** The Archives is currently closed for research due to extensive renovations.**
The Archives of the Archdiocese of San Antonio was begun by Archbishop Francis Furey who appointed Sister Gertrude Cook, MSSA in 1974. In 1974 the archdiocese comprised of 32 counties in south central Texas. Its mission is to safeguard and preserve the sacramental records and other records of historical and enduring value as well as objects related to the development of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Canonically the archives are the direct responsibility of the Chancellor but they are administered by the Archivist who has been appointed to the position by the Archbishop to fulfill this mandate. The archives seeks to promote an understanding of the origin, history, growth and goals of the archdiocese as reflected in the workings of its offices, agencies and institutions. The records begin with the first recorded Baptism October 6, 1703.