GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 1: Eastern United States
New York: NY-14
Catholic Church. Archdiocese of New York. Archives
1011 First Avenue
New York, NY 10022-4134
Hours: See website
Access: See website
Copying facilities: Yes
History: The Diocese of New York was erected, 1808, for the northeastern states from territory in the Diocese of Baltimore; it was elevated to the Archdiocese of New York, 1850; and it lost territory as Brooklyn and other dioceses were erected, 1847-1929. The Archdiocese encompasses the boroughs of Manhattan, Bronx, and Staten Island in New York City, plus seven suburban counties to the north and west.
New York City has had an urban Native American population (e.g. Mohawk Ironworkers), 1880s-present. According to 2010 U.S. Census information and U.S.C.C.B. estimates, the Archdiocese’s three New York City boroughs are home to 10,000 Catholic Natives from 500 tribes (e.g. Dakota-Lakota, Mohawk, Ojibwa, Navajo). The urban Native poverty rate is nearly double the national average and this urban Catholic Native population is the largest in the United States.
The Archbishop of New York has also served on two Washington, D.C. based boards of directors, now combined, which serve the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions and the Commission for Catholic Missions among the Colored People and Indians, 1880s-present. Also, with New York City lay businessmen, Rev. Henry Ganss founded the New York City-based Marquette League for Catholic Indian Missions, which in collaboration with the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, funded special program for Catholic Native Americans, 1904-1995.
Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:
Inclusive dates: 1880s-present
Volume: Less than 1 foot possible
Description: At least 3 series.
/1 Organizational records
Inclusive dates: 1880s-present
Volume: Several folders possible
Description: Files regarding fund raising for Catholic evangelization of Native Americans:
A. Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, 1874-present, several folders
B. Commission for Catholic Missions among Colored People and Indians [Black and Indian Mission Collection], 1884-present, several folders
C. Marquette League for Catholic Indian Missions, 1904-1995, several folders: financial records and the Calumet, magazine of the Marquette League
/2 Diocesan Newspaper
Inclusive dates: 1981-present
Volume: Occasional articles
Description: Catholic New York, http://cny.org/, has included related articles, e.g. Jesuit martyrs, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Marquette League, fundraising for Black & Indian Mission collection.
/3 Sacramental records: The New York Archdiocese lacks a centralized system for the access and preservation of its sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials). All record requests must be made through the parish where the sacrament was performed.
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.