Volume 2: Midwest United States
Minnesota: MN-10

Northeast Minnesota Historical Center. Archives and Special Collections
Kathryn A. Martin Library, University of Minnesota-Duluth Annex
202 10 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

Phone: 218-726-8526


Open: See website

Access: No restrictions

Copying facilities: Yes


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1816-1977, undated

Total Volume: .7 cubic foot

Description: 4 collections include Native Catholic records:


/1 "Reverend Frederick Baraga Papers" 

Inclusive dates: 1816-1860 

Volume: .4 cubic foot

Description: Papers of Rev. I. Frederick Baraga:   

A. Correspondence, 1833-1849, 3 folders: letters (copies) to/from Rev. Baraga; most from the Bishop Baraga Association Archives, Marquette, Michigan; major correspondents include Ramsey Crooks, President of the American Fur Company; J. Hartley Crawford and William Medill, both Commissioners of Indian Affairs; Henry Schoolcraft, Rev. Edmund Ely, and Antonia de Hoeffer, sister of Rev. Baraga

B. Rev. Baraga's diary (copy), 1816-1822, 7 pages: most in German

C. Rev. Baraga's baptismal records (copy), 1835-1860, 1 folder: records of Holy Family Mission, Bayfield, Wisconsin; from Holy Family Mission


/2 "Catholic Indian Mission of Fond du Lac"

Inclusive dates: ca.1908-1977

Volume: 1 folder


A. A Short History of the Catholic Indian Mission of Fond du Lac Near Cloquet, Minnesota, 1977, 4 pages: written by Rev. Alban Fruth

B. Fond du Lac Tri-Parish Pictorial Directory, 1977, 24 pages

C. Photographs, ca.1908-1970s, 25 prints


/3 "Northwest Missions Papers" 

Inclusive dates: 1835-1863, undated 

Volume: .25 cubic foot 

Description: Typescripts of Letters, diaries, church records, and articles, re: Protestant and Catholic missions and missionaries in Minnesota and the Northwest, which represents a portion of a larger collection held by the Minnesota Historical Society and compiled during the late 1920s-early 1930s by Grace Lee Nute.

A. "Belcourt, G.A. [Georges Antoine], 1835-1848," 5 folders (copies): Correspondence and "Sketch of Red River Mission"

B. "Catholic Missions, 1836-1854," 1 folder (copies): Correspondence and reports from various missions

C. "Goiffon, Joseph, Autobiography, undated," 75 pages (copies): In French

D. "Loras, Mathias, Bishop of Dubuque, 1839-1841," 1 folder (copies): Correspondence

E. "Pierz, Franz (German), 1835-1863," 2 folders (copies): Correspondence in German and a baptismal register, 1835-1839


/4 Pogorelc, Matt

Inclusive dates: undated (before 1936) 

Volume: 13 pages

Description: A history of northern Minnesota missions, 1850s-1880s, compiled from Rev. Joseph Francis Buh's diary.


Unless otherwise noted, the repository on this page holds (or held) the records described here and they are not held at the Marquette University Archives.