Pierre-Jean De Smet Map Collection

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Title

Pierre-Jean De Smet Map Collection

Source

De Smetiana Collection

Publisher

Jesuit Archives: Central United States

Contributor

Jesuit Archives: Central United States

Rights

Reproduced with permission of the Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus

Format

JPEG

Language

eng

Type

Still image

Identifier

MJA-IX-C8

Abstract

Pierre-Jean de Smet (1801-1873) was a Belgian Jesuit who came to Missouri in 1823. In 1838, De Smet traveled across the western United States, then considered the wilderness of the expanding country. He journeyed the territories of the future states of Iowa, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, and South Dakota and visited Native American settlements. The De Smetiana map collection consists of 41 individual maps categorized as 38 maps, and depicts a variety of locations in the upper Midwestern United States, such as the Yellowstone River, the upper Missouri River, and Spokane River among other locations. The maps also show river courses, Native American settlements, United States military installations, and other landmarks in the American West.

Date Available

2016-11-15

Extent

19 maps

Temporal Coverage

circa 1830s-1850s

Rights Holder

Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus.

Items in the Pierre-Jean De Smet Map Collection Collection

Riv. des Koetenais où La Grande Branche du N
This map depicts the “Riv. des Koetenais où La Grande Branche du N,” as well as the headwaters of the Clark’s Fork River as far down as and including the Clark’s Fork Riverand Lake with tributaries. The names of rivers, lakes, and valleys…

Indian Map of the two Coeur d’Alene upper forks
This map includes the label “Indian Map of the two Coeur d’Alene upper forks.” It is drawn in pencil on a gray background, and is filled to the edges.

[Roothaan’s Lake]
The map was drawn by Victor, chief of the Salish Indians, who was baptized by De Smet. The map depicts Roothaan’s Lake (modern Priest Lake) and is drawn in pencil on ivory colored paper. De Smet baptized Victor in 1841 and the chief died shortly…

[Kootenai River and its tributaries and the Clark’s Fork River and its tributaries 2]
This map depicts the Kootenai River and its tributaries and the Clark’s Fork River and its tributaries, including Flathead River, Flathead Lake, and Blackfoot River. It is drawn in ink on an ivory background, and is filled to the edges. The names…

[Kootenai River and its tributaries and the Clark’s Fork River and its tributaries 1]
This map depicts the Kootenai River and its tributaries and the Clark’s Fork River and its tributaries, including Flathead River, Flathead Lake, and Blackfoot River. It is drawn in ink on an ivory background, and is filled to the edges. The names…

[Spokane and Clark Rivers with their tributaries]
Map of the Spokane and Clark Rivers with their tributaries. Also includes lakes Kalispell, Roothaan (Priest), Coeur d’Alene. The names of rivers, lakes, and valleys are those of Saints, Jesuits, American prelates, relatives of Jesuits. The map is…

[Spokane, Clark, and Kootenai Rivers and their tributaries]
A map of the Spokane, Clark, and Kootenai Rivers and their tributaries. The names of rivers, lakes, and valleys are those of Saints, Jesuits, American prelates, relatives of Jesuits. He often took it upon himself to rename landmarks in this manner.…

[Lake Pend Oreille and Clark’s Fork 3]
Map includes Clark’s Fork and Lake Pend Oreille, and consists of eight sections. It is drawn in pencil on a pale gray background. On the back side of the map is written “No. 1, 2, 3 Clark’s Fork.”

[Lake Pend Oreille and Clark’s Fork 2]
This map includes depictions of Lake Pend Oreille and Clark’s Fork. It is drawn in ink and pencil on a blue background, and is filled to the edges of the paper.

[Lake Pend Oreille and Clark’s Fork 1]
This map includes depictions of Lake Pend Oreille and Clark’s Fork. It is drawn in ink and pencil on a blue background, and is filled to the edges of the paper.