Father William McDermott Hughes (1880-1939) was a Catholic priest who traveled through California getting Native American
storytellers to tell their tales to him. This collection includes Hughes's initial hand-written manuscripts produced mostly
between 1910 and 1911 as well as typed versions from 1934. This collection also includes newspaper clippings, notes, and some
correspondence. Materials are dated from 1908-1934.
William McDermott Hughes was born on January 9, 1880, in Sacramento, California. William's interest in Native Americans was
developed at an early age. As a young boy, he spent a great deal of time playing, hunting and fishing among the Indian tribes
of northern California. He attended Sacramento's public schools and then entered St. Mary's College in Oakland, graduating
in 1900 with a Bachelor's degree. Hughes then studied philosophy and science at St. Thomas College, a Paulist school at The
Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Later, with his schooling completed, Hughes moved to Los Angeles, where
Bishop Thomas Conaty ordained him on August 5, 1905, the first Sacramento native to join the priesthood.
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