Volume 2: Midwest United States
Illinois: IL-16

Passionists. Holy Cross Province. Province Office
1420 Renascense Drive Suite 312
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Phone: 773-631-1686
Email: See website


Hours: By appointment only

Access: No restrictions

Copying facilities: Yes


History: Founded by St. Paul of the Cross, 1720, the Passionists (a.k.a. Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ) self-identify with the post-nominal initials, “C.P.” They made their first U.S. foundation, 1852, and established the Holy Cross Province, 1906, and in so doing, they have administered St. Francis Church, St. Paul, Neosho County, Kansas, 1895-present, and administered the records of the Jesuits’ former Osage Mission, which had been on that site. For a history of Osage Mission -- see -- the guide entry for the Diocese of Wichita, under Wichita, Kansas.


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1845-1890s, 1947, undated

Volume: .4 cubic foot

Description: The “St. Francis Institute: Historical Documents” within the Passionists Holy Cross Province Archives are not arranged with a classification scheme. Consequently, the description is by type of record.

A. Correspondence, 1845-1850, 1853, 1866-1888, ca. 150 letters: re: primarily finances or land; major correspondents include Rev. John Schoenmakers, S.J. [Jesuits], Rev. Paul Ponziglione, S.J. [Jesuits], Rev. Isidore Robot, O.S.B. [Benedictines], and representatives of the United States government and Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions

B. Financial records, 1858, 1863, 1868-1875, 1882-1888, .1 cubic foot; include a treaty with the Osages (handwritten copy), 1863, claim forms and receipts for the schools, 1882-1888; deeds and abstracts, 1868-1875; Rev. John Schoenmakers’ will, 1858; and financial and statistical reports, 1882-1887

C. School records, 1869-1871, undated, .2 cubic foot; includes the charter (copy) for St. Francis Institute, 1870; contracts, 1869, 1871, undated; a volume listing students by class, 1886

D. Historical notes, 1809s, 1947, 1 folder: includes a 6-page handwritten history of Osage Mission by Rev. Paul Ponziglione, and a Centennial History of the Osage Mission, 1947, 1 volume


Unless otherwise noted, the repository on this page holds (or held) the records described here and they are not held at the Marquette University Archives.