GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 2: Midwest United States
Kansas: KS-2

Jackson County Catholic Community. St. Dominic Church
115 East Fifth Street
Holton, KS 66436 

Phone: 785-362-2621
Email: parish@jacocatholics.org
http://jacocatholics.org/

 

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. 

1912-1917

Leavenworth diocesan priests established and attended Our Lady of Snow/ Resurrection Mission (Potawatomi) from Holy Cross, Emmett

1917-1918

Leavenworth diocesan priests attended Our Lady of Snow from St. Dominic’s, Holton

1918-1942

Leavenworth diocesan priests attended Our Lady of Snow from St. Francis Xavier, Mayetta

1942-present

Arch/diocesan priests (Leavenworth, 1942-1947; Kansas City in Kansas, 1947-present) attended Our Lady of Snow from St. Dominic’s, Holton

1942-1966

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.  

 

/1 Correspondence

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.

New1984/rev2003-2018

Archival materials from the Raynor Memorial Libraries


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