GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 3: Western United States
Arizona: AZ-44

Catholic Church. Diocese of Tucson. Archives and Library
Monsignor Donald H. Hughes Pastoral Center
300 South Tucson Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85716

Phone: 520-886-5201
Email: archives@dioceseoftucson.org

 

Hours: See website

Access: See website   

Copying facilities: Yes 

 

History: The Vicariate Apostolate of Arizona was erected in 1868 for Arizona and southern New Mexico from portions of the Diocese of Santa Fe. The Diocese of Tucson succeeded the vicariate in 1897. The Tucson Diocese and its predecessors have administered the following Native missions, parishes, and schools in Arizona, Sonora, Mexico, and Texas (each mission, parish, or school is in Arizona unless noted otherwise).

 

1682-present (Tucson, 1872-1890)

Our Lady of Mount Carmel/ Corpus Christi/ San Antonio de la Ysleta Church (Tiwa), El Paso/ Ysleta del Sur, Ysleta del Sur Reservation, Texas

 

1692-present (Tucson, 1868-present) 

San Xavier del Bac Mission (Tohono O’odham), Tucson, San Xavier Reservation

 

1873-1876, 1888-unknown (closed) (Tucson, 1873-present)

San Xavier del Bac School (Tohono O’odham), Tucson, San Xavier Reservation

 

1883-1983 (Tucson, 1883-1969)

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (Pima, Yaqui), Phoenix

 

1888-1956 (Tucson, 1888-1956)

Ss. Simon and Jude Mission (Tohono O’odham), Gila Bend/ San Lucy Village, near Gila Bend Reservation

 

1897-present (Tucson, 1897-1969)

St. John the Baptist Church (Pima), Laveen, Gila River Reservation

 

1897-1990 (closed) (Tucson, 1897-1969)

St. John the Baptist School (Apache, Maricopa, Pima, Tohono O’odham), Laveen, Gila River Reservation

 

1898-present (Tucson, 1898-1939)

St. Michael Mission (Navajo), St. Michaels, Navajo Reservation

 

1902-present (Tucson, 1898-1939)

St. Michael School (Navajo), St. Michaels, Navajo Reservation

 

1902-present (Tucson, 1898-1939)

St. Francis of Assisi Mission (Pima), Salt River Reservation

 

 

1902-present (Tucson, 1898-1939)

St. Anthony Mission (Pima), Sacaton, San Xavier Reservation

 

 

1905-present (Tucson, 1905-1939)

Our Lady of Fatima Church (Navajo), Chinle, Navajo Reservation

 

1905-present (Tucson, 1905-1939)

St. Anthony Mission (Navajo), Many Farms, Navajo Reservation

 

1906-present (Tucson, 1906-1969)

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission (Yaqui), Guadalupe

 

1906-present (Tucson, 1906-1969)

St. Anne Mission (Pima), Santan, Gila River Reservation

 

1906-present (Tucson, 1906-1969)

St. Michael Mission (Pima), Sacaton Flats, Gila River Reservation

 

1906-present (Tucson, 1906-1969)

St. Paschal Mission (Maricopa, Pima), Blackwater, Gila River Reservation

 

1906-present (Tucson, 1906-1969)

St. Peter Mission (Maricopa, Pima), Casa Blanca, Gila River Reservation

 

1908-present

San Solano Missions/ St. Catherine Church (Tohono O’odham), Topawa, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1909-present

 

St. Anthony of Padua Church (Maricopa, Pima, Tohono O’odham, in part), Casa Grande, near Gila River Reservation

 

1910-present (Tucson, 1910-1939)

St. Isabel Church (Navajo), Lukachukai, Navajo Reservation

 

1912-present

St. Augustine Mission (Tohono O’odham) Chuichu, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1913-present

Coyote Village Mission (Tohono O’odham), Coyote Village, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1913-present

St. Elizabeth Mission (Pima), Cockleburr [Viava Vo], near Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1913-present

San Jose Village Mission (Tohono O’odham), San Jose, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1913-present

San Pedro Mission (Tohono O’odham), San Pedro, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1914-present (Tucson, 1914-1939)

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church (Navajo), Fort Defiance, Navajo Reservation

 

1916-1956 (no longer Native)

Immaculate Conception Church (Tohono O’odham), Ajo, near Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1917-present

Vaf Kuech Village Mission (Tohono O’odham), Vaf Kuech, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1918-present

St. Charles/ San Carlos Apache Mission (Apache), San Carlos, San Carlos Reservation

 

1918-present

St. Charles/ San Carlos Apache Mission School (Apache), San Carlos, San Carlos Reservation

 

1919-present

Santa Cruz School (Pima, Maricopa, Tohono O’odham), Tucson

 

1920-1940 (closed)

Cowlic Mission (Tohono O’odham), Cowlic, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1920-present (Tucson, 1920-1939)

St. John the Evangelist and Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Mission (Navajo), Houck, Navajo Reservation

 

1920-present (Tucson, 1920-1939)

St. Joseph Church (Hopi, Navajo), Keams Canyon, Hopi Reservation

 

1921-present (Tucson, 1921-1939)

St. Francis Church (Apache), Whiteriver, Fort Apache Reservation

 

1928-present (Tucson, 1928-1969)

St. Anthony Mission (Apache), Cedar Creek, San Carlos Reservation

 

1928-present (Tucson, 1928-1969)

St. Catherine Church (Apache), Cibecue, Fort Apache Reservation

 

1930-1932 (closed) (Tucson, 1930-1932)

Sacate Day School (Pima), Sacate, Gila River Reservation

 

 

1930-1932 (closed) (Tucson, 1930-1932)

Sacaton Flats Day School (Pima), Sacaton Flats, Gila River Reservation

 

1930-1944 (closed)

 

San Jose Village School (Tohono O’odham), San Jose Village, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1930-1960 (closed)

 

St. Joseph School (Tohono O’odham), San Miguel, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1930-1961 (closed)

 

Our Lady of Guadalupe School (Tohono O’odham), Cowlic, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1930-present

 

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission (Tohono O’odham), Cowlic, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1930-unknown (closed)

 

Our Lady of Lourdes Mission School (Tohono O’odham), Little Tucson, Tohono O’odham Reservation 

 

1930-present

 

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church (Tohono O’odham), Sells, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1930-present

 

Queen of Angels/ Our Lady of Angels Mission (Tohono O’odham), San Miguel, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1930-present

 

Sacred Heart Church (Tohono O’odham), Covered Wells, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1930-present

 

St. Aloysius Mission (Tohono O’odham), Big Field, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1930-present

 

St. Clare Mission (Tohono O’odham), Anegam, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1930-present

 

St. Elizabeth Mission (Tohono O’odham), Santa Rosa, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1930-present (Tucson, 1930-1969)

St. Francis Mission (Pima, Tohono O’odham), Ak-chin, Ak-chin Reservation

 

1930-present

St. Mary Mission (Tohono O’odham), Cobabi, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1930-present

San Jose Mission (Tohono O’odham), Pisinemo, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1930-unknown (closed)

St. Anthony School (Tohono O’odham), Topawa, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1930-unknown (closed)

San Jose School (Tohono O’odham), Pisinemo, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1930-unknown (closed) (Tucson, 1930-1969)

Santa Cruz School (Pima), Santa Cruz, Gila River Reservation

 

1930s-present (Tucson, 1930s-1939)

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission (Navajo), Round Rock, Navajo Reservation

 

1930s-present (Tucson, 1930s-1939)

Our Lady of the Lake Mission (Navajo), Wheatfield, Navajo Reservation

 

1932-1936 (closed) (Tucson, 1932-1969)

Gue Va Mission School (Tohono O’odham), Gue Va [Gu Vo], near Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1932-1950 (closed) (Tucson, 1932-1969)

St. Francis School (Pima, Tohono O’odham), Ak-chin, Ak-chin Reservation

 

1932-1950 (closed) (Tucson, 1930-1969)

St. Peter School (Pima), Casa Blanca, Gila River Reservation

 

1932-1970 (closed?)   (Tucson, 1930-1969)

St. Margaret Mary Chapel (Tohono O’odham), Emika, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1932-unknown (closed)

Sacred Heart School (Tohono O’odham), Covered Wells, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1936-1941 (closed)

Sacred Heart School (Tohono O’odham), Sells, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1936-present (Tucson, 1936-1969)

St. Peter Church (Pima), Sacaton/ Bapchule, Gila River Reservation

 

1936-present (Tucson, 1936-1969)

St. Peter School (Pima), Sacaton/ Bapchule, Gila River Reservation

 

1937-present (Tucson, 1937-1939)

St. Mary of the Rosary Mission (Navajo), Pinon, Navajo Reservation

 

1938-present (Tucson, 1938-1969)

San Serafin Mission (Pima, Tohono O’odham), Ak-chin, Ak-chin Reservation

 

1939-1943 (closed)

St. Paschal School (Tohono O’odham), Vamuri, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1939-1943 (closed)

Cold Fields School (Tohono O’odham), Cold Fields, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1939-1943 (closed)

Tecolote Valley School (Tohono O’odham), Tecolote Valley, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1940-present

 

Immaculate Conception/ Santa Maria Mission (Tohono O’odham), Ventana, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1940-present

Sacred Heart Mission (Tohono O’odham), Comobabi, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1940-present

St. Agatha /St. Maurice Mission (Tohono O’odham), Sil Nakya, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1940-present

St. Anthony Mission (Tohono O’odham), Cold Fields, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1940-present

St. Anthony Mission (Tohono O’odham), Gu Vo, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1940-present

St. Martin Mission (Tohono O’odham), Gunsight, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1940-present

St. Paschal Mission (Tohono O’odham), Vamori, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1940-present

St. Paul Mission (Tohono O’odham), Fresnal [Fresnal Canyon?], Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1940-present

Santa Rosa Ranch Mission (Tohono O’odham), Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1940-unknown

Sonoyta Mission (Tohono O’odham), Sonoyta, Sonora, Mexico

 

1942-unknown (closed)

St. Catherine School (Tohono O’odham), Topawa, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1944-present (Tucson, 1944-1969)

St Mary Church (Hualapai), Kingman

 

1950-present

Choulic Mission (Tohono O’odham), Choulic, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1950-present

Queenswell Village/ Queen’s Wells Mission (Tohono O’odham), Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1950-present

Sacred Heart Church (Chemehuevi, Cocopa, Havasupai, Hualapai, Mohave, Yavapai), Parker, Colorado River Reservation

 

1950-present

St. Barbara Mission (Tohono O’odham), Vaya Chin, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1950-present

St. Mary Mission (Tohono O’odham), South Hickiwan, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1950-present

St. Simon Mission (Tohono O’odham), San Simon, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1950-present

St. Therese Mission (Tohono O’odham), Pia Oik, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1950-present

St./ Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha/ St. Victor Mission (Apache), Bylas, San Carlos Reservation

 

1950-present

Ss. Peter and Paul/ St. Rafael Mission (Tohono O’odham), Menegers Dam, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1950-unknown

San Isidro Mission (Tohono O’odham), Havana Nakya, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1950-unknown

Santa Maria Mission (Tohono O’odham), Nolic, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

ca. 1950-unknown

Big Flats Chapel (Tohono O’odham), Big Flats, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

ca. 1950-unknown

Cubo Chapel (Tohono O’odham), Cubo, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

ca. 1950-unknown

Copeka Chapel (Tohono O’odham), Copeka, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

ca. 1950-unknown (closed)

Lourdes Church and School (Tohono O’odham), Lourdes, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

ca. 1950-unknown (closed)

Pacinimo Church and School (Tohono O’odham), Pacinimo, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

ca. 1950-unknown

San Lorenzo Chapel (Tohono O’odham), San Lorenzo, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

ca. 1950-unknown

Wahewa Vo Chapel (Tohono O’odham), Wahewa Vo, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1953-present

St. Anthony of Padua School (Maricopa, Pima, Tohono O’odham, in part), Casa Grande, near Gila River Reservation

 

1956-present

Santa Cruz School (Maricopa, Pima, Tohono O’odham), Tucson

 

1950s-unknown

St./ Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha/ Ss. Elizabeth and Margaret Mission (Chemehuevi, Cocopa, Hualapai, Havasupai, Mohave, Yavapai), Poston, Colorado River Reservation

 

1960-present

Mount Carmel Mission (Tohono O’odham), San Carmelo, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1960-present

St. Ignatius Mission (Tohono O’odham), North Komelic, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1960-present

St. Francis Mission (Tohono O’odham), South Hickiwan, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1960-present

St. Jude Mission (Tohono O’odham), South Komelic, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1960-present (Tucson, 1868-1969)

St. Lucy Mission (Pima), Gila Bend, near Gila Bend Reservation

 

1960-present

St. Mary Magdalene Mission (Tohono O’odham), Kohatk, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1960-present

San Isidro Mission (Tohono O’odham), Sikul Himatk, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1970-present

St. Louis Mission (Tohono O’odham), San Luis, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1970-present

Santa Cruz Mission (Tohono O’odham), Charco 27, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1970-present

Santa Cruz Mission (Tohono O’odham), Komovo, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1980-present

St. Anthony Mission (Tohono O’odham), Jackrabbitt, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1980-present

St. Clare Mission (Tohono O’odham), Cockleburr [Viava Vo], near Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1980-present

St. Francis Mission (Tohono O’odham), Whitehorse Pass, Tohono O’odham Reservation

 

1984-present

St./ Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Church and Center/ St. Nicholas Center (Yaqui), South Tucson

 

1996-present

Cristo Rey Mission (Yaqui), Tucson

 

1996-present

San Ignacio de Loyola Mission (Yaqui), Tucson

 

1996-present

San Juan Bautista Mission (Yaqui), Marana

 

1996-present

San Martin de Porres Mission (Yaqui), Tucson

 

1996-present

Santa Rosa de Lima Mission (Yaqui), Tucson

 

1999-present

El Señor de los Milagros Mission (Yaqui), Tucson

 

2004-present

San Miguel High School (Tohono O’odham, Yaqui), Tucson, Arizona  

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans: 

Inclusive dates: 1721-ongoing 

Volume: Over 54 cubic feet  

Description: 8 series include Native Catholic records: 

 

/1 Bishops’ Papers 

Inclusive dates: ca. 1868-ongoing   

Volume: Some items 

Description: A few items (e.g. correspondence, homilies) are presumed among the papers of each bishop:

A. Bishop John Baptist Salpointe (1825-1898), 1868-1884

B. Bishop Peter Bourgade (1845-1908), 1885-1899

C. Bishop Henry Regis Granjon (1863-1922), 1900-1922

D. Bishop Daniel James Gercke (1874-1964), 1923-1960

E. Bishop Francis Joseph Green (1906-1995), 1960-1981

F. Bishop Manuel Duran Moreno (1930-), 1982-2003

G. Bishop Gerald Frederick Kicanas (1941- ), 2003-2017

H. Bishop Edward Joseph Weisenberger (1960- ), 2017-ongoing

 

/2 Sacramental Records

Inclusive dates: 1739-ongoing 

Volume: Several volumes and reels of microfilm, at least in part

Description: Sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for Native American parishioners arranged alphabetically by place and there under by parish name; includes Native and non-Native parishes that have had at least a few Native parishioners and/or attended Native missions. See website for further information.

A. Ajo, Immaculate Conception Church, 1916-1972

B. Bisbee, Sacred Heart Church, 1900-1967

C. Bisbee, St. Patrick Church, 1910-1967

D. Casa Grande, St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1909-1942

D. Douglas, Immaculate Conception Church, 1905-1956

E. Florence, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 1870-1977

F. Tombstone, Sacred Heart Church, 1881-1946

G. Tubac, Tubac Presidio, 1721-1871; includes Los Santos Angeles de Guevavi, San José de Tumacacori, and Tubac Missions

H. Tucson:

1. St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church, 1984-ongoing

2. Holy Family Church, 1915-1987

3. St. Augustine Cathedral, 1863-1979

4. St. Margaret Mary Church, 1938-1969

5. San Xavier del Bac Mission, 1899-1918

I. Tumacacori, Los Santos Angeles de Guevavi (Tohono O’odham) and San Jose de Tumacacori Missions, 1771-1825, 1 reel of microfilm and few volumes

 

/3 “San Xavier Mission Collection”

Inclusive dates: Unknown

Volume: Ca. 4 cubic feet

Description: Unknown.

 

For student attendance records at Catholic schools that served Native Americans – see also -- Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, Marquette University Special Collections and Archives, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

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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