The purpose of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Archives is to collect, preserve, and make available for research the official records of the Diocese and those ancillary records which reflect the work of the Church within the Diocese. The Archives is erected in accordance with Canon 482, which charges the Chancellor with the responsibility for the Archives. The Archivist reports to the Chancellor and is granted faculties to fulfill this mandate. The Diocesan Archives seeks to promote an understanding of the origins, aims, and goals of the Diocese as reflected in the workings of the official Diocesan agencies, institutions, and offices. Official diocesan records are defined as all recorded information, regardless of media type or characteristics made or received and maintained by an agency, institution, or office in pursuance of its legal obligations or in the transaction of its business. The Diocesan Archives also seeks to collect, preserve, and make available for research those records of individuals and organizations engaged in work which is reflective of the work of the Catholic Church in the Diocese. Such individuals and organizations may operate within the Diocese in an advisory capacity, as a unit supervised by the Diocese, or as an advocate of the Diocese.
The archive is actively collecting materials that relate to Catholic society in Northeast Indiana. If you have something that you think that the archives might be interested in please feel free to contact the archivist. The archive is especially interested in materials that relate to layperson activities in our Diocese. (Please see the Collection Policy below for a more in depth report of the materials the archives collects.) Thank you in advance for your part in ensuring the the history of the Catholic Church in Northeast Indiana will not be lost or forgotten.
We have many types of materials in the archives. Listed below is but a small portion.
**The archives does not currently have a microfilm reader therefore interest in researching the sacramental records must be made to the archivist and she will look through the records for the patron.