Volume 1: Eastern United States
Pennsylvania: PA-12

Catholic Church. Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Historical Research Center 
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096

Phone: 610-667-2125


Hours: See website

Access: See website

Copying facilities: Yes


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: After 1811-present

Volume: 100 linear feet possible

Description: 3 collections with records.


/1 Herman Joseph Heuser (1851-1933) Papers, MC 1

Inclusive dates: 1811-1933, bulk 1890-1925

Volume: Less than 10% within 10.8 linear feet

Description: Notable correspondents include Katharine Drexel and notable correspondence topics include Catholic Native Americans.


/2 Drexel, Saint Katharine (1858-1955), S.B.S., Papers and Records of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People

History: Saint Katharine Drexel, S.B.S. (1858-1955) founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in Philadelphia, 1891. The Sisters administered over 65 schools and institutions serving Native Americans, which included:


St. Michael’s Indian School (Navajo), St. Michaels, Navajo Reservation, Arizona

1910-1998 (closed)

St. Catherine School (e.g. Navajo, Zuni), Santa Fe, New Mexico

1942-1969 (closed)

Immaculate Conception Day School (Osage), Pawhuska, Osage Reservation, Oklahoma


Desert House of Prayer (Navajo), St. Michaels, Arizona

Inclusive dates: 1876-ca. 2017

Volume: 100 cubic feet possible

Description: Records (e.g. correspondence, reports, mission publications, photographs, ethnographic documents, clippings) received 2017.


/3 Shea, John Gilmary (1824-18, Papers MC 51

Inclusive dates: 1836-1891, undated

Volume: Less than 10% within 3 linear feet

Description: Notable correspondents include Archbishop James Roosevelt Bayley and Reverend Pierre-Jean deSmet, S.J., regarding Catholic missions among Native Americans for his then future publication, History of the Catholic Missions among the Indian Tribes of the United States, 1529-1854.


/4 Chaput, Archbishop Charles J., O.F.M. Cap.

Inclusive dates: 2011-2019

Volume: Unknown

Description: Archbishop Chaput (Potawatomi, 1944-) resigned, 2019. Upon the installation of his successor, ca. 2020, it is anticipated that his papers will be transferred to the archives and closed, ca.  70 years. In 2019, the Philadelphia Archdiocesan website contained the following public records by Archbishop Chaput: 32 conference addresses, 2014-2019; weekly columns, 2014-2019; and weekly homilies, 2014-2019.


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.


Archival materials from the Raynor Memorial Libraries

Marquette Archives