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Francis Cointet, Catholicism among the Potawatomi nation history

 Collection — Folder: S2068
Identifier: S2068

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photostatic copies of a handwritten history of Catholicism among the Potawatomi and other Native Americans living in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan. A note on the back of the first copied page states that Rev. Thomas T. McAvoy, a historian at University of Notre Dame, suggested that the pages were written by Father Francis Cointet, C.S.C. to Bishop Peter Paul Lefevere, the administrator of the Detroit diocese around 1846.


  • circa 1846


Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Francois "Francis" Cointet was born March 25, 1817 in the village of La Roc, in the diocese of Mans, France. At around the age of ten, he was sent to the College of Chateau Gontier and went through the regular college course. He left the college and entered the Seminary of St. Vincent in September 1834 and was ordained a priest in 1839. In the summer of 1843, Cointet arrived in Northern Indiana and became a valuable assistant to Father Sorin, the founder of the University of Notre Dame. Father Cointet divided his time between teaching classes and his missionary work with the Native Americans living in the region. Father Cointet perished during a cholera epidemic on September 19, 1854.


Blanchard, Charles. History of the Catholic church in Indiana, Vol. I. Logansport, Ind.: A.W. Bowen and Co., 1898.

Life of the Rev. F. Cointet, Priest and Missionary of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Cincinnati: John P. Walsh, 1855.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/11/02 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/11/02 by Laura Eliason.
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