University of Arizona

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Diary and Scrapbook of Mission San Xavier del Bac

Father Bonaventure. O.F.M. (1885-1967) was a Franciscan priest, historian and missionary, mainly to the Tohono O'odham at Mission San Xavier del Bac in Tucson, AZ. The collection contains a holograph and photocopied typescript of Father Bonaventure's private diary and scrapbook describing the early 1900s at the mission. Included are photographs of Tohono O'odham life, housing, ceremonies. Early entries list baptisms.