Stirpes, Volume 18, Number 1, March 1978 Page: 2
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Catholic Archiues of Utxas
The Catholic Archives of Texas
were founded by the Texas Knights
of Columbus Historical Commission
in 1923, when they undertook the
gathering of historical documents
concerning the history of the
Church in Texas for the purpose
of writing the history of the
same as a permanent contribution
of Texas Catholics to the State's
Centennial in 1936. Under the
guidance of Rev. Dr. Peter Guilday
of the Catholic University of America,
and with the help of Honorable
J. I. Driscoll of El Paso,
State Deputy, the Catholic Archives
of Texas were established at St.
Edward's University under the
supervision of the Comuission
Chairman, Rev. Dr. Paul J. Foik,
Over 70,000 pages of documents
were collected and copies from
archives in Mexico, Canada, Spain,
Rome, Paris and Lyons. Much relevant
material was also found in
the depositories at the University
of Texas, and the State Historical
Library; other materials at the
University of California, Notre
Dame, Library of Congress, and
other well-known collections. The
archives of the Texas dioceses and
religious orders were also tapped.
With Dr. Carlos E. Castaneda,
professor of History in the Latin
American department at the University
of Texas, as historian and
Rev. Paul J. Foik, C.S.C., professor
of history at St. Edward's
University, as editor, "Our
Catholic Heritage in Texas",
a seven-volume series was produced.
After the completion of this
work the archives were put in the
care of Most Rev. Lawrence Fitz
Simon who moved them with him to
Amarillo in 1948. He added many
valuable materials to the collection.
Upon his death in 1958, the
Hierarchy of Texas again had the
archives moved back to Austin
to the newly-built Chancery Office
The principal holdings consist of
numerous Spanish documents, 15191880;
correspondence of the early
Texas bishops and missionaries;
some early parish records; original
records from San Fernando Cathedral
in San Antonio, missions in El Paso
and Laredo; books, early newspapers
and periodicals pertaining to the
history of the Church and State
and a fine collection of Catholic
Directories since 1886.
The Archives solicits such historical
materials as published
parish histories, diaries, books,
pictures, artifacts etc. that
pertain to Catholics in Texas/
Southwest to be deposited in the
depository. Often families have
valuable materials which they are
willing to place in a safe depository
but they are unware of
our Archives. For further information
Sister M. Dolores Kasner
Catholic Archives of Texas
P.O. Box 13327/Capitol Sta.
Austin, Texas 78711
The Archives are open to the
public five days a week, from
9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. daily.
You are invited to come.
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