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John Baptiste Salpointe Manuscripts

Identifier: AC 417

Scope and Content

This collection is a series of handwritten manuscripts on Indians of the Southwest. Most pages are written in English, although some are in French (Salpointe's native language) and one essay is in Spanish. Topics covered include: dances, mythology, traits, and Indian wars. He focuses on the Apache, Navajo, Papago, Zuni, and Pueblo Indian tribes.


  • 1834-1889

Language of Materials

English French Spanish

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical Information

John Baptiste Salpointe was born in Saint Maurice, Puy-de-Dôme, France in 1825. He was ordained as a priest in 1851 and came to New Mexico as a missionary in 1859. After serving the Church for 35 years, he retired in 1894. During those years he was appointed Vicar General for the Missions of Arizona, and then became Bishop of Arizona. He returned to New Mexico in 1885, when he succeeded Lamy as the Archbishop of Santa Fe. In 1898, Salpointe wrote a history of the Catholic Church in the Southwest entilted Soldiers of the Cross. He died that same year in Tucson, Arizona.


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Guide to the John Baptiste Salpointe Manuscripts, 1834-1889
Edited Full Draft
Susanne N. Ristow/Kathryn Robbens
© 2008
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090