Research collection of a Washington State University librarian relating to Father Pierre Jean De Smet (1801-1873), Jesuit missionary to the Indians. Includes photocopies of De Smet manuscripts, legal documents, maps, transcripts, notes, translations, index files, genealogy.
Chiefly correspondence, in French, from Pierre Jean de Smet to his brother Francois and Jesuit superiors, describing missionary experiences and travels in the West. Other correspondence between De Smet and his relatives and acquaintances relates to De Smet's welfare, finances, and contemporary events. Includes graphic art by Father Nicolas Point, who accompanied De Smet on one of his many journeys from St. Louis to the Northwest. Also includes legal documents of the De Smet's in Belgium, maps drawn by De Smet, and the notes of Eugene Laveille for his book about De Smet.