Volume 1: Eastern United States
Maryland: MD-2

St. Mary's Seminary and University. Associated Archives
Knott Library
5400 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21210

Phone: 410-864-4074


Hours: See website

Access: See website

Copying facilities: Yes


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1794-ongoing

Volume: Less than 1%

Description: Established in 2002, the Associated Archives contains two related collections:


/1 Archdiocese of Baltimore Archives

History: Baltimore was erected as the Prefecture Apostolate of the United States of America, 1784, from territory in the Vicariate Apostolate of London District (Archives: Archdiocese of Westminster, London, England).  It was succeeded by the Diocese of Baltimore, 1789; elevated to the Archdiocese of Baltimore, 1808; renamed the Archdiocese of Baltimore-Washington, 1939; and renamed the Archdiocese of Baltimore, 1947. It lost territory as more dioceses were erected, 1808-1947.


Inclusive dates:

Volume: 1784-ongoing

Description: Less than 1%

A. Archbishops' papers: Microfilmed through Archbishop Bayley, with copies also at University of Notre Dame Archives; open through Archbishop Keough and closed thereafter (in 2017); Archbishop Bayley founded the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions (BCIM) in 1874 with successors serving on its board of directors and that of the Commission for Catholic Missions among Colored People and Indians.

John Carroll, 1784-1815

Leonard Neale, 1815-1817

Ambrose Maréchal, P.S.S., 1817-1828

James Whitfield, 1828-1834; by decree, bishops at the Second Baltimore Provincial Council, 1833, recommended the entrusting to the Jesuits the Catholic missions among Native Americans in the West

Samuel Eccleston, P.S.S., 1834-1851

Francis Patrick Kenrick, 1851-1863

Martin John Spalding, 1864-1872

James Roosevelt Bayley, 1872-1877

James Gibbons, 1877-1921; bishops at the Third Plenary Baltimore Council signed the postulation that introduced the canonization causes of martyrs Father Isaac Jogues, S.J. [Jesuits], and René Goupil, S.J., and Kateri Tekakwitha (Mohawk-Algonquin)

Michael Joseph Curley, 1921-1947

Francis Patrick Keough, 1947-1961

Lawrence Joseph Shehan, 1961-1974

William Donald Borders, 1874-1989

William Henry Keeler, 1989-2007

Edwin Frederick O'Brien, 2007-2011

William Edwin Lori, 2012-

B. Archdiocesan Newspapers, 1850-ongoing


/2 Associated Sulpicians of the United States Archives

History: Founded in France in 1641, the Sulpicians self-identify with the post-nominal initials, "S.S." They made their first U.S. foundation, 1791, and founded their United States Province, 1903. Notable Sulpicians and associated others:

Baden, Rev. Stephen T. (1768-1853), first priest ordained in the United States; under Bishop Edward Fenwick of Cincinnati, Ohio, he served as a missionary to the Potawatomi in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa, 1830-1837

Bruté de Rémur, S.S., Bishop Simon-Gabriel; first Bishop of Vincennes (Indianapolis), Indiana, 1834-1839

Dyer (1854-1925), S.S., Rev. Edward R.; secretary-treasurer of the Commission for Catholic Missions among Colored People and Indians, 1884-1925; Marquette University Special Collections and Archives hold copies of these Commission records.

Tennelly (1890-1981), S.S., Rev. John B.; secretary-treasurer of the Commission for Catholic Missions among Colored People and Indians, 1925-1976; Marquette University holds the original Commission records during this era.


Inclusive dates: 1793-1976

Volume: Possibly over 2 cubic feet

Description: Papers of Sulpicians, e.g. Bishop Simon-Gabriel Bruté de Rémur, S.S., Rev. Edward R. Dyer, S.S., Rev. John B. Tennelly, S.S., and associated non-Sulpicians, e.g. Rev. Stephen T. Baden.


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.