GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 1: Eastern United States
Catholic Church. Archdiocese of Mobile. Archives
400 Government Street
P.O. Box 1966
Mobile, AL 36633
Hours: See website
Access: See website
Copying facilities: Yes
History: Mobile was erected as the Vicariate Apostolate of Alabama and the Floridas with territory from the Diocese of Louisiana and the Two Floridas (Saint Louis of New Orleans), 1825. It was erected as the Diocese of Mobile, 1829; renamed the Diocese of Mobile-Birmingham, 1954; split into the dioceses of Mobile and Birmingham, 1969; and elevated to the Archdiocese of Mobile, 1980. It lost territory as out-of-state dioceses were erected, 1850-1975. Within the present-day archdiocese, Dominicans, Capuchins, Carmelites, Jesuits (Lyon Province, Lyon, France), and the Seminary of Foreign Missions (Paris, France and Québec, Canada) evangelized Apalachee, Choctaw, and Tunica Indians, 1540-ca. 1763.
Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:
Inclusive dates: 1704-1739, unknown; bulk believed 1704-1739
Volume: Several records
Description: 2 series with records.
/1 Sacramental records
Inclusive dates: 1704-1739
Volume: 1 volume
Description: Published diocesan records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for Native Americans among others; see website.
/2 Archdiocesan history
Inclusive dates: 1825-present
Volume: 1 book
Description: History of Archdiocese [book] with references to Native Americans; see website.
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.