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:  5.5 cu.ft.; 11 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 11 boxes of manuscript material arranged in 8 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) Miscellany.

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 Archibee
  17. Taos, N.M.
  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 - Whitmore 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. F. 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 Sioux 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, 1684-1884; Biographical Material, General History vocabulary
  19. Ogalala Annals, 1640-1904

Box 3

  1. Osage Annals, 1694-1780
  2. Jemis Indian Annals, 1598-1782
  3. Cahokia Annals, 1786-1799
  4. The Nebraska Aborigines As They Appeared in the 18th Century
  5. Nebraska Indian Tribes and Treaties
  6. Long's Indian Vocabulary
  7. Omaha Notes from the Middle Five
  8. Zuni Annals, 1593-1913
  9. Yankton Annals, 1641-1909
  10. Osage Annals, 1673-1873
  11. Ogalala Annals, 1806-1852
  12. Miami Annals, 1806-1852
  13. Kansas Annals, 1800-1872
  14. Peoria and Kansas Annals, 1700-1800
  15. Kansas Annals, 1541-1698
  16. Kiowa Annals, 1732
  17. Cahokia Annals, 1698-1826
  18. Arikara Annals, 1541-1871
  19. Arapahoe Annals, 1688-1724 and 1742-1892
  20. Aijas or Osage Annals, 1601-1777
  21. Sac and Fox Annals, 1688-1842

Box 4

  1. Otoe Annals, 1634-1885; vocabulary
  2. Omaha Tribes and Treaties: Blackbird Chief
  3. Missouri Annals, 1634-1908 (vocab.)
  4. Mandan Annals, 1673-1871
  5. Commanche Annals, 1530-1880
  6. Cheyenne Annals, 1620-1824 (vocab.)
  7. Iowa Annals, 1650-1872
  8. Joseph La Flesche
  9. Jumanos Indians, 1582-1789
  10. Kaskaskias Annals, 1673-1799
  11. Ponca Indian Annals, 1777-1879
  12. Omaha Dictionary - 4 notebooks
  13. Indian Wars
  14. History of Indian Tribes - Omaha, Otoe and Pawnee, Pawnee and Padoucahs, Mochas, Otoe, Siouxan, Winnebago
  15. Indians Cessions - Kansas, Pawnee, Omahas, Otoe, Pawnee, Iowas
  16. Algonquinn - Arapahoe, Cheyenne, Pawnee, Alysworth, Pawnee, Dunbar

Series 3 - Explorers and Exploration

Box 5

  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. Mackays Journal of a Voyage up the Missouri toward South Sea, 1794
  6. The Platte River
  7. Dr. Grinnels Point
  8. The Spanish Commercial Company
  9. Taking Possession of Louisiana by M. De LaSalle, 1682
  10. Narrative of DeSoto's Expedition by Luis H. deBlemda
  11. Hercule Brashe
  12. LaVerendrye
  13. Patties Journey, 1824
  14. Cabez A. DeVaca
  15. Irving's DeSoto
  16. Bourgmont
  17. Villasur Massacre
  18. Voyages des Ferres Mallet
  19. Renandiere's Memorial on Mines
  20. A. Majors - 70 Years on Frontier
  21. Lewis and Clark, 1804
    Aylsworth Report on Hunt Expedition
    Johnson - History of Nebraska
    Uryeth Journal
    George Cathrin Expedition
    Report by Hart-Warren Exploration and Long Exploration
    Sheldon on J.T. Irving-Indian Sketches and Slainbury Trip to Utah
  22. Expedition of American Government (Dale, Personnel, Place, Purpose, Falt (sic), Authority)
  23. Sheldon - Discovery of Rocky Mountains
    Barrett on Fremont
    Aylsworth - Brownville
    Persinger - Exploration and French Exploration
    Explorers - American
    Coronado Bibliography
    Indian - Bibliography
  24. Spanish Expeditions
  25. French Expeditions
  26. American Expeditions

Series 4 - Catholicism

Box 5 (cont.)

  1. List and biography of the clergy from the beginning to 1700
  2. Baptismal Records, 1840-1868
  3. Biographies of Clergy
  4. Biographies of Priests
  5. Lists of Priests, 1700-1832

Box 6

  1. List of Priests in the U.S., 1700-1900
  2. Notes for Sermons
  3. Notes for Sermons
  4. Research-Priests
  5. 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
  6. Clippings - foreign countries

Box 7

  1. Clippings and notes on the church
  2. Clippings regarding Spiritualists
  3. Clippings regarding Clergy and Religion
  4. Lists of Priests in U.S., 1800-1833
    Catalogue of Jesuits, 1807-1811
    Catalogue Maryland Mission, 1818-1819
  5. Priests in U.S. in 1800
  6. Baptism Register of Nebraska of Fr. Francis Shalek
  7. Reminiscences of St. Joseph's Parish, Leavenworth, Kansas, by Rev. Fr. Kuhls, 1908
  8. Friar Juan de Padilla First Martyr of Nebraska
  9. List and biography of Clergy
  10. Bigotry
  11. St. Joseph's Baptism Register, Council Bluffs, Iowa, June-December, 1838
  12. Late Data concerning the history of Missions in Nebraska
  13. Meeting of Priests of the Diocese of Lincoln, 1919
  14. Subscriptions for the building of a dwelling for the Pastor of Omaha, 1858
  15. Pope St. Agatha, 678-681
  16. History of St. Peter's Church, New York City
  17. Pioneer Missionary work of Fr. DeSmet by Rev. Fr. William Dalton, 1914
  18. Annals of Vincinnes with Clergy List, 1727-1795
  19. Annals of Santa Fe with Clergy List, 1609-1846
  20. The First Catholic Bishop in Nebraska
  21. List of Parish histories
  22. Religious History and Schools - Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Catholic

Series 5 - Nebraska History

Box 8

  1. Fontenelle History by Fr. Smiley
  2. Annals of Bellevue
  3. Bellevue, Nebraska
  4. Bellevue, Nebraska Celebration - June 1910 - errors
  5. Nebraska City notes
  6. New light on Early Nebraska History
  7. History of Sutton and Clay County - J.R. Maltby, August 14, 1879
  8. Fr. DeSmet in Nebraska
  9. Rev. Allis, Joseph Lutz
  10. Plattsmouth items
  11. First arrivals in Plattsmouth
  12. Petition for S.W. Chambers for Postmaster of Blair
  13. Notes - History of Omaha and Douglas County by Wakely
  14. Rev. Moses Merrill
  15. Shinns Ferry
  16. Fort Atkinson
  17. World War items
  18. Historical Sketches - Fairfield Mission
    Pottawatumie Jackson, Dakota County
  19. Clippings - Nebraska History
  20. Clippings - Nebraska History
  21. The Irish in Nebraska
  22. Early Events Relating to Nebraska
  23. Indian Missions
  24. Nebraska Books and Authors
  25. Journey of 1858 as U.S. Chaplains to Utah through Nebraska, DeSmet
  26. Clippings - Nebraska History

Box 8A

  1. Early Territorial History - Characteristics, Population Based on Soldier; Location and Reason for Choice
  2. Nebraska Kansas Bill - Passage of Bill - Outline-References
  3. Government Agencies
  4. Survey - Lands in Nebraska
  5. Legislature and legislation, 1858; 5-11th Session
  6. Statehood and Politics - Notes on Structure

Series 6 - Forts

Box 9

  1. Fort Kansas
  2. Fort Dearborn-Massacre
  3. Fort des Canges
  4. Forts or Posts at or near Council Bluffs

Series 7 - Correspondence

Box 9 (cont.)

  1. Correspondence, 1857
  2. Correspondence, 1905
  3. Correspondence, 1906
  4. Correspondence, 1909
  5. Correspondence, 1910
  6. Correspondence, 1911
  7. Correspondence, 1912
  8. Correspondence, 1913
  9. Correspondence, 1914
  10. Correspondence, 1915
  11. Correspondence, 1916
  12. Correspondence, 1917
  13. Correspondence, 1918
  14. Correspondence, 1919
  15. Correspondence, 1920
  16. Correspondence, 1921
  17. Correspondence, 1922
  18. Correspondence, 1923
  19. Correspondence, 1925
  20. Correspondence, 1926
  21. Correspondence, undated

Series 8 - Miscellany

Box 9 (cont.)

  1. Notes on the prehistory of Michigan
  2. The Emigrant Convention in Buffalo, 1856
  3. Calendar of little office
  4. History Notes on Wyoming
  5. Swoboda
  6. Oregon Migration, 1841-1842
  7. Oregon Migration, 1842 - Names of Men over 18
  8. Dr. Whitman in Nebraska
  9. The Oregon Trail - DeSmet
  10. The Manchester Martyr's
  11. The reform of the present calendar by W.F. Rigge
  12. Extracts "Legend of Marcus Whitman" - Bourne, 1901
  13. History Notes by Frank Harrison, 1916 Clippings
  14. Miscellaneous notes
  15. Miscellany

Box 10

  1. Forts
  2. "Centennial Sketch of Clay County, Nebraska, July, 1876"
  3. The Discovery of Nebraska by James Savage
  4. "Lost Province of Quivira"
  5. Bishops of the U.S.
  6. Unidentified Indian Dictionary, T-Z
  7. Catholicism
  8. Nebraska Aborigines
  9. Miscellaneous Notes
  10. Oregon Notes
  11. Migration and Indian Missions
  12. Routes - Military, Explorers, Traders, Emigrants, Freighters, Industry, Transportation



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


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