The Office of Archives and Records, founded in 1992, has been collecting records and unique materials that document the management, organization, and history of the Archdiocese since it was formed out of the Diocese of Savannah in 1956. Its responsibilities encompass not only the supervision of permanent archival records, but also the management of the active and semi-active records of the Archdiocesan offices and agencies.
The mission of the Office of Archives and Records is to collect, preserve, and make available the permanent and official records of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, its people, institutions, and associations. It documents the historical richness, development, and the spiritual, temporal and business affairs of the Catholic Church in North Georgia. It also supports the protection, administration, and management of Archdiocesan records, based on legal and canonical statutes. To ensure that records retention and destruction are appropriately met, the Office of Archives and Records assists our entities in identifying and standardizing retention and disposition practices.
The Office of Archives and Records primarily serves the needs of the Archdiocesan offices and agencies through assistance with research, preservation, and records management issues. However, we are also open to the public for research either remotely via email/phone or in-person by appointment.
In 2010, the Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivists honored the Office of Archives and Records with the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Award in recognition for our work in building an exemplary archives and records program.