Volume 2: Midwest United States
Indiana: IN-5

Catholic Church. Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Archives
Xavier Building
1435 North Illinois Street
P.O. Box 1410
Indianapolis, IN 46206-1410

Phone: 317-236-1538
Phone: 800-382-9836, Extension 1538
Email: See website


Hours: See website 

Access: See website

Copying facilities: Yes


History: The Diocese of Vincennes was erected, 1834, for territory in Indiana and parts of Illinois from territory in the Diocese of Bardstown, Kentucky. It was renamed the Diocese of Indianapolis, 1898, and elevated to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, 1944. Indianapolis and its predecessors served Native Americans through the following missions in Indiana:

1686-1721 (Indianapolis, 1834)

St. Joseph Mission (Miami), Fort St. Joseph, lower St. Joseph River, Niles, Michigan

1719-1763 (Indianapolis, 1834)  

Fort Ouiatenon (Miami), Wabash River, Tippecanoe County, Indiana

1719-1763 (Indianapolis, 1834)  

Miamitown/ Kekionga (Miami), Fort Miami/ Fort St. Philippe or Fort des Miamis, confluence of St. Joseph River and St. Marys River, Allen County, Indiana


Chichipi-Outipe Village (Potawatomi), near South Bend, Indiana


Chickako's Village (Potawatomi), northern Indiana

The archdiocesan ethnic ministries reorganized and created an inclusive multicultural plan for all ethnic groups, 1994-2013.


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1836-1839 

Volume: .1 cubic foot

Description: 1 series plus archdiocesan history.


/1 "Bishops' Papers: Bishop Bruté:"

A. Correspondence, 1836-1839, 29 letters; major correspondents include Rev. Benjamin Petit and Bishop Simon William Gabriel Bruté de Rémur (1779-1839)

B. Financial report, 1837-1838, 1 folder; by Rev. Benjamin Petit, re: his evangelization at Lake St. Mary (South Bend) and the Native villages in northern Indiana, particularly Chichipi-Outipe; also references to other settlements from Illinois to Kansas as the Potawatomi moved west

C. Historical notes, 1837, 4 items; by Rev. Benjamin Petit


/2 Archdiocesan history: See website


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.