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The Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions (BCIM) was created in 1874 as the Office of the Commissioner for Catholic Indian Missions to protect, promote, and administer the Native American mission interests of the Catholic Church in the United States. Records in this group are organized by record group and then state or territory and year. Collection organization varies very little throughout the collection, however, prior to 1921, general correspondence was organized by location. Starting with Director Hughes, general correspondence was placed as its own subgroup within the collection and is organized alphabetically. Please go to Ask An Archivist if you have any questions.

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Items were originally scanned for microfilm in April 1979 and had brown toner applied in the 1990s. Microfilm was scanned using a ScanPro digital microfilm reader using Cruise Control, and supplemental scanning was performed with an Epson Perfection 1640SU at 600 dpi. Pages that were illegible were edited to increase the contrast between the text and the background using Adobe Acrobat, Irfan View, and No content has been knowingly or deliberately omitted from these versions. Some original files were re-scanned when the microfilm version was illegible or unable to be fixed by technological means. Optical Character Recognition was applied to these documents, but handwritten texts were unable to be read using this technology. If you have a transcript of a handwritten text and wish to share with the project, we will be happy to add it. Please contact the project using the email on the sidebar.

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Record Group 1-1, Box 169, Folder 10

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Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Correspondence