GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 2: Midwest United States
Wisconsin: WI-30

Mount Mary University. School Sisters of Notre Dame. North American Province. Archives
Bergstrom Hall, Rm. 86
2900 North Menominee River Parkway
Milwaukee, WI 53222

Phone: 414-930-3437
Email: mmu-archives@mtmary.edu

 

History: School Sisters of Notre Dame. North American Province Archives, founded 2017, comprises the archival holdings of eight former province archives, two of which contain records pertaining to Native Americans -- the Dallas Province and the Milwaukee Province.

Founded in Bavaria, 1833, the School Sisters of Notre Dame have self-identified with the post-nominal initials, S.S.N.D.” They established their Milwaukee Province, 1850, their Dallas Province, 1961, and staffed and/or administered the following missions, parishes, and schools among Native Americans.

Milwaukee Province:

1886-1986

Holy Childhood of Jesus School (Ottawa), Harbor Springs, Michigan

1891-1995

Our Lady of the Sioux Church (Lakota), Oglala, Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota

Ca. 1980-unknown

Hope Rural School (Maya), Indiantown, Florida

Dallas Province:

1972-1979

Sacred Heart Church (Tohono O’odham), Covered Wells, Tohono O’odham Reservation, Arizona

1976-1980

San Jose Mission (Tohono O’odham), Pisinemo, Tohono O’odham Reservation, Arizona

1979-1986

St. Lucy Mission (Pima), Gila Bend, Arizona

1980-1984

Santa Rosa Mission (Tohono O’odham), Santa Rosa, Tohono O’odham Reservation, Arizona

1981-present

St. Francis Mission (Tohono O’odham, Pima), Ak-chin, Ak-chin Reservation, Arizona

1974-1974

Public Health Service Indian Hospital, Fort Defiance, Navajo Reservation, Arizona

1974-1976

Navajo Community College, Tsaile, Navajo Reservation, Arizona

1990-1992

Chinle, Chinle High School, Navajo Reservation, Arizona

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans: 

Inclusive dates: 1886-ongoing

Volume: Several folders 

Description:

 

/1 Milwaukee Province

Inclusive dates: 1886-ongoing

Volume: Ca. .1 cubic foot

Description:

A. Convent chronicle, 1886-1996, possibly 2 folders, German with English translations, 1886-ca. 1918; English only thereafter

B. Holy Childhood Church, 150th Anniversary History, 1979?, 1 manuscript

C. “Michigan Indian Ceremonial,” 1951, 1 folder presumed

D. Clippings, dates unknown, volume unknown

E. Personnel files, dates unknown, volume unknown, includes Sister Onesma Josiah (Ottawa, unknown-1987)

 

/2 Dallas Province

Inclusive dates: 1972-ongoing

Volume: Ca. .1 cubic foot 

Description: Chronicles and clippings, re: pastoral ministry among the Pima and Tohono O’odham Indians, Arizona, 1972-present, and nursing education among Navajo Indian students, Chinle High School, Chinle, Arizona, 1990-1992.    

 

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.

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