GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 1: Eastern United States
Catholic Church. Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Historical Research Center
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096
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Copying facilities: Yes
Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:
Inclusive dates: After 1811-2019
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 and topics include St. Katharine Drexel and Native American Catholics.
/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
St. Catherine School (e.g. Navajo, Zuni), Santa Fe, New Mexico
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 Rev. 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. [Capuchins]
Inclusive dates: 2011-2019
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. He also served on the board of directors of several organizations, included the Black and Indian Mission Office (Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, et.al.), Washington, D.C., and the Tekakwitha Conference, Alexandria, Louisiana.
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.