GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 1: Eastern United States
St. Patrick Church
140 East Pomfret Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
Email: See website
History: St. Patrick Church, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, has been a predominantly non-Native American parish in the Diocese of Harrisburg (Archives: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania). Harrisburg diocesan priests at St. Patrick's attended to Native American students (e.g. Apache, Cheyenne, Cherokee, Dakota, Lakota, Eskimo. Ojibwa) at the Carlisle Government Indian School, 1890-1918. The first chaplain, Rev. Henry G. Ganss (1855-1912), also founded the Marquette League for Catholic Indian Missions, 1904, a New York City-based fundraising organization for Catholic Native American evangelization that collaborated with the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, and he officiated at the wedding of Carlisle student Jim Thorpe (Sauk and Fox, 1888-1953), which was held at St. Patrick’s, 1913.
Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:
Inclusive dates: 1890-1918
Volume: Several entries
Description: Sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for Native American students at the Carlisle School.
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.