Volume 1: Eastern United States
Louisiana: LA-12

Catholic Church. Archdiocese of New Orleans. Archives
1100 Chartres Street
[French Quarter, three blocks from Jackson Square]
New Orleans, LA 70116

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Copying facilities: Yes


History: The Diocese of Louisiana and the Two Floridas, a.k.a. Diocese of St. Louis of New Orleans, was erected for the Spanish provinces of La Florida and Louisiana from territory in the Diocese of San Cristobal de la Habana, Cuba, 1793. The New Orleans Diocese was so-renamed, 1826, and elevated to the Archdiocese of New Orleans, 1850. It lost territory as more dioceses were erected, 1825-1977. Throughout the State of Louisiana, New Orleans and its predecessor supported the following missions, parishes, and evangelization among Native Americans:

1698-1800s (New Orleans, 1793-1800s)

First Capuchins and Jesuits, and then diocesan priests, intermittently evangelized Native Americans (e.g. Apalachee, Chickasaw, Chitamacha, Choctaw, Houma)

Ca. 1725-1761 (New Orleans, 1793)

At the Ursuline Convent, New Orleans (now the Archdiocese of New Orleans Archives), Sister Mary Turpin, O.S.U. (mixed-race Illinois, 1709-1761) became the first native-born professed religious in the present-day United States

1844-present (New Orleans, 1844-1918)

Immaculate Conception Church (Chitamacha), Charenton

1864-present (New Orleans, 1864-1977)

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church (Houma), Montegut/ Bayou Terrebonne

1875-present (New Orleans, 1875-1977)

St. Eloi Church (Houma), Theriot/ Bayou du Large

1952-present (New Orleans, 1952-1977)

Holy Family Church (Houma), Dulac/ Grand Caillou

1971-present (New Orleans, 1971-1977)

St. Charles Borromeo Church (Pointe-aux-Chênes/ Houma), Montegut/ Pointe-aux-Chênes


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1576-present; bulk 1820s-1860s

Volume: Less than 1 cubic foot

Description: 3 series with records.


/1 Arch/ Bishops papers

Inclusive dates: 1576-1897; bulk 1802-1860s

Volume: Occasional letters

Description: Correspondence between Louisiana bishops and missionaries, including Rev. Adrian Rouquette who evangelized Choctaw Indians, 1850s-1860s.

    1. Bishop Luis Ignatius Peñalver y Cárdinas, 1794-1801
    2. Bishop Francisco Porró y Reinado, 1801-1803
    3. Bishop Louis-Guillaume-Valentin Dubourg, P.S.S., 1815-1826
    4. Bishop Leo Raymond de Neckère, C.M., 1829-1833
    5. Archbishop Anthony Blanc, 1835-1860
    6. Archbishop Jean Marie Odin, C.M., 1861-1870
    7. Archbishop Napoleon Joseph Perché, 1870-1883
    8. Archbishop Francis Xavier Leray, 1887-1893
    9. Archbishop Francis August Anthony Joseph Janssens, 1888-1897


/2 Sacramental records

Inclusive dates: 1718-1829

Volume: Several records

Description: Sacramental Records of the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, volumes 1-18, published; see website.


/3 Arch/ diocesan newspapers

Inclusive dates: 1842-present

Volume: Occasional articles

Description: A succession of Catholic newspapers served the Arch/Diocese of New Orleans:

    1. La Propagateur, 1842-1864; French language
    2. Catholic Standard, 1855-1862
    3. The Morning Star, 1868-1930
    4. Catholic Action of the South, 1932-1963
    5. Clarion Herald,, 1963-present


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.


Archival materials from the Raynor Memorial Libraries

Marquette Archives