Archives & Records
The principle mission of the Office of Archives and Records of the Diocese of Peoria is to collect, preserve, and provide access to documents of the Diocese for future generations. The Archives is a private diocesan repository serving the Bishop and parishes of the Diocese. Sacramental records for legal or church purposes only are researched as permitted by canon law, civil law, and privacy concern.
The office of archives does not conduct genealogy research. The parishes still have their proper sacramental registers and can look up the information. Also many helpful physical and online resources are available for the researchers. Among the best are considered and recommended public libraries and historical/similar societies with their wealth of old newspapers and obituaries.
Over the years, you may have acquired some historical items, such as antique books, photographs, or other items of historical value. If you would like to donate them or dispose of them in a respectful manner, rather than discarding them, please contact the archives for assistance.
A considerable portion of the archival work is dedicated to the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Museum and Diocesan Historical Museum. This museum opened in the fall of 2008 with an educational mission ranging from learning about the roots of our faith to the legacy of our previous bishops, and promoting the Cause for Beatification of Venerable Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
The museum also features a popular gift shop supplied by the local family-owned Lagron-Miller Religious Store. The shop offers a wide variety of religious gift items, Catholic books and audio/video.
The Archives and Museum operate together to prepare exhibits taking great pride and honor in the appreciation of the history of our Church and our Diocese.