The Archives Office of the Diocese of Alexandria was established to preserve and safeguard its historical collections and to document its contemporary history.

The Archives hold an extensive microfilm collection, old sacramental records, photograph collections, special individual collections, papers of the bishops, biographies of the bishops, documentation and photographs chronicaling parish histories and rare documents and books.

The records are preserved through microfilm, mechanical copy, manuscripts, originals and digitally. Most of the early records are in French or Spanish.

Microfilms and original books of sacramental records date back to:

Avoyelles--beginning 1796

Natchitoches--beginning 1734

Rapides--no records available prior to 1895

Services provided by the Diocesan Archives Office:

Due to reduction in staff it is no longer possible for us to provide genealogical research upon request.

Sacramental information and transcripts of records will be provided for sacramental or legal needs.

Requests must be made in writing and mailed to:

Diocese of Alexandria Archives
P.O. Box 7417
Alexandria, LA 71303-0417

(Inquiries by phone or email will not be honored.)

Provide as much information as possible (surnames, dates of birth/death/baptism/marriage, names of parents or siblings if available).

Assistance to pre-approved visitors and to serious researchers of history.


Fr. Chad Partain, Chancellor/Archivist

Debbie Metoyer, Administrative Assistant