GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE UNITED STATES Volume 2: Midwest United States: ILLINOIS: IL-9
Archdiocese of Chicago
Passionists, Holy Cross Province
5700 North Harlem Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631
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Access: No restrictions
Copying facilities: Yes
History: Founded by St. Paul of the Cross in 1720, the Passionists or Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ made their first U.S. foundation in 1852 and established the Holy Cross Province in 1906. In so doing since 1895, they have administered St. Francis Church, St. Paul, Kansas, and administered the records of the Jesuits’ former Osage Mission on that site.
For a history of Osage Mission, see the entry for the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas.
Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:
Inclusive dates: 1845-1890s, 1947, undated
Volume: .4 cubic foot
Description: The “St. Francis Institute: Historical Documents” within the Passionists Holy Cross Province Archives are not arranged with a classification scheme. Consequently, the description is by type of record.
- Correspondence, 1845-1850, 1853, 1866-1888, ca. 150 letters: re: primarily finances or land; major correspondents include Reverend John Schoenmakers, S.J., Reverend Paul Ponziglione, S.J., Reverend Isidore Robot, O.S.B., and representatives of the United States government and Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions
- Financial records, 1858, 1863, 1868-1875, 1882-1888, .1 cubic foot; include a treaty with the Osages (handwritten copy), 1863, claim forms and receipts for the schools, 1882-1888; deeds and abstracts, 1868-1875; Reverend John Schoenmakers’ will, 1858; and financial and statistical reports, 1882-1887
- School records, 1869-1871, undated, .2 cubic foot; includes the charter (copy) for St. Francis Institute, 1870; contracts, 1869, 1871, undated; a volume listing students by class, 1886
- Historical notes, 1809s, 1947, 1 folder: includes a 6-page handwritten history of Osage Mission by Reverend Paul Ponziglione, and a Centennial History of the Osage Mission, 1947, 1 volume
[Holdings not at Marquette University, however, Marquette’s holdings include related records.]