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  • Claudie Swiney
    The conference was a most enjoyable 3 days. Pat and his staff did a superb job, and boy did we eat well. The very first session I attended provided me with
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 31, 2000
      Catholic Archives of Texas


      1600 N. Congress
      Austin, Texas 
      Phone: 512/476-6296
      Fax: 512/476-3715
      E-mail: cat@...

      Contact Info
      Using Materials
      Duplicating Materials

      Donations and Gifts


      Resources Overview
      Sacramental Records
      Manuscripts Collection
      Corporate Records
      Personal Papers
      Photograph Collection
      Microfilm Collection
      Rare Books, Map and Artifact Collection
      Kasner Reference Library
      National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections(NUCMC)
      Texas Catholic Historical Society

      Austin Chancery Building, completed in 1959.

      Diocese of Austin Chancery Building, Corner of 16th and Congress 

      Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. By appointment, call Archivist at (512) 476-6296

      Street Address
      1600 North Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78711

      Mailing Address
      P.O. Box 13124, Capitol Station, Austin, TX 78711 

      Enter visitors' parking lot from 16th Street behind the Diocese of Austin Chancery Building.

      Archives Staff
      Kinga Perzynska - Archivist
      Susan Eason - Archives Assistant (Texas Knights of Columbus grant)

      Using Materials
      Genealogists may search microfilm copies of sacramental records created before 1920. Authorization by the individual is required to view sacramental and school records later than 1920.

      Duplicating Materials
      Price list is available for cost of duplication of documents and photographs.

      Donations and Gifts
      Gifts and donations of historical materials pertaining to Catholics in Texas and the Southwest will gladly be accepted. Contributions are tax-deductible. Volunteers to assist with archival processing are welcome.

      Overview of the Catholic Archives of Texas
      The Catholic Archives of Texas is nationally recognized as one of the most valuable resources for the history of the Catholic Church in the Southwest. Its records span nearly four centuries of development of the Catholic religion in the southwestern region of the United States and Northern Mexico.

      The Archives was founded in 1923 under the auspices of the Texas Knights of Columbus Historical Commission. Their goal of publishing a history of Catholicism in Texas culminated in the seven-volume work Our Catholic Heritage in Texas, 1519-1936, authored by Carlos E. Castañeda of the University of Texas at Austin.

      The Archives exists under the auspices of the Texas Catholic Conference and its Board of Directors, all bishops of Texas. The repository is the only archives in the United States servicing one religion for an entire state.

      As the Catholic history center in Texas, the Archives' mission is to collect, preserve and make available for research those records of individuals and organizations engaged in work reflecting the goals of the Catholic Church in Texas. The Archives cooperates closely with the Diocese of Austin, where it is located, other dioceses in Texas, and with cultural and historical institutions in the area to achieve common goals of historical preservation and interpretation.

      Texas Knights of Columbus Historical Commission founders on the steps of the Main Building at St. Edward's University, Austin, 1926.

      Resources Overview
      Records and collections stored at the Archives are significant for administrative and historical reasons. Holdings of the Catholic Archives of Texas include records of the Texas Catholic Conference and the Texas Knights of Columbus and its Historical Commission, Texas Catholic Historical Society, and religious associations, societies and Catholic clubs in Texas; papers of Paul J. Foik, William H. Oberste, Sam Houston, Charles S. Taylor, Robert S. Weddle, Francis Bouchu; personal papers and biographical files of the bishops and clergy in Texas; dioceses and parish collections; documents dealing with various religious orders formed or stationed in the state; and newspapers, photographs, sacramental records on microfilm, Texana and Catholic books, and artifacts relating to the history of the Catholic Church in Texas.

      Eighteenth-century sacramental records from Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Church, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

      Manuscripts Collection
      More than 440 linear feet including Mexican and Spanish Manuscripts, 1519-1881, which contain records from the Archivo General y Público de la Nación in Mexico City and Spanishdocuments found in American repositories.

      Manuscritos de los Conventos concern the history of Mexican religious orders and their missionary activities in Texas. The group consists of records from: Archivo de la Catedral de San Fernando in San Antonio, 1703-1880; Archivo de la Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe del Paso del Rio del Norte and Archivo de la Catedral de Ciudad Juárez, (El Paso area), 1730-1899; and Archivo de la Iglesia de San Augustín de Laredo, 1767-1989.

      Episcopal (i.e., Bishops) Collection, Diocesan, Parish, Clergy, Religious Orders and Catholic Institutions manuscripts are growing collections at the Archives.


      Corporate Records
      Growing collections of Texas Catholic Conference (1963-), Texas Knights of Columbus(1904-), Catholic newspapers and Religious Associations, Societies and Clubs include 500 linear feet of mainly primary research materials.
      Personal Papers
      Sixty linear feet of private papers of people involved in the activities of Catholic Church in Texas. Correspondence, manuscripts, wills and deeds of Rev. William H. Oberste and Rev. Paul J. Foik, both involved in work of the Texas Knights of Columbus Historical Commission and establishment of the Archives. Papers of Sam Houston (1838-1860) and Charles S. Taylor (1828-1868) regarding the Texas Revolution, Civil War, and Mexican-American relations on the border. Some personal correspondence and administrative records of Texas bishops: Laurence J. FitzSimon (1946-1957), Louis J. Reicher (1948-1986), Vincent M. Harris (1878-1985), and John E. McCarthy (1944-).

      Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo), ca. 1860-1868.

      Sisters of the Incarnate Word and 
      Blessed Sacrament from Victoria, 
      Texas, ca. 1900.
      Photograph Collection
      70 linear feet of prints and negatives from 1860s to present, documenting Catholic clergy and religious who served in Texas, some laity and fraternal organizations. Many photographs are associated with manuscript collections and Texas Knights of Columbus Records. Other record groups with photographs include the Bishops of Texas Collection, Clergy Collection, Parish Collection, and Religious Orders Collection. 
      Microfilm Collection
      Contains over 20,000 microfilm feet of Texas Catholic Newspapers , Sacramental and Catholic School Records from the dioceses of Austin, Brownsville, and Victoria, scrapbooks and manuscripts. Microfilmed sacramental records from the 1840s for the early German, Czech, Polish, Irish and Italian settlements are included.
      Rare Books, Map, and Artifact Collection
      Collection of vestments, religious objects, personal memorabilia, maps, and art objects reflecting changing history of Catholic Church and community in Texas. Rare examples of 16th century family Bible and first sacramental registers of Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Frelsburg (starting 1847). 

      Kasner Reference Library
      Over 2000 books and periodicals serving researchers as reference material on Catholics and Texas history and culture.

      Guide to the Spanish and Mexican Manuscript Collection at the Catholic Archives of Texas. Compiled by Dedra S. McDonald, edited by Kinga Perzynska.  Catholic Archives of Texas, 1994.
      Available for $15.00 (postage included) from the Catholic Archives of Texas.

      Guide to the Records of the Texas Catholic Conference. Compiled by Margaret Schlankey, edited by Kinga Perzynska and Susan Eason. Occasional Publications No. 1.  Texas Catholic Historical Society, Austin, Texas 1998.
      Available for $10.00 (postage included) from the Texas Catholic Historical Society.

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      Revised: 10 November 1998
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