The Archives Office of the Diocese of Manchester exists to collect, preserve, and make available records of significant value that pertain to the Catholic Church in New Hampshire. As a private institutional archives office, its primary responsibility is to the Bishop of Manchester and Diocesan Administration Office. The materials in the Archives are subject to the prescriptions of canon law as well as civil law. Some materials may also be restricted due to privacy issues, confidentiality, local policy, and/or the donors of documents or other materials.
Records maintained in the historical archives include diocesan directories, copies of diocesan newspapers, parish histories, photographs, and correspondence. Download a detailed list of the types and categories of materials in the archives.
If you are looking for records of baptisms, first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths, see the Sacramental Records page.
The Archives Office makes its materials available to researchers within the parameters of canon law, and state and federal laws, and diocesan policy. Contact the Archives Office for more information.
The Diocesan Archives wants your help! We have thousands of documents and photos pertaining to the history of the Diocese of Manchester - concerning our Bishops, Priests, Parishes, Schools, and people. We have documents going back to the nineteenth century; however, the concern today is that we are not always capturing current information that will be historical data in 10, 20, or 100 years from now.
If your parish, priest, or organization is doing something memorable, please provide the archives with documents or photos of the event. Examples of recent events that have been saved include the installation of new sanctuary furniture at St. Mark the Evangelist Church, as well as the installation of a statue of our Blessed Mother in the Holy Cross Cemetery in memory of members of local Knights of Columbus Councils.