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Contributor:Crawford, Mary M., 1861-1946 | Crawford, Elizabeth | In-go-nom-pa-shi | Jonas, Levi W. | Axtell, Juliet L. | Cooper, Carrie S. | Rumsey, Minnie M. | Ellinwood, Frank F. (Frank Field), 1826-1908
Extent:1 microfilm reel (121 pages, 9 photographs)
Description: This collection of materials on American Sign language is based on the work of Presbyterian missionaries in Idaho in the nineteenth century. Includes a Nez Perce hymnal; discussion and illustrations on the meaning of symbols and on the use of sign seven published works; miscellaneous clippings; photographs; and correspondence of sisters Mary and Elizabeth Crawford. The published works include the history of the Idaho mission and sign language translations by Mr. Levi W. Jonas (native Nez Perce superintendent of the Kamiah church) and In-go-nom-pa-shi. Includes over 1,500 sign language hand symbols of the Nez Perce language with thirty portraits of missionaries and Nez Perce Indians of Idaho from 1891-1938. Illustrations from different published works such as Gospel hymns in the Nez Perce language (1897); The Sign language and the invention of Mr. Lewis F. Hadley (Chicago, 1891); and Sign language; talk by In-go-nom-pa-shi. Also, clippings from various Presbyterian publications. From materials in possession of Miss Jean Rumsey.
Collection:Nez Perce Sign Language materials, 1891-1938 (Mss.Film.1226)