GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE UNITED STATES Volume 2: Midwest United States: Illinois IL-14

Sisters of St. Francis of the Third Order of Mary Immaculate
St. Francis Convent 
801 North Larkin Avenue, Suite 101 
Joliet, IL 60435

Phone 815-725-8735

http://www.jolietfranciscans.org/

 

Hours: By appointment only

Access: Some restrictions apply

Copying facilities: Yes

 

History: The Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, also known as the Congregation of the Third Order of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, have staffed the following Catholic schools serving Ojibwa Indian students:

1879-present Holy Family Mission School, Bayfield, Wisconsin
1880-1960 St. Francis Mission School, Red Cliff, Red Cliff Reservation, Wisconsin

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1879-1981, undated

Volume: Over  .6 cubic foot

Description: 3 series include Native Catholic records:

 

/1 "Mission Annals"

Inclusive dates: 1879-1981

Volume: .2 cubic foot

Description: Arranged alphabetically by location of the parish.

  1. Bayfield, Holy Family Mission and School, 1879-1981, .l cubic foot:
    1. Correspondence, 1897, 1912, 1924, 1928, 1933, 1935-1938, 1947, 1954, 1956-1960, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1978-1979, 67 letters; major correspondents include Mother Thomasine, O.S.F., Mother Borromeo, O.S.F., Sister M. Hyacinth, O.S.F., Sister M. Bernardine, O.S.F., Reverend Regis Watts, and the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions
    2. Annals, 1879-1981, 1 folder: typed and occasionally handwritten copies; entries from 1915-1981 are more detailed than earlier ones
    3. Clippings, 1940s-1970s, 1 folder
  2. Red Cliff, St. Francis Mission and School, 1880-1959, .1 cubic foot:
    1. Correspondence, 1932, 1935-1936, 1957, 7 letters
    2. Annals, 1880-1959, 1 volume; includes both the handwritten bound original and a typed copy; entries for 1880-1927 are annual summaries, while entries for 1928-1959 appear daily
    3. Clippings, 1944, 1956, 1 folder

 

/2 "Deceased Sisters' Records"

Inclusive dates: 1932-1952, undated

Volume: .1 cubic foot Description: Arranged alphabetically by surname.

  1. Sister M. Cordula Neveaux, O.S.F., 1939-1940, undated, 1 folder:

Correspondence, 1939-1940, 5 letters

Clippings, undated; re: her life and work

  1. Sister M. Seraphica Reineck, O.S.F., 1932, 1937, 1946, undated, 2 folders:
    1. Correspondence, 1932, 1937, 1946, undated, 15 letters
    2. Photographs, undated, 6 prints
    3. Clippings, undated, 1 folder; re: her activities at the Indian missions and schools
  2. Sister M. Victoria Steidl, O.S.F., 1952, 1 folder:
    1. Correspondence, undated, 1 letter
    2. Photographs, 1952, 1 print
    3. Clippings, undated: re: her activities at the Indian missions and schools

 

/3 Photographs

Inclusive dates: 1895-1980, undated

Volume: Approximately 240 prints

Description: Arranged alphabetically by location of the parish or mission.

  1. Bayfield, Holy Family Mission and School, 1895-1980, undated, ca. 190 prints
  2. La Pointe, St. Joseph Mission, 1935, 1963, undated, 13 prints
  3. Odanah, St. Mary Mission and School, 1925, undated, 10 prints
  4. Red Cliff, St. Francis Mission and School, 1940, 1947-1948, undated, 27 prints

 

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.

New1984/rev2003-2017

Archival materials from the Raynor Memorial Libraries


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