The Diocese of Owensboro Archives is open to researchers by appointment. Given our small staff and limited hours, we cannot accommodate drop-in visitors or requests for appointments on short notice. Researchers must contact the archivist at least two weeks in advance to schedule a research visit.
To make an appointment, please complete the form below and submit it. The archivist will contact you to confirm a date and time for your visit, and to follow up with questions about your research topic.
All researchers using the resources of the Diocese of Owensboro Archives in person must complete this form. The information you provide will help us assist you in your research, compile statistics about the use of our collections, and provide for the security of the archives.
Application for Access to Archival Materials
Conditions of Use
- The stacks are closed for browsing. Materials may not be borrowed from our collections.
- Documents may not be removed from the research room.
- Smoking, eating, and drinking are not permitted anywhere in the research room.
- Pens are prohibited; please use a pencil for note-taking. Laptops are allowed, laptop bags are not.
- Materials must lie flat on the table. Do not place materials on laps, lean on them, write on them, fold them, trace from them, or handle them in any way likely to damage them. The archivist will provide support for fragile books if needed.
- Researchers may remove only one folder at a time from the box.
- Researchers must preserve the existing arrangement of material within folders and boxes. If anything appears to be misfiled, call it to the attention of the archivist but do not rearrange it yourself. Turn the pages in a book-like fashion.
- The Diocese of Owensboro reserves the right to set restrictions on access to and copying of archival materials.
- Mark materials for copying by placing the provided paper flags vertically in the folder in front of the requested document. The end of the flag should stick up out of the folder. The archivist will make copies for researchers.
- Material request, photocopy, reproduction, and permission to publish forms are available from the archivist.
- Researchers who notice damage to archival materials should bring it to the attention of the archivist.
- Everything brought into the research room is subject to inspection upon arrival and departure.