Stephen Laurent Papers


Date: 1846-1999 | Size: 3.75 Linear feet


Papers of Stephen Laurent, son of Joseph Laurent (1839-1917), Chief of the St. Francis Abnakis and author of New Familiar Abenaki and English Dialogues (1884), and grandson of Joseph Laurent, also chief. Primarily contains outgoing letters from Stephen Laurent's wife, Margaret Fisher, to her family, and miscellaneous documentation relation to Laurent's activities as an interpreter of Abenaki history in New Hampshire. The main Abenaki language material in the collection is found in one catechism and prayer book in Abenaki from 1846 by Joseph Marrault, a Jesuit.

Collection Information

Physical description

3.75 linear feet.

Processing information

This collection is currently processed only to the series level.

Indexing Terms


  • Correspondence.
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Poems


  • Abenaki Indians
  • Abenaki language
  • Catholic Church -- Prayers and devotions
  • New Hampshire -- History

Detailed Inventory

 Series I. Correspondence
  1.5 Linear feet

Primarily correspondence by Laurent's wife, Margaret Pfister.

 Series II. Notes and lectures
  1.25 Linear feet
 Marrault, Joseph.
Abenaki prayerbook

Notebooks with prayers and catechisms in Abenaki, with titles given in French. Page numbering indicates that there are two sections. On first page: "Prières chrétiennes pour les enfans" [sic]. This section runs 72 pages. New numbering then begins a new section: "Cantiques Abénakis," which runs 65 pages. Object is in delicate condition. Given to Joseph Laurent.

 Series III. Printed materials
  1.5 Linear feet