Volume 2: Midwest United States
Michigan: MI-8

Michigan. Capuchins. St. Joseph Province. Archives
St. Bonaventure Friary
1820 Mount Elliott Street
Detroit, Michigan 48207

Phone: 313-579-2100


Open: By appointment only 

Access: Restrictions may apply 

Copying facilities: Yes


History: The Capuchins, founded 1528, self-identify with the post-nominal initials, “O.F.M. Cap.” They erected St. Joseph Province, 1882, which has administered the following Native American missions and parishes in Michigan and Montana:


St. Labre Mission (Cheyenne), Ashland, Montana


St. Francis Xavier Mission (Crow), St. Xavier, Crow Reservation, Montana


Most Holy Name of Jesus Mission (Ojibwa), Assinins, Michigan


St. Catherine Mission (Ojibwa, Potawatomi), Zeba, Michigan


Our Lady of Loretto Mission (Crow), Lodge Grass, Crow Reservation, Montana


St. Dennis Mission (Crow), Crow Agency, Crow Reservation, Montana


St. Kateri Tekakwitha/ Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Mission (Crow), Wyola, Crow Reservation, Montana


St. Charles Mission (Crow), Pryor, Crow Reservation, Montana


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans: 

Inclusive dates: 1926-ongoing, undated

Volume: Over 1.2 cubic feet

Description: Within 2 series.


1 Parish and Mission Files

Inclusive dates: 1926-1960, 1967-ongoing, undated 

Volume: Over 1.0 cubic foot

Description: The series is arranged alphabetically by parish or mission.

A. "St. Labre's Mission," Ashland, near Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Montana

1. Correspondence, 1926-1960, 1967-1971, .8 cubic foot: major correspondents include Rev. Francis Busalt, O.F.M. Cap., Rev. Matthew Niedhammer, O.F.M. Cap., Rev. Seraphin Winterroth, O.F.M. Cap., Rev. Emmett Hoffman, then O.F.M. Cap., Rev. Theophane Thoma, O.F.M. Cap., and members of the Provincial Office staff

2. Typescript of an interview with Rev. Ron Busch, O.F.M. Cap., undated, 1 folder

3. History of St. Labre Mission by Rev. Emmett Hoffman, then O.F.M. Cap., undated, 1 folder

4. Report on St. Labre Mission by William Hoage, O.F.M. Cap., 1971, 1 folder

B. St. Francis Xavier Mission, St. Xavier, Crow Reservation, Montana, unknown

C. Most Holy Name of Jesus Mission, Assinins, Michigan, unknown

D. St. Catherine Mission, Zeba, Michigan, unknown

E. Our Lady of Loretto Mission, Lodge Grass, Crow Reservation, Montana, unknown

F. St. Denis Mission, Crow Agency, Crow Reservation, Montana, unknown

G. St. Kateri Tekakwitha Mission, Wyola, Crow Reservation, Montana, unknown

H. St. Charles Mission, Pryor, Crow Reservation, Montana, unknown


2 Photographs

Inclusive dates: 1920s-ongoing

Volume: Over 200 prints/images

Description: Prominent subjects include St. Labre Mission and the Capuchin Golden Jubilee celebration, 1936.


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.