GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 5: Help Pages
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Catholic and Native group names and terms found in the Help Pages: These Catholic and Native groups are fully discoverable in the Native Guide, but are likely less discoverable in the descriptive inventories to Marquette's special collections, e.g. Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records. Because in many instances, ethnographic/ tribal names have not been used comprehensively and historic alternative names have been used instead in many instances.
Consider the location and era of the search subject: Search strategies should consider the location and era of the subject, e.g. Catholic organizations, Native American tribes, as noted in the Native Guide repository entries.
Entries: The entries represent current archival repositories only, which are arranged alphabetically by state, territory, country, or province, and thereunder by city or town. Entries contain current contact information and a summary description of their holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans in the United States. If the repository is a Catholic mission, parish, school, diocese, or religious institute or order, a history is also included to illuminate the record holdings and identify all Catholic and Native American groups represented. With few exceptions, the Marquette University Archives and Special Collections does not hold copies of the records described in the Native Guide.
Records from defunct repositories and Catholic institutions/places without repositories: Defunct repositories (e.g. missions, parishes, schools) and institutions and places with Catholic activities that never maintained records (e.g. missions, stations) do not have entries. To find records pertaining to these places, search the histories in the entries of parishes and diocesan archives in nearby cities. If necessary, especially for pre-20th century records, also search the histories in the entries of diocesan archives in nearby states. Pertinent repositories of record holdings from religious insitutes or orders may be held in regional or national repositories located in distant states. Again, search the histories.
Why the Guide? Throughout the United States, Native American Catholics often comprise an obscure and overlooked group within the Catholic Church and American society as a whole, for which the Native Guide serves as an invaluable tool for finding Native Catholic historical records. Scholars, historians, and genealogists have recognized Marquette's Guide to Catholic Records about Native Americans in the United States as innovative and indispensable in locating crucial and obscure records for documenting U.S. citizenship, Native American ancestry for tribal enrollment, personal and family history, and claims by Native American, government and/or church groups. Furthermore, the Native Guide illuminates many Catholic and Native American groups represented in the records of the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missionsand other Marquette special collections, that otherwise, are not identified.