GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 3: Western United States
Oregon: OR-23

Oregon Historical Society. Research Library
1200 South West Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

Phone: 503-222-1741
Email: See website (Contact)
Alternate website: Archives West

 

Hours: See website

Access: No restrictions

Copying facilities: Yes 

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1834-2000, undated   

Volume: Approximately .2 cubic foot 

Description: 9 collections include Native Catholic records:

 

Manuscript Collections

/1 “Francis Norbert Blanchet Letters, Mss 322”

Inclusive dates:  1844-1851, undated 

Volume: 1 reel of microfilm Description: 

A. Correspondence (some typescripts) by Archbishop Francis Norbert Blanchet, Bishop/Rev. Augustin Magloire Alexandre Blanchet, and others to L’Abbe Auger (Abbey Auger), Paris, France, 1845-1847, 49 letters; re: Archbishop Francis Norbert Blanchet and Catholic Native American missions in Oregon; in French

B. Printed items, 1844-1851, undated, 6 items; includes a map of the Catholic Ecclesiastical Province of Oregon

 

/2 “Center for Columbia River History Oral Histories”

Inclusive dates: 2000

Volume: 6 audiocassettes, in part

Description:

A. “William Skylstad,” 2000, 2 audiocassettes; by Bishop Skylstad, re: includes Native American evangelization within the Yakima and Spokane Dioceses

B. “Anthony Minthorn,” 2000, 4 audiocassettes; re: includes recollections of the Catholic Church by a Nez Perce Indian from the Umatilla Reservation

 

/3 “Amos Starr Cooke Letters, Mss 1223”

Inclusive dates: Between 1840-1844

 Volume: Few items in 1 reel of microfilm

Description: Correspondence to Cook from Methodist missionaries among American Indians in Oregon; re: includes animosity towards Catholic missionaries in Oregon.    

 

/4 “Gustavus Hines Papers, Mss 1215”

Inclusive dates: Between 1845-1846

Volume: Few letters

Description: Correspondence (few typescripts) by a Methodist missionary among Native Americans in Oregon; re: includes comments on Catholic missionaries in Oregon. 

 

/5 “Scrapbook Collection”

Inclusive dates: 1842-ca. 1914

Volume: Scant amounts within 7 volumes

Description: Few clippings.

A. “Scrapbook 40,” 1875-1913, 2 pages; re: Jesuits, Coeur d’Alene Indians, and Catholic missions in Oregon

B. “Scrapbook 54, Oregon Industrial Exposition, 1899,” 1838, 1 page; re: Rev. Francis N. Blanchet and Bishop Modeste Demers, and Catholic Indian missions in Oregon

C. “Scrapbook 70,” 1981-1982, 2 pages; re: Harriet Munnick research on St. Paul Mission, St. Paul (French Prairie/ Willamette Valley), Oregon

D. “Scrapbook 76,” 1842-1847, 10 pages; re: Bishop Augustin M.A. Blanchet, Archbishop Francis N. Blanchet, Cowlitz Indian missions, Bishop Modeste Demers, Rev. Pierre J. de Smet, S.J. [Jesuits], Fort Vancouver Mission, Simon Plamodon, and St. Paul Mission, St. Paul (French Prairie/ Willamette Valley), Oregon

E. “Scrapbook 81,” ca. 1914, 1 page; re: Simon Plamodon and St. Francis Xavier Mission, Toledo (Cowlitz River), Washington

F. “Scrapbook 83,” 1848, 4 pages; re: Rev. Eugene Casimir Chirouse, O.M.I. [Oblates of Mary Immaculate] and St. Joseph Mission, Olympia (Puget Sound), Washington; Ignace LaMouse, Salish Indians, and Bishop Joseph Rosati, C.M. [Vincentians], St. Louis, Missouri; Rev. Francis N. Blanchet, Rev. Modeste Demers, and Fort Vancouver, Washington; St. Francis Xavier Mission, Cowlitz River and St. Paul’s Mission, Willamette Valley, Oregon

G. “Scrapbook 112,” 1862, 1 page; re: St. James Mission, Fort Vancouver, Washington

 

/6 “Henry Harmon Spalding Papers, Mss 1201”

Inclusive dates: Between 1834-1874 

Volume: Few letters

Description: Correspondence by/ to Henry H. Spalding, Eliza Spalding, and Rachel Spalding, Presbyterian missionaries among Native people in Washington; re: includes comments on Catholic missionaries among Native people in Washington.

 

/7 “Elkanah Walker Papers, Mss 1204”

Inclusive dates: Between 1828-1885

Volume: Few letters and diary entries

Description: Diaries and correspondence (typescript and copies) of Walker and his wife, Congregationalist missionaries among Native people in Washington; re: includes comments on Catholic missionaries among Native people in Washington; from Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.

 

/8 “Alvan F. Waller Papers, Mss 1210”

Inclusive dates: Between 1839-1873 

Volume: Few letters and diary entries

Description: Diaries and correspondence (some typescripts) of a Methodist missionary among Native Americans in Washington; re: includes criticism of counterparts who were Catholic missionaries.

 

/9 “Marcus Whitman Papers, Mss 1203”

Inclusive dates: Between 1834-1850

Volume: Few letters

Description: Papers of Presbyterian Indian missionaries Marcus Whitman and Narcissa Prentiss Whitman; re: includes criticism of Catholic Indian missionaries.

 

/10 “Ladder Catechisms”

Inclusive dates: 1840, 1845

Volume: 2 items

Description: The ladder catechisms were mnemonic and pictorial teaching tools created for evangelizing the Native Americans who spoke diverse languages

A. Catholic Ladder by Bishop Francis Norbert Blanchet, 1840

B. Protestant Ladder by Rev. Henry H. and Eliza Spalding, 1845

 

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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