GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
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
Email: info@sanxaviermission.org

 

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)

1753

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

1768-1841

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

1841-1844

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

1844-1859

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)

1874

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

1897-1913

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

1913-1910s

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

1910s-present

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

1932-1938

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

1938-1940

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

1940-present

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 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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