Fonds glen-2285 - Samuel and Catherine Trivett fonds

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Samuel and Catherine Trivett fonds

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GLEN glen-2285

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  • 1878-1952, predominant 1878-1888 (Creation)
    Trivett (family)

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1 microfilm reel. -- 4 cm of textual records. -- 5 photographs

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Samuel Trivett, 1852-1931, was born in England and was ordained in the Anglican church in 1878. He came to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in that same year with his first wife, Annie Maria, 1852-1879. In 1880 he established a mission among the Bloods in Alberta and remained there until 1891. He later served parishes in Manitoba, Michigan, USA and Nova Scotia. In 1885 he married Catherine Jennings, 1858-1950. He established St. Paul's Anglican Residential School on the Blood reserve in 1881 and also wrote a Blackfoot dictionary. The Trivetts died in Halifax. Samuel's memoirs, "Eleven Miles of Prayer", were published in the Canadian Churchman. For further information see Samuel Trivett: Missionary with the Blood Indians, or What's a Nice Boy Like You Doing in a Place Like This? / David John Carter. - Calgary : Kyle Printing & Stationery, 1974.

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The fonds consists of Samuel's manuscript of his Blackfoot / English, English / Blackfoot dictionary (1882); diary of a journey from Fort Macleod to Battleford (1882); diary from Fort Macleod (1883); letter to Catherine written on birch bark (1891); missionary licences (1878, 1888); and photographs of himself and the mission (1880s). Also consists of Catherine's diaries (1883 [on microfilm], 1885-1886); her letter describing dinner with Blood chiefs (1886); and miscellaneous correspondence (1884-1890). Includes Samuel's autobiography as published in the Lethbridge Herald (1952).

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Gifts of W.M. Trivett, 1961, the Hocken Library, Dunedin, New Zealand, 1973, and T.R.H. Box, 2000-2001.


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The material is in English and Blackfoot.

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