The Archives of the Archdiocese of Vancouver was officially established in 1980 at the request of Archbishop Carney to ensure the preservation of records that have historical and/or long term significance to the Archdiocese. The Archives Office is also responsible for administering the records management program and the privacy program for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. The first Archivist of the Archdiocese of Vancouver was Sr. Diana Harsch, SCIC.

The Archives was established by the Archbishop as the official repository for documents of any form made or received by the Archdiocese in the pursuit of its religious and legal obligations and in the transaction of its business. It functions under the authority and direction of the Archbishop and the Chancellor.

Canon 486, para. 1: All documents concerning the diocese of parishes must be kept with the greatest of care.

Donations to Archives

The Archives of the Archdiocese accepts records, photos, and artifacts of historical significance to the Catholic Church in Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, as well as the Sunshine Coast. For all other records or objects of historical significance, please contact your local archives. Please contact the Archives before donating so that we can decide if the Archdiocese of Vancouver is the right location for the records.

Volunteering for Archives

The Archives of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, like many other archival institutions, welcomes assistance. All individuals interested in volunteering in the Archives must submit a letter of intent indicating:

  • Reasons why they would like to volunteer at the Archives
  • Their background, training, experience, and particular interest in archives
  • Time and days that they are able to volunteer
  • Name and contact information for one reference

Please note: The Archives requests that a minimum three-month commitment be made by an individual who is interested in volunteering.

All interested individuals will meet with the Archivist to ascertain:

  • Areas of interest and/or projects they would be able to assist with
  • Candidate’s suitability to work in the Archives and assist the Archivist

Any individual interested in volunteering may fill out the following Volunteer Form PDF Icon and submit it with a letter of intent and one reference letter.


100th Anniversary BookWant to learn more about the Archdiocese of Vancouver and its history?

Traditions of Faith and Service (ISBN: 9780968319154) chronicles the history of the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

To find out more about this book and how to purchase a copy visit: Archdiocese of Vancouver.









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