Michael Allen Shine, 1868-1927 [RG3626.AM]


RG3626.AM:  Michael Allen Shine, 1868-1927

Papers:  1857-1926, n.d.

Plattsmouth, Cass County, Nebraska:  Priest; historian

Size:  4.5 cu.ft.; 9 boxes


Michael Allen Shine was born May 19, 1868, in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland. He was brought to America by his parents when but three months old, and was reared in Springfield, Massachusetts. He received his early education in the public grammar and high schools of Springfield, graduating from the latter in 1887. He entered St. Charles College, Ellicott, Maryland, from which he graduated in 1889. He then entered St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore, Maryland. He was appointed professor of Latin, Greek and History in Epiphany Apostolic College, Baltimore, Maryland, remaining there for two years. He was ordained a priest on December 19, 1896, by His Eminence Cardinal Gibbons, in the cathedral at Baltimore. His first charge was at Red Cloud, Nebraska, with the missions of Riverton, Guide Rock, and Superior, from January 1897 to May 1897. He was then transferred to Harvard, Nebraska, having Aurora and Nelson as missions.

The church at Aurora was about to be sold under a foreclosed mortgage and the congregation was discouraged and in very poor financial condition, owing to the hard, dry years immediately preceding. However, by an extraordinary effort, over $1,400 were collected in one week and the church building was saved. On January 1, 1899, he was made pastor at Sutton and again saved the church financially. In July of 1903, Father Shine was made rector of St. Theresa’s procathedral in Lincoln. In 1908 he went to Plattsmouth where he served until his death April 2, 1927. Monsignor Shine was invested with the rank of Monsignor in January 1926 at Plattsmouth. Father Shine was noted as an authority on early Nebraska history and was frequently an attendant at the meetings of the Nebraska State Historical Society. In 1918 he was elected a member of the board of the Nebraska State Historical Society, a position he held until his death.


This collection consists of nine boxes of manuscript material arranged in eight series: (1) Fur Traders and Trappers; (2) North American Indians; (3) Explorers; (4) Catholicism; (5) Nebraska History; (6) Forts; (7) Correspondence, 1857, 1905-1926 and undated; (8) Miscellaneous.

This collection relates to Father Shine’s efforts compiling research material on various frontier themes. Most of the material has been compiled from various sources. The bulk of the collection consist of biographies of fur traders, data about Indians of North American, and explorers and exploration of the Trans-Mississippi West.


Series 1 – Fur Traders and Trappers

Box 1


  1. Abadie, S.L., Sr.




    Auge, Augustine

    Auge, R. Gaston do st.

    Baptist, Jean


    Beckworth, J.O.


    Bent Family




    Boyer Family

    Boyer, Mike




    Cabanne, J.F.

    Caldwell, Billy

    Campbell, Colin and Robert

    Cannon, William

    Cardonelet, Baron de

    Carson, Kit

    Cerre, Jean Gabriel, Pacal Leon, and Michael Sylv.

    Charbonneau Family

    Chardon, Francois


    Chenier, Antoine

    Choteau, Col. Augustus, Sr. and Family

    Clamorgan, James

    Colter, John

    Cosmes, Vay. St.

    Crozatte, Pierre

    Culbertson, Alexander

    D’Eglise, Jacques

    De la Tonty

    Deroin Family

    Dorion, Pierre Sr. and Jr.

    Dickson, William

  2. Dougherty, John and Joseph

    Dripps, Andrew

    Ducharme, Jeane Marie

    Evans, John – Fr. Graves voyage

    Ferguson, Daniel

    Gant, John

    Gardner, Johnson and Phil

    Gass, Patrick

    Glass, Hugh

    Godin, Anton

    St. Cyr Family – George Gay

    Guitard, Mary


    Harnois, Peter

    Harris, Moses

    Haite, John

    Harvey, Alex

    Henry, Andrew

    Iglis, Santiago

    Immel, Michael

    Jones, Robert

    Kancelaus, William

    Kipp, James

    La Fleur

    La Lande, Baptiste

    La Leivix, Paul de

    Labadie, Syl.

    Laidlow, William

    Lajorie, Madam

    Lambert, Clem

    Laramier Family

    Laroque, G., James, Francis

    Le Contes, Louis

    Le Raye, Charles

    Lecayer, Jean B.



    Lisa, Manuel

    McClasky, James

    McClellan, Robert

    McLaughlin, Dr. J.

    Marin, James and Claude

    Marin, Pierre Paul Sieur de

    Matthieu, F.K.

    Meek, Joseph L. and Stephen

    Minard, Pierre

    Mitchell, David

    Monier, Jean Baptiste

    Montardy, Pierre

    Monterevier, Jean B.

    Morgan, Alex. L.

    Morrision, William

    Nash, Ira

    Newell, Robert

    Nolan, Philip

  3. O’Brien, Allen and Larkin

    O’Fallon, Benjamin

    Ogden, Peter

    O’Heyne Family

    Papin Family


    Perkins, Joseph

    Petit, Sol.

    Picotte, Honore

    Pilcher, Joshua

    Porneuf, Baron

    Pouree, Eugene

    Pratte Family, Pierre, Paul

    Prorot, Staphen

    Purcell, James



    Recontre, Xavier


    Robidoux Family

    Rose, Ed

    Sandoval, Isidore

    Sanford, Major John F.H.

    Sanguenette, Charles, Sr.

    Sansouci, Louis

    Saint Vrain

    Sarpy Family

    Smith, Jedidiah Strong

    Smith, Thomas

    Spanish Co. Ex. Missouri River


    Sublette, Andrew, Milton, William, Solomon Perry

    Trecy, Rev. Jere

    Trudeau, John Baptiste

    Turner, John

    Valle, John Baptiste and Francois

    Vanderburgh, William

    Vasquitz, Benito, Sr., Anton, Francis, Pierre and Louis

    Velder, John de

    Vial, Petro

    Waldo, Dr. David

    Walker, James Redford

    Williams, Bill and Ezechiel

    Young, Ewing

  4. American Fur Co. Posts in or near Nebraska

  5. Missouri Fur Company

  6. Trading Posts in Nebraska

  7. Manuel Lisa’s employees

  8. Miamis Post

  9. English or British Trading Posts on the Frontier of the U.S. or Fr. Sp. Louisiana

  10. Northwest Fur Trading Co.

  11. Campbell and Sublette Fur Co.

  12. Indian Traders, 1776-1777

  13. Indian Traders, 1769

  14. British Trading Posts

  15. California Pioneers and former trappers

  16. Jean L’Archiveque or Juan de Archibec

  17. Taos, New Mexico

  18. Thomas Fitzpatrick and William Gordon

  19. Rocky Mountain Fur Co.

  20. The Columbia Fur Co., 1822-1827

  21. Colonel Boone

  22. Early Fur Traders in Nebraska

Series 2 – North American Indians

Box 2


  1. Illinois, Osage and Otoptata Chiefs in Paris, 1725

  2. The Flathead Embassy – Whitman – DeSmet

  3. Native Nebraskans Before 1854

  4. Pawnee Chiefs, 1817-1906

  5. Pawnee Vocabulary – with English Pronunciation

  6. Pawnee Annals, 1650-1874

  7. Additional Pawnee Annals

  8. General History of Pawnee Indians

  9. Frank North’s Pawnee Scouts – Names – Indian and English

  10. Pawnee Sacrifices

  11. Elisha Dorian on Early Indian History, 1875

  12. Notes on the Mandan

  13. The Coming of the Siouan Tribes into Eastern Nebraska

  14. The Ground House Indians and Stone Cist Graves of Kansas & Nebr.

  15. Clippings regarding Indians

  16. Indian finger rings

  17. Omaha Indians

  18. Omaha Indian Annals, 1541-1884; Biographical Material, General History vocabulary

  19. Oglala Annals, 1640-1904

  20. Ouyatanon Annals, 1694-1780

  21. Jemes (He’ mish or Haemish) Indian Annals, 1598-1782

  22. Cahokia Annals, 1786-1799

  23. The Nebraska Aborigines as they appeared in the 18th Century

  24. Nebraska Indian Tribes and Treaties

  25. Long’s Indian Vocabulary

  26. Omaha Notes from the “Middle Five” and Opata vocabulary

  27. Zuni Annals, 1539-1713

  28. Yankton Annals, 1640-1909

Box 3


  1. Osage Annals, 1673-1873

  2. Ogalala Annals, 1806-1852

  3. Miami Annals, 1806-1852

  4. Kansas Annals, 1800-1872

  5. Peoria and Kansas Annals, 1541-1800

  6. Kiowa Annals, 1732

  7. Cahokia Annals, 1698-1826

  8. Arikara Annals, 1541-1871

  9. Arapaho Annals, 1688-1724; 1742-1892

  10. Aijaos or Osage Annals, 1601-1777

  11. Sac and Fox Annals, 1688-1842

  12. Otoe Annals, 1634-1885; vocabulary

  13. Omaha Tribes and Treaties: Blackbird Chief

  14. Missouri Annals, 1634-1908 (vocab.)

Box 4


  1. Mandan Annals, 1673-1851 (with creation myth and vocabulary)

  2. Comanche Annals, 1530-1880

  3. Cheyenne Annals, 1680-1892 (vocab.)

  4. Iowa Annals, 1650-1872

  5. Joseph La Flesche

  6. Jumanos Indians, 1582-1789

  7. Kaskaskias Annals, 1673-1799

  8. Ponca Indian Annals, 1777-1880

  9. Omaha Dictionary – 4 notebooks

  10. Indian Wars

  11. History of Indian Tribes – Omaha, Otoe and Pawnee, Pawnee and Paducas, Mochas, Otoe, Siouan, Winnebago

  12. Indians Cessions – Kansas, Pawnee, Omahas, Otoe, Pawnee, Iowas

  13. Notes on various tribes, expeditions, etc.: Algonquinn – Arapahoe, Cheyenne, Pawnee, Alysworth, Pawnee, Dunbar

Series 3 – Explorers and Exploration

  1. DeSoto’s March

  2. The Boundary of Louisiana on the upper Missouri

  3. French and Nebraska Geographical Names

  4. Copala Province or Lake

  5. James Mackay’s Journal of a Voyage up the Missouri toward South Sea, 1794

  6. The Platte River

  7. Dr. George Bird Grinnell’s points

  8. The Spanish Commercial Company

  9. Taking Possession of Louisiana by M. Cavelier de La Salle, 1682

Box 5


  1. Narrative of DeSoto’s Expedition by Luis Hernandez de Biedma

  2. Hercule Brassac

  3. La Verendrye

  4. James O. Pattie’s Journey, 1824

  5. Cabeza de Vaca

  6. Notes from Theodore Irving’s “The Conquest of Florida, by Hernando DeSoto”

  7. Etienne de Veniard, Sieur de Bourgmont

  8. Villasur Massacre

  9. Voyages of the brothers Pierre Antoine and Paul Mallet

  10. Perine Pivers de La Renaudiere’s Memorial on Mines

  11. Alexander Majors’ “Seventy Years on the Frontier”

  12. Lewis and Clark, 1804

    Aylsworth Report on Hunt Expedition

    Johnson – History of Nebraska

    Nathaniel Wyeth’s Journal

    George Catlin Expedition

    Report by Hart-Warren Exploration and Long Exploration

    Sheldon on John T. Irving’s “Indian Sketches”

    Howard Sainsbury Trip to Utah

    Expeditions of American Government (Dale, Personnel, Place, Purpose, Falt (sic), Authority)

  13. Sheldon – Discovery of Rocky Mountains

    Barrett on Fremont

    Aylsworth – Brownville

    Persinger – Exploration and French Exploration

    Explorers – American

    Coronado Bibliography

    Indian – Bibliography

    Spanish Expeditions

    American Expeditions

Series 4 – Catholicism

  1. Lists and biographies of the clergy from the beginning to 1700

  2. Lists of Priests, 1700-1832

  3. Lists of Priests in the U.S., 1700-1900

  4. Priests in the U.S. in 1800

    Lists of Priests in U.S., 1800-1833

    Catalogue of Jesuits, 1807-1811

    The Jesuit in the Mississippi Valley

    Catalogue Maryland Mission, 1818-1819

  5. Lists and biographies of priests

Box 6


  1. Baptismal Records, 1840-1868

  2. Biographies of Clergy

  3. Biographies of Priests

  4. Notes for Sermons

  5. Notes for Sermons

  6. Research on Priests

  7. Residence of the clergy from 1875

    List of Deaths, 1867-1902

    Biographies of Rev. W. Kelley, Fr. O’Connor

    Baptismal Records, St. Benedicts, Atchison, Kansas

  8. Clippings on religion, spiritualism, etc.

  9. Baptism Register of Nebraska of Fr. Francis Shalek

  10. Reminiscences of St. Joseph’s Parish, Leavenworth, Kansas, by Rev. Fr. Kuhls, 1908

  11. Friar Juan de Padilla First Martyr of Nebraska

  12. St. Joseph’s Baptism Register, Council Bluffs, Iowa, June-December, 1838

  13. History of Council Bluffs Indian Mission

Box 7


  1. Miscellaneous information on the history of missions in Nebraska 

  2. Meeting of Priests of the Diocese of Lincoln, 1919

  3. Subscriptions for the building of a dwelling for the Pastor of Omaha, 1858

  4. Pope St. Agatha, 678-681

  5. History of St. Peter’s Church, New York City          

  6. Pioneer Missionary work of Fr. DeSmet by Rev. Fr. William Dalton, 1914

  7. Annals of Vincennes, 1727-1798

  8. Annals of Santa Fe with clergy list, 1609-1846

  9. The First Catholic Bishop in Nebraska

  10. A History of the Catholic Church in Nemaha County by Rev. D.G. Fitzgerald

  11. History of St. Mary’s Church and Missions

  12. History of the Lincoln Diocese

  13. Historical Sketch of the Catholic Church in Clay County, Nebraska

  14. Notes on religious history and schools – Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Catholic

  15. Bishops of the U.S.

  16. Miscellaneous notes on Catholicism

Series 5 – Nebraska History

  1. Fontenelle History

  2. Annals of Bellevue

  3. Bellevue, Nebraska

  4. Nebraska City notes

  5. New light on Early Nebraska History

  6. History of Sutton and Clay County by J.R. Maltby, August 14, 1879

  7. Fr. DeSmet in Nebraska

  8. Rev. Samuel Allis; Joseph Lutz

  9. Plattsmouth items

  10. Petition for S.W. Chambers for Postmaster of Blair

  11. Notes on the History of Omaha and Douglas County by Wakely

  12. Rev. Moses Merrill

  13. Shinns Ferry

  14. Fort Atkinson

  15. Historical Sketches – Fairfield Mission; Pottawatumie Mission; Brownville; Fairmont

Box 8


  1. The Irish in Nebraska

  2. Early events relating to Nebraska

  3. Nebraska books and authors

  4. Dr. Marcus Whitman in Nebraska

  5. Notes on Nebraska Territorial population

  6. Notes on the Kansas-Nebraska Bill

  7. Notes on surveys and lands in Nebraska

  8. Notes on legislation and government agencies

  9. Notes on statehood and politics

  10. Notes on routes, industries, location of the capital, etc.

  11. Misc. notes relating to Nebraska

  12. Newspaper clippings regarding Nebraska history

Series 6 – Forts

  1. Fort Kansas

  2. Fort Dearborn massacre

  3. Forts or posts at or near Council Bluffs, Iowa

  4. Forts

Series 7 – Correspondence

  1. Correspondence, 1857, 1895

  2. Correspondence, 1902-1912

  3. Correspondence, 1913-1916

Box 9


  1. Correspondence, 1917-1920

  2. Correspondence, 1921-1925

  3. Correspondence, 1926, n.d.

Series 8 – Miscellaneous

  1. Notes on the prehistory of Michigan

  2. Notes on the history of Wyoming

  3. The Emigrant Convention in Buffalo, 1856

  4. Calendar of Little Office

  5. “The Reform of the Present Calendar Begun” by William F. Rigge

  6. Svoboda family

  7. The Manchester Martyrs

  8. Oregon migration, 1841-1842

  9. Oregon notes

  10. Miscellaneous notes

  11. Miscellaneous notes

  12. Miscellaneous


Subject headings:

Bassett, Samuel Clay, 1844-1926

Catholicism. U.S.


Fur trade

Indians of North America — Annals

Nebraska — History

Paine, Clarence Sunner, 1868-1916

Sheldon, Addison Erwin, 1861-1943

Shine, Michael Allen, 1868-1927


AIP/lm   12-08-1980

Revised 04-23-2008   TMM

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