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HERMAN D. RAY COLLECTION


Still photography and sound recordings from the Tekakwitha Conference annual national meetings since 2011; and the Official Kateri Tekakwitha Canonization Pilgrimage and related Native Catholic activities in the U.S., Italy, and Vatican City, 2012-2013. Also included are activities of the Arizona-based Little Servants of the Cross, a community of women religious, 2011-2012; and a national Pro-Life rally, Washington, D.C., 2013.

Gift of Herman D. Ray, 2012-. Processed by Mark G. Thiel, C.A. (Certified Archivist), 2013-[ongoing].

Biographical Note

Herman D. Ray (1964- ) is a member of the Salt River Pima Tribe of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Arizona.  At his mother’s invitation he attended his first Tekakwitha Conference in 2007. This came after winning a struggle over drug and alcohol addiction he credited to the power of intercessory prayer to Blessed Kateri.  At the 2010 Tekekwitha Conference, he interned under the official Conference photographer, Anne M. Scheuerman, who he succeeded the following year.  In addition to the Conference, he photographs other Native Catholic events in Arizona as well, and has been nicknamed “Pima Joe” by Sister Clissene Lewis, L.S.C. Ray's successful battle with addiction is noted in “First Native American Woman to be Canonized Oct. 21: Kateri Tekakwitha Lily of the Mohawks”, by Joyce Coronel, The Catholic Sun, August 31, 2012.

Scope and Content

The collection comprised photography from the Tekakwitha Conference annual national meetings and local Native Catholic events in Arizona. The folders are arranged in chronological order with each folder containing the retained images from one day that in turn, are arranged in the order captured with sequential numbers. Missing sequential numbers represent the deleted images not retained.

All digital images are identified with a collection and date identifier plus a three-digit number according to the following protocol. Any further “description” is an optional working extension that is not a permanent part of the identifier.

MUA_HDRyymmdd-000.description, e.g. MUA_HDR110720-004.katerishrine MUA_HDRyymmdd-000, e.g. MUA_HDR120721-324

All electronic formats are located on the G-Drive (G > Digital Projects > MSS) whereas materials in paper formats and on digital discs are located in box 1.

Herman D. Ray Still Photography, Series 1.

The images are divided into two format-based sub-series, series 1-1 for JPG format and series 1-2 for TIFF format. To the extent possible, all notable events and principal persons are identified with places and dates. Assistance has been provided by the photographer, fellow subjects within the images, and members of the Tekakwitha Conference host committees. Additional copies of some digital materials are also maintained on CD-Rome.

Herman D. Ray Sound Recordings, Series 2.

The sound recordings correspond to select images, which the photographer captured simultaneously while documenting events.

Herman D. Ray Notes and Clippings, Series 3.

This series contains all contextual and specific documentation of images in paper formats.

 

More Related Resources

  • Christianity and Native America: Checklist to all Marquette Native Catholic collections plus access to detailed information about them including genealogical records; access to digital image collections and The Indian Sentinel historic magazine online; information for educators about Saint Kateri Tekakwitha and her Native Catholic followers.

  • Guides to Catholic-Related Records about Native Americans in the United States: Over 1,000 repository entries in PDF format to help genealogists and historical researchers find the records they need on American Indians and Alaskan Natives. The entries provide contact information on the repositories, brief descriptions about the records, the Native groups served, and the associated Catholic organizations. Many of the entries include institutional chronologies to explain the history of the records.

Black and Indian Mission Office > Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions

Tekakwitha Conference National Center

U.S. Catholic Conference of Catholic Bishops > Cultural Diversity in the Church

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