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Government and Politics

BUREAU OF CATHOLIC INDIAN MISSIONS RECORDS, 1848-, undated, 609.8 feet + 64.7 GB [421 reels microfilm] (25.1 feet unprocessed).

The Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions (formerly, The Office of Catholic Commissioner for Indian Missions, 1874-) supports Catholic evangelization among Native American Indians and Alaskan Natives in the United States and dependent territories through advocacy for and financial support of Native American Catholic missions, schools, and parishes in need.  The Bureau has also supported Native American economic justice and human rights issues through government advocacy, monitoring, and testimony. The records include correspondence, reports, publications, audio and video recordings, photography, government documents, and websites.  The collection also includes the records of two other affiliated agencies, and with the BCIM, they are known collectively as the Black and Indian Mission Office (Washington, D.C.). However, since the BCIM accumulated the bulk of the records, its name designates the overall collection.
[Connect to Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Inventory]



See -- Marquette Archives e-Archives > Native Collections > Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Digital Image Collection.

Selected images of Native Americans and associated Catholic missionaries from the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, the Sacred Heart Province Franciscan Records, and the Walter Bernard “Ben” Hunt Collection.
[Connect to Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Digital Image Collection]


DIOCESE OF SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS RECORDS, 1580-1716, 1981-1992, undated, 0.5 foot + 11.6 GB [400 35mm slides].

Spanish language correspondence and reports regarding Dominican and Franciscan evangelization of Maya and Zoque Indians in Chiapas and Jesuit evangelization of Tarahumara Indians in Nueva Vizcaya (Chihuahua and Durango), Mexico amid Spanish government colonization of the region.
[Connect to Diocese of San Cristobal Inventory]


Photocopies of case files, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, largely concerning the agency's investigations of political dissent. Notable files include those on Albert Einstein, the House Committee on Un-American Activities, Joseph McCarthy, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Watergate, and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. The collection also contains the J. Edgar Hoover Official and Confidential File.
[Connect to FBI Investigation and Surveillance Records Inventory]

FOX, NOEL P., PAPERS, 1924-1982, 7.5 feet.

Case files, correspondence, clippings, and reports documenting the political and judicial career of Noel P. Fox, a graduate of Marquette University who served as U.S. District Court judge for the Western District of Michigan, 1962-1979. Notable among 39 federal court cases in the files are those concerning the desegregation of schools in Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo, and Lansing, Michigan, and the fishing rights of Ojibwa and Ottawa Indians in Michigan. In addition, there is substantial information on Fox's surveys of Michigan's corrections system (1949) and justice courts (1959-1961), and on the Michigan Constitutional Convention of 1961, for which he chaired the Citizen's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary Department. Other files relate to Fox's activities as an arbitrator and mediator of labor disputes (1941-1956) and circuit court judge in Muskegon, Michigan (1951-1962), and his unsuccessful campaigns for Congress (1938 and 1950) and Secretary of State of Michigan (1948).
[Connect to Noel P. Fox Inventory]


FALLA-SÁNCHEZ, RICARDO, S.J., PAPERS, 1937-2005, undated, 0.7 foot [6 reels microfilm] (0.4 foot unprocessed).

Primarily notes, manuscripts, and interviews in Spanish and Quiché about Quiché Indians in Guatemala during a government-sponsored reign of genocide. The author used these papers for his Ph.D. dissertation and published writings.
[Connect to Ricardo Falla-Sánchez Inventory]

KERSTEN, CHARLES J., PAPERS, 1919-1972, bulk 1946-1960, 13.2 feet.

Papers documenting the political career of an attorney and U.S. Representative (Rep.) from the 5th Congressional District of Wisconsin (1947-1948, 1951-1954), who investigated Communist membership in labor unions (1947-1948), authored the Kersten Amendment to "support resistance behind the Iron Curtain" (1951) and chaired the House Select Committee on Communist Aggression (1953-1954). Included are campaign files, constituent correspondence (substantially weeded), press clippings, speeches, audiotape recordings, a small amount of personal correspondence, and subject files pertaining to the "captive nations" of eastern Europe and national liberation movements within these countries. The collection includes correspondence to and from Richard M. Nixon.
[Connect to Charles J. Kersten Inventory]


Political campaign records that came into the possession of James R. Klauser during his thirty-year career helping Republican candidates to get elected in Wisconsin. Most records pertain to the gubernatorial elections of Tommy G. Thompson.
[Connect to James Klauser Gubernatorial Campaign Records Inventory]

McCARTHY, JOSEPH R., PAPERS, 1930-1957, 141.6 feet (36.6 feet unprocessed).

Papers documenting the political career of the Republican Senator from Wisconsin, including campaign files, manuscripts, photographs, press clippings, speeches, sound recordings of speeches and broadcasts, a few films, reports and publications, a small amount of personal correspondence (1940s), and subject files pertaining largely to his investigations of communism. Campaign records, manuscripts, and subject files are sealed.
[Connect to Joseph R. McCarthy Inventory]


McGILLYCUDDY, VALENTINE T., PAPERS, 1867-1940, 0.1 foot [45 microfiche].

Correspondence and other papers on microfiche regarding Dr. Valentine Trant McGillycuddy, a physician, cartographer, and Pine Ridge (Red Cloud) U.S. Indian Agent to the Oglala Indians in South Dakota.


MORGAN, THOMAS J., PAPERS, 1889-1893, 0.6 foot.

Facsimiles of letter books compiled by Thomas Jefferson Morgan as Commissioner of Indian Affairs, which pertain to his administration of the U.S. Office of Indian Affairs, American Indian assimilation and education and conflicts with the Catholic Church.


NORTH AMERICAN FRENCH REGIME COLLECTION, 1593-1977, undated, 0.9 foot [29 reels microfilm].

Microfilmed records authored by French Government and Jesuit explorers and evangelizers in the Great Lakes, Mississippi, and St. Lawrence regions. Related research notes by Rev. Raphael N. Hamilton, S.J. are also included.
[Connect to North American French Regime Inventory]


PEÑA CALAC, JULIANA,PAPERS, 1887-1960, 0.2 foot.

Papers authored and collected by Juliana Pena Calac regarding her schooling and family life and that of her siblings; U.S. military service by Cupeño Indians; and her work on U.S. Government acknowledgement and economic justice concerns of Cupeño Indians of Pala, California.
[Connect to Juliana Peña Calac Inventory]


PRUCHA, FRANCIS PAUL, S.J., PAPERS, 1927-[ongoing], 23.8 feet.

Papers regarding United States Government – Native American tribal relationships by a Marquette University history professor. The papers include correspondence, subject and research project files, teaching notes, lectures, and photographic prints of Indian peace medals.
[Connect to Francis Paul Prucha Inventory]


RADIN, PAUL, PAPERS, 1727-2003, undated, 13.1 feet + .9 GB (4.3 feet unprocessed).

Published writings, manuscript drafts and notes, and facsimile correspondence from other repositories comprise the bulk of these anthropological papers on orality and religious beliefs in ethnic groups from North America, Africa, and the East Indies. Also included is Radin's file compiled by the FBI.
[Connect to Paul Radin Inventory]


RAPID CITY (SOUTH DAKOTA) JOURNAL NATIVE AMERICAN REFERENCE FILE, 1891, 1939-1941, 1946, 1955-1984, undated, 0.1 foot [72 microfiche].

Clippings with biographical and historical notes on Dakota-Lakota Indians and associates, on the Pine Ridge, Rosebud, and Cheyenne River Indian reservations and in Rapid City. Major topics include the American Indian Movement and Black Hills claims against the U.S. Government.
[Connect to Rapid City Journal Native American Reference Inventory]


Records comprised of correspondence, publications, and photography regarding the termination and restoration of the government-to-government relationship between the Menominee Nation and the United States. Also included are records regarding Menominee Indian welfare and the designation of the Wolf River as a National Scenic River.
[Connect to Henry Reuss Menominee Inventory]

REUSS, HENRY S., PEACE CORPS RECORDS, 1958-1967, 1973, 1980, 1.3 feet.

Correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and publications documenting Reuss' proposal for a Point Four Youth Corps and public reaction to the plan, the founding of the Peace Corps (for which he drafted the authorizing legislation), the establishment of a binational Peace Corps project with West Germany, and the establishment of Peace Corps volunteer training programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Marquette University.
[Connect to Henry S. Reuss Peace Corps Records Inventory]

ROTH, TOBY, PAPERS, 1974-1997, 39.2 feet.

Papers documenting the political career of the U.S. Representative (Rep.) from the 8th Congressional District of Wisconsin, 1979-1997. Contains legislative files, correspondence, reports, press releases, newspaper clippings, speeches, campaign records, photographs, and audio-visual materials.
[Connect to Toby Roth Inventory]

THOMPSON, TOMMY G., PAPERS, 1957-[ongoing], bulk 1986-2001, 305 feet.

Papers documenting the public career of the Wisconsin Republican who served as State Assemblyman (1967-1986) and Governor (1987-2001) before becoming U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (2001-2005). The collection includes personal papers, photographs, memorabilia, and audiovisual materials documenting Thompson's public service at the state and federal levels.
[Connect to Tommy G. Thompson Inventory]


Audiotaped interviews of 21 former public officials and journalists concerning issues and personalities in Wisconsin state government and the government of the city and county of Milwaukee. Notable interviewees include Lee Sherman Dreyfus, John A. Gronouski, Patrick J. Lucey, Gaylord Nelson, William F. O'Donnell, John W. Reynolds, Martin J. Schreiber, and Frank P. Zeidler. Typed summary descriptions exist for most interviews.
[Connect to Wisconsin Politics Oral History Inventory]

YSLETA DEL SUR PUEBLO ARCHIVES, 1794-1985?, 0.6 foot [18 reels microfilm + 80 aperture cards].

Microfilmed and published records regarding Tiwa and Apache Indians in Texas. Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, a predominantly Catholic people, compiled these records as part of its successful effort to achieve acknowledgement by the United States Government.
[Connect to Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo Inventory]


ZABLOCKI, CLEMENT J., PAPERS, 1936-1986, 40.2 feet

Papers documenting the political career of the U.S. Representative (Dem.) from the 4th Congressional District of Wisconsin, 1949-1983, who was primary author of the War Powers Act of 1973 and chaired the House Committee on International Relations/Foreign Affairs from 1977 until his death. Included are constituent correspondence, newsletters, press releases, and speech files, as well as records relating to politics and elections, legislative activities, and service on committees, particularly Foreign Affairs. Photographs and audio, film, and video recordings of the Congressman are also contained in the holdings.
[Connect to Clement J. Zablocki Inventory]

ZABLOCKI, CLEMENT J., ORAL HISTORY COLLECTION, 1984-1985, 1989-1990, 0.2 foot

Interviews of the congressman's associates and family member by William Haskins (transcripts) and Stephen Leahy (audiocassettes). Notable interviewees include George Reedy and Ivo Spalatin.
[Connect to Clement J. Zablocki Oral History Inventory]


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