GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 4: Outside United States
Germany: DE2-1

Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity. Immaculate Heart of Mary Province. Archives
Klosterstraße 22
59348 Lüdinghausen, Deutschland

Phone: 49 02591 234-331
Email: Provinzialat@franziskanerinnen-LH.de

 

History: Founded in the Netherlands, 1855, the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity self-identified with the post-nominal initials, "O.S.F." They made their first North American foundation by 1886; organized a North American Province, 1928, and thereafter subdivided it into three provinces: Holy Name (Stella Niagara, New York) for the eastern United States; Sacred Heart (Denver, Colorado) for the Midwest United States; and St. Francis (Redwood City, California) for the western United States.  Under Rev. Mother Kostka Schlaghecken, O.S.F. (1850-1932), the sisters staffed and taught at two Catholic schools among Native Americans in South Dakota:

1886-1928 (transferred to Holy Name/ North American Province, Stella Niagara, New York)

St. Francis School (Brulé Lakota), St. Francis, Rosebud Reservation/ Agency, South Dakota/ Dakota Territory

1886-1928 (transferred to Holy Name/ North American Province, Stella Niagara, New York)

Holy Rosary School (Oglala Lakota), Pine Ridge, Pine Ridge Reservation/ Agency, South Dakota/ Dakota Territory

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans in the United States:

Inclusive dates: 1886-1920s, undated

Volume: Less than 1 cubic foot

Description: 4 series with records:

 

/1 Kronic [House Chronicle] 

Inclusive dates: 1886-1920s

Volume: 2 volumes

Description: In German with English translations.

A. Sisters among Brulé Lakota children at the St. Francis mission school and elsewhere on the Rosebud Reservation, 1886-1920s, 1 volume.

B. Sisters among Oglala Lakota children at the Holy Rosary mission school and elsewhere on the Pine Ridge Reservations, 1888-1920s, 1 volume.

 

/2 Correspondence (presumed)

Inclusive dates: Unknown (1886?-1920s?)

Volume: Several letters

Description: Reverend Mother Kostka Schlaghecken, O.S.F. (1850-1932) and provincial superiors.

 

/3 Personnel files (presumed)

Inclusive dates: Unknown (1880s?-1920s?)

Volume: Several files

Description: Reverend Mother Kostka Schlaghecken, O.S.F. (1850-1932) and other sisters who staffed the Holy Rosary and St. Francis schools.

 

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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