GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 2: Midwest United States
South Dakota: SD-40

Benedictine Sisters. Sacred Heart Monastery. St. Gertrude Federation Archives
1005 West Eighth Street
Yankton, SD 57078

Phone: 605-668-6008
Email: See website (Contact Us)

 

Open: By appointment only

Access: Consult staff

Copying facilities: Yes

 

History: Founded by St. Benedict in 5th century Italy, the Benedictine Sisters have self-identified with the post-nominal initials, “O.S.B.” In Canada and the United States, their houses established the Federation of St. Gertrude the Great as a general community, 1922. Among them, the following monasteries engaged in Native American ministry.

1878-1882, 1933-1963 (transferred to Queen of Peace Monastery)

Immaculate Conception Monastery, Ferdinand, Indiana (Archives: Ferdinand, Indiana)

1881-1990s

Sacred Heart Monastery, Yankton, South Dakota (Archives: Yankton, South Dakota)

1910-1936

Sacred Heart Monastery, Richardson, North Dakota (Archives: Richardson, North Dakota)

1961-1990s

Mother of God Monastery, Watertown, South Dakota (Archives: Watertown, South Dakota)

1963-2010s (closed)

Queen of Peace Monastery, Belmont, North Dakota (Archives: Yankton, South Dakota)

Queen of Peace Monastery: The Queen of Peace Benedictine Sisters taught at St. Ann School (Métis, Ojibwa), Belcourt, Turtle Mountain Reservation, North Dakota, 1933-1990s. Prior to 1963, when they established Queen of Peace Monastery, they taught at St. Ann School under the administration of Immaculate Conception Monastery.

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1933-1990s, undated

Volume: Ca. 9 cubic feet and 11 audiotapes

Description: “Federation records” pertaining to Native American ministry and those of the closed Queen of Peace Monastery.

 

/1 Federation records

Inclusive dates: Unknown.

Volume: Unknown.

Description: Records, e.g. correspondence, minutes of federation meetings, clippings, historical notes, pertaining to Native American ministry by Immaculate Conception Monastery, Ferdinand, Indiana, Sacred Heart Monastery, Yankton, South Dakota, Sacred Heart Monastery, Richardson, North Dakota, Mother of God Monastery, Watertown, South Dakota, and Queen of Peace Monastery, Belmont, North Dakota.

 

/2 Queen of Peace Monastery

Inclusive dates: 1933-1990s, undated

Volume: Ca. 9 cubic feet and 11 audiotapes

Description: The St. Scholastica Federation Archives has administered the archival records of the closed Queen of Peace Monastery since its closure, 2005, whereas the other monasteries maintain independent archival record programs. The Queen of Peace records were not organized according to a classification scheme when reviewed by a Marquette University archivist, 1980. Consequently, the description is by record type. 

A. Prioresses' records, 1956-1981, Ca. 5 cubic feet:

1. Sister Martin Buckman, O.S.B., 1956-1967, ca. 2 cubic feet: alphabetical subject file containing most prominently correspondence with Bishop Leo Dworschak and minutes of house and community meetings

2. Sister Maura Schnur, O.S.B., 1967-1977, 2 cubic feet: alphabetical subject file containing most prominently correspondence with Bishop Justin Driscoll and minutes of house and community meetings

3. Sister Mary Daniel Schlomer, O.S.B., 1977-1981, ca. 1 cubic foot: primarily correspondence files

B. Sisters' files, 1963-present, 1.5 cubic feet: largely biographical information on all members of the community, including the deceased and those who left the community

C. House chronicle, 1956-1967, 1975-1983, 1 volume

D. Monastery newsletter, Echoes from the Queen's Palace, 1956-1969, 1 folder Benedictine Sisters, Queen of Peace Priory

E. Audiotapes, 1972, 1976, 1980-1982, 11 tapes: include a history of Queen of Peace Priory, 1956-1982, with transcripts through 1981; interviews with sisters; and recordings of celebrations, jubilees, and installations of new sisters

F. Photographs, 1933-1990s, undated, ca. 2,000-3,000 prints and slides: prominent subjects include members of the community, mission events or celebrations, school children, and mission buildings

G. Historical notes and clippings, 1960-1990s, undated, .3 cubic foot: prominent subjects include community and reservation history

 

Unless noted otherwise, the repository named above holds (or held) the records described and not the Marquette University Archives. 

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