Volume 3: Western United States
Texas: TX-23

University of Texas at El Paso. University Library. C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department
1900 Wiggins Way
El Paso, TX 79968

Phone: 915-747-5642


Hours: See website

Access: No restrictions

Copying facilities: Yes 


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1578-1992 

Volume: Ca. .7 cubic foot 

Description: 10 collections. 


/1 “Archives of the Ayuntamiento de Ciudad Juárez, MF 495” 

Inclusive dates: 1726-1900

Volume: Few records within 91 reels of microfilm

Description: Accounts of Apache raids, census reports, and records pertaining to missions of El Paso (e.g. Tiwa) and Ciudad Juarez, México; in Spanish.     


/2 “Archives of the Catedral of Ciudad Juárez, MF 489” 

Inclusive dates: 1671-1893

Volume: Few records within 29 reels of microfilm

Description: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Cathedral, Ciudad Juárez, México, primarily marriage records and correspondence, but also some records of births, baptisms, confirmations, and interments, some of which may include Native Americans of the El Paso, Texas area. 


/3 “Archivo historico del gobierno del Estado de Durango: (Mexican documents 1578-1957), MF 492”

Inclusive dates: 1578-1957

Volume: Few records within 466 reels of microfilm

Description: Decrees and records of donations for Catholic evangelization of native people in portions of Texas and New Mexico. 


/4 “Catholic Church Records of Baptisms: Los mas antiguos registros de bautismos de Ysleta, MF 474”

Inclusive dates: 1792-1803

Volume: 1 reel of microfilm

Description: Baptismal records from Corpus Cristi de la Ysleta del Sur [now Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church] (Tiwa), El Paso, Texas. 


/5 “Ciudad Juárez (Mexico) Municipal Archives: Documentos históricos/ Archivo Municipal de Ciudad Juárez, MF 513”

Inclusive dates: 1750-1939

Volume: Few records within 114 reels of microfilm

Description: Censuses (church and civil) for Senecú, San Lorenzo, Ysleta, Socorro, and San Elizario, Texas, plus reports, re: Apaches “de paz” and “barbarian Indians.”


/6 “C.L. Sonnichsen Papers, Ms. 141” 

Inclusive dates: Between 1861-1991 

Volume: Few items  

Description: Manuscript, photographs, and research notes, re: Apache and Tiwa Indians and Rev. Decorme of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Ysleta) Mission, El Paso; finding aid online.  


/7 “Mission Records of Nuestra Señora de la Purísima, MF 509” 

Inclusive dates: 1840-1878

Volume: 2 reels of microfilm 

Description: Baptisms, marriages with index, and burials for La Purísima Concepción Church, Socorro, Texas.


/8 “Nueva colección de documentos para la historia de México, pub. por Joaquín García Icazbalceta, MF 425”

Inclusive dates: 1825-1894

Volume: Few documents within 1 reel of microfilm 

Description: Correspondence and reports, re: religious personnel in New Spain. 


/9 “Oral History Collection” 

Inclusive dates: 1970, 1977

Volume: 8 sound recordings and 1 transcript   


A. Tiwa Indians, El Paso, Texas, 1970, 1 sound recording each: No. 102.1, Pablo Carbajal, No. 102.2, Rafael Dominguez, No. 102.3, Guadalupe Garcia, No. 102.4, Trinidad J. Granillo, No. 102.5, Ramona Natai, No. 102.6, Mike Pedraza, and No. 102.7, Pablo Silvas, re: community life and history, which is believed to include Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

B. Yaqui Indians, El Paso, Texas, 1977, 1 sound recording and transcript: No. 321, Juanita Gastello, re: childhood in Guadalupe, Arizona and Yaqui religious and social customs


/10 “Ysleta Mission Baptismal Records Translations, Ms. 040” 

Inclusive dates: 1792-1803

Volume: Approximately .1 cubic foot and 1 reel of microfilm

Description: Baptismal records (copies) for Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Tiwa [Ysleta]) Church, El Paso, Texas; handwritten in Spanish with English typescripts. 


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.