GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 3: Western United States
Arizona: AZ-19

St. Joseph Mission
East Main Street
P.O. Box 128
Keams Canyon, AZ 86034-0128

Phone: 928-738-2325

 

History: St. Joseph Mission, Keams Canyon, Arizona, has been a small and predominantly Native American (Navajo, Hopi) parish in the Navajo Nation and in the Diocese of Gallup (Archives: Gallup, New Mexico).

1926-1927

Franciscans (St. John the Baptist Province) (Archives: Cincinnati, Ohio; archives bulk: St. Michaels, Arizona, and Tucson, Arizona) visited Keams Canyon (Navajo, Hopi)

1927-1985

Franciscans established and administered St. Joseph Mission (Hopi, Navajo), Keams Canyon

1985-1991

Franciscans (Our Lady of Guadalupe Province) (Archives: St. Michaels, Arizona) administered St. Joseph Mission

1991-1997

Gallup diocesan priests administered St. Joseph’s

1997-2010s

Vincentians (Western Province) (Archives: Montebello, California) administered St. Joseph’s

1997-2003

Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul (Archives: Los Altos Hills, California) provided home healthcare to the needy and religious education to the students at the Keams Canyon Government Indian School

2010s-present

Gallup diocesan priests have administered St. Joseph’s

Franciscans at St. Joseph’s attended to the following Native American (Navajo) stations, Navajo Nation, Arizona:

1931-1940s

Greasewood station

1931-1940s

Pinon station

1940s

Cornfields station

1940s

Steamboat station

1940s

White Cone

1940s

Low Mountain

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans: 

Inclusive dates: 1945-ongoing

Volume: At least 2 cubic feet

Description: Clippings, correspondence, financial records, parish bulletins, photographs, and sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for Native American parishioners of St. Joseph Mission.

 

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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