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Samson Occom digital collection

Identifier: MS-1237

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The Samson Occom digital collection is made up of digital surrogates of items now housed at the Mohegan Tribe Library and Archives. The original items were returned to the Mohegan Tribe in 2022 and Dartmouth retained only the digital versions. The digital collection consists of images and transcriptons of Occom's journals, sermons, a herbal, an autobiographical statement and a confession. The collection documents Occom's early life, his conversion to Christianity and education under Eleazar Wheelock. It also provides insight into contemporary social and political conflicts such as Oneida land settlements and Shawanese fighting in Virginia. The collection also documents Occom's ministries with the Mohegan in Connecticut, the Pequot in Montauk, NY and in Brothertown (a settlement of Christian Indians founded by Occom in Oneida territory) as well as his travels within New England and New York to preach, perform marriages, visit with the sick, and preside over funerals. The collection also contains limited documentation on his time in England where he solicited funds for Wheelock's school (the funds were later used to found Dartmouth College) from potential donors such as George Whitefield, William Legge, Lord Dartmouth and King George III. Additionally, the collection contains documentation of Occom's preaching, theology and biblical interpretation as well as his knowledge of herbal medicinal remedies. Of particular note is a confessional statement of faith by a Montaukett woman, Temperance Hannabal, transcribed by Occom during her conversion to Christianity.


  • 1743 - 1790


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.25 linear ft. (1 box)

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Additional Description


Samson Occom, Mohegan Indian minister and missionary. Helped raise funds for Eleazar Wheelock's school which later became Dartmouth College. Journals and sermons document his life and career as a Native American Congregational minister between 1743 and 1790.

Existence and Location of Originals

The Mohegan Tribe Library & Archives 13 Crow Hill Road Uncasville, CT 06382, tel. 860-862-6100

Related Materials

Letters of Samson Occom are part of the individually cataloged correspondence of Eleazar Wheelock.

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