Florence Neubauer, stained glass artist from Gaytee

Basilica Archives

Preserving our heritage

Our historical collection spans the more than 150-year history of The Basilica of Saint Mary and its forerunner, Immaculate Conception parish.

The mission of The Basilica archives is to collect, preserve and make available to researchers historic materials and records related to the Basilica and its community.

  • For Sacramental Certificates contact Heather Craig, Basilica archivist. Certificates are issued only to establish that a sacrament has been conferred.  Certificates are not issued for genealogical purposes.
  • Sacramental records are also available from the Archives of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. All requests require online payment by credit card. More detailed information on using sacramental records for genealogical research can be found at the Archdiocesan Archives web site.

Other resources

  • Pro-Cathedral and Basilica school records, 1916-1975 
  • Contribution records, 1921-1955 
  • Baptism, confirmation, marriage and death records for Immaculate Conception Church and The Basilica of Saint Mary (dates vary as some records are restricted by cannon law)

Other significant collections

  • Original drawings by architect Emmanuel Masqueray 
  • More than 100 tissue tracings of interior finish details by the architectural firm of Slifer and Abrahamson: 66 of these drawings are available to view online (View by collection: Basilica of Saint Mary.)
  • Correspondence files of Monsignor James R. Reardon, 1920-1960, detailing the finish of the sanctuary, interior details,and construction of the rectory and school buildings as well as general church operations
  • Dome reconstruction records and blueprints, 1991-1992

The Basilica Archives is a project supported by the The Basilica Landmark.

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