Volume 1: Eastern United States
Puerto Rico: PR-1

Catholic Church. Diocese of Mayaguez de Puerto Rico. Chancery
P.O. Box 2272
Mayaguez, PR 00681

Phone: 787-833-5411


Cathedral of Our Lady of Purification
P.O. Box 9022145
Mayaguez, PR 00681

Phone: 787-833-2444


San German de Auxerre Church 
P.O. Box 305
San German, PR 00683

Phone: 787-892-1027


History: The Diocese of Mayaguez was erected in western Puerto Rico from a portion of the Diocese of Puerto Rico, 1967. Evangelization of Native Americans began after 1511 and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Purification was established, 1763. Taino Indians and Mestizos were among the parishioners of several parishes, including the cathedral parish and San German de Auxerre Church, San German, which was the last community with identified Taino Indians in the census of 1778.


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1510s-present

Volume: Many volumes

Description: Includes sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for Taino Indians, Mestizos, and their descendants in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Purification, San German de Auxerre Church, and other early parishes.


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.