GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 3: Western United States
Washington: WA-30

St. Leo the Great Church
710 South Thirteenth Street
Tacoma, WA 98405

Phone: 253-272-5136
Email: admin@stleoparish.org

 

History: St. Leo the Great Church, Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, has been a predominantly non-Native American parish in the Archdiocese of Seattle (Archives: Seattle, Washington).

1879-1911

Rev. J.B.A. Brondel and Rev. Peter F. Hylebos, two Seattle/ Nisqually diocesan priests, administered St. Leo’s

1911-present

Jesuits (California, Oregon Provinces) (Archives: St. Louis, Missouri) have administered St. Leo the Great, Tacoma

Rev. Hylebos and Jesuits at St. Leo’s attended to the following Native American missions and school:

1884-1888 (transferred to St. George’s, Blanchet)

St. Anne Church (Tulalip), Tulalip Reservation

1884-1888 (transferred to St. George’s, Blanchet)

St. John the Baptist Mission (Puyallup), Puyallup Reservation

1913-1919 (closed)

Cushman Government Indian Trade School (e.g. Lummi, Nisqually, Puyallup), Tacoma 

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1879-1919

Volume: Ca. .1 cubic foot 

Description: The records at St. Leo Church were not arranged according to a classification scheme when reviewed by a Marquette University archivist, 2006. Consequently, the description is by record type.

 

/1 Sacramental records

Inclusive dates: 1879-1888

Volume: Few entries among several volumes

Description: Records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for Native American parishioners of St. John the Baptist Mission and students at the Cushman Government Indian School    

 

/2 Annual reports (copies) by Rev. Peter F. Hylebos, 1879-1919; re: evangelization among the Lummi, Nisqually, and Puyallup Indians; some in French; from the Catholic University of Louvain (Louvain, Belgium). 

 

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

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