Catholic Archives at San Antonio (CASA)
The Catholic Archives at San Antonio were begun by Sister Gertrude Cook, MSSA in 1974 under Archbishop Francis Furey. 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. In 1974 the archdiocese comprised of 32 counties in south central Texas. 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 seek 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. Official records are defined as:
All recorded information regardless of media type or characteristics, made or received and maintained by an office, agency or institution in pursuance of its legal obligations of its business.
It also seeks to collect, preserve, and make available for research those records of individuals and organizations engaged in work which reflects the ministry of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese. The records begin with the first recorded Baptism October 6, 1703.Read More
Resources available at the Archives for people working on family histories include:
Sacramental Registers 1703 – 2008 (on Microfilm) Baptismal, marriage, first communion, confirmation and death records from the parishes in 32 counties (to 1980) 23 counties (to 2000) and 19 counties (at present). A finding aid is available. In keeping with the U.S. Census Bureau's guidelines regarding privacy, ALL BAPTISMAL RECORDS LESS THAN 74 YEARS OLD ARE CLOSED TO RESEARCH.
San Fernando Historical Collection This includes Old Spanish Mission Records as well as government documents during the Spanish period; The Camargo Collection which has the main part being marriage inquiries of Santa Ana de Camargo as well as miscellaneous documents 1750-1927.
HISTORICAL RESEARCH Researchers utilize our collections to work on a variety of projects, including theses, dissertations, parish and institutional histories, scholarly works and newspaper articles.
Overview of the Collection
The Archives of the Archdiocese of San Antonio uses the following Record Groups:
- Bishops and Archbishops
- Auxiliary Bishops
- Archdiocesan Offices
- Personal Papers
- Special Collections
- Audio Visual Materials, Newspapers, Books
- Sacramental Records
- Drop File
- Blueprints Please note: access restrictions may apply to any of the collections.