St. Mary's Seminary & University

The Associated Archives

Note: The Archives is providing limited onsite services. Patrons will be required to observe the following Covid-19 safety procedures until further notice:

  • Patrons must be fully vaccinated and boosted.

  • Patrons may be requested to wear a facemask.

The Associated Archives at St. Mary’s Seminary & University opened in the spring of 2002. Located on the campus of the nation’s first Roman Catholic seminary, this program brings together the archives of the Archdiocese of Baltimore (est. 1789), St. Mary’s Seminary & University (est. 1791), and the Associated Sulpicians of the United States (U.S. Province est. 1903), making it one of the most significant repositories for records relating to the early history of the Catholic Church in the United States.

A state-of the-art-facility was built to house the three archives. We offer researchers a spacious reading room in a climate-controlled (i.e., cool) environment that has a reference library and a digital microfilm reader/printer. Qualified researchers are able to access the collections through the existing card catalog system and typed finding aids. Please see our Collections page to learn about the open collections in each of the three archives. Our Visitor Policy and information on scheduling an appointment, hours and upcoming closings, directions and parking, and local accommodations can be found on the About the Archives page.

If you are interested in learning more about the genealogical and reference services we provide, please see the Genealogy and/or Reference & Research pages where you will find electronic versions of our policies and request forms together with other helpful information. Please note that we do not take requests over the phone. We require that all requests be submitted in writing (letter or e-mail) or by using one of our forms.

The Associated Archives collects records that have permanent, historical, and enduring value from the approved offices and departments of our three sponsoring institutions. To arrange for the transfer of records to the archives, please consult the Records Transfer page. Staff is also available for consultation.