Volume 3: Western United States
New Mexico:NM-4

Catholic Church. Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Office of Catholic Schools
4000 Saint Joseph's Place Northwest
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120

Phone: 505-831-8172
Email: See website (Contact Us)


History: The Vicariate Apostolate of New Mexico was erected, 1850, from territory in the Diocese of Durango, Mexico, that was annexed by the United States. The Diocese of Santa Fe succeeded the vicariate, 1853; it was expanded to include the territory in the Gadson Purchase, 1859; and it was elevated to an archdiocese, 1875. The following Catholic schools within its territory have served Native Americans in its present-day territory in New Mexico.

1886-1998 (closed)

St. Catherine Indian School (e.g. Navajo, Tewa), Santa Fe

1887-1936 (closed)

Sisters of Loretto School (Tiwa), Bernalillo

1887-1897, 1933-1936 (closed)

St. Augustine/ Isleta School (Tiwa), Isleta Pueblo, Isleta Reservation

1887-1897, 1925-1968 (closed)

St. John the Baptist School (Tewa), Ohkay Owingeh/ San Juan Pueblo, San Juan Reservation


Santo Domingo School (Santo Domingo [Keresan]), Santo Domingo Pueblo, Santo Domingo Reservation

1887-1896 (closed)

Taos School (Tiwa), Taos Pueblo, Taos Reservation


Seama Day School (Laguna [Keresan]), Seama, Laguna Reservation


Santa Clara School (Tewa), Santa Clara Pueblo, Santa Clara Reservation


San Felipe School (San Felipe [Keresan]), San Felipe Pueblo, San Felipe Reservation


Cochiti School (Cochiti [Keresan]), Cochiti Pueblo, Cochiti Reservation


Zia School (Zia [Keresan]), Zia Pueblo, Zia Reservation

1904-1970 (closed)

Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe School (Cochiti [Keresan]), Peña Blanca, Cochiti Reservation

1906-1999 (transferred to a community organization)

San Diego/ Jemez Day School (Jemez), Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Reservation


Penasco School (Tiwa), Penasco, Picuris Pueblo, Picuris Reservation


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1895-2005  

Volume: Ca. .8 cubic foot   

Description: The Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Office of Catholic Schools, holds administrative records and/or transcripts for the following schools with Native American students:

A. Bernalillo, Sisters of Loretto School, 1935-1941, 1 folder; correspondence between sisters at school and motherhouse

B. Jemez Pueblo, San Diego/ Jemez School, 1931-2005, .3 cubic foot; board minutes, handbooks, and land use and charter-school agreements

C. Ohkay Wingeh/ San Juan, St. John the Baptist School, 1967-1968, 1 folder; correspondence

D. Santa Fe, St. Catherine School, 1895-1998, .3 cubic foot; school handbooks and high school transcripts


See also -- Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, Marquette University Special Collections and Archives, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


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.