pm on Wednesday, December 11; closing at 12pm on Wednesday December 18; and closed for Christmas from December 24, 2013 until January 6, 2014.
Enquiries are also welcomed by mail, email and telephone. However, only limited research can be undertaken on behalf of patrons. Please refer to the fee schedule for further information.
Additional Information from the Diocesan Archives can be found at:
For more information, please contact Mary-Anne Nicholls, Archivist, 416-363-6021 ext. 219 (1-800-668-8932).