GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 1: Eastern United States
New York: NY-3

Catholic Church. Diocese of Buffalo. Archives
795 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 716-847-5500
Email: See website

 

Hours: See website

Access: See website

Copying facilities: Yes

 

History: The Diocese of Buffalo was erected, 1847, for western New York from territory in the Diocese of New York. Buffalo lost territory when additional dioceses were erected, 1868-1896. Buffalo has served Native Americans through two parishes and has had an Office of Cultural Diversity, 2008-present.

1953-present

Holy Family Church (Tuscarora, Cayuga, Algonquin), Tuscarora Reservation, Sanborn/ Lewiston

1950s

St. Mary Church (Seneca, Cayuga), Cattaraugus

1990s-present

Blessed Trinity Church (Tuscarora, Cayuga), Buffalo

2008-present

Diocesan Office of Cultural Diversity; formed by merging various ethnic ministry offices

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1950s-ongoing

Volume: Less than 1 cubic foot

Description: 3 series with records.

 

/1 Parish files

Inclusive dates: 1950s-ongoing

Volume: Several records possible

Description:

A. Buffalo, Blessed Trinity Church, 1990s-present, few records

B. Cattaraugus, St. Mary Church, 1950s, few records

C. Sanborn/ Lewiston, Holy Family Church, 1953-present, at least 1 folder

 

/2 Sacramental records

Inclusive dates: 1950s

Volume: At least 1 volume

Description: Records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for:

A. Buffalo, Blessed Trinity Church, 1990s-present, few records

B. Cattaraugus, St. Mary Church, 1950s, few records

C. Sanborn/ Lewiston, Holy Family Church, 1953-present, at least 1 volume

 

/3 Diocesan Newspaper

Inclusive dates: Unknown-ongoing

Volume: Several articles

Description: The Western New York Catholic has included occasional articles relating to Native Americans, e.g. the Jesuit martyrs, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, and their canonization causes, and Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine and the National Shrine of St. Kateri Tekakwitha.

 

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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