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National Algonquin Indian Council records

Call Number: WA MSS S-3671
Content Description

Correspondence, minutes, membership cards, printed material, and other records by or relating to the National Algonquin Indian Council (NAIC) and photograph albums and loose photographs belonging to the Perry and Farrow families of Rhode Island, 1924-1980s. Founding documents, correspondence, minutes, and treasurer's notes of the NAIC kept by secretary Annie Frances Perry Farrow, daughter of Narragansett chief Alfred C. A. Perry. Also present is a cast-iron hand-press notary seal of the NAIC. Records chronicle the membership and activities of the council as it sought to practice ancestral traditions, engage in community building, and secure equality through political action. There is also a scrapbook assembled by Barbara Farrow, containing newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, and documents acquired from her mother, Annie Frances Perry Farrow, with materials dating between the 1920s and 1980s. In addition, there are 3 photograph albums containing 118 photographs, some with manuscript captions; 3 negatives; 10 tintype photographs (2 framed); and 44 loose photographs of the Perry family and family farm as well as the Farrow family, who are of both Native American and African-American descent. There are 2 photographs of NAIC members, 1923 December 13 and circa 1920. There is also a file of research on the Fayerweather family.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The National Algonquin Indian Council Records is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

From the collection of Barbara Hall Farrow Gross, granddaughter of Narragansett chief Alfred C. A. Perry. Purchased from Robert H. Rubin Books on the Walter McClintock Memorial Fund, 2018.


Arranged alphabetically by format.

Majority of material found within 1924-1980s
6.92 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
Related Names
Robert H. Rubin Books
National Algonquin Indian Council
Gross, Barbara Hall Farrow, 1922-2016
Language of Materials