Records of grants for work among the Indians, 1720-1812
1.63 cubic feet (2 document boxes, 1 flat box, 2 microfilm boxes)
The records are divided into three series: a series of Harvard Corporation records related to all sponsored missionaries, a series of the missionary journals of Samuel Kirkland, and a series of the missionary journals of John Sergeant. The series of Corporation records, created between 1720 and 1812, includes correspondence, legal bonds, votes of the Commission for Indian Affairs and the Harvard Corporation, petitions and other documents related to the activities and financial support of the individual missionaries financed by and through Harvard. The journals of Samuel Kirkland, created between 1789 and 1807 while he lived among the Oneida tribe, include information about a wide range of concerns, including famine, a smallpox epidemic, and Kirkland's involvement in the founding of the Hamilton Oneida Academy. The journals of John Sergeant, created between 1790 and 1809 while he lived among the Stockbridge tribe in New York, contain information about the tribe's internal and external concerns, including their involvement in treaties and agreements with the United States government, and also detail Sergeant's advocacy for the tribe with New York Governors John Jay and George Clinton.
Many missionaries also received financial support from another organization, the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge. This Society, founded in 1709, contributed to the missionary work of John Sergeant, Jr. and Samuel Kirkland and, like Harvard, received copies of their missionary journals in return. Its funds were locally administered by the London Board of Correspondents in Boston.
- I. Harvard Corporation records regarding work among the Indians, 1720-1812
- II. Missionary Journals of Samuel Kirkland, 1789-1807
- III. Missionary Journals of John Sergeant, 1790-1809
This finding aid was created by Laura Morris in April 2010.
Preservation and description of the Records of Grants for Work among the Indians was supported by the Arcadia-funded project Harvard in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.
- Harvard University. Corporation. Records of Grants for Work among the Indians, 1720-1812: an inventory
- EAD ID
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