Like any diocese, the Diocese of Providence maintains its own Archives, which consist of a miscellaneous collection of papers, manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, books and ledgers, diocesan newspapers and directories, photographs and memorabilia preserved and organized from the working documents of the Diocese. Few items predate 1872 – when the Diocese was founded — and little remains from the nineteenth century, but the documents of the diocesan bishops (the Acta) are available in good quantity, although few personal papers survive.
The Archives is not a library . They are private, and no right to access exists. However, whenever possible, we will try to accommodate individual requests.
The Archives have three main functions:
To house and preserve the official records and curial documents of the Diocese;
To provide services to the central administration, parishes and agencies of the Diocese;
When possible, to make the archives of the Diocese available to researchers.
Please note: sacramental records (i.e., baptismal and marriage certificates) are maintained at the individual parishes, and not in the Archives.