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Laguna Mission Press Collection

Identifier: MSS-185-SC

Scope and Content

This small collection contains pages from two editions of McGuffey's First Reader; reports from John Menaul, and a catechism, all printed at Laguna on the Laguna Mission Press. There is also a news clipping from the New York Times about Miss Jospehine Foord, who was sent to Laguna to organize pottery making among the Pueblo Indians.

The collection contains bilingual materials in English and Keres.


  • 1879-1906

Language of Materials

English Keres

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Historical Information

Presbyterian missionary, Dr. John Menaul was sent to Laguna Pueblo in 1876. The following year, he acquired a small printing press which became known as the Laguna Mission Press. Within eight months, Menaul had printed 3,875 pages on this press, which was the first printing press located in an Indian Pueblo. Most of the material Menaul printed was in the form of teaching aids, including a catechism, selections from the Bible, two editions of McGuffey's First Reader, and annual reports. Menaul's were the first American Indian-English publications in New Mexico. Menaul and the Laguna Mission printing press moved to Albuquerque, circa 1889.


1 box (.25 cu. ft.)

Related Material

Fraser, James H. "Indian Mission Printing in New Mexico." New Mexico Historical Review. Vol. 43, 1968.
Finding Aid of the Laguna Mission Press Collection, 1879-1906
Processed by B. Silbergleit
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131