GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE UNITED STATES Volume 1: Eastern United States: LOUISIANA: LA-1

Diocese of Alexandria

 

Catholic Church. Diocese of Alexandria. Archives

St. Joseph Catholic Center
4400 Coliseum Boulevard (physical address)
Alexandria, LA 71303

P.O. Box 7417 (postal address)
Alexandria, LA 71306-0417

Phone: 318-445-2401, Extension 202

Email: See website

http://diocesealex.org/offices-ministries/chancery

 

Hours: See website

Access: See website

Copying facilities: Yes

 

History: The Diocese of Alexandria was erected as the Diocese of Natchitoches from territory of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, 1853. Its name was changed to the Diocese of Alexandria, 1910. It was renamed the Diocese of Alexandria-Shreveport, 1976, which split and became the dioceses of Alexandria and Shreveport, 1968. Alexandria and its predecessors have served Native Americans through the following missions, parishes and organizations:

1717-1773 (Alexandria, 1881-1986)

San Miguel Chapel (Mestizos, Lipan Apache), Los Adayes Presidio [Spanish fort], Natchitoches, Texas

1728-present (Alexandria, 1853-present)

Immaculate Conception Basilica/ St. Francis Chapel (Metis), Natchitoches/ Fort Sainte Jean Baptiste, Louisiana

1835-present

Apalachee refuge descendants, Rapides Parish

1881-present (Alexandria, 1881-1986)

St. Joseph Church (Choctaw-Apache), Sabine Parish, Zwolle

1935-present (Alexandria, 1935-1986)

St. Ann Mission/ Church (Choctaw-Apache), Sabine Parish, Noble/ Ebarb

1939-present (Alexandria, 2015-present)

Tekakwitha Conference. National Center, Alexandria

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1700s-present

Volume: Less than 1 cubic foot

Description: 3 series with records.

 

/1 Bishops’ Papers

Inclusive dates: 1881-1986

Volume: Occasional letters

Description: Correspondence pertaining to Native Americans:

  • Immaculate Conception Basilica/ St. Francis Chapel (Metis), Natchitoches
  • St. Francis Xavier Cathedral/ Church, Alexandria
  • St. Joseph Church Choctaw-Apache), Zwolle
  • St. Ann Church (Choctaw-Apache), Ebarb/ Noble

 

/2 Sacramental records

Inclusive dates: 1700s-1800s

Volume: Several records

Description: Records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) of the following parishes:

  • Alexandria, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral/ Church; believed to include Apalachee parishioners
  • Natchitoches/ Fort Sainte Jean Baptiste, Immaculate Conception Basilica/ St. Francis Chapel; believed to include Metis parishioners

 

/3 Diocesan Newspaper

Inclusive dates: 1968-present

Volume: Occasional articles

Description: The Church Today, http://diocesealex.org/offices-ministries/about-church-today; archived online, 2013-present.

 

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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