A history of the archdiocese in 10 objects

A rustic thurible (for burning incense during worship) from missionary days, left, and a relic of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini are among the treasures found in the Archives of the Archdiocese of Seattle. A rustic thurible (for burning incense during worship) from missionary days, left, and a relic of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini are among the treasures found in the Archives of the Archdiocese of Seattle.

The Archives of the Archdiocese of Seattle date back to the 1840s when our first bishop, A.M.A. Blanchet, and his vicar general, Father Jean-Baptiste Brouillet, began to set aside records documenting the building and administration of the church in this region. Since then, generations of archivists have faithfully preserved materials that document the growth and setbacks of our diverse parishes, schools and communities.