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Volume 1: Eastern United States - San Juan, Puerto Rico: PR-2

Archdiocese of San Juan

Catholic Church. Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico. The Chancery
570 Arrigoitia
P.O. Box 9021967
San Juan, PR 00902

Phone: 787-977-0672

Cathedral of San Juan
151 Cristo Street
P.O. Box 9022145
San Juan, PR 00902

Phone: 787-722-0861

History: The See of San Juan was erected in 1511 as the Diocese of Puerto Rico and a suffragen, first of the Province of Seville, Spain and then of the Province of Santiago de Cuba. In 1924 San Juan’s name was changed to the Diocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico and in 1960 it was elevated to an archdiocese. In 1791, the diocese was restricted to the Island of Puerto Rico after previously including portions of the Caribbean and present-day Venezuela. Evangelization of Native Americans began after 1511 and the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista was erected in 1522. Taino Indians and Mestizos have been among the parishioners of this and a number of other parishes established before the 19th century.

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans: Include sacramental records of the Cathedral of San Juan and other early parishes.

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.