GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 1: Eastern United States
St. Patrick Church
140 East Pomfret Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
History: St. Patrick Church has been a predominantly non-Native American parish served by Harrisburg diocesan priests. Two former pastors, Rev. Henry G. Ganss (1855-1912) and his successor, attended to students at the Carlisle Government Indian School (Apache, Cheyenne, Cherokee, Dakota Lakota, Ojibwa, Oneida, Seneca, eskimo, various), 1890-1918. Father Ganss founded the Marquette League for Catholic Indian Missions, 1904, a business laymen’s fundraising organization based in New York City that collaborated with the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions. Carlisle student Jim Thorpe (Sauk and Fox, 1888-1953) married at St. Patrick’s, 1913.
Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans: Sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for students at the Carlisle School.
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.