Volume 4: Outside United States
British Columbia: BC-1

Catholic Church. Archdiocese of Vancouver. Archives
4885 Saint John Paul II Way 
Vancouver BC V5Z 0G3 Canada

Phone: 604-683-0281


Hours: By appointment only 

Access: Some restrictions apply 

Copying facilities: Yes 


History: The Diocese of Vancouver’s Island was erected, 1846, as a suffragan of Oregon City (now, the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon) and it was later elevated as the Archdiocese of Vancouver and as a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Quebec. Vancouver included the east shore of Puget Sound (now the Archdiocese of Seattle, Washington) to 1853 and it included Alaska to 1894. Vancouver administered the following Catholic missions and schools in Alaska, which served Native Americans:

1867-1915 (closed) (Vancouver, 1846-1894) St. Stanislaus/ St. Paul the Apostle Mission (Koyukon), Kokrines, Alaska
1873-present (Vancouver, 1846-1894) St. Michael Mission (Eskimo), St. Michael, Alaska
1879-present (Vancouver, 1846-1894) St. Rose of Lima Church (Tlingit) Wrangell/ Fort Wrangell, Alaska
1887-present (Vancouver, 1846-1894) Church of the Nativity/ St. Mary’s Mission (Eskimo, Ingalik), St. Marys/ Akularak, Alaska
1887-present (Vancouver, 1846-1894) St. Aloysius Mission (Eskimo), Tanana, Alaska
1888-present (Vancouver, 1846-1894) Holy Cross Mission (Eskimo, Ingalik), Holy Cross/ Koserefsky, Alaska
1889-1894 (closed) (Vancouver, 1846-1894) St. Alphonsus Mission and School (Eskimo), Tununak, Alaska
1889-1956 (closed) (Vancouver, 1846-1894) Holy Cross School and Orphanage (Eskimo, Ingalik, others), Holy Cross/ Koserefsky, Alaska


Holding of Catholic records about Native Americans in the United States: Unknown. However, the Vancouver Archdiocesan Archives includes records pertaining to Catholic evangelization in Alaska.

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.


Archival materials from the Raynor Memorial Libraries

Marquette Archives