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Finding Aid - Father Belcourt

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10691 Roy Johnson and Louis Pfaller
Research on Fr. Belcourt is found in Box 52 Folder 1 of the Roy Johnson and Louis Pfaller Collection.  There are photographs, newspaper clippings, and excerpts from Fr. Belcourt’s history of his time in North Dakota and surrounding areas.


Father Belcourt. SHSND A2719

20842 Norman Kittson
The Kittson letters contain letters by Kittson and Father Belcourt.  In one of the longer letters, Fr. Belcourt writes about the history of the Red River Valley.  The history includes the many tribes that called the area home and the new comers who settled in the northern part of the valley.

SUGGESTED READINGS:

Belcourt, George Antoine. "Hunting Buffalo on the Northern Plains: A Letter from Father Belcourt." North Dakota History, Summer 1971: 332-348.
This is a letter written by Father Belcourt to a friend in Quebec.  He writes of a buffalo hunt he went on.  It is very detailed and describes how the Métis and fur traders used each part of the buffalo. 

Belcourt, George Antoine. "Department of Hudson's Bay." Edited by Letita May. Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society I (1872): 207-244.
In this article, Fr. Belcourt explains how the Hudson’s Bay Company used missionaries for the company’s benefit.  It also includes a short autobiography.

Camp, Gregory S. "Commerce and Conflict: A History of Pembina 1797-1895." North Dakota History, Fall 1993: 22-33.
The town of Pembina was one of the centers of the fur trade in the Red River Valley. This article is about the people and trade located around Pembina.

Mathes, Valerie Sherer. "American Indian Women and the Catholic Church." North Dakota History, Fall 1980: 20-25.
This entry in North Dakota History explores what Fr. DeSmet and Fr. Belcourt did during their time in North Dakota.  They not only spent time with the fur traders, but they also helped start religious orders for American Indian women and focused on the conversion of Native Americans.

 

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