GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE UNITED STATES

Volume 1: Eastern United States -- Tallahassee, Florida: FL-12

Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Martyrs of La Florida Missions
P.O. Box 12062
Tallahassee, FL 32317

Phone: 850-445-1326

Email: secretary@martyrsoflafloridamissions.org

http://www.martyrsoflafloridamissions.org/

Hours: See website

Access: Per Vatican regulations, the holdings remain sealed until it concludes its investigation.

Copying facilities: Unknown

History:

1939 Father John Wynne, S.J., sent Bishop John Mark Gannon of Erie, Pennsylvania, a list of presumed Native and non-Native American martyrs from colonial North America. While acknowledging that archival repositories in Spain, Cuba, and Mexico held the bulk of the pertinent records, Bishop Gannon assembled a team of church historians.
2015 Following substantial archival research, the Catholic bishops of Florida opened a cause for over 80 presumed martyrs killed for their faith in Spanish La Florida (present-day Florida and Georgia), 1549-1761. They comprise Apalachee, Chickasaw, and Timucua Indian converts and Dominican, Franciscan, and Jesuit missionaries, many of whom were killed by English Carolinian colonists and their Native allies.
2017 Archival research expected to conclude.

 

Holding of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: ca. 1549-1761

Volume: Over 1 cubic foot (2,000+ pages) of transcripts of historical documents

Description: Martyrdoms of Native American converts and missionaries derived from several repositories.

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.

New2017

Archival materials from the Raynor Memorial Libraries


Marquette Archives