GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 1: Eastern United States
District of Columbia: DC-3
Catholic Church. Black and Indian Mission Office
2021 H Street, Northwest
Washington, DC 20006
History: Comprised of three Catholic agencies, two of which pertain to Native American Catholics – the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, established 1874, and the Commission for Catholic Missions among Colored People and Indians, established 1884. The Commission administers a national Lenten collection, which provides funds for African American and Native American ministries throughout the United States. A unified board of directors comprised of the ordinaries of the Baltimore, New York, and Philadelphia Archdioceses has administered all three agencies, 1980-present, while the three agencies maintain their respective ministries.
Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans: Marquette University Special Collections and Archives administers the archival records of the Black and Indian Mission Office.
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.