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)

Due to a Records Reorganization Project, the Archives is temporarily unable to host researchers. Our hope is to reopen the archives to researchers in 2020. Thank you for your patience and understanding. For any questions regarding research access to the Catholic Archives of Texas, please contact Lisette Allen at or at 512-339-9882.


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

Because of our small staff, the Catholic Archives of Texas must charge $20 for each sacramental record request. Please make your check or money order payable to the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops. In addition to the payment, a notarized authorization form is required before records created after 1940 can be released. Payment and the notarized form may be mailed to Catholic Archives of Texas, 6225 E US 290 HWY SVRD EB, Austin, TX 78723.

Due to the high volume of records requests, we are no longer accepting requests for genealogical purposes. Our records up to and including the year 1940 are open for that purpose. We welcome individuals willing to research genealogical records yourself. There is no charge for research that you conduct yourself at the Archive. However, there is a 25-cent fee for each photocopy.

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.