Records pertaining to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church and school, Pembina, North Dakota, and Catholic evangelization among the Ojibwa Indians and Métis by diocesan priests and  Oblates of Mary Immaculate from Canada.


History Note

See -- Repository entry ND-12, Assumption of the Blessed Mary Church, Pembina, North Dakota, in Marquette's Guide to Catholic Records about Native Americans in the United States.


Scope and Content

Typed transcripts comprise the bulk of the collection, most of which are in French with English summaries (reels 1-3). From 1934 to 1947, Reverend Julius M. Belleau compiled the copies from correspondence in the archives of the Archdioceses of Québec (Québec) and Sainte Boniface (Manitoba). Notable correspondents include Archbishops Joseph-Octave Plessis and Alexander-Antonine Taché, O.M.I.; Reverends Georges Antoine Belcourt, Severe Joseph Nicholas Dumoulin, Jean Baptiste M. Genin, O.M.I., Joseph Goiffon, J. La Fleche, Joseph Norbert Provencher, J. Joseph Roulette, and Lawrence Simonet; and Louis Riel (Métis).

Also included are short biographies, local histories, and a baptismal registry by Reverend Goiffon (reel 3).

Microfilmed by Assumption Abbey, Richardson, North Dakota, where Reverend Belleau had donated the copies in 1956. Marquette University acquired the microfilm from Assumption Abbey in 1980-1981.

Reformatted records: Records that have been microfilmed are so noted, most of which are available throughout the United States via interlibrary loan. These and other records are or can be made available in digital formats via email. Reformatting fees may apply. Ask an Archivist for details.

Julius M. Belleau Collection (Series 1 and 2)