The Diocesan Archivist with some of the synod archives collection of registers of baptism, confirmation, marriage burial and church services stored within the synod office archive collection.  Photograph courtesy of The Rev. Peter Coolan

The Diocesan Archivist with some of the synod archives collection of registers of baptism, confirmation, marriage burial and church services stored within the synod office archive collection.

Photograph courtesy of The Rev. Peter Coolan

The Diocese of Saskatoon maintains a Diocesan Archive of information and documents of the history of the diocese. This archived material includes items relating to the operation and history of the synod office as well as all parishes (both existing and closed) within the diocese. Included are registers of baptism, confirmation, marriage, burial and church services as well as the minutes and financial records of church groups, vestry and annual meetings, church histories, photographs and other historical materials (such as memorial plaques, ceremonial articles, clothing, and some furniture). 

Typically any material of a historic nature concerning the life of a parish that is no longer required for the day-to-day running of the parish may be submitted to the Archive for review and storage. 

The Archive is stored in two locations: within the Archive Room of the Diocesan Synod Offices, Saskatoon and within the Provincial Archives Board offices in Regina. All diocesan registers are stored at the Saskatoon location.

The Diocesan Archivist, upon request for specific information, will search the archived records and can supply information either as simple information, as copies of documents or a new signed and sealed Certificates of Baptism, Confirmation, Burial, and Baptism. 

Most parish information is open to the public upon request to the Archivist and may be viewed in the presence of the Archivist. Registers and other items which contain items of a personal nature are confidential for ninety years and may only be reviewed, in the presence of the Archivist, the individual named in the document, or by relatives or people who have been given permission by the family of the person named in the document. Only the Archivist may make copies of any document in the Archive.

The Archive will conduct searches of its registers and other files and will produce information at the cost of $5.00/instance (first instance free); $5.00/page; $10.00/page or entry in a register or $25.00 for the issuance of new signed and sealed Certificates of Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage or Burial.

For information concerning the Diocesan Archive or to request a search of the Archive, please contact the Diocesan Archivist, the Rev. Peter Coolen at ptrcoolen@sasktel.net or 306 (244-0935).