GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 1: Eastern United States
Catholic Church. Diocese of Baton Rouge. Archives
1800 South Acadian Thruway
P.O. Box 2028
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-2028
Email: See website
Hours: See website
Access: See website
Copying facilities: Yes
History: The Diocese of Baton Rouge was erected for southwest Louisiana from territory of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, 1961. In its territory, first Jesuits and Capuchins and later diocesan priests evangelized Baton Rouge-area Native Americans, e.g. Biloxi, Chitamacha, Choctaw, Houma, 18-19th centuries.
Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:
Inclusive dates: 1707-1900, 1962-ongoing
Volume: Less than 1 cubic foot
Description: 2 series with records.
/1 Sacramental records
Inclusive dates: 1707-1900
Volume: Several record abstracts within 22 published volumes
Description: Abstracts (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials), arranged chronologically within published volumes with coded ethnographic details, e.g. ASM-4 = Assumption Parish, "Libro de bautizados de negros y mulatos para esta parroquia de la Fource de Valenzuela…”; abstracts of persons without surnames were segregated into a separate volume, 1722-1769. See website for purchasing information.
/2 Diocesan Newspaper
Inclusive dates: 1962-ongoing
Volume: Occasional articles
Description: The Catholic Commentator, archived online, 2007-ongoing.
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.