GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 1: Eastern United States
Martyrs of La Florida Missions
P.O. Box 12062
Tallahassee, FL 32317
Hours: See website
Access: Sealed until investigations concluded (ca. 2018)
Copying facilities: Unknown
Rev. John Wynne, S.J., sent Bishop John Mark Gannon of Erie, Pennsylvania, a list of presumptive martyrs from colonial North America. While acknowledging that archival repositories in Cuba, Mexico, and Spain held the bulk of the pertinent records, Bishop Gannon assembled a team of church historians.
Following substantial archival research, the bishops of Florida opened the cause for the martyrs of La Florida (present-day Florida and Georgia) who had been killed for their faith, 1549-1761. They comprised Apalachee, Chickasaw, and Timucua Indian converts and Dominican, Franciscan, and Jesuit missionaries, most of whom had been killed by English Carolinian forces and their Creek Indian allies.
Holding of Catholic records about Native Americans:
Inclusive dates: ca. 1549-1761
Volume: Over 1 cubic foot of transcripts
Description: Martyrdoms and related documents of Native American converts and missionaries from several archival repositories.
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.