GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 2: Midwest United States
Premonstratensians. St. Norbert Abbey
1016 North Broadway
De Pere, WI 54115
Email: See website (Contact)
Hours: By appointment only
Access: Some restrictions apply
Copying facilities: Yes
History: St. Norbert Xantem (1080-1134) founded the Premonstratensians (a.k.a. Norbertines, Canons Regular Prémontré) who self-identify with the post-nominal initials, “O.Praem.” Premonstratensians at St. Norbert Abbey administered the following Native American (Oneida) parishes in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Immaculate Conception Church/Mission, De Pere/ Oneida, Oneida Reservation
St. Joseph Church/Mission, Oneida, Oneida Reservation
Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:
Inclusive dates: 1899-1985, undated
Volume: Less than 1 cubic foot
Description: Within 2 series.
/1 Parish files
Inclusive dates: 1924, 1947-1985, undated
Volume: 2 folders
Description: Arranged alphabetically by location of the parish.
A. Oneida, Immaculate Conception Church, 1924, 1948-1960s, 1 folder:
1. Mission publication, Chicken Coop News, 1948-1956: A monthly newsletter written by Rev. Aloysius A. Vissers, O.Praem.
2. Histories of the Catholic Church on the Oneida Reservation by Rev. Aloysius A. Vissers, O.Praem., 1924, and Rev. Adrian Traeger, O.Praem., 1967
3. Photographs, 1950s-1960s, 10 prints
B. Oneida, St. Joseph Church, 1947, 1960s-1970s, undated, 1 folder:
1. Correspondence, 1947, 1962, 1972, 13 letters
2. Recollections of Rev. Aloysius Vissers, O.Praem., and Rev. Hugo J. De Kort, O.Praem., by Rev. A.C. Kenny, O.Praem., from conversations with the subjects, undated, 7 pages
3. Photographs, 1960s-1970s, 75 prints: primarily depicting classroom scenes
/2 "Letters from America"
Inclusive dates: 1899-1908
Volume: 6 letters
Description: Letters to/from Premonstratensians at Immaculate Conception Church with the abbot in Europe; indexed with Dutch-English translations.
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.