GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 5: Help Pages
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The search box includes the Native Guide and all descriptive inventories to the special collections and archives. Not included are the Marquette Archives' digital collections and archived websites, which use outside utilities.
Search tips: For best search results, use the Catholic and Native group names and terms found in the Help Pages. These Catholic and Native groups are fully discoverable in the Native Guide, but are likely less discoverable in the descriptive inventories to Marquette's special collections, e.g. Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records. Because in many instances, ethnographic/ tribal names have not been used comprehensively and historic alternative names have been used instead in many instances. For best results when searching for records, use strategies that also consider the location and era of the Native American group as noted in the Native Guide repository entries.
Why the Guide? The Native Guide illuminates how to find all records about specific Catholic and Native American groups in the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records and other special collections that oftentimes are not specifically identified in the finding aids. In so doing, the guide provides a strategy to insure that all pertinent Marquette records about a given Catholic and/or Native American group have been found. Furthermore, scholars, historians, and genealogists have recognized the Marquette University survey guides to Catholic records about Native Americans in the United States as innovative and indispensable in locating crucial and obscure records for proving U.S. citizenship and Native American ancestry for tribal enrollment and other purposes; for documenting achievements, heritage, and claims by collaborating Native Americans and Catholics; and for documenting actions and claims by Native American, government and/or church groups.