GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 2: Midwest United States
Oklahoma: OK-29

Immaculate Conception Church
1314 Lynn Avenue
Pawhuska, OK 74056

Phone: 918-287-1414
Email: See diocesan website (parish finder)
http://icccpawhuska.org/

https://dioceseoftulsa.org/parishfinder

 

History: Immaculate Conception Church has been a predominantly Osage Indian parish.

1887-1893

Benedictines (now St. Gregory’s Abbey, Shawnee, Oklahoma)

established and administered Immaculate Conception Church (Osage), Pawhuska, Osage Reservation

1887-1915

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia established and staffed St. Louis Girls Boarding School (e.g. Osage, Cherokee, Quapaw, Potawatomi), Pawhuska, Osage Reservation

1889

Fire destroyed St. Louis School, which was rebuilt and reopened the same year

1893-1972

Oklahoma City diocesan priests administered Immaculate Conception

1901-1913 (closed)

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia established and staffed St. Louis Girls Day School (e.g. Osage, Cherokee, Quapaw, Potawatomi), Pawhuska

1915-1942

Sisters of Loretto (Nerinx, Kentucky) staffed St. Louis Girls Boarding School

1922-1942

Sisters of Loretto established and staffed Immaculate Conception Day School

1942-1949 (closed)

Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People (Bensalem, Pennsylvania) staffed St. Louis School

1942-1969 (closed)

Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament staffed Immaculate Conception School

1972-present

Tulsa diocesan priests have administered Immaculate Conception

Benedictines and Oklahoma City diocesan priests from Immaculate Conception have attended the following Indian missions and stations:

1887-1888 (transferred to St. Elizabeth's, Purcell)

Kiowa and Comanche Reservation station (Kiowa, Comanche)

1887-1889 (transferred to St. Mary's, Guthrie, and St. Joseph's, Oklahoma City)

Iowa Reservation station (Iowa)

1887-1889 (transferred to Quapaw Agency)

Peoria Reservation station (Peoria)

1887-1889 (transferred to St. Mary's, Guthrie, and St. Joseph's, Oklahoma City)

Otoe Reservation station (Otoe)

1887-1889 (transferred to Quapaw Agency)

Ottawa Reservation station (Ottawa)

1887-1889 (transferred to St. Mary's, Guthrie, and St. Joseph's, Oklahoma City)

Pawnee Reservation station (Pawnee)

1887-1889 (transferred to St. Mary's, Guthrie, and St. Joseph's, Oklahoma City)

Ponca Reservation station (Ponca)

1887-1889 (became a mission)

Hominy Creek station (Osage)

1887-1893 (transferred to St. John's, Gray Horse)

Kaw Reservation station (Kansa)

1889-1908 (closed)

Caney Creek station (Osage)

1895-1921 (transferred to Sacred Heart, Skiatook)

Hominy station (Osage)

1889-1906 (became a parish) (no longer Native)

St. John Mission (Cherokee), Bartlesville

1889 (became a parish)

St. John Mission (Osage), Gray Horse/ Hominy Creek

1900-1906 (closed)

Dewey station (Cherokee)

1900-1921 (transferred to Sacred Heart, Skiatook)

Big Heart Settlement station (Osage)

1904-1905 (became a mission)

Cleveland station (Pawnee)

1904-1906 (transferred to St. John’s, Gray Horse)

Fairfax station (Osage)

1904-1906 (closed)

Skiatook station (Osage)

1904-1906 (closed)

Washunga station (Kansa)

1905-1906 (transferred to St. John’s, Bartlesville)

St. Joseph Mission (Pawnee), Cleveland

1906-1913 (transferred to St. John’s, Pawnee)

Foraker station (Osage)

1911-1913 (transferred to St. John’s, Pawnee)

St. Joseph Mission (Pawnee), Cleveland

1912-1921 (transferred to Sacred Heart, Skiatook)

Avant station (Osage)

1912-1921 (became a parish)

Skiatook station (Osage)

1915-1921 (transferred to Sacred Heart, Skiatook)

St. Joseph Mission (Pawnee), Cleveland

1915-1925 (transferred to Sacred Heart, Fairfax)

Immaculate Conception Mission (Osage), Foraker

1915-1925 (transferred to Sacred Heart, Fairfax)

Burbank station (Osage)

1915-1925 (transferred to Sacred Heart, Fairfax)

Shidler station (Osage)

1926-1930 (became a mission)

Hominy station (Osage)

1930-1949 (became a parish)

St. Joseph Mission (Osage), Hominy

1932-1949 (transferred to St. Joseph’s Hominy)

St. Joseph Mission (Pawnee), Cleveland

1980-present

St. Mary Mission (Osage), Barnsdell

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1887-ongoing

Volume: 2 cubic feet

Description: The records at Immaculate Conception Church were not organized according to a classification scheme when reviewed by a Marquette University archivist, 1980. Consequently, the description is by record type.

 

 /1 Sacramental records

Inclusive dates: 1887-1908, 1922-ongoing

Volume: 9 volumes

Description: For Immaculate Conception Church and its Native missions and stations; baptisms, 1887-1808, 1925-ongoing, marriages, 1887-1907, 1922-ongoing, deaths, 1925-ongoing, first communions, 1895, 1898, 1925-ongoing, and confirmations, 1895-1900, 1925-ongoing; baptismal and death records for 1908-1925 were lost in a flood

 

/2 School records

Inclusive dates: 1887-1965

Volume: 1 cubic foot

Description: Student files for St. Louis and Immaculate Conception Schools, alphabetically arranged; majority are "permanent record" cards, one for each student, which include the following information: name, age, parents, residence, attendance, grades, and when entered, graduated, or transferred; according to a note in the files, record cards of students attending the schools before 1942 were "compiled from data on old attendance records; many are incomplete"; beginning in the 1960s student records are more complete 

 

/3 Subject file

Inclusive dates: 1930-present (most 1960s)

Volume: .3 cubic foot

Description: Alphabetically arranged; noteworthy files include "Indian," containing correspondence, 1930s-present, between the priests at Pawhuska, the bishops of Oklahoma City, and the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions; deeds and wills and financial reports, 1960-present

 

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.

New1984/rev2003-2018

Archival materials from the Raynor Memorial Libraries


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