Volume 2: Midwest United States
Michigan: MI-10

Detroit Public Library. Burton Historical Collection
5201 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202 

Phone: 313-481-1401


Hours: See website

Access: No restrictions

Copying facilities: Yes


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1704-1887, undated

Volume: .8 cubic foot and 1 reel of microfilm

Description: 8 collections include Native Catholic records:


/1 "Arbre Croche Papers"

Inclusive dates: 1831-1833, 1855-1856

Volume: 2 volumes

Description: Sacramental records and index (copies) for Harbor Springs, Holy Childhood/ St. Peter Mission (Ottawa): baptisms and marriages, 1831-1833, 1855; and deaths, 1831-1833, 1855-1856. 


/2 "Baraga Papers"

Inclusive dates: 1820s-1960s

Volume: 1 volume

Description: Primarily correspondence (copies), re: Bishop I. Frederic Baraga; mostly from the University of Notre Dame Archives (Notre Dame, Indiana).  


/3 "Detroit, St. Anne's Church"

Inclusive dates: 1704-1848 

Volume: 7 volumes

Description: Sacramental records (copies) from St. Anne Church (Wyandot): baptisms, 1704-1848; marriages, 1704-1842; deaths, 1704-1843; from the Archdiocese of Detroit Archives, Detroit, Michigan. 


/4 "Gailland Papers" Inclusive dates: Undated 

Volume: 1 reel of microfilm 

Description: Papers of Rev. Maurice Gailland, S.J. [Jesuits], that include "a complete English-Potawatomi Dictionary;” from the Central Jesuit Archives (St. Louis, Missouri).


/5 "Indians of North America" 

Inclusive dates: 1832-1844, undated

Volume: 8 items


A. Correspondence (copies), 1832, 1835, 1841, 1844, undated, 5 letters: major correspondents include Rev. Theodore Van den Broek, Bishop Edward D. Fenwick, O.P., and Rev. Samuel Mazzuchelli, O.P. [Dominicans]

B. School reports (copies), 1834-1835, 1840-1841, 3 annual reports: re: schools for Menominee Indian children at Green Bay and Little Chute, Wisconsin


/6 "Jacker Papers"

Inclusive dates: 1768-1887, undated

Volume: .15 cubic foot

Description: Papers of Rev. Edward Jacker.

A. Correspondence, 1836, 1847, 1870-1887 (majority from 1875-1876), 100 letters: majority are written by Rev. Jacker to Rev. Joseph Marie Finotti and discuss his experiences as a missionary to the Ojibwa and Ottawa Indians at St. Ignace, Mackinac Island, Harbor Springs, Middle Village, and Burt Lake, Michigan; and the activities of other missionaries, such as Rev. F.N. Sifferath, Rev. John Weikamp, T.O.R. [Regular Franciscans], Rev. P.S. Zorn, Rev. Frederic Baraga, and Rev. Samuel Mazzuchelli, O.P.; several letters are written to John Gilmary Shea, Catholic historian; the collection also includes original letters by Rev. Florimond Bonduel, 1836, and by Rev. Samuel Mazzuchelli, O.P., 1847

B. Sacramental records, 1768-1796, 1836, 2 folders:

1. Baptismal record by Rev. Florimond Bonduel, 1836, 1 folder

2. Baptisms (copy) by Rev. Jacker, 1768-1796, 1 folder: for Mackinac Island, St. Ignace and surrounding area

C. Historical notes, undated, l folder

D. Clippings, undated, 1 folder


/7 "Poitier Papers" 

Inclusive dates: 1733-1791

Volume: .1 cubic foot

Description: Papers of Rev. Pierre Poitier, S.J.

A. Notebook and baptismal record, 1733-1791, 1 volume: relating to St. Anne Mission (Huron), Detroit, and Assumption Church (Wyandot), Windsor/ Sandwich, Ontario, Canada

B. Travel journal (copy), 1743-1744, 1 volume

C. Account book (copy), 1775-1781, 1 volume

D. List of occupants of 33 cabins in a Wyandot Indian Village at Boblo Island (copy), 1747, 1 folder


Unless otherwise noted, the repository on this page holds (or held) the records described here and they are not held at the Marquette University Archives.