Collection Access and Use
The Archives & Records Management Office (A&RM) of the Diocese of St. Augustine is a private institutional archive and its collections fall into one of three categories: open, restricted, or closed. Most collections are open for research and available to the general public with no restrictions. Sometimes, portions of a collection are restricted, and not generally open to the public without the express permission of the Bishop, Chancellor, and/or Director of A&RM. A few collections are closed and contain material that can only be accessed by the Bishop, Chancellor, Office of origin, or Director of A&RM. Some closed collections are open to the public after a period of time has passed. In general, Bishops administrative records are opened 50 years after his death, once they are fully processed by A&RM staff. Personal papers and other non-administrative records collections are open once they are fully processed, unless specified otherwise.
Staff are working to more comprehensively describe and catalog collections. See the Collections tab for more information.
Planning a Visit to the Archives
The Archives of the Diocese of St. Augustine are located on the campus of the Sisters of St. Joseph at 34 Aviles Street in St. Augustine, FL. Due to space constraints, we can only welcome researchers by appointment. Appointments can be made by calling the Archives at 904-262-3200 x 120 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We require a completed Researcher Form before we can schedule an appointment for your visit.
There is no designated parking for the Diocesan Archives. Paid parking is available at the municipal lot behind the St. Augustine City Hall/Lightner Museum (between Cordoba and Granada). Street parking is also available on Cordoba and St. George Street. Please note, you may not park on Aviles Street. It is a one lane, one way street that is not wide enough for all cars to fit. Please plan accordingly.
Since we are located on the campus of the Sisters of St. Joseph, we want to protect this vulnerable population from any communicable illness. On site researchers are required to wear a mask on campus at all times and to bring a completed COVID 19 Disclosure Form to their visit. We thank you for your cooperation in advance.
For a fee, staff will provide research services to those unable to visit the Archives. Please send us a Paid Research Request Form for research questions and a Sacramental Information Request Form for genealogical research services (see Sacramental Records Requests for more information on genealogy). Once we receive a signed form and your fee, we can get to work! Due to limited staff, we require 6 to 8 weeks to complete any research.