Record Group 1 of Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records
Scope and Content: BCIM Series 4-4 Lectures, Homilies and Addresses

This series comprises lectures, homilies, and addresses, and includes texts that were read to accompany the showing of lantern slides and silent motion pictures. One such silent motion picture, "The Life of Christ," was shown outdoors in 1924 at the Catholic Sioux Congress, held at St. Francis Mission, Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota. This movie comprised four reels of color film shown in conjunction with a text read in English and its translation into Lakota. See Rev. John S. Woods, "27th Annual Sioux Congress", The Indian Sentinel, 4(1924):4:149.

The lecture scripts and guides to glass lantern slides were developed for public presentations and include numerous anecdotes and incidents from missionaries. Also included is the drama, Coaina, which was performed in several mission schools, and a comprehensive file of U.S. treaty stipulations on Indian education. The Lecture A and B guides refer to images made from photographs in Series 9-1. The Historical Note above contains a list of known lecturers for the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions.

This series has not been microfilmed and the glass lantern slides (ca. 2,000 items) from these lectures have been transferred to the Glass Slide Collection.