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The Archives of the BNSIC includes in its collection:

  • historical records of the construction and building of the Shrine
  • records of iconography and furnishings
  • architectural and construction records
  • a complete collection of the Shrine publication Salve Regina / Mary’s Shrine (1914 – present)
  • information about Shrine artists
  • photographs of the construction of the Shrine and Shrine events
  • video record of Shrine Liturgical Celebrations and other televised events
  • service registers and worship leaflets
  • scrapbooks and news clippings pertaining to the Shrine from 1910 to the present
  • information regarding the American Hierarchy

The Archives does not include in its collection baptismal, marriage, or other personal data records, nor does it have any genealogical information.

The Shrine Archives welcomes specific questions, either by email or standard mail (Archivist, The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, D.C.  20017).  Turn-around time is three weeks.

Those requiring extensive research must work on-site.   Applications for an appointment to do such research must be made in writing at least two weeks in advance.  Scholars and/or researchers should include the scope of the project and specific needs, as far as they are known.

Please click here to contact Archivist/Curator.

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