Preserving the past
protecting the future
The Archives of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut is the official repository for records created by and about the diocese, its related bodies, and individual Episcopalians. Our mission is to identify, collect, preserve, classify, and make available the records of the ongoing life and work of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. We also offer reference service to Diocesan staff, clergy, laity and the general public. The Archives was created by resolution at the diocesan convention in 1866, and its resources exist as a part of the broader mission to support community life and parish work in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.
Margaret Smith, archivist
Monday Thursday, 9:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.
(860) 233-4481 ext. 135
In Connecticut: (800) 842-0126
Fax (860) 523-1410
The Diocesan House
The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut
1335 Asylum Ave.
Hartford, CT 06105
Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 to 4:30
Access by appointment
Photocopying and mailing
Except for legitimate parish requests, all photocopying and mailing expenses are the responsibility of the patron
The diocesan library and archives are the official repository of publications and historical documents of the Diocese of Connecticut.
The archivist is available to visit and assist parish archivists/historians in organizing, conserving, and cataloging parish documents on site.
Reference and research requests
The archives staff supports the diocesan staff, individuals, parishes and the general public. Due to staffing constraints, we cannot conduct extensive research for outside users. We will be glad to answer well-defined questions as time permits. The archives may be used for reference and extensive scholarly research by appointment.
Prior to submitting a question to the archives, please bear in mind that the diocesan archives generally does not maintain the sacramental records of most parishes, nor is there a central index for these. First contact individual parishes for information about baptisms, marriages, and burials.
The exceptions are the sacramental records of closed congregations that have been transferred to the Diocesan Archives for permanent retention. Vital records are considered confidential legal documents, and inquiries must be accompanied by proof of identification.
The Archives no longer provides free and extensive genealogical research, and genealogists are encouraged to contact the Connecticut State Librarys History and Genealogy Division at 860-757-6677 or http://www.cslib.org/handg.htm for answers to such questions. Another resource is the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, at http://www.familysearch.org/. They maintain family research centers around the country, and a patron can rent a microfilm for about $5 per month.
Access to collection materials is based on
Restrictions due to confidentiality
Physical condition of the material
Bishops of Connecticut
Pamphlet Collection - primarily sermons
Project Canterbury - for students of Anglican history
Constitution & Canons
Periodicals in the diocesan library
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