The Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center (PAHRC) was created in 1989 by His Eminence Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua to collect, preserve, and make available to the public the historical sources illuminating the growth of Catholicism in the United States. PAHRC’s collection includes records that document the history of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as well as the collections of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia, the oldest Catholic historical society in the country. The bulk of materials from the latter collection, specifically printed materials including newspapers, journals, and pamphlets published in the United States, span the mid 19th to the early 20th century. Archdiocesan records include the sacramental registers (baptismal and marriage records) of those parishes located within the present Archdiocese since their founding. PAHRC provides researchers with various services including historical research assistance, genealogical research, an excellent reference library, and photoduplication of approved research materials.
The Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center
100 E. Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096
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