Volume 2: Midwest United States
South Dakota: SD-36

University of South Dakota. I.D. Weeks Library. Archives and Special Collections
414 East Clark Street, Room 305
Vermillion, SD 57069

Phone: 605-658-3380


Hours: See website

Access: See website

Copying facilities: Yes


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans: Mabel K. Richardson Collection

Inclusive dates: 1886-1972, undated

Volume: .6 cubic foot and 4 reels of microfilm

Description: 3 collections include Native Catholic records:


/1 "Immaculate Conception, Stephan Records" 

Inclusive dates: 1886-1954

Volume: .15 cubic foot Description: Records (copies) from Blue Cloud Abbey, Marvin, South Dakota. 

A. Correspondence, 1886-1907, 1916, 1919-1923, 1930-1931, 1934, 1940, (most written from 1886-1907) .1 cubic foot: incoming correspondence to Rev. Pius Boehm, O.S.B. [Benedictines], superior at Immaculate Conception Mission (Santee, Sisseton); major correspondents include the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, Mother Katharine Drexel, S.B.S. [Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament], Bishop Thomas O'Gorman, Abbot Fintan Mundwiler, O.S.B., and Abbot Athanasius Schmitt, O.S.B., of St. Meinrad Abbey and the Bureau of Indian Affairs

B. Financial reports, 1888, 1890-1893, 1900-1902, 1910, 1916-1921, 1928-1930, 1932, 1935-1939, 1950-1954, 1 folder

/2 "Father Sylvester Eisenman"

Inclusive dates: 1916-1958, undated

Volume: .45 cubic foot

Description: Records (copies) from Blue Cloud Abbey, Marvin, South Dakota.

A. "General Materials and Topics," 1916-1948, undated, .25 cubic foot:

1. "Father Sylvester Correspondence," 1916, 1920-1921, 1923, 1931-1932, 1934-1936, 1939, 1941-1948, 1 folder: incoming and outgoing; major correspondents include Abbot Ignatius Esser, O.S.B., of St. Meinrad Abbey and Mother Katharine Drexel, S.B.S.

2. "Marty Mission," 1931-1932, 1935-1939, undated, l folder: includes correspondence, 1931-1932; a diary, 1935-1939; and 23 photographs, undated

3. "General," 1924-1943, undated, 2 folders: includes an historical journal, 1924-1943; historical sketches of St. Paul Mission and School (Yankton), Marty, South Dakota; and biographies of Rev. Sylvester Eisenman, O.S.B. [Benedictines]

4. "Solicitations," 1920s, undated, 1 folder: solicitation letters to potential benefactors

B. "Father Sylvester Eisenman, O.S.B. - Financial and Tax Materials," 19191958, .2 cubic foot: includes correspondence, deeds, receipts, and tax forms relating to property taxes or land transactions involving St. Paul's Mission and School (Yankton), Marty, South Dakota

/3 Microfilm of Native Catholic Publications from St. Paul Mission (Yankton), Marty, South Dakota

Inclusive dates: 1924-1972

Volume: 4 reels


A. The Little Bronzed Angel, 1924-1972, 2 reels

B. The Catholic Sioux Herald, 1932-1937, 1940-1948, 2 reels


Unless otherwise noted, the repository on this page holds (or held) the records described here and they are not held at the Marquette University Archives.