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Archdiocesan Center
1229 Mt Loretta Ave
Dubuque, IA 52004-0479
Tel: 563-556-2580
email: DBQCAO

The office of the archives and records strives to collect, maintain, preserve and make available the official records of the Archdiocese and those ancillary records, which reflect the mission and history of our institution and the work of the Church within the Archdiocese.  These records are maintained for the pastoral and temporal benefit of our archbishop and parish families as well as the faithful of our community.

The holdings of the Archives include, but are not limited to:

Administrative records of various Archdiocese offices

The archival records of various Catholic individuals and organizations within the Archdiocese

Parish histories

St. Bernard Seminary Records



The Archives of the Archdiocese of Dubuque contains items of historical importance to the Archdiocese.  Our collection includes:


  • Photos of some churches, schools, colleges, rectories, convents, priests, institutions, Archiepiscopal residences
  • Artifacts
  • Information on some historical properties once owned by the Archdiocese
  • Official Catholic Directories – hardcopy from 1911 to present
  • Information on the Bishops and Archbishops of the archdiocese
  • Original Loras letters (letters written to and from Bishop Loras are available in book form.  Please contact this office if you would like to order copies of either book.)
  • Parish information
  • Priest information
  • A few sacramental records for certain parishes for limited years.  (Occasionally a parish will send very fragile records to the archives for preservation.)  As a general rule, sacramental records are kept at the individual parishes.  Sometimes records have been lost in fires or just lost.

Please see (Click here) regarding the sacramental records of closed parishes

And/or  Parish Information  for location of offices for merged parishes.

We do not have:

  • Information regarding sisters
  • School records
  • Orphanage records
  • Catholic institution records (hospitals, homes for the aged, etc.)
  • Burial records
  • Most sacramental records
  • Records of the Sioux City, Davenport, or Des Moines parishes that once belonged to the Dubuque diocese


General Rules:

Sacramental records of the Archdiocese of Dubuque are NOT open to the public.

No photocopies of records may be made.

Information request process:

Please complete the following form. (Click here)



Send a letter to:


Archdiocese of Dubuque

1229 Mt. Loretta Avenue

Dubuque, IA 52003


Requests will be answered in the order received. We appreciate your patience.

Resources that may be helpful for genealogical records:


The Iowa Genealogical Society has numerous resources.  Additionally, various counties in the state have their own genealogical societies.  The Archdiocese includes the following counties: Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Howard, Jackson, Jones, Linn, Marshall, Mitchell, Story, Tama, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Worth, Wright