GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE UNITED STATES Volume 1: Eastern United States: New York NY-19

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Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans: Christian Brothers Midwest Province Archives

History: Saint John Baptist de la Salle (1651-1719) founded the Brothers of the Christian Schools (Christian Brothers) in France, 1680. The Christian Brothers made its first Mississippi valley (Genevieve, Missouri) foundation, 1819. The Midwest Province succeeded the St. Louis Province in 1955. However, Christian Brothers from both provinces staffed the following Catholic schools, which have served Native American students:

1907-1913

St. John School (Osage), Gray Horse, Osage Reservation, Oklahoma

1900-present

De La Salle High School (Ojibwa), Minneapolis, Minnesota; occasional native students

2001-2011

San Miguel School (Ojibwa), Minneapolis, Minnesota; occasional native students

2001-present

De La Salle Blackfeet School (Siksika), Browning, Blackfeet Reservation, Montana

 

Inclusive dates: 1888-present, undated

Volume: 15.5 cubic feet

Description: The Christian Brothers, Midwest Province Archives contain records of four schools that served Native Americans. These records are not organized according to a classification scheme. Consequently, the description is by record type.

 

/1 St. John School (Osage), Gray Horse, Osage Reservation, Oklahoma

Inclusive dates: 1888-1913, undated

Volume:.1 cubic foot

Description:

 A. Correspondence, 1907, 1911, 1913, 16 letters; major correspondents include

    Brother James, Brother Emery, and the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions

 B. "Diary-History," 1888-1910, 30 typed pages; authors unidentified; daily

    entries

 C. Histories [St. John School, Gray Horse, Osage Reservation, Oklahoma], ca.

    1911, 1913, undated, 35 pages:

  1. History of St. John School, ca. 1911, 9 pages; author unidentified

  2. History of St. John School for the years 1911-1912, written ca. 1913,

     17 pages: author unidentified

  3. History of St. John School, undated, 4 pages: author unidentified 

  4. History of St. John School, undated, 5 pages: author unidentified

 D. Contracts, 1907, 1913, 2 items:

  1. Contract (copy), September 4, 1913; with Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People, which includes an inventory of items at St. John School

  2. Agreement (copy), August 16, 1907; between the Christian Brothers and the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions

 E. "General Regulations" for students, undated

 F. "Prospectus for the St. John's Indian and Practical Agriculture School," undated, 1 folder; discusses aim of School, regulations, accommodations, and courses

 G. Lists of students, 1908-1909, 1 folder

 

/2 De La Salle High School (Ojibwa), Minneapolis, Minnesota

Inclusive dates: 1900-present

Volume: 6 cubic foot

Description: Materials include histories, yearbooks, Brother community materials, administrative files, publications (newsletters, bulletins), development materials, images

 

/3 San Miguel School (Ojibwa), Minneapolis, Minnesota

Inclusive dates: 2000-2011

Volume: 9 cubic foot

Description: Materials include administrative files, publications (newsletters, bulletins), development materials, multi-media, student projects, images

 

/4 De La Salle Blackfeet School (Siksika), Browning, Blackfeet Reservation, Montana

Inclusive dates: 2001-present

Volume: .50 cubic foot

Description: Materials include administrative files, publications (newsletters, brochures), and images

 

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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