GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 1: Eastern United States
Louisiana: LA-17

Catholic Church. Diocese of Lake Charles. Archives
Bishop Harold Perry Building (Chancery Annex)
414 Iris Street
P.O. Box 3223
Lake Charles, LA 70602-3223

Phone: 337-439-7400
Email: See website (Diocese Directory)

 

Hours: See website

Access: See website

Copying facilities: Yes

 

History: The Diocese of Lake Charles was erected for southwest Louisiana from territory in the Diocese of Lafayette, 1980. Lake Charles and its predecessors have served the following parishes, which have evangelized Native Americans:

1890s (Lake Charles (1980-present)

Immaculate Conception Church (Koasati [Coushatta]?), Lake Charles; unidentified “Indian village” station

1990s-present

St. Joseph Church (Koasati [Coushatta), Elton

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1890s, 1990s-ongoing

Volume: Few records

Description: 2 series with records.

 

/1 Parish files

Inclusive dates: 1990s-ongoing

Volume: Few items likely

Description: Records (e.g. correspondence, clippings, notes, photography):

 

 

/2 Sacramental records

Inclusive dates: 1890s, 2002-ongoing

Volume: Few records

Description: Records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials):

 

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.

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