​​​​​​Using ​​​the Archives​​

ARCAT receives over 100 visitors and 1,300 research requests annually!

Over 80 publications​ have been written based on ARCAT's holdings.


​Access to A​​​​rchival Material​

Our access policies are based on principles derived from Canon Law, privacy legislation, third-party confidentiality, and archival arrangement.

Our primary source material dated prior to 1961 is open to researchers. Confidential or private records, and unprocessed materials are closed.

Academic researchers and parish historians may conduct research at ARCAT by appointment only.  

As the archives of a private corporation, ARCAT reserves the right to restrict access to members of the public.


Photocopying​​, Photographing & Scanning​

We encourage researchers to visit the archives and examine primary documents on-site.

Photocopying is done by ARCAT staff for a fee.

We do not permit bulk photoc​opying of archival material for researchers to take with them. Repeated photocopying of fragile documents causes degradation.

Visitors may be permitted to photograph archival material on-site to expedite research and lessen wear on documents.

Visitors may order scans of archival material. Scanning is done by ARCAT staff for a fee.

Duplicates of archival material - photocopies, photographs, scanning - are to be used solely for the purpose of private study and are subject the Canadian Copyright Act.

Images may not be transferred to another individual or organization, deposited in another institution, sold, or duplicated without prior written permission of ARCAT or the copyright owner.


L​​oans

We do not loan any archival material, microfilm reels or reference books to members of the public.


Citat​ions

All quotations from sources within ARCAT must be referenced.  There is no single accepted way to cite primary sources found in archives.  In general, state the name of the archives and provide enough details for the record to be retrieved in the future.  Here are some citation guidelines:​

  • ​If the document has an assigned code number: the name of the repository, the name of the fonds/collection, the code number. For example:
    Archives of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto (ARCAT), Bishop Michael Power fonds, M AA07.01a.

  • ​If the document has a partial assigned code number (i.e. the code number is assigned to the entire file, not the specific document): the name of the repository, the name of the fonds/collection, the file name, the series number, the date of creation. For example:
    Archives of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto (ARCAT),Catholic Church Extension Society of Canada fonds, General Correspondence, OC07CO01, 20 Oct 1953.​

  • I​​f the document does not have an assigned code number: the name of the repository, the name of the fonds/collection, the series number, the file name, title of document (if applicable), the date of creation. For example:
    Archives of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto (ARCAT), Parish Collection, St. Helen's Toronto, Construction/Renovations, 15 Sep 1951.
    Archives of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto (ARCAT), Parish Collection, St. Helen's Toronto, Publications, "St. Helen's 125th Anniversary."

Publication​ & Display

To reproduce archival material from ARCAT for publication or for display, researchers are required to sign a contract which grants reproduction permission on a one-time-only basis.  A credit line reading "Courtesy Archives of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto (ARCAT)" must be included on each record or photograph reproduced.  If the material is not copyright of the Archdiocese of Toronto, the publishing party assumes all responsibility for clearing publication with the copyright owner.


Don​​ations

ARCAT is always happy to consider donations of historical papers, reference books, artifacts etc., that fit within our collecting mandate.  We encourage parishes, clergy and Catholic organizations to remember ARCAT when tempted to dispose of old records.​