GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 2: Midwest United States
South Dakota: SD-3

St. Joseph Indian School
1301 North Main Street
P.O. Box 326
Chamberlain, SD 57326

Phone: 800-341-2235
Email: See website (Contact)

 

History:

1927-present

Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (United States Province, Franklin, Wisconsin) established and have administered St. Joseph’s Indian School (Brulé Lakota, Sans Arc Lakota, Santee Dakota, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota)

1929-1933

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) staffed the school

1931

A fire destroyed the school, but it reopened later that same year

1933-1971

Benedictine Sisters (Yankton, South Dakota) staffed the school

1971-1972

Dominican Sisters (Oxford, Michigan) staffed the school, in part

1972-1974

Oblate Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (Marty, South Dakota) staffed the school, in part

1974-1976

Sisters of Mercy (Regional Community of Vermont) staffed the school, in part

1970s-present

Lay teachers staffed the school, at least in part

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1927-present, undated

Volume: At least 15.5 cubic feet

 

Description: The records at St. Joseph's School were not arranged according to a classification scheme when reviewed by a Marquette University archivist, 1980. Consequently, the description is by record type. 

 

/1 House chronicle

Inclusive dates: 1977-ongoing

Volume: At least 1 volume

Description: Handwritten daily entries with information on daily activities, special events, visitors, and the like.

 

/2 "History of St. Joseph's School

Inclusive dates: 1927-1964, undated

Volume: 199 pages

Description: Typed copy; author not identified.

 

/3 House council meeting minutes

Inclusive dates: 1948-ongoing

Volume: At least 147 pages  

 

/4 School records

Inclusive dates: 1927-present

Volume: At least 15.0 cubic feet

Description:

A. "Cumulative Records" of students, 1950s-present, 10 cubic feet: divided into inactive files (at least 8 cubic feet) and active files (at least 2 cubic feet); typical files contain an application for enrollment, including supporting documentation, such as transcripts, medical reports, photographs, baptismal records, progress reports, and standardized test scores

B. "Permanent School Record Cards," 1950s-present, at least 1 cubic foot: divided into active and inactive records and thereunder arranged alphabetically by surname; information on cards includes annual attendance record, annual scholastic record, and standardized test scores

C. Cards on students, 1930s-1979, at least 1 cubic foot: arranged chronologically and alphabetically; include name and age of student and family members, data on religious background and past education, and dates when student enrolled and left the School

D. "School Records for St. Joseph's Indian School, 1927-1948," 153 pages: records provide the following data: name of student, age, grade, names of parents, address, medical history, religious history, whether student left school or was dismissed, and occasionally photos, clippings, and written comments

E. Notebook listing graduates, 1928-present, at least 1 volume: arranged chronologically and alphabetically

F. "General School Administration," 1960s-ongoing, 3 cubic feet: alphabetical subject files

 

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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