GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 1: Eastern United States
Louisiana: LA-4

Catholic Church. Diocese of Baton Rouge. Archives
1800 South Acadian Thruway
P.O. Box 2028
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-2028

Phone: 225-387-0561
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.

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