GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 3: Western United States
Buffalo Bill Center of the West. McCraken Research Library
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Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:
Inclusive dates: 1865-1992, undated
Volume: Ca. .6 cubic foot
Description: 4 collections include Native Catholic records:
/1 “Black, Anne, Collection, MS 4”
Inclusive dates: Between 1887-1910
Volume: Few letters
Description: Within 15 letter-book volumes of U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Records of the Northern Cheyenne/ Tongue River Indian Agency, collected by Black; include occasional references to Ursulines and Cheyenne Indian students at St. Labre School, Ashland, Montana.
/2 “Huffman, L.A. Collection”
Inclusive dates: undated
Volume: At least 1 photograph
Description: No. 129, “Old Catholic mission [St. Labre Mission] with sisters [Ursulines], Tongue River, Montana,” undated
/3 “Plains Indian Seminar”
Inclusive dates: 1986, 1992
Volume: 20 videocassettes and 1 volume
A. “1992, The Artist and the Missionary: a Native American and EuroAmerican Cultural Exchange,” 1992, 1994; 9 videocassettes and 1 volume published proceedings; presentations on missionary and Native interaction; topics include Christian teaching devices, Wind River Reservation missions (Arapaho, Shoshoni), St. Francis Mission (Brulé Lakota, St. Francis, Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota), and Jesuit missionaries.
B. “Reflections of the People [video recording]: the Plains Indians and their Photographers,” 1986; 11 videocassettes; presentations on photographers and their photographs of Plains Indians, including a presentation by Brother C.M. Simon, S.J. [Jesuits], of Red Cloud Indian School (Oglala Lakota), Pine Ridge, South Dakota, on the use of mission school photographs.
/4 St. Stephen’s Mission Records
Inclusive dates: 1865-1985
Volume: 9 reels of microfilm
Description: Microfilm collection, re: Arapaho and Shoshoni Indians, Jesuits, and Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia; from Marquette University Special Collections and Archives, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
/5 Digital Collections
Volume: 2 items
Description: Pertain to Nicholas Black Elk, in part (keyword search: “Black Elk”)
A. “Indian Warriors and Tepees,” P327.0014 in MS 327 James Wojtowicz Collection; image print from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West by Elliott & Frey, London, 1887; 15 Native men in front of tipis; verso description: “Black Elk 6th from left.”
B. “North American Indians.” “A page from the Souvenir Album of the visit of Her Majesty Queen Victoria to the American Exhibition in London, England containing a list of Native Americans associated with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.” Black Elk’s name is listed as, “Harka-sapa Black Elk.”
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.