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 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.