GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE UNITED STATES Volume 2: Midwest United States: Illinois IL-2

Archdiocese of Chicago

 

Catholic Church. Archdiocese of Chicago. Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives and Records Center
711 West Monroe Street 
Chicago, IL 60661

Phone: 312-831-0711

http://archives.archchicago.org/    

 

Hours: See website 

Access: Some restrictions may apply   

Copying facilities: Yes

 

History: In 1843, the Diocese of Chicago was erected for Illinois from portions of the Dioceses of St. Louis and Vincennes, and with diminished area, it was elevated to an archdiocese in 1880. It reported no baptized Native American Catholics in 1900 and 1,500 in 1999. Within its current area, the Chicago Archdiocese and its predecessors administered the following missions and schools that served Native Americans:

 

1821-1833 Father Gabriel Richard attended Fort Dearborn (Métis and Potawatomi)
1833-1840 (no longer Native) Father John Mary Irenaeus St. Cyr administered Old St. Mary Church (Métis and Potawatomi), Chicago
1883-1884 St. Mary Training School (Santee and/or Sisseton and Wahpeton?), Feehanville [near Des Plaines]
1952-present St. Kateri Center of Chicago/ Anawim Center/ Archdiocesan American Indian apostolate, Chicago

 

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans: Includes sacramental records for (Old) St. Mary Church and school records for St. Mary Training School; parishioners included Chief Billy Caldwell or Sauganash (Potawatomi), 1780-1841).

 

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.

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