Guide to the Adelle Knox Papers
1821-1973

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Knox, Adelle Baron
Title: Adelle Knox Papers
Dates: 1821-1973 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 11 containers. (5 linear feet of shelf space.)
Collection Number: Cage 532
Summary: 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.
Repository: Washington State University Libraries
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections

Pullman, WA 99164-5610 USA
(509) 335-6691
http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc/
mascref@wsu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Adelle Baron Knox worked in the Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections section of Holland Library at Washington State University, concentrating on the papers of Pierre Jean De Smet.

Content Description

These papers were generated by Adelle Knox in the course of her research on the collection of Pierre Jean De Smet papers at Washington State University. While researching the life of De Smet, Knox collected copies of De Smet manuscripts in other repositories in the United States and Europe. She also collected copies of works about De Smet, made transcripts of De Smet's and related persons' correspondence and writings, and took notes on De Smet's life, his correspondence and writings, and the various editions of his published correspondence or writings.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

This collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation :  

[Item Description]. Cage 532, Adelle Knox Papers . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Where applicable, the papers have been arranged in a manner which reflects the arrangement of the Pierre Jean De Smet Papers, Cage 537. The papers have been arranged in eight series: Correspondence, Drawings, Genealogy, Legal Documents, Maps, Miscellanea, Reference Materials, and Writings. Dates assigned to folders reflect the span of years of the original materials to which the copies, correspondence, notes, transcripts, etc. pertain. Folders labeled "undated" either contain copies, etc. of undated original material, or, Knox's notes on general information or unspecified correspondence.

The Correspondence series contains transcripts of correspondence held by Washington State University as well as photocopies of originals and transcripts obtained from other repositories and transcripts made by Knox of material held by other repositories. Some transcripts have notes in the margins made by Knox. The "Notes" in the Correspondence series are Knox's notes on specific letters written by De Smet or related to him. See the Reference Materials series for similar notes. Francois De Smet's incoming correspondence is a copy of a letter from J.B. Druyts, S.J. The copies of Pierre Jean De Smet's correspondence include letters to De Smet's family, P.J. De Nef, Jean Nicollet, P. Hoeken, Colonel Mitchell, and various Jesuit superiors. The copies of Eugene Laveille's correspondence are letters to Francois De Smet. The copies of Archibald McDonald letters are addressed to John McLaughlin. The miscellaneous correspondence includes letters from P.J. Arnoudt to Pierre Jean De Smet, Paul to Charles De Smet, Ferdinand Coosemans to Charles Van Mossevelde, and F. Deynoodt to Francois De Smet. The Reference Materials series includes several card files.

Boxes 5-8 include an alphabetical listing of people, subjects, words, and events related to Pierre Jean De Smet. This alphabetical file also includes references to specific letters containing references to the index entry, including people, subjects, or events. Similar references to people, subjects, or events are also filed in a chronological file to Pierre Jean De Smet's correspondence. The chronological file references De Smet's correspondence as well as events occuring in the year referenced. Cards describing occurences in a specific year are filed in front of references with specific dates. These cards with specific dates include information concerning the contents of specific letters, or people or events mentioned in the letter referenced. This chronological file also references information on letterheads, notes on Eugene Laveille's letters to Paul Adrien De Smet, and notes on the correspondence of Archibald McDonald with De Smet and others about Fort Colville (copies of McDonald's correspondence are filed under "Correspondence, McDonald). Box 9 includes an alphabetical and a chronological file. The alphabetical file is similar to the alphabetical file described above. It contains notes on subjects, people, books (filed by author), and events. The file also includes some notes on the contents of letters filed under addressee or subject. The chronological file includes notes on De Smet's incoming and outgoing correspondence, both at Washington State University and at other repositories, including published correspondence. It also includes notes on general events in De Smet's life, filed by year. Filed behind the main run of notes are notes on Francois De Smet's correspondence included in his (Francois') letterbook, and filed by letterbook number, and notes on the Annales de l'Association de la Propagation de la Foi, Precis Historiques and De Smet's letters published therein.

Acquisition Information :  

The papers of Adelle Knox were accumulated while she researched the life of Pierre Jean De Smet and worked with his papers at Washington State University in the late 1960s and the 1970s.

Related Materials :  

The Pierre Jean De Smet Papers, from which these notes are drawn, are held at WSU MASC, Cage 537.


Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Charles De Smet
Box
Folder
1 1 Transcripts, 1863
Francois De Smet
Incoming correspondence
Box
Folder
1 2 Copies, 1858
1 3 Notes, 1856-1873
1 4 Transcripts, 1840-1873
Outgoing correspondence
Box
Folder
1 5 Transcripts, 1840-1873
Letterbook
Box
Folder
1 6 Notes, 1839-1869
1 7 Transcripts, 1838-1869
Paul De Smet
Incoming correspondence
Box
Folder
1 8 Notes, 1871-1876
1 9 Transcripts, 1871-1905
Outgoing correspondence
Box
Folder
1 10 Transcripts, 1873
Pierre Jean De Smet
Incoming correspondence
Box
Folder
1 11 Transcripts, 1873
Outgoing correspondence
Copies
Box
Folder
1 12 1823-1850
1 13 1851-1873
Notes
Box
Folder
1 14 1821-1846
1 15 1846-1872; undated
Transcripts
Box
Folder
2 1 1821-1839
2 2 1840-1845
2 3 1845-1847
2 4 1847-1856
2 5 1857-1866
3 1 1867-1873; undated
Box
Folder
3 2 Translations, 1837-1867
Letterbook
Box
Folder
3 3 Notes, 1838-1842
Transcripts
Box
Folder
3 4 Nos. III-XIII, 1838-1841
3 5 Nos. XIV-XXVII, 1841-1842
Box
Folder
3 6 Translation, No. XI, 1841
Voyages aux Montagnes Rocheuses...
Box
Folder
3 7 Notes, 1841-1848; , undated
3 8 Transcripts, 1841-1842
J.H. De Staercke
Box
Folder
3 9 Transcripts, 1859-1870; , undated
Elet-De Keersmaecker
Box
Folder
3 10 Transcripts, 1849-1852
Charles Hunt
Box
Folder
4 1 Notes, 1848-1861
4 2 Transcripts, 1849; , 1863
Eugene Laveille
Copies
Box
Folder
4 3 1876-1921; undated
Box
Folder
4 4 Transcripts, 1908-1921; , undated
4 5 Notes, 1876-1921; , undated
4 6 Transcripts, undated
Archibald McDonald
Box
Folder
4 7 Copies, 1840-1842
Charles Van Quickenborne
Box
Folder
4 8 Transcripts, 1831-1836
Miscellaneous
Box
Folder
4 9 Transcripts and Copies, 1863-1894; , undated
Unidentified
Box
Folder
4 10 Transcripts, 1850; , 1873

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Drawings
Container(s)
Description
Nicolas Point
Box
Folder
4 11 Copies, undated

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Genealogy, undated
Container(s)

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Legal Documents
Container(s)
Description
Pierre Jean De Smet
Box
Folder
4 13 Transcripts, 1873
De Smet Family
Box
Folder
4 14 Copies, 1822-1831
4 15 Transcripts, 1861
4 16 Translations, 1828

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Maps
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
4 17 Copies of maps drawn by Pierre Jean De Smet, 1842-1846

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Miscellanea, 1858-1973, undated
Container(s)

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Reference Materials and Note Files
Container(s)
Description
Notes
Box
Folder
4 19 Bibliographic, 1873-1978; , undated
4 20 Miscellaneous, undated
Box
5 Chronological Note File
Box
5 Correspondence
Box
5 Pierre Jean De Smet, 1821-1873
5 Eugene Laveille, 1908-1921
5 Archibald McDonald, 1838-1842
5 Engravings on Stationery, 1842-1856
5 Alphabetical Note File
Box
6 A - H
7 I - R
8 S - Z
8 Pierre Jean De Smet Manuscript Materials
Box
8 Pierre Jean De Smet's Published Works
Box
8 Bibliographic Notes
Box
8 Books
8 Journals
8 Pamphlets
8 Government Documents
8 Letters by others
8 Citations of Books About De Smet or pertinent to his life
8 Maps and Photographs of De Smet or his times
8 Drawings of De Smet
8 Comments on De Smet's Personality
9 Chronological Note File on the De Smets
Box
9 Correspondence, 1821-1873
9 Francois De Smet's Letterbook
9 Pierre Jean De Smet's Letterbook
9 Annales de l'Association de la Propagation de la Foi
9 Precis Historiques
9 Alphabetical File
Folder
10 1 Miscellaneous Notes

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Writing of De Smet and others
Container(s)
Description
Pierre Jean De Smet
Copies
Linton Album, 1856-1868
Box
Folder
10 2 Table of Contents and Text
10 3 Text
10 4 Maps
Publications
Box
Folder
10 5 Copies
Notes
Box
Folder
10 6 Chasses avec les Peaux-Rouges
10 7 Cinquante Nouvelles Lettres...
10 8 De Groote Zwartrok
10 9 Letters and Sketches...
10 10 Lettres Choisies du Reverend...
10 11 Missions de l'Oregon et Voyages...
10 12 New Indian Sketches
10 13 Precis Historiques
10 14 U.S. Catholic Magazine
10 15 Miscellaneous
Box
Folder
11 2-Jan Works About Pierre Jean De Smet
11 3 Works Related to De Smet's Travels
Eugene Laveille
Box
Folder
11 4 Transcripts of Notes
Nicolas Point
Box
Folder
11 5 Copies
11 6 Notes
11 7 Transcripts
11 8 Translations
Unidentified
Box
Folder
11 9 Note and Transcript

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Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Personal Names :
  • Knox, Adelle Baron --Archives  ( creator)
  • Smet, Pierre-Jean de, 1801-1873
  • Subject Terms :
  • Indians of North America--West (U.S.)--Missions
  • Indians, Treatment of--North America
  • Jesuits -- United States--History

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