Archdiocesan Educational Fund awards grant to the CHRC!

The Archdiocesan Educational Fund has awarded the Catholic Historical Research Center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia a grant in the amount of $31,196 for the 2018-2019 academic year. The funded program, “To Touch a Saint: Creating a Place for Middle School Students,” will allow for middle school students to visit the Catholic Historical Research Center and experience the wealth of materials that connect them with their Catholic heritage.

Matthew H. McCloskey, Jr. (1893-1973), building contractor and U.S. Ambassador to Ireland (1962-64), created and funded the Wayne-based private foundation in 1967 to support Catholic education and ministry throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

New Digital Resources Available!

Catholic Standard Front Page

Philadelphia Roman Catholic Diocesan Newspapers are now available online at The years included are 1833-Sept. 28, 1951 with some gaps when either issues were missing or a newspaper was not published.

The following newspapers are available. The Catholic Herald and its successors including The Catholic Herald, Jan. 3, 1833-Dec. 27, 1856. The Catholic Herald and Visitor, Jan. 3, 1857-Jan. 4, 1862 and Jan. 10-Dec. 23, 1863. The Universe: Catholic Herald and Visitor, Jan. 2-Dec. 24, 1864. The Universe: The Catholic Herald, Sept. 7 and Sept. 28, 1867. All of these newspapers are listed at FindMyPast as The Universe: The Catholic Herald and VisitorThe Catholic Standard, Jan. 6, 1866-Nov. 30, 1895. The Catholic Standard and Times, Dec. 7, 1895-Sept. 28, 1951.

The records are indexed and keyword searchable. The search is free; however, to view the records a subscription to Findmypast is required.

Click here for information about Catholic newspapers in Philadelphia.

New Genealogical  Research Tool!


In a public/private partnership, CHRC joined with FindMyPast ancestry site to make historical parish baptismal and marriage records available to the public. Pre-1917 records are on-line and can be searched and downloaded. While the search is free, a membership is necessary to download a copy of the record. CHRC is no longer taking genealogical search requests, but may assist on a case by case basis.



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Digital Collections site

We have created an Omeka website to showcase some recently digitized items in our collection! Please keep checking back as we add more to the site. You can find it here.

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