GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 1: Eastern United States
National Anthropological Archives. Smithsonian Institution. Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746
Metro stop: Suitland
Hours: See website
Access: By appointment only
Copy facilities: Yes
Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:
Inclusive dates: 1862-1975, undated
Volume: Less than 1%
Description: Field notes, publications in indigenous languages (e.g. hymnals, newspapers, prayers, sermons), sound recordings in indigenous languages (songs), and still photography/ video pertaining to missions and schools. Search "seris.si.edu." 7 notable collections found:
/1 Cooper, Father John M. (1881-1949) Notes
Inclusive dated: Undated
Volume: 16 linear feet
Description: Siksika [Blackfeet] and Atsina [Gros Ventre], Montana; Navajo; Ojibwa [Chippewa]; and others.
/2 Hilger (1891-1977), Sister Innez M., O.S.B., Papers
Inclusive dates: 1931-1971
Volume: 18.5 linear feet
Description: Field notes from Minnesota Ojibwa [Chippewa] and among other tribes in the United States and beyond.
/3 Hilger (1891-1977), Sister Innez M., O.S.B., Sound Recordings,
Inclusive dates: 1952-1973
Volume: 35 recordings
Description: Songs with notes from Minnesota Ojibwa [Chippewa] and Montana Siksika [Blackfeet].
/4 Hubbard 1888-1962), Rev. Bernard, S.J., Footage
Inclusive dates: 1937-1938
Volume: 30 hours
Description: Silent black and white video of Eskimo, King Island, Alaska.
/5 Sermon on the Passion of Jesus Christ, NAA MS 3124
Inclusive dates: 1862
Volume: 8 pages
Description: In Mohawk from Kanawake [Caughnawaga], Canada; John N.B. Hewitt, collector.
/6 Šinasapa Wocekiye Taeyanpaha [Catholic Sioux Herald]
Inclusive dates: 1892-1922
Volume: ca. 1 cubic foot
Dakota-Lakota language Catholic newspaper with reports by Native American catechists based at local Dakota-Lakota missions/ parishes with occasional insert in English; published by the Benedictines, St. Michael Mission, Fort Totten Reservation, North Dakota. Available online, in part; also available in part from Marquette University Special Collections and Archives.
/7 Steltenkamp, Rev. Michael F., S.J., Photographs
Inclusive dates: 1975
Volume: 2 photographic prints
Description: Daughter Lucy and granddaughter of Nicholas Black Elk
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.