Henry Forrester Missionary Papers

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Henry Forrester Missionary Papers


  • 1871-1882 (Creation)


.35 cu.ft. (1 box)

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Henry Forrester served as a missionary of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society in the Missionary District of New Mexico and Arizona beginning in 1874. In 1875, Forrester temporarily took over ecclesiastical oversight of the new district from the former bishop, traveling widely in the area to establish over a dozen missionary outposts, one of which, St. Paul’s in Las Vegas, served as the ecclesiastical center of the district. In 1880 Forrester was appointed priest to the congregation in Albuquerque. At the General Convention of 1892 the Board of Missions appointed Forrester to succeed the Rev. W. B. Gordon as the Presiding Bishop’s resident representative to the Mexican Episcopal Church, a position he held until his death in 1904.

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Henry Forrester’s working papers primarily document his domestic missionary activity in New Mexico and include four bound volumes of correspondence sent and received beginning with the final months of his rectorship in Terry, Mississippi (1874), through his early services in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, and Albuquerque. Also represented in the archive is a scrapbook volume titled “Forresteriana,” which covers the period 1871 to 1880 and includes clippings on topics of concern to him, news items on his work, published letters, and tracts written by Forrester for his work with the Spanish speaking population of the territory.


Letters, 1874-1882
Scrapbook, 1871-1880
Journal, 1849

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  • English
  • Spanish

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