Reference Services

The Maryknoll Mission Archives staff is happy to answer questions requiring a limited amount of research. Please submit inquires to our Reference Desk by:

Phone:  914-941-7636 extension 2500
Fax:       914-944-3620
Letter:  Maryknoll Mission Archives
P.O. Box 305, Maryknoll, N.Y. 10545
Online:  Contact Us form

If your question cannot be answered within a reasonable amount of time or requires extensive research, you may be asked to schedule a visit.

Finding aids for collections open for research are available online.

Researchers working on projects for publication such as dissertations, books, articles, films, etc. must submit for review a researcher application, a detailed project proposal and curriculum vitae. All requests of this nature must be approved by the Archives and the Society, Congregation or Association leadership prior to the start of research.

We suggest genealogical researchers begin by searching the Missioners section of this site which presents biographical information on deceased Maryknollers.

Visit the Archives

Visitors are welcome by appointment. All onsite researchers must submit a researcher application and are encouraged to speak with a staff member about the nature of their project prior to their visit.

Reading Room Hours

Monday – Friday 8:30 am – noon and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday Closed

The Archives is also closed on the following holidays:
New Year’s Day; Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Presidents’ Day; Good Friday; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day; Friday after Thanksgiving;  Christmas Eve; Christmas Day


The Archives is located in the Center Building (also known as the Seminary Building) on the campus of the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America’s headquarters in Maryknoll, N.Y. The street address is 55 Ryder Road, Maryknoll, NY 10545. Please visit the Society’s web page for driving directions.

Parking is available onsite.

What to expect when you arrive

All visitors must access the Center building through the main entrance. You will be signed-in and issued a visitor’s badge by member of the Security staff. The visitor’s badge must be worn during your stay. Your arrival will be communicated to the Archives and a staff member will arrive promptly to greet you and escort you to the reading room.

Use of the Reading Room

Please read our Reading Room Rules prior to your arrival.

Researchers are encouraged to bring laptops and tablet devices for note taking in the reading room. Electrical outlets are available for these devices. However, network and wireless connections are not available in the reading room.

The use of hand-held scanners, cameras, and cell phones to make reproductions of any archival materials is prohibited.

Photographic and photocopy services are available for a fee. Researchers may not make their own copies.

Reproduction and Duplication

The Maryknoll Mission Archives provides limited photocopying and digital duplication services for the personal use of our researchers. Copy requests must be approved by an archives staff member and are subject to copyright law. All copies must be made by an archives staff member. The Archives reserves the right to deny requests for duplication. Onsite researchers are encouraged to take notes in order to limit copying. Scans and/or copies required to answer questions from remote researchers will be made at the discretion of the archivist.

Photocopies cost $.25 per page plus a $10.00 per hour staff time fee (first hour of staff time is free).

Rules and fees for digital image scans and duplication of select audiovisual materials are available upon request.

In cases where archives’ staff members provide research services and/or reference copies of images for requesters in lieu of an onsite visit, a hourly research fee will be charged in addition to the fees for copies and use.

Separate written permission is required to quote from, publish, reproduce or display any copied materials. Use fees for publication are available upon request.

Please submit any questions about our duplication and use policies and fees through Contact Us.