GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 4: Outside United States
Catholic Church. Congregatio Pro Gentium Evangelizatione
Catholic Church. Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples
Palazzo di Propaganda Fide
Piazza de Spagna 48
00187 Roma, Italia
Phone: 39 06 6987 9299
History: The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples is the department of the Holy See comprised of cardinals named by the Pope that organizes missionary activities worldwide. It was founded as the Sacra Congregatio Christiano Nomini Propagando (Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith or “Propaganda Fide”), 1622, and renamed, 1988. Assisting it was the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith, founded 1822. In 1922, its jurisdiction (i.e. Paris Council, Lyon Council) was transferred to a General Council in Rome governed by Propaganda Fide.
Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans in the United States:
Inclusive dates: 1822-1930
Volume: Ca. 2-3% of 42 cubic feet
Description: An index to the correspondence reveals that Native American missions and schools were topics of concern. Most correspondents were bishops, e.g. Bishop Frederic Baraga, Bishop Francis N. Blanchet, Bishop Martin Marty, O.S.B. [Benedictines] and the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions was also included.
/1 Letters and reports from the United States to the Paris Council
Inclusive dates: 1828-1930
Volume: 27 reels of microfilm
Description: Arranged by diocese.
/2 Letters and reports to the Lyon Council
Inclusive dates: 1822-1900
Volume: 15 reels of microfilm
Description: Arranged chronologically.
See also -- Guide to Documents relating to French and British North America in the Archives of the Sacred Congregation "de Propaganda Fide" in Rome, 1622-1799 by Luca Codignola, National Archives of Canada, 1991.
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.