About the Archives

The Archives of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) are the official repository for the inactive records of the Central Church Administration, documenting the All-American Councils, the Holy Synod, the Metropolitan Council, dioceses, monasteries, seminaries, parishes, clergy, departments, boards, commissions, and a variety of other external and internal matters affecting the Church.

Additional collections preserved with the OCA Archives include some 90 sets of personal and institutional archives of hierarchs, clergy, lay leaders, and Church-related entities, as well as photographs, films and videos, computer discs, and other media, periodicals, Church directories, and anniversary and historical publications and artifacts from throughout the world.

These rich and unparalleled historical collections include original documents handwritten by the North American Orthodox saints and documentation chronicling the history of Orthodox Christianity in North America dating back to the Alaskan mission in 1794.

Individuals and groups are always welcome to visit the OCA Archives to familiarize themselves with the collections or to conduct research on a particular topic.  Historical questions may also be directed to the OCA Archivist by e-mail, phone, fax or mail.  To schedule a visit or to send questions, please contact Alexis Liberovsky, OCA Archivist, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); voice 516-922-0550 ext. 121; fax 516-922-0954; PO Box 675, Syosset, NY 11791.