GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 2: Midwest United States
Missouri: MO-16

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Carondelet Consolidated Archive
6400 Minnesota Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63111

Phone: 314-678-0320
Email: archivist@csjcarondelet.org

 

Hours: By appointment only

Access: See website

Copying facilities: Yes

 

History: The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet were founded in France, ca. 1650, and they identify themselves with “C.S.J.” as their post-nominal initials. Two U.S. provinces founded the Carondelet Consolidated Archive, 2000, which includes the records of the St. Louis and Los Angeles provinces, but not the St. Paul Province. For more information on the St. Paul Province, and the Sisters of St. Joseph, Superior, Wisconsin, which merged with them, see the guide entry for the Sisters of St. Joseph. St. Paul Province. Archives, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Sisters from the St. Louis Province, founded 1836, taught at the following Catholic schools serving Native American students:

1866-1873

St. Mary School (Ojibwa), Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan

1866-1906  

St. Francis Xavier School (Ojibwa), L'Anse, Michigan

1883-1980 (closed)

St. Michael Mission and St. Joseph School (Menominee, Oneida, Stockbridge), Keshena, Wisconsin

1892-1934

Nazareth Academy (Cherokee, Creek), Muskogee, Oklahoma

Sisters from the Los Angeles Province, founded 1878, taught at the following Catholic and Government schools that served Native American students. The Sisters of St. Joseph (Lewiston, Idaho) merged with the province, 1925.

1873-1932 (transferred to Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange)

St. John the Baptist School (Apache, Pima, Tohono O’odham), Laveen/ Komatke, Gila River Reservation, Arizona

1873-1876 (closed), 1888-1932 (transferred to Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

San Xavier del Bac Mission School (Pima, Tohono O’odham), Tucson, San Xavier Reservation, Arizona

1890-1956

St. Boniface School (Cahuilla, Serrano, Cupeño), Banning, California

1886-1900 (transferred to Franciscans)

Fort Yuma Government Indian School (Yuma), Winterhaven, California/ Yuma, Arizona

1887-1907 (closed)

St. Anthony School (Campo), San Diego, California

1925-1968 (closed)

St. Joseph Mission School (Nez Perce), Culdusac/ Slickpoo, Nez Perce Reservation, Idaho

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1866-1982, undated

Volume: 1 cubic foot

Description: 3 series:

 

/1 "Ministry"

Inclusive dates: 1866-1982, undated

Volume: .75 cubic foot 

Description: Arranged by province and thereunder alphabetically by state:

A. Los Angeles Province, 1886-1929, undated, .25 cubic foot:

1. Arizona, Komatke, St. John School, 1901-1906, 1913, 1919, 1922, undated, 50 letters: majority of letters are to Mother Agatha Guthrie, C.S.J., and Mother Gonzaga Grand, C.S.J., from Sister Anna de Sales Powers, C.S.J., and Sister Mary Joseph Franco, C.S.J.

2. Arizona, Tucson, San Xavier del Bac School, 1886, 1898, 1900, 1903-1906, 1910-1912, 33 letters: majority of letters are to Mother Agnes Gonzaga Ryan, C.S.J., from Sister Mary Aquinas Duffy, C.S.J.

3. California, Banning, St. Boniface School, 1890-1893, 1903, 1905, 1908, 2 folders:

a. Correspondence, 1890-1893, 1903, 1905, 1908, 21 letters: majority of letters are to Mother Agatha Guthrie, C.S.J., from Rev. Florian Hahn and the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions

b. Listing of sisters' salaries, 1891-1893; 1 folder

2. California, Fort Yuma, Government Indian School, 1886-1901, 1903-1905, .1 cubic foot:

a. Correspondence, 1886-1895, 1899-1901, 1903-1905, 145 letters: majority of letters are to Mothers Agatha Guthrie, C.S.J., and M. Julia Littenecker, C.S.J., from Sister Alphonse Lamb, C.S.J., and Sister Ambrosia O'Neil, C.S.J., the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs

b. School statistics, 1886-1900, 1 folder

3. California, San Diego, St. Anthony's School, 1886, 2 letters: to Mother Agatha Guthrie, C.S.J. from Rev. A.D. Ubach

4. Idaho, Slickpoo, St. Joseph's School, 1906, 1915, 1924-1929, 67 letters: majority of letters to Mother Agnes Rossiter, C.S.J., from Sister Mary Berchmans Touhy, C.S.J., Sister Madeline Lyons, C.S.J., Sister Mary Borgia Tourscher, C.S.J., and Rev. Joseph Cataldo, S.J. [Jesuits]

B. St. Louis Province, 1866-1982, .5 cubic foot:

1. Michigan, L'Anse, St. Francis Xavier School, 1866, 1906-1907, 5 letters: majority of letters to Mother St. John Facemaz, C.S.J., from Rev. Gerhard Terhorst

2. Oklahoma, Muskogee, Nazareth Academy, 1907, 1911, 4 letters

3. Wisconsin, Keshena, St. Michael Mission and St. Joseph School, 1883-1982, .45 cubic foot:

a. Correspondence, 1893-1894, 1906, 1911-1912, 1933-1937, 1940, 1944, 27 letters: major correspondents include; Mothers M. Julia Littenecker, C.S.J., Agnes Gonzaga Ryan, C.S.J., and Mary Agnes Rossiter, C.S.J., and Rev. Zephyrin Engelhardt, O.F.M. [Franciscans]

b. Annals, 1933-1934, 1938-1940, 1944-1945, 1949-1981, 1 folder

c. Financial and statistical reports, 1866-1893, 1911-1915, 1917-1923, 2 folders

d. "House Book," 1920s-1982, 1 volume: includes financial reports, personnel lists, clippings and photographs

e. "St. Joseph School, 1883-1980," 1 volume: a history of the School using correspondence, photographs, clippings, and school publications

f. Scrapbooks, 1950-1975, 1979-1980, photos, clippings, and minutes of school board meetings

g. "The Flash of a Firefly," 1973, 1 volume: poems, creative writing, and art by the fifth-grade class at St. Joseph School

h. Clippings, 1970s, 1 folder

 

/2 "Personal Files of the Sisters"

Inclusive dates: 1866-1876 

Volume: .1 cubic foot 

Description: St. Louis Province:

1. Sister Monica Corrigan, C.S.J., "Diary" (copy), 1870, 1 volume: describes trip from St. Louis to Tucson and the foundation of the San Xavier del Bac Mission, Tucson, Arizona

2. Sister John Berchmans Hartrich, "Journal," 1876, 12 pages: describes trip from St. Louis to Tucson

3. Sister Justin Lemay, C.S.J., "Diary," 1866, 1 volume: describes the trip to L'Anse, Michigan, and the establishment of the school there

 

/3 Photographs

Inclusive dates: 1902-1982, undated 

Volume: 195 prints  

Description:

A. St. Louis Province:

1. Michigan, Baraga, St. Francis Xavier School, undated, 2 prints

2. Wisconsin, Keshena, St. Michael Mission and St. Joseph School, 1924, 1970s-1982, undated, 146 prints

B. Los Angeles Province:

1. Arizona, Komatke, St. John Mission and School, 1902, 1904, 1916-1919, undated, 34 prints

2. Arizona, Tucson, San Xavier del Bac Mission and School, undated, 2 photos

3. Arizona (General), 1902, undated, 5 prints

4. California, Banning, St. Boniface School, undated, 1 print

5. Idaho, Slickpoo, St. Joseph Mission and School, 1928, undated, 5 prints

 

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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