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In 1891 the Woman's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church sent to the Navajo reservation (in northern Arizona / New Mexico border area) two women — Mrs. Mary L. Eldridge and Miss M. E. Raymond — to start a mission on the north side, near the San Juan River, the most fertile and best watered portion of the entire Navajo lands. The mission site is located fifty miles south of Durango, Colo., and not far from Jewett, New Mexico, the former post office address. For several years these women had been successful employees, one as matron and the other as teacher, in government Indian schools in Kansas and Dakota. The mission became the Navajo Methodist Mission School of Farmington, New Mexico.
The collection consists of miscellaneous manuscripts and 143 photographs documenting the Navajo mission in San Juan County, New Mexico, that was started by Mrs. Eldridge and Miss Raymond.
75 of the photographs are in a disbound scrapbook with 16 leaves of black-and-white gelatin silver snapshots (ranging from 8x8 cm. to 11x8 cm.), many of which have hand-written captions. Subjects include 34 images of mission life and environment (including many pictures of schoolchildren), 26 images of the native Navajo lifestyles on the reservation (including dwellings and farming), and 15 snapshots of the local environs (including the town of Farmington and the mission at Two Gray Hills).
68 additional photographs are loose and sleeved individually, consisting of cyanotype and gelatin silver snapshots. Many images have hand-written captions on the verso. Subjects are similar, with 47 prints of mission life and environment, 12 prints of the native Navajo lifestyles on the reservation, and 9 images of the local environs (including adobe formations).
Purchased from Margolis and Moss in 1998 (WA1998-422).
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Folder inventory added by Regine Heberlein in 2011.
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Talk probably given before a church group, starting from founding of the mission in 1891 by Mrs. Eldridge and Miss Raymond, anonymous AMs, undated, 26 pp.Physical Description
Talk probably given before a congreation, anonymous AMs, undated, 16 pp.Physical Description
ALS to Joseph J. Janney about Mrs. Eldridge's work with the Navajo, [1904?], 5 pp.Physical Description
Disbound Scrapbook, 16 leaves of 75 captioned photographs, some dated 1902-1904, showing Navajo students, buildings, activities.Physical Description
68 photographs, many captioned, some dated 1899-1908, showing Navajo students, staff, buildings, landscape scenes.Physical Description