Volume 2: Midwest United States
Missouri: MO-1

University of Missouri-Columbia. Ellis Library. Special Collections
401 Ellis Library
Columbia, MO 65203

Phone: 573-882-0076

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Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1930s-1959, 1962, 1980-1981

Volume: Over 60 folders/ volumes + 3 sound recordings; microfilm; DVDs

Description: Within John G. Neihardt Papers, C3716,, a collection of the State Historical Society of Missouri held by the University of Missouri-Columbia.

A. Manuscripts with related documents

1. Black Elk Speaks: John G. Neihardt manuscript and related documents, re: his visit and interview of Nicholas Black Elk (Oglala Lakota), Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, 1931, re: his life story retold from birth to the present including his great childhood vision and evangelistic work as a Catholic catechist

a. Original manuscript by John G. Neihardt, 1931-1932
b. Stenographic notes of interview by daughter Enid Neihardt Fink, 1931, with transcripts of stenographic notes by archives staff, 1980-1981
c. Drawings by Stephen Standing Bear relating to Black Elk’s great vision, 1931
d. Diary by Enid Neihardt Fink, 1931

2. When the Tree Flowered: Stenographic notes by daughter Enid Neihardt Fink of Neihardt’s interviews of Nicholas Black Elk, Eagle Elk, and Andrew Knife, Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, 1944, re: Lakota adjustment to U.S. sovereignty, with transcripts of stenographic notes by archives staff, 1980-1981

B. Correspondence: Letters to/ from:

1. Ben Black Elk, 1930s-1959, several letters
2. Eagle Elk, 1940s; few items

C. Photography: Scrapbook of photographic prints compiled by Enid Neihardt Fink, re: Neihardt’s visit and interview of Nicholas Black Elk, 1931, 1 volume
D. Audiovisual materials: Recordings, 1954, 1962, include Neihardt’s recollections of his visits with Black Elk


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. Marquette’s holdings also include the microfilm edition of these Conception Abbey records to 1982, which omitted the photography noted above. However, Conception Abbey donated a small selection of these photographs, i.e. duplicate copies, to the Marquette Archives when it microfilmed these records, 1982.


Archival materials from the Raynor Memorial Libraries

Marquette Archives