GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE UNITED STATES
Diocese of Buffalo
Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity. Holy Name Province. Archives
4421 Lower River Road
Stella Niagara, NY 14144
Phone: 716-754-4311 Extension 9764#
Email: See website
Hours: See website
Access: See website
Copying facilities: Yes
History: After their founding in the Netherlands, 1855, the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity expanded and made their first North American foundation, 1886. They organized their North American Province, 1928, which a decade later, they subdivided into three provinces: Holy Name (Stella Niagara, New York), eastern United States; Sacred Heart (Denver, Colorado), Midwest United States; and St. Francis (Redwood City, California), western United States. Under Reverend Mother Kostka Schlaghecken, O.S.F. (1850-1932), sisters from Germany staffed and taught at the following schools among Native Americans:
1886-1938 (transferred to Sacred Heart Province)
St. Francis School (Brule Lakota), Rosebud Reservation/ Agency, St. Francis, South Dakota/ Dakota Territory
1888-1938 (transferred to Sacred Heart Province)
Holy Rosary School (Oglala Lakota), Pine Ridge Reservation/ Agency, Pine Ridge, South Dakota/ Dakota Territory
Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:
Inclusive dates: 1886-1930s, undated
Volume: Less than 1 cubic foot
Description: 3 series.
/1 Kronic [House Chronicle]
Inclusive dates: 1886-1938
Volume: At least 2 volumes
Description: Early originals in German with English translations.
A. St. Francis Mission, Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota, 1886-1938, 1 volume
B. Holy Rosary Mission, Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, 1888-1938, 1 volume
/2 Correspondence (presumed)
Inclusive dates: Unknown (1886?-1930s?)
Volume: Several letters
Description: Reverend Mother Kostka Schlaghecken, O.S.F. (1850-1932) and provincial superiors.
/3 Personnel files (presumed)
Inclusive dates: Unknown (1880s-1930s)
Volume: Several files
Description: Reverend Mother Kostka Schlaghecken, O.S.F. (1850-1932) and other sisters who staffed the Holy Rosary and St. Francis schools.
Inclusive dates: Undated (1880s-1930s)
Volume: Several prints
A. Sisters and Brulé Lakota children at the St. Francis mission school and elsewhere on the Rosebud Reservation, undated (1880s-1930s), few prints.
B. Sisters and Oglala Lakota children at the Holy Rosary mission school and elsewhere on the Pine Ridge Reservation, undated (1880s-1930s), few prints.
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.