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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: William Harrison Gill papers
    source: Hammond, Ruth L.
    Identifier/Call Number: mssGill
    Physical Description: 1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1876-1968
    Abstract: William Harrison Gill was an American interdenominational missionary who worked with Native Americans. This collection consists of material related to Gill's activities and family from 1876-1968.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. William Harrison Gill papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Ruth L. Gill Hammond, January 1970, and a gift from Ruth L. Gill Hammond, March 1980.

    Biographical / Historical

    William Harrison Gill was an American interdenominational missionary who worked with Native Americans. Gill was born in Bedford County, Virginia on March 6, 1849. He was sent to the Southwest in 1876 under a contract with the American Sunday School Union. From 1876 to 1896 he organized Sunday schools in Texas, Oklahoma, and Indian Territory. He later moved to Arizona, where he worked with the Indians of the Salt River and Fort McDowell Reservations. Gill passed away in Schurz, Nevada on April 7, 1909.

    Scope and Contents

    William Harrison Gill papers consist of letters, manuscripts (including journals and sermons), documents, and photographs (52 Gill family photographs and 6 Indian photographs) related to the Gill's activities and family from 1876-1968. Subject matter includes Gill's missionary work in Texas with the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians (1876-1896), in Arizona with the Salt River Pima tribe near Phoenix (1896-1902), and with the Yavapai at Fort McDowell (1902-1906).

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington staff, circa mid-1970s. In 2020, Gina C Giang created a finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.


    Arranged in the following series: William Harrison Gill correspondence and manuscripts, 1876-1919; Later family correspondence, 1932-1968; Typescripts, ephemera and printed items.


    Former call number: mssGill papers.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Chickasaw Indians
    Choctaw Indians
    Indians of North America -- Arizona
    Indians of North America -- Texas
    Missionaries -- Arizona -- Correspondence
    Pima Indians
    Yavapai Indians
    Journals (accounts) -- West (U.S.)
    Letters (correspondence) -- West (U.S.)
    Personal papers -- West (U.S.)
    Photographs -- West (U.S.)
    Sermons -- West (U.S.)
    Hammond, Ruth L.
    American Sunday-School Union