Dwight Mission Church & School Records

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Journal of the Union Mission, in the handwriting of Reverend William Fowler Vaill, begins with a description of the journey of the Union Mission family, twenty-one persons in all, from New York City to Arkansas Territory where the party established the first mission and school among the Indian Tribes of Oklahoma. The mission to the Osage was established in 1820 in the present Mayes County, Oklahoma. The family reached the site on February 15, 1821.

The journal describes, in vivid detail, the problems of the missionaries as they attempted to establish a church school on the frontier. Of special interest are the accounts of the Osage customs, appearance, and way of life. The journal was purchased by the Oklahoma Historical Society from the descendants of Reverend Vaill (Source: microfilm introduction).

For more information visit the Oklahoma Historical Society

Media: 35mm Film
Filed Under: Native American

Item NumberContents
AMD 003Dwight Mission Church Records (April 12, 1822-April 7, 1862); Dwight Mission School Records (February 15, 1842-July 2, 1845); Susan Comstock Requa Papers (March 1821-August 27, 1852); Union Mission Journal (April 22, 1820-May 31, 1836)

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