GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 4: Outside United States
Italy: IT-5

Franciscans. General Headquarters
Order of Friars Minor
Via Santa Maria Mediatrice 25
00165 Roma, Italia

Phone: 396-684-91-203

 

History: St. Francis of Assisi founded the Franciscans (a.k.a. Order of Friars Minor) in Italy, 1209, who self-identify with the post-nominal initials, “O.F.M.” In the present-day United States, they have administered the following provinces and jurisdictions through which they evangelized Native Americans. For more information, see the guide entries on the archival holdings relating to these provinces.

1573-1763

Santa Elena de la Florida Province (Archives: Gainesville, Florida): Alabama, Florida, Georgia

1598-1850

Santo Evangelico Province (Archives: Puebla, Mexico, and Phoenix, Arizona): Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas

1616-1850

Conversion of St. Paul Custody (Archives: Phoenix, Arizona): New Mexico

1731-1773

Santa Cruz de Querétaro College (Queretaro, Mexico; archives: DRSW, Phoenix, Arizona): Arizona, New Mexico, Texas

1773-1830

Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe de Zacatecas College (Archives: Puebla, Mexico, and Phoenix, Arizona): Arizona, New Mexico, Texas

1878-ca. 2010

Sacred Heart Province (Archives: St. Louis, Missouri): Arizona, Michigan, New Mexico, Wisconsin

1896-1985

St. John the Baptist Province (Archives: Cincinnati, Ohio; archives bulk: St. Michaels, Arizona, and Tucson, Arizona): Arizona, New Mexico

1915-present

Santa Barbara Province (Archives: Santa Barbara, California): Arizona, California, New Mexico

1985-present

Our Lady of Guadalupe Province (Archives: St. Michaels, Arizona): Arizona, New Mexico

 

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

 

However, its records and those from other Franciscan jurisdictions are included in the Documentary Relations of the Southwest (DRSW), an online guide for research regarding Catholic-Spanish evangelization, exploration, and settlement in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas, and Northern Mexico, 1520-1820. DRSW provides item-level descriptions to records and is hosted by the Institutional Repository of the University of Arizona Libraries, Phoenix, Arizona.

 

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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