GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE UNITED STATES Volume 2: Midwest United States: Iowa IA-3

Archdiocese of Dubuque

Catholic Church. Archdiocese of Dubuque. Archives

Archdiocesan Center
1229 Mount Loretta Avenue
P.O. Box 479
Dubuque, IA 52004-0479

Phone: 563-556-2580, Extension 299

https://www.dbqarch.org/offices/archives/

Hours: Appointment recommended

Access: Some restrictions apply

Copying facilities: Yes

History: The Diocese of Dubuque was erected from a portion of the Diocese of St. Louis in 1837, elevated to an archdiocese in 1893, and with new dioceses erected from its territory, it was reduced to less than the State of Iowa in 1893 and 1902. Since 1900 Dubuque reported fewer than 100 baptized Native American Catholics. The former Dubuque Diocese included the following Catholic missions and parishes serving Native Americans:


1838-1841 (closed)

St. Joseph Mission (Potawatomi), Council Bluffs, Iowa

1843-1846 (closed)

St. Francis Xavier Mission (Dakota), Little Prairie, Minnesota

1843-1848 (closed)

Our Blessed Lady of the Seven Dolors/ Winnebago Mission (Winnebago), Iowa

1848-1870s (no longer Native) (Dubuque, 1848-1850)

Assumption Church (Cree, Métis, and Ojibwa), Pembina, North Dakota

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1843-1856, 1970s-present

Volume: Less than 1 cubic foot

Description: 4 series with records.

 

/1 "Bishops' Papers

Inclusive dates: 1843-1856

Volume: .1 cubic foot

Description: Bishop Mathias Loras (1792-1858):

A. "Council Bluffs Correspondence," 1852, 1854, 1856, 3 letters; from St. Mary Mission (Potawatomi), St. Marys, Kansas

B. "Cretin to Loras Correspondence," 1843-1856, 1 folder; letters between Bishop Loras and Bishop Joseph Cretin

C. "General Correspondence," 1843-1850, 1 folder

D. "Indian Affairs Correspondence," 1848, 1853-1854, 1 folder

E. "Propagation of the Faith Correspondence," 1844-1850, 1 folder

 

/2 Parish files

Inclusive dates: 1970s-present

Volume: Few records possible

Description: Records (e.g. correspondence, notes, clippings, photography) of St. Patrick Church, Tama, about Fox Indian parishioners.

 

/3 Sacramental records

Inclusive dates: 1970s-present

Volume: Few records

Description: Sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) of St. Patrick Church, Tama, for Fox Indian parishioners.

 

/4 Archdiocesan newspaper

Inclusive dates: 1970s-present

Volume: Occasional articles

Description: The Witness, https://www.dbqarch.org/offices/witness/.

 

Unless noted otherwise, the records identified in this repository entry are held by that repository and not Marquette University Archives. However, Marquette’s holdings, e.g. Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, include related records about the Native and Catholic groups and places described in this entry.

New1984/rev2006-2017

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