Cage 5020

Spalding Mission, Lapwai Press

Collection, circa 1800-2011

Acquisition And Processing Information

Clifford Drury presented these items to the library in 1936. They were originally cataloged as VF 2475.

Extent/Quantity Information

Number of containers: 2 folders

Linear feet of shelf space: .05

Biography/Organizational Material

The Lapwai Mission press, operated by the Spalding mission at Lapwai, Idaho, was the first printing press in the Pacific Northwest, used from 1839 to 1845 to print texts supporting the activities of the mission.

Collection Description

This collection consists of a fragment of one of the texts printed on the press, a calendar and Nez Perce-English vocabulary: Shapahitamanash suyapu timptki (fragments of the upper half of pages 7-14), and five pieces of type from the press. It also includes copies of related documentation: acquisition information and research documents used during processing.


Missions -- Idaho -- Spalding
Nez Perce Indians -- Missions
Lapwai Mission Press
Printing -- Northwest, Pacific -- History -- 19th century.


This collection is open and available for research use.

Preferred Citation

The suggested citation for the collection is:

[Item Description]
Spalding Mission, Lapwai Press Collection
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Pullman, WA

Related Materials

Henry Harmon Spalding papers (Cage 143)


Items are in Nez Perce and English.

Container List:

Folder Description
1 Shapahitamanash suyapu timptki (fragments of the upper half of pages 7-14), 1845; also supporting documentation, 1936-2011.
2 Pieces of type from the Lapwai Mission Press (5 items), circa 1800-1839.