An electronic text of the complete Jesuit Relations, at Creighton University.

The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents

Each year the head of the Jesuit order in New France sent back to Paris an annual report. These extremely detailed eyewitness accounts of the activities of priests living in the wilderness among many different Indian nations are the earliest and most compelling written records of North America at the time of white contact. To see what they looked like when they appeared, search "Letters, 1661" on the Turning Points home page. The complete text of all the annual Relations - - more than 70 volumes - - was edited in Madison by Reuben Gold Thwaites at the turn of the last century, and it has been converted to electronic format by scholars at Creighton University. All volumes are also available individually at Google Books ( and  The Internet Archive (

Related Topics: Early Native Peoples
Explorers, Traders, and Settlers
Iroquois Wars of the 17th Century
Arrival of the First Europeans
The French Fur Trade
Colonialism Transforms Indian Life
Creator: Thwaites, Reuben Gold
Pub Data: Cleveland: Burrows Bros. Co., 1896-1901 (electronic text hosted by Creighton University).
Citation: The Jesuit relations and allied documents... ed. by Reuben Gold Thwaites (Cleveland: Burrows Bros. Co., 1896-1901); Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 6/24/2018