GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 2: Midwest United States
School Sisters of St. Francis. United States Province. Archives
St. Joseph Convent
1515 South Layton Boulevard
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Hours: By appointment only
Access: Some restrictions apply
Copying facilities: Yes
History: Founded in Wisconsin, 1874, the School Sisters of St. Francis self-identify with the post-nominal initials, S.S.S.F.,” and have served at the following Native American missions.
St. Francis Solanus Mission and School (Ojibwa), Reserve, Lac Courte Oreille Reservation, Wisconsin
St. Labre Mission and School (Cheyenne and Crow), Ashland, Montana
St. Paul Mission and School (Assiniboine and Atsina), Hays, Fort Belknap Reservation, Montana
Our Lady of Loretto Mission (Crow), Lodge Grass, Crow Reservation, Montana
Blessed Sacrament Mission (Cheyenne), Lame Deer, Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Montana
Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:
Inclusive dates: 1918-present, undated
Volume: 1.7 cubic feet
Description: Within 3 series.
/1 "Apostolate U.S.A."
Inclusive dates: 1918-present, undated
Volume: .9 cubic foot
A. "Missions," 1926-present, undated, .75 cubic foot: Arranged alphabetically by location of the mission.
1. Ashland, Montana, St. Labre Mission, 1926-present, undated, .45 cubic foot:
a. Correspondence, 1926-present, 2 folders: Major correspondents include the priests and sisters at the mission, and the mother superiors
b. Chronicle, 1926-1947, 1 volume: daily entries; includes some clippings and photographs
c. Mission and School publications, 1934-1967, 2 folders: includes The Arrow, 1934-1962, and Race of Sorrows, 1956-1967
d. Native artwork, undated, 1 folder
e. Photographs, 1933-1935, 750 prints within 3 scrapbooks
f. Clippings and printed material, 1935-1980, .1 cubic foot: the clippings pertain to the 50th anniversary of the mission in 1935
2. Hays, Montana, St. Paul Mission and School, 1935-present, .1 cubic foot:
a. Correspondence, 1935-present, 2 folders: major correspondents include the sisters and priests at the mission, and the mother superiors
b. "Report to Bishop T.J. Murphy regarding St. Paul's Mission" by Sister M. Editha Brown, S.S.S.F., 1979, 1 folder
c. The White Shield, School yearbook, 1941, 1944
d. Printed material and clippings, 1946-1982, 2 folders
3. Lame Deer, Montana, Blessed Sacrament Mission, 1970-1981, 3 folders:
a. Financial records, 1978-1981, 2 folders
b. Historical notes, 1970-1979, 1 folder
4. Reserve, Wisconsin, St. Francis Solanus Mission and School, 1936-present, undated, .15 cubic foot:
a. Correspondence, 1936-present, 2 folders
b. Histories by Sister Sirilla La Rush, S.S.S.F., and others, 1936-1969, undated, 1 folder
c. Mission study, 1967-1968, 1 folder
d. Clippings, 1950-1973, 1 folder
e. Photographs, ca.1971-1973, 35 prints
B. "School Census," 1918-1966, .1 cubic foot: statistical records for each Indian mission school, which include the following information: name of teacher, grade, and number of students
C. "Mission Books," 1943-1963, 1 folder: records include name and address of the mission, priest's name, sister's name and assignment, and comments by the superior general
Inclusive dates: 1937-1970s, undated
Volume: .3 cubic foot
Description: Arranged alphabetically by location or subject within the sub- series "U.S. Missions and U.S. Apostolates."
A. "American Indian-Unidentified," undated, 6 prints
B. Ashland, Montana, St. Labre Mission and School, undated, 315 prints
C. Hays, Montana, St. Paul's Mission and School, undated, 82 prints
D. Lodge Grass, Montana, Our Lady of Loretto Mission, 1970s, 4 prints
E. Reserve, Wisconsin, St. Francis Solanus Mission and School, 1937-1973, undated, 36 prints
/3 Personal Files of Sisters
Inclusive dates: 1925-1975, undated
Volume: .5 cubic foot Description: Arranged according to the number assigned to the sister when entering the congregation.
A. "Gertrude (Sister Eustella) Bush, S.S.S.F." 1925-1975, undated, .45 cubic foot: Sister Eustella taught at St. Labre School. The records largely consist of secondary source material gathered in preparation for the writing of Sand, Sage, and Struggle, a history of the Northern Cheyenne Indians. The records include the following: the manuscript, an edited typescript, and a revised copy of the book; historical sketches by missionaries at St. Labre in the 1880s-1890s; accounts of U.S. Cavalry activity by officers who were stationed in the area; government publications and other printed material; historical notes; and copies of source material. There is also a folder of original correspondence, 1925-1929, and 53 photos, 1960, undated
B. "Fabiola (Sister Sirilla) La Rush, S.S.S.F." undated, l folder: includes a handwritten autobiography and biographical notes
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.