GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 2: Midwest United States
Jackson County Catholic Community. St. Dominic Church
115 East Fifth Street
Holton, KS 66436
History: The Jackson County Catholic Community has been a three-parish cluster comprised of St. Dominic Church, Holton, St. Francis Xavier Church, Mayetta, and Our Lady of Snows Shrine/ Mission, Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation, Mayetta, which have been administered by Kansas City in Kansas archdiocesan priests. St. Dominic’s and St. Francis Xavier’s have been predominantly non-Native American parishes whereas Our Lady of Snow has been a predominantly Potawatomi Indian parish.
Leavenworth diocesan priests established and attended Our Lady of Snow/ Resurrection Mission (Potawatomi) from Holy Cross, Emmett
Leavenworth diocesan priests attended Our Lady of Snow from St. Dominic’s, Holton
Leavenworth diocesan priests attended Our Lady of Snow from St. Francis Xavier, Mayetta
Arch/diocesan priests (Leavenworth, 1942-1947; Kansas City in Kansas, 1947-present) attended Our Lady of Snow from St. Dominic’s, Holton
Jesuits (Missouri Province, St. Louis) from St. Mary’s College, St. Marys, Kansas, also attended Our Lady of Snow
Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:
Inclusive dates: 1918-ongoing, undated
Volume: .5 cubic foot
Description: The records at St. Dominic Church were not organized according to a classification scheme when reviewed by a Marquette University archivist, 1982. Consequently, the description is by record type.
Inclusive dated: 1951-1966 (bulk 1955-1957)
Volume: 98 letters
Description: Primarily financial matters; major correspondents include Rev. Leo Cooper, Bishop Edward J. Hunkeler and the Jesuits at St. Mary's College, St. Marys, Kansas
/2 Sacramental records, Our Lady of Snows Shrine/ Mission, Potawatomi Reservation
Inclusive dates: 1918-ongoing
Volume: 4 volumes
Description: Baptisms, 1918-ongoing, marriages, 1919-ongoing, and confirmations, 1938-ongoing; includes the sacramental records relating to Our Lady of Snows from the former parish of St. Francis Xavier, Mayetta, Kansas, and the former St. Mary’s College, St. Marys, Kansas
/3 Census record of Our Lady of Snows Mission
Inclusive dates: 1941
Volume: 1 folder
Description: Includes name, age, address, degree of Indian blood, and whether sacraments received
/4 History of Our Lady of Snows Mission
Inclusive dates: 1938, undated
Volume: 7 handwritten pages
Description: Includes a letter of September 18, 1938, from Mr. W.G. Cummings to Rev. John J. Ryan
/5 "Cemeteries: Our Lady of Snows, St. Joseph, and Mount Calvary"
Inclusive dates: 1930s-1950s
Volume: 3 volumes
Description: Mixed Native and non-Native; lists amounts paid for cemetery lots, when individuals died, and where they were buried
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.