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.

Upcoming Events

Nov 18 to Nov 25
2018
Sunday
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(All day)
November 1-25: 24th annual Festival of Icons in Basilica Sanctuary.Icons dating from the 17th century to contemporary time are collected and borrowed from churches and...
Art Painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dec 2
2018
Sunday
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11:00 AM
The Power of Sacred Art: Beauty that Saves and ShattersSundays, December 2 and 9Two-week discussion The Catholic Church from its very beginnings has understood and embraced the...
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Art Painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dec 9
2018
Sunday
at
11:00 AM
The Power of Sacred Art: Beauty that Saves and ShattersSundays, December 2 and 9Two-week discussion The Catholic Church from its very beginnings has understood and embraced the...
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DeLisi Wedding 1925
Feb 23
2019
Saturday
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5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
All who have celebrated the Sacrament of Marriage at The Basilica are invited to this special evening. Join us for 5:00pm Mass, all reunion attendees will be seated together to receive a special...
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