Volume 3: Western United States
Texas: TX-2

Catholic Church. Catholic Archives of Texas
6225 East Highway 2909
Austin, TX 78723

Phone: 512-476-6296
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Copying facilities: Yes 


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: Between 1519-1982 

Volume: 50% of approximately 42 cubic feet 

Description: 3 collections.


/1 “[Monsignor] William Herman Oberste Papers”

Inclusive dates: Between 1938-1982

Volume: Approximately 1.3 cubic feet 

Description: Correspondence (some copies), notes, and manuscripts, re: Nuestra Señora del Espiritu Santo de Zuniga (La Bahia), Nuestra Señora del Rosario, and Nuestra Señora del Refugio Missions, Texas, and Frays Francisco Hidalgo, O.F.M., Antonio Margil de Jesus, O.F.M., and Manuel Julio Silva, O.F.M. [Franciscans]; inventory available.


/2 “Texas Knights of Columbus Historical Commission Records”

Inclusive dates: Between 1915-1961

Volume: Approximately 1.8 cubic feet 

Description: Biographical files (historians Carlos E. Castañeda and Paul J. Foik), correspondence, transcripts, essays, and institutional surveys of repository holdings, re: Franciscan missions among native people (e.g. Coahuiltecan, Mestizos) in Texas; inventory available.


/3 “Spanish and Mexican Manuscript Collection”

Inclusive dates: Between 1519-1890

Volume: Approximately 38 cubic feet 

Description: Compiled (mostly copies and transcripts) for Our Catholic Heritage in Texas; re: Franciscan missions among native people (e.g. Coahuiltecan, Mestizos) in Texas; in Spanish; published guide available.       

A. “Archivo General de Indias (Seville, Spain), Audiencia de Guadalajara,” 1631-1821, 3.9 cubic feet, re: in part, Franciscan missions and native people in New Mexico and Coahuila, Mexico

B. “Archivo General de Indias (Seville, Spain),” 1521-1807, 0.15 cubic foot; re: finances, royal decrees, and a report on the discoveries of Juan de Oñate

C. “Archivo General de Indias (Seville, Spain), Indiferente General,” 16781784, 0.15 cubic foot; general decrees and reports, re: in part, Jesuit missions and their expulsion

D. “Archivo General de Indias (Seville, Spain), Audiencia de Mexico,” 1521-1784, 2.7 cubic feet; re: in part, Spanish-French relations

E. “Archivo General de Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico), Historia,” 1538-1812, 6 cubic feet; reports and diaries, re: expeditions, Spanish-French relations, and conflicts with Apache Indians

F. “Archivo General de Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico), Misiones,” 1737-1810, 0.3 cubic foot

G. “Archivo General de Mexico-Provincias Inernas,” 1617-1802, 2.1 cubic feet; transcriptions, mostly reports and correspondence, re: conflicts with enemy native people, e.g. 1680 Pueblo Revolt, and Spanish-French relations

H. “Archivo General de Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico) Museo Nacional,” 17461784, 0.15 cubic foot

I. “Archivo de la Secretaria del Gobierno del Estado Coahuila-Saltillo,” 1674-1864, 3.3 cubic feet

J. “’Legajos Históricos’ from the Archivo de la Biblioteca Publica del Estado de Jalisco,” 1676-1737, 0.3 cubic foot; letters and reports, mostly from the Franciscan Province of Santiago de Jalisco

K. “French Archives (Paris, France): Archives des Colonies, Biblioteque National, and Archives de la Marine,” 1581-1722, 0.3 cubic foot

L. “Mexican Texas Period Related Papers,” 1780-1921, 0.3 cubic foot; includes sermons and correspondence (originals)

M. “Archivo del Ayuntamiento de Matamoros,” 1807-1897, 6.3 cubic feet; includes periodicals

N. “Various Spanish and Mexican Photostats,” 1523-1838, 0.3 cubic foot; includes maps

O. “Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe del Paso del Rio del Norte,” 1707-1890, 4.5 cubic feet; re: mostly sacramental records

P. “Archivo de la Iglesia de San Agustin de Laredo,” 1771-1881, 2.7 cubic feet; re: mostly sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials)

Q. “Archivo de la Misión de Nuestra Señora del Refugio de la Bahia,” 1807-1825, 0.1 cubic foot; sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials)

R. “Archivo de la Catedral de San Fernando, San Antonio de Bexar,” 1703-1825, 0.6 cubic foot; mostly sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) from the cathedral and San Francisco Solano and San Antonio de Valero Missions, San Antonio, Texas

S. “Archivo del Colegio de la Santa Cruz de Queretaro,” 1540-1841, .9 cubic foot

T. “Archivo de Guadalajara,” 1858-1930, approximately 0.1 cubic foot

U. “Archivo del Colegio de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe de Zacatecas,” 1766-1885, 0.6 cubic foot

V. “Archivo del San Francisco el Grande,” 1634-1775, 0.6 cubic foot; re: in part, presidios and expeditions in Texas

W. “Archivo del Museo Nacional [Mexico City, Mexico], Departamento de Biblioteca Nacional,” 1691-1781, 0.3 cubic foot; includes a diary and reports, re: Aguayo and Alonso de Leon expeditions and Historia de Texas by Fray Juan Agustin de Morfi, O.F.M.

X. “Spanish and Mexican Collection, Related works, 1631-1980,” 1.8 cubic feet; publications correspondence (originals), re: beautification of Fray Antonio Margil de Jesus, O.F.M.

Y. “Spanish and Mexican Manuscript Collection, Records on Microfilm,” 1818-1854, 2 reels of microfilm; mostly from the cathedrals of the dioceses of Durango and Monterrey (Catedral Metropolitana de Nuestra Señora de Monterrey), Mexico

Z. “Papal Bull, 1663, Issued under Pope Alexander VII,” 1 item; presumably addressed to Jesuits in Puebla de los Angeles, Mexico, re: establishment of missions and colleges


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.