Welcome to the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives & Records Center website!
The archives and records center is the official repository for the records of the Archdiocese of Chicago and acts as a research tool to the Chicago Catholic past. The purpose of the archives is to identify, preserve, and make available Archdiocesan records, which have long term value for local, national and international communities. These primary sources provide unique opportunities to examine our history, celebrate our unity as a Catholic community, and confidently face the future.
The Archives & Records Center was erected in accordance with Cannon 482, which designates the Chancellor with the responsibility of the Archives. The Vice Chancellor for the Archives & Records Center reports to the Chancellor and is granted canonical faculties to fulfill this mandate.
The staff welcomes any and all researchers and is ready to assist in all research. Our facilities are available to genealogists, parish historians, and anyone with an interest in the history of the Archdiocese of Chicago.