The Basilica of Saint Mary
July 22, 2017
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The Basilica of Saint Mary
We are located on Hennepin Avenue between 16th & 17th Streets in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Phone: 612.333.1381
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· Weekly Newsletter
  January 16, 2014
· Parish Bulletin
  December 27, 2013
· BASILICA Magazine
  December 6, 2013
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Basilica Archives

Our historical collection spans the more than 140-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.

The Friends of The Basilica, now known as The Basilica Landmark, assisted in the establishment of permanent archives and in the hiring of an archivist for The Basilica of Saint Mary. Since 1997, great progress has been made in terms of the collection, cataloguing and preservation of archival materials connected with the history of The Basilica.

Genealogical resources include: 

  • 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, 1867-present (dates vary as some records may be restricted)

Other significant collections include:

  • 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
  • Photograph collection: View selected photographs from our collection here. (View by collection: Basilica of Saint Mary.)
  • Dome reconstruction records and blueprints, 1991-1992
  • Friends of The Basilica, 1990-2003

For official copies of sacramental documents (baptism, confirmation, marriage or burial certificates) contact Nola Nache, executive secretary.

For other informational and research requests contact Heather Craig, The Basilica Archivist. Sacramental records are also available on microfilm for researchers at the Archives of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Chancery, 226 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102. Call ahead for an appointment 651.291.4429.

Students protest the closing of The Basilica School, 1975. »
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