Volume 2: Midwest United States
Minnesota: MN-31

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Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1797-1935, undated

Volume: Ca. 1 cubic foot

Description: 11 collections include Native Catholic records:


/1 "Baraga, Frederic"

Inclusive dates: 1797-1872 

Volume: 2 folders and 1 reel of microfilm

Description: Primarily correspondence (copies) in German pertaining to Rev. I. Frederic Baraga. 


/2 "Belcourt, Georges Antoine" 

Inclusive dates: 1832-1857, undated 

Volume: 76 letters and 2 reels of microfilm 


A. Correspondence, 1832-1857, 76 letters: from Rev. Belcourt to the Archbishop of Québec (e.g. Archbishop Bernard-Claude Panet, Archbishop Joseph Signay) and others describing his life as missionary at Pembina and Turtle Mountain (Ojibwa, Métis), Dakota Territory; typed copies in French from the Québec Archdiocesan Archives, Sillery, Quebec

B. French-Ojibwa Dictionary compiled by Rev. Belcourt, undated, 2 reels of microfilm: Arranged alphabetically in French with Ojibwa equivalents; from the Sainte-Boniface Archdiocesan Archives, Sainte-Boniface, Manitoba


/3 "Catholic Church, in Canada"

Inclusive dates: 1861-1868 

Volume: 1 reel of microfilm

Description: Primarily letters to Bishop Alexander Taché from Rev. Jean Baptiste Genin and other French missionaries in the Red River Valley (Métis and Ojibwa), of Manitoba, Canada and North Dakota; from the Sainte-Boniface Archdiocesan Archives, Sainte-Boniface, Manitoba.  


/4 "Goiffon, Joseph"

Inclusive dates: 1908, undated

Volume: 81 pages


A. Partial autobiography from 1824 to 1910, undated, 50 pages: from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Archives, St. Paul, Minnesota

B. Autobiography, 1908, 31 pages on microfilm: from the Sainte-Boniface Archdiocesan Archives, Manitoba, Canada


/5 "Grace, Thomas [L.]" 

Inclusive dates: 1861 

Volume: 1 volume (copy) 

Description: Journal of Bishop Grace's trip on the Red River (Ojibwa, Métis); from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Archives, St. Paul, Minnesota.   


/6 "La Pointe, Wisconsin, St. Joseph Mission Papers" 

Inclusive dates: 1835-1854

Volume: 94 pages

Description: Baptismal register (copy) of St. Joseph Mission (Métis, Ojibwa), La Pointe, Wisconsin; from Holy Family Church, Bayfield, Wisconsin.    


/7 "Loras, Mathias Papers" 

Inclusive dates: 1843-1850 

Volume: 1 folder

Description: Correspondence (copies) to Bishop Loras from Rev. Georges Antoine Belcourt, missionary at Pembina (Ojibwa, Métis), Dakota Territory, and Rev. Augustin Ravoux, regarding his missionary trip on the Missouri River (possibly Dakota, Santee, Sisseton, Wahpeton, Yankton in present-day Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota); from the Dubuque Archdiocesan Archives, Dubuque, Iowa.


/8 "McLaughlin, James Papers" 

Inclusive dates: 1876-1920 

Volume: Approximately 1% (300 letters) of 37 reels of microfilm 

Description: Written primarily when McLaughlin was Indian Agent at first Fort Totten Reservation (Dakota, Santee, Sisseton, Wahpeton) and then Standing Rock Reservation (Hunkpapa); major correspondents include Bishop Martin Marty, O.S.B., of Dakota Territory and Rev. John Baptist A. Brouillet, Director of the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, Rev. Joseph A. Stephan, Indian Agent, Rev. Martin Kenel, O.S.B., Rev. Claude Ebner, O.S.B., Rev. Francis M. Craft, Rev. Louis Bonin, and Sister Clapin, S.G.N. [Soeurs grises de Québec]; from Assumption Abbey, Richardton, North Dakota.


/9 "Nute, Grace Lee"

Inclusive dates: Compiled ca. 1926-1935

Volume: Approximately .5 cubic foot

Description: Manuscripts (copies) by Catholic and Protestant Indian missionaries in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and the Dakotas arranged alphabetically by surname or topic including "Rev. [I. Frederic] Baraga," "Rev. [Georges Antoine] Belcourt," "Rev. [Joseph] Cretin," "Rev. [Lucien] Galtier," "Rev. [Francis] Pierz," "Rev. [Augustin] Ravoux," "financial problems of the missions,"  "formation of the routine aspect of the missions," "hiring of teachers," and "progress made in conversion and education of the Indians." 


/10 "Pierz, Francis Papers" 

Inclusive dates: 1852-1887 

Volume: 1 reel of microfilm 


A. "Crow Wing Mission. Parish Register," 1852-1870, 1 volume: Baptisms and marriages, 1852-1870, and deaths, 1852-1869

B. "Belle Prairie Mission. Parish Register," 1865-1887, 2 volumes: Baptisms, 1865-1879, marriages, 1865-1878, confirmations, 1868, first communions, 1882-1887, Sunday announcements, 1880, and recipients of scapulars and entrants into holy orders, 1882-1883; from the St. Cloud Diocesan Archives, St. Cloud, Minnesota


/11 "Ravoux, Augustin"

Inclusive dates: 1841-1844, undated

Volume: 32 pages and 1 reel of microfilm 


A. "Register of Baptisms, Deaths, and Marriages Among Sioux Indians" (copy), 1841-1844, 32 pages: Possibly from Santee, Sisseton, Wahpeton, and Yankton Indian converts; from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Archives, St. Paul, Minnesota

B. "Book of Instructions, Prayers, and Hymns in the Sioux Language," undated, and Prayer and Hymn Book in Sioux Language published in 1843, 1 reel of microfilm: from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Archives, St. Paul, Minnesota


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.