M-F 8:15am to 12:15pm
The Archives Office exists to protect the patrimony of the Catholic Church in this Archdiocese. Its role is to collect, preserve, and safeguard records of significant value that pertain to the Catholic Church in western Oregon.
As a private institutional archives, the Archives Office's primary responsibility is to the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon - the Archbishop and the Pastoral Center. The materials in the Archives are subject to the prescriptions of Canon Law as well as State and Civil Law. Some materials may be subject to further restrictions imposed by confidentiality, local policy, and/or the donors of documents.
Sacramental records are kept in the parish where the sacraments are celebrated. These records document the sacramental life of the faithful and are confidential. Records created prior to January 1, 1930 can be accessed for other purposes; e.g., genealogical research
Every person has a right to obtain an official certificate of his or her own sacramental records. Since sacramental records are found in the parish in which the sacrament took place, contact that parish directly. If you do not know where you received a sacrament, contact the Archives Office for assistance.
In most cases, when a church has closed, the sacramental records are transferred to the Pastoral Center Archives Office. In these instances, contact the Archives Office.
Official certificates are issued only to the individual requesting his or her own record or to a person who has a legitimate reason for requesting a family record (such as the parent of a minor child, spouse or adult child of a deceased person). All others will need proof of power-of-attorney.
The Archives Office is not open to those engaged in genealogical studies or family research; however, specific research requests may be submitted by mail only. Please include as much detailed information as possible. Only specific searches can be conducted.
The Archives Office makes its materials available to researchers of all backgrounds and scholarly interests within the parameters of Canon Law and State and Federal confidentiality law. Contact the Archives Office for more information.
The Archives Office is open by appointment only with an archivist. This appointment is necessary to assure that someone is available to assist you.