The Diocesan Archives’ mission is to collect, organize, preserve and provide access to the official and ancillary records which reflect the work of the people, parishes, institutions, and departments of the Diocese of Rochester. General access to the unrestricted records collections in the Archives is open to all interested researchers.
The Archives holds a variety of records and books which include: National Catholic Directories, Diocesan Directories, Episcopal Papers, Parish files and priest files. For more information on the types of records available for research, or for specific research questions or sacramental record inquiries, please contact the Archives directly.
The Diocesan Archives does not hold sacramental records for any parishes, open or closed. Sacramental records for closed parishes are kept within a designated successor parish.
Research visits may be scheduled by appointment only. To schedule an appointment or to learn about the fees associated with research requests, please contact the Archives directly.