GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 1: Eastern United States
Catholic Church. Diocese of St. Augustine. Archives
34 Aviles Street (physical address)
St. Augustine, FL 32084
P.O. Box 3506 (postal address)
St. Augustine FL 32085
History: The Vicariate Apostolate of Florida was erected, 1857; it was succeeded by the Diocese of St. Augustine, 1870; and it lost territory as more in-state dioceses were erected, 1958-1975. St. Augustine and its predecessors evangelized Native Americans as follows:
|1549-1763 (destroyed by English Carolinians with Native allies)||Spanish missionaries evangelized Native American peoples (e.g. Apalachee, Timucua) in La Florida, which encompassed present-day Florida and Georgia|
|1886-1880s||Sisters of St. Joseph at St. Joseph Academy (now St. Joseph High School), St. Augustine, attended to Chihuahua Apache Indians incarcerated at Fort Marion (now Castillo San Marcos National Monument)|
Holding of Catholic records about Native Americans:
Inclusive dates: 1594-1967
Volume: Less than 1 cubic foot
Description: 3 series may contain records.
/1 Bishops Papers
Inclusive dates: 1857-1967
Volume: Scant amount
Description: May include occasional correspondence relative to Mestizo (Native-Spanish mixed-race) Catholics, 1857-1967, and Apache Indian at Fort Marion, 1886-1880s.
/2 Sacramental Records
Inclusive dates: 1594-1881
Description: Records for Native American converts and Mestizo parishioners of St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica.
/3 File pertaining to Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Joseph Academy
Inclusive dates: 1886-1880s
Description: Ministering to Apache Indians at Fort Marion and teaching their children.
Unless noted otherwise, the repository named above holds (or held) the records described and not the Marquette University Archives. However, Marquette’s holdings, e.g. Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, include related records about these Native and Catholic groups and places.