Trinity Church Wall Street’s archives preserve, protect, and make available records of enduring value to further the mission and ministry of the church. The archives are professionally maintained and house approximately 2,000 linear feet of records generated by the parish. In addition to documenting the activities and growth of Trinity since its founding in 1697, the records provide information pertinent to the story of New York City and the Episcopal Diocese of New York.
Items of interest include Trinity's original charter, a collection of handwritten and printed sermons spanning the 18th to 20th centuries, real estate records, and documentation of Trinity's ministries at home and abroad.
The parish registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials are available to search online. A database and map of those known to be buried in the Trinity and St. Paul’s Churchyards are also available, including colorful stories of some people of interest.
For more information about use and access of the archives and our guide to the contents of the archives (finding aid), see the links below or contact us at 212.602.9652 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research and Access Policies
Conducting Genealogical Research
Trinity Church Wall Street Archives is in the process of making data from its Baptism, Marriage, and Burial Registers available on this website. Those conducting genealogical research are encouraged to go to "Churchyards and Registers" to locate a gravestone or to search for baptisms, marriages and burials. Register data entry is ongoing.
All onsite genealogical research is done by Archives staff on a fee-for-service basis. Archives staff can search parish
- Baptisms onwards from 1749
- Confirmations onwards from 1860
- Marriages onwards from 1750
- Burial records onwards from 1777-1783, 1800
The staff will also search communicants’ pew records, and records relating to St. Paul's Churchyard, Trinity Churchyard, and Trinity Church Cemetery. Fees are $40/hour. Contact the Archives to request a research application at email@example.com . All requests will be answered as time permits. Please allow up to a month for a response.
All Other Research
Those wishing to visit the Archives for non-genealogical research must apply for access by submitting an email or letter of intent/purpose to the Archives. The application should state in detail the purpose of the research, the affiliation of the researcher, and identify the objectives and intended products of the research inquiry. Students who wish to do research in the archives must be at the graduate level.
Records that are more than 25 years old are open to the public, with the following exceptions. Confidential records, including personnel records and other documents containing sensitive personal information, are closed for a period of 75 years. The archivist also reserves the right to restrict the use of records if they have not been processed or appraised, if they contain unseparated personal information, or if their condition is fragile.
Thank you for your interest in donating items to the Trinity church archives. We welcome any donations that have a direct connection to Trinity church. This can include Trinity publications, personal papers of a Trinity vestryman or other leader, or a personal account of a Trinity event. If you have materials that you think we might want to add to our collection, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email, please describe the items you wish to donate and how they came into your custody and we will contact you with next steps.
Trinity Wall Street Archives
Parish of Trinity Church
120 Broadway, 38th Floor
New York, NY 10271