The Thomas L. Riggs Papers, available at the Center for Western Studies, document the activities of the Indian workers and missionaries under Thomas Rigg's charge, the work of Alfred L. Riggs at the Santee Normal Training School, the work of the Presbyterian missionary John P. Williamson. This collection is arranged in three series: Correspondence; Notes, Manuscripts, Talks, and Reports; and an Account Book. Thomas L. Riggs (1847 - 1940) was a son of Stephen and Mary Longley Riggs. In 1872 he and his wife were sent to Dakota Territory to establish Hope Station mission near Fort Sully. Cornelia (Nina) Foster Riggs died in 1878 and Thomas eventually remarry Margaret Louisa Irvine. Thomas was instrumental in establishing the Oahe Industrial School and was superintendent of several Congregational Indian Missions throughout his career.
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