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Leonard P. Brink Collection, 1897-1966 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Title: Leonard P. Brink Collection, 1897-1966

ID: COLL/025

Primary Creator: Brink, Leonard P. (1876-1936)

Extent: 2.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: Brink, L. P., Missions, Morgan, Jacob Casimera, 1878-1950, Navajo Indians, Navajo Indians - Language

Forms of Material: Diaries, Poetry, Sermons


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church and missionary to the Navajo in New Mexico. The collection includes: articles, sermons, poems, diplomas, diaries, publications, and information on J. C. Morgan.

Biographical Note

Rev. Leonard Peter Brink was born in Collendoorn (now East Saugatuck), Michigan on September 10, 1876. The Brink moved to briefly moved to Chicago after his birth. Then the family moved to a farm back in Fremont, Michigan. With support from the Classis of Muskegon, Brink pursued ministry as his course of study. Brink was offered an opportunity by Home Missions to preach the gospel to the Navajos in Tohatchi, New Mexico. Brink accepted the position and he was ordained in August of 1900. A month later him and his new bride, Elizabeth Van Eeuwen left for Tohatchi, New Mexico. In 1913, the Brinks moved to California and he served the church at Hanford. During this time, his wife passed away. In 1914, Brink returned to New Mexico as a missionary in Tohatchi, then Toadlena, and lastly at Farmington. While in Farmington, assisted by J.C. Morgan, a Navajo Indian, Brink was able to translate parts of the Bible as well as hymns into the Navajo language. Brink passed away in 1936 leaving behind his wife, Grace Stevens, whom he married in 1915, and ten children.

Subject/Index Terms

Brink, L. P.
Morgan, Jacob Casimera, 1878-1950
Navajo Indians
Navajo Indians - Language

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 1.0 cubic ft.

Acquisition Source: Gift of L.P. Brink family.

Other Note: Collection partly in Dutch and Navajo.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Miscellaneous],
[Series 2: Poetry],

Series 1: Miscellaneous
Box 1
Folder 1: Diplomas --- 1897 and 1900
Folder 2: Trip through Hopi Land, C. H. Troutman
Folder 3: The Religion of the Navaho Indians
Folder 4: Nihi Nihiyin [Our Own Songs]:  A Collection of Christian Songs in the Navaho Language --- 1928
Folder 5: Translation of the Bible into Navaho
Folder 6: Catechism lessons, essays, and stories
Folder 7: J. C. Morgan correspondence and article
Folder 8: Sermons
Folder 9: Sermons
Folder 10: Sermons, including Conquest of Navaho and Christian Dress
Folder 11: Papers --- 1932-1936
Folder 12: Published poems by LP compiled by Henry Ippel
Folder 13: Miscellaneous articles by L. P. --- 1903-1933
Folder 14: Articles, History of Mission to Indians --- 1928-1932

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