Volume 3: Western United States
Arizona: AZ-51

San Xavier del Bac Mission and School
1950 West San Xavier Road (parish)
1980 West San Xavier Road (school)
Tucson, AZ 85746

Phone (parish): 520-294-2624
Phone (school): 520-294-0628


Hours (Parish Office): See website (Mission Information)

Access: Some restrictions apply

Copying facilities: Yes  


History: San Xavier del Bac Mission, Tucson, Arizona, has been on the San Xavier Reservation and in the Diocese of Tucson (Archives: Tucson, Arizona).

1692-1753 (destroyed)

Jesuits (Neuva España Province) (Archives: Mexico City, Mexico) at Los Santos Ángeles de Guevavi, Tumacacori, established and attended to San Xavier del Bac Mission (Pima, Tohono O’odham)


Pima and Tohono O’odham Indians destroyed the mission and it was rebuilt the following year

1753 (rebuilt)-1767 (expelled)

Jesuits continued attending to San Xavier until expelled by Spain


Franciscans (Santa Cruz College) (Archives: Puebla, Mexico) at Los Santos Ángeles de Guevavi attended to San Xavier


Franciscans at San Antonio Paduano del Oquitoa, Sonora, attended to San Xavier


Durango diocesan priests (Archives: Durango, Mexico) at San Ignacio de Cabórica, San Ignacio, Sonora, attended to San Xavier

1859-1866 (succeeded by Arizona Vicariate Apostolate)

Santa Fe diocesan priests (Santa Fe, New Mexico) attended to San Xavier

1866-1897 (succeeded by Tucson Diocese)

Arizona vicariate apostolate priests (Tucson) at St. Augustine’s, Tucson, attended to San Xavier

1872-1876 (closed), 1888-1932

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (Los Angeles Province) (Archives: St. Louis, Missouri) established and staffed San Xavier del Bac School (Tohono O’odham)


The San Xavier Reservation was established for Tohono O’odham people residing near San Xavier del Bac Mission


Tucson diocesan priests attended San Xavier from St. Augustine’s, Tucson


Franciscans (Sacred Heart Province) (St. Louis, Missouri) administered San Xavier


Franciscans (Santa Barbara Province) (Archives: Santa Barbara, California) have administered San Xavier


Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (United States Province) (Archives: Tucson, Arizona) staffed the school


Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange (Archives: Orange, California) staffed the school


Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity (Archives: Manitowoc, Wisconsin) have staffed the school

Jesuits and Franciscans at San Xavier attended to the following Native American missions and stations in Arizona:

1692-1752 (closed)

San Cosme y Damian del Tucson Visita (Pima, Tohono O’odham), Tucson

1692-1752 (closed)

Santa Catarina del Cuytoabagum Visita (Pima), Rio Santa Cruz


1692-1767 (closed)

Colorado River stations (Pima, Tohono O’odham)

1692-1767 (closed)

Gila River stations (Pima, Tohono O’odham)

1692-1767 (closed)

San Pedro River stations (Pima, Tohono O’odham)

1766 (closed)

San Agustín del Tucson Mission (Pima, Tohono O’odham), Tucson

1950-1960 (closed)

San Ignacio Mission (Pima, Tohono O’odham), San Ignacio

1950-1960 (transferred to San Solano, Topawa)

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

1950-1970 (transferred to San Solano, Topawa)

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

Various religious sisters at San Xavier staffed San Jose Village Mission School, San Jose Village, 1930-1944.     


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1899-ongoing

Volume: Several volumes

Description: Sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for Native American parishioners of San Xavier del Bac Mission and its attended missions.


Unless otherwise noted, the repository on this page holds (or held) the records described here and they are not held at the Marquette University Archives.