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Diocese of Vincennes Records

Identifier: AVI

Scope and Content

Correspondence of bishops of Vincennes (1796-1897), including Simon Gabriel Bruté (1835-1839) and Celestine de la Hailandiere (1810-1875); sermons of Hailandiere (1826- 1836); historical notes by Hailandiere; papers from Hailandiere's seminary days at St. Germain, Rennes, France; journal of Jean F. Rivet (1799-1803), papers of Pierre Gibault, and an article on Anthony Fourcher, all early missionary priests; and 19th- and 20th-century printed material and transcriptions of correspondence.

Microfilm contains correspondence of Bishops Benedict Flaget, Simon Bruté, Celestine de la Hailandiere, Francis Chartard, Peter Kenrick, Paul Maes, and others; diocesan reports, legal papers, wills and estate inventories, real estate records, deeds, court documents relating to diocesan properties, and records of parishes; pastoral letters of the bishops of Vincennes and Indianapolis, 1871-1926, and of other bishops, generally from the mid- nineteenth century; death notices of priests of the diocese, 1881-1908; records of the trustees of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Vincennes; records of the Diocesan Church Building Insurance Company, 1891-1908, dealing chiefly with payments of claims for fire damage; sermons and notes for sermons; books and pamphlets from the episcopal library concerning anti-Catholic activities, the history of Indiana and the United States, William Hogan and the trustee controversy at St. Mary's Cathedral in Philadelphia, the American Tract Society, the Catholic Tract Society, and Protestant denominations, ca. 1750-1840; and material on early Vincennes history.


  • Creation: ca. 1750-1940 (bulk 1796-1897).


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Diocese established at Vincennes (Indiana) in 1834; episcopal seat transferred to Indianapolis in 1898.


2 linear feet. 31 reels of microfilm.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Library; University of Notre Dame Archives.

Diocese of Vincennes Records
University of Notre Dame Archives
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Archives Repository

607 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame Indiana 46556 United States
(574) 631-6448