Mission Statement: The Archives of the Archdiocese San Francisco (AASF) is an office of the Chancellor and serves as the official repository for the records of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco.
AASF exists to collect, preserve, and make available records of enduring value which pertain to the growth, development, and governance of the Archdiocese and its institutions, and to the Catholic faith experience in the counties of Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo.
Furthermore, it is AASF's mission to assist researchers in their scholarly, genealogical, and other work, in an effort to cultivate a better understanding and appreciation of the history of the Archdiocese and the Catholic and local communities.
About the Collections: AASF's collections include original and unique historical materials dating from the era of the early California missions up to contemporary times. They cover significant periods of growth, expansion, and change in both the Church and the local regions. The main types of records at AASF are: Early Records; Chancery Records; General Correspondence; Archbishops and Auxiliaries; Departments of the Archdiocese; and Special Collections.
Access: Access to view and use the archival collections is governed by conditions based on Canon Law and privacy and confidentiality. Contact the Archivist for more information.
Sacramental Records: For general information and inquiries about searching for sacramental records please contact the Tribunal Office.
Video History: Click here to view the history of the first 150 years of the Archdiocese of