The Stephen R. Riggs Papers are part of the United Church of Christ – South Dakota Conference Collection available at the Center for Western Studies. The papers document Riggs’ research in linguistics, the establishment of the Traverse des Sioux mission in 1843, the events following the Sioux uprising of 1862, missionary family dynamics on the plains, and Rigg’s journey in 1868 to Washington, D.C., to seek a hearing before Congress on Indian legislation. A scholar as well as a missionary, Riggs published numerous books, articles, and translations, including "Grammar and Dictionary of the Dakota Language" (1852) and "Mary and I: Forty Years With the Sioux" (1880). His first wife, Mary A. C. Longley Riggs, died in 1869 in Beloit, Wisconsin; he later married Annie Baker Ackley in 1872.
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