Serving the Church in Texas

Research Guidelines

Collapse of Mission San Jose church tower, ca. 1928. (Catholic Archives of Texas)
Collapse of Mission San Jose church tower, ca. 1928. (Catholic Archives of Texas)

If you would like to conduct research at the Catholic Archives of Texas, please schedule an appointment on Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A pre-arranged appointment is required. To schedule your visit, please call (512) 476-6296 or email us.

The Catholic Archives of Texas is centrally located in the Diocese of Austin's Pastoral Center at 6225 Highway 290 East; Austin, Texas 78723.

There is not a charge for research that you conduct yourself. However, there is a 25 cent fee for each photocopy.

Because of our small staff, the Catholic Archives of Texas must charge $20.00 for each record researched.  Please make your check or money order payable to the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops.

If you would like to come and research genealogical records yourself, we will be more than happy to assist you. Our records up to and including the year 1930 are open for that purpose.  Please review our policies and forms to access sacramental records produced after 1930.

If you are unable to visit the Catholic Archives of Texas in person for your research, you can also hire a local proxy researcher.  Contact the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for a list of individuals who are available to serve you.

Holdings and collections stored by the Catholic Archives of Texas include a wide variety records and artifacts relating to the history of the Catholic Church in Texas.