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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 2: Poetry
Box 2
Folder 1: Poetry I, --- 1925-1935?
Folder 2: Poetry II
Folder 3: Diary in Warner's Calendar of Medical History, a gift of Dr. Kennedy --- 1933
Folder 4: Diary --- 1935
Folder 5: Christian Songs in Navaho --- 1908
Folder 6: Catechism for Navaho Christians --- 1910
Folder 7: Catechism for Indian Christians --- 1921, 1928, 1934
Folder 8: Sad Beh Hol-Inih (Word of Light):  A Brief Catechism of Christian Fundamentals (in Navaho) --- 1932, 1942
Folder 9: Forms for Marriage, Baptism and Lord's Supper in Navaho --- 1935
Folder 10: Poetry published in The Christian Indian --- 1924-1927
Folder 11: Poetry published in The Christian Indian --- 1928-1930
Folder 12: Poetry published in The Christian Indian --- 1931-1936, 1966

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