Volume 2: Midwest United States
Minnesota: MN-32

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. St. Paul Province. Archives
1884 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Phone: 651-690-7000
Email: See website


History: The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet were founded in France, ca. 1650, and have self-identified with the post-nominal initials, “C.S.J.” They made their first U.S. foundation, 1836, and established their St. Paul Province, 1851. The sisters of the St. Paul Province have taught at the following Catholic schools in Minnesota that have served Native American students.

1851-1884 (no longer Native)

St. Joseph Academy (Ojibwa), St. Paul


Winnebago Mission School (Winnebago [Ho Chunk]), Long Prairie

1867-1879 (closed)

Mendota Convent School (Ojibwa), Mendota

1885-1898 (closed)

St. Mary Academy (Ojibwa), Graceville

1890-1896 (closed)

St. Rose School (Ojibwa), Avoca


St. Stephen School (Ojibwa), Minneapolis

 History of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Superior, Wisconsin: This community merged with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province. Its sisters taught at the Lac Court Oreilles Day School (Ojibwa), Reserve, Wisconsin, 1910-1920.


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1851-ongoing, undated

Volume: At least .5 cubic foot

Description: 3 series include Native Catholic records:


/1 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province: "Ministry-Education" 

Inclusive dates: 1851-1898 

Volume: .3 cubic foot 


A. "M-E 43" - St. Stephen School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1915-ongoing, 1 folder: historical notes and clippings, re: Native American students, in part

B. "M-E 51" - St. Mary Academy, Graceville, Minnesota, 1885-1898, 1 folder: historical notes and clippings, re: Native American students, in part

C. "M-E 72" - St. Joseph Academy, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1851-1884, 3 volumes: financial records including a student account book, 1861-1872, arranged by students’ surnames and there under listing receipts and expenditures; and 2 financial journals containing receipts and expenditures for the years 1851-1879 and 1868-1884

D. "M-E 86" - Long Prairie Mission, Minnesota, 1851-1856, 1860, 1 folder: primarily correspondence (copies) from the Catholic Historical Society of St. Paul collections, now at the Archdiocese of St. Paul Archives; also includes reminiscences by an unknown author on Canon Francis de Vivaldi

E. "M-E 87" - Mendota Convent School, 1867-1879, 1 folder: mostly historical notes and clippings


/2 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province: "Personal Papers"

Inclusive dates: 1852-1855, 1890s, undated

Volume: .1 cubic foot

Description: Correspondence (copies) and historical notes collected and generated by Sister Angela Hurley, C.S.J. The files include 15-20 letters (copies), primarily from the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, re: Education of Dakota Indian students, Fort Totten Reservation, North Dakota, 1890s; and historical notes and 20 letters (copies), 1852-1855, primarily from the U.S. National Archives on the Winnebago Mission School, Long Prairie, Minnesota.


/3 Sisters of St. Joseph, Superior, Wisconsin: “Photographs”

Inclusive dates: undated

Volume: 30 prints

Description: Primarily Ojibwa Indians on the Lac Court Oreilles Reservation in Wisconsin.


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.