Volume 2: Midwest United States
Kansas: KS-7

Immaculate Conception Church
208 West Bertrand Street
St. Marys, KS 66536

Phone: 785-437-2408


History: Immaculate Conception Church, St. Marys, Pottawatomie and Waubonsee Counties, Kansas, has been a predominantly non-Native American parish in the Archdiocese of Kanasas City in Kansas (Archives: Kansas City, Kansas) of that began as St. Mary Mission (Potawatomi).


Potawatomi Indians moved from Potawatomie Creek, Kansas, to Sugar Creek, Kansas

1839-1848 (closed)

Jesuits (Missouri Province) (Archives: St. Louis, Missouri) established and administered Sugar Creek Mission (Potawatomi), Sugar Creek

1840-1848 (closed)

Jesuits established and administered a School for Boys (Potawatomi) at the mission

1841-1848 (closed)

Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Heart (Archives: St. Louis, Missouri) established and administered a School for Girls (Potawatomi) at the mission


Potawatomi Indians moved from Sugar Creek, Kansas, to St. Marys, Kansas

1848-1870s (no longer Native)

Jesuits established and administered Immaculate Conception Church/ St. Mary Mission (Potawatomi), St. Marys

1848-1870s (closed)

Jesuits and Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Heart established and administered St. Mary Mission School (Potawatomi), St. Marys


The Citizen Band Potawatomi relocated to Oklahoma and the Prairie Band relocated to Mayetta, Kansas

1869-1879 (no longer Native)

Jesuits established and staffed St. Mary’s College (Potawatomi), St. Marys; destroyed by fire and rebuilt

1869-1879 (closed)

Sisters of the Society of the Sacred established and staffed the Academy of the Sacred Heart (Potawatomi) at St. Mary Mission; destroyed by fire   


Jesuits from St. Mary’s Mission attended Silver Lake station (Potawatomi) and elsewhere (Potawatomi)

1941-1967 (closed, 1968)

Jesuits from St. Mary’s College attended to students at Haskell Institute, Lawrence


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1839-1900

Volume: .5 cubic foot

Description: The records at Immaculate Conception Church were not organized according to a classification scheme when reviewed by a Marquette University archivist, 198. Consequently, the description is by record type.

A. Sacramental records, 1839-1900, 6 volumes: baptisms, 1851-1900; marriages, 1882-1900; deaths, 1872-1900; first communions, 1839-1842, 1851-1900; confirmations, 1842, 1845, 1851-1900

B. Membership lists in religious societies, 1839-1847, 1881, 1 volume

C. Census records, 1844, 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.