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Collections in the Archives

Our cataloging records are available online through the Salzmann Library and are fully searchable.

The holdings of the Archives include, but are not limited to:
  • Administrative records of various Archdiocesan offices
  • Records of closed parishes
  • Pre-1921 sacramental records
  • The archival records of various Catholic individuals and organizations within the Archdiocese
  • Parish histories
  • St. Francis Seminary Records
  • Photographs
Cataloged Records

Many, but not all, of our collections have a catalog record available online through the Salzmann Library.  Please note that only the catalog record is available online, not the content of the collection.  If you have a specific question or would like access to an open collection please contact one of the archivists to set up an appointment.  We are open by appointment only.

To access the catalog records please follow these directions:

  1. Go to the TOPCAT Web site
  2. Do a keyword search by clicking on the keyword bar.
  3. Enter the words you want, select a material type of "Archives," select a location of "St. Francis Seminary," and click on the search button.
  4. Click on the blue link to bring up each individual record. Department of Archives records will have a location listed of "SFS CC Archives."

If you have questions about searching, please contact us.

Alternatively, a list of our collections is available here.  To obtain a copy of a finding aid please contact the archives.

Research Fees and Information

If you are unable to view our records in person, an archivist can do the research for you for a fee.  Staff time is very limited and we will agree to do research on a case by case basis.  Our fees are as follows:

$10 per 30 minutes of research.
$.10 per page scanned or photocopied (it takes just as much work to scan a page as it does to photocopy the page).
$5 per photographic image scanned.  Photographs present more copyright challenges, so consult an archivist for specific information regarding duplicating photographs.


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The Archdiocese of Milwaukee

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Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912

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