Preliminary Guide to the Jacqueline Peterson Papers circa 1970s-2011

Summary Information

Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections
Peterson, Jacqueline.
Preliminary Guide to the Jacqueline Peterson Papers
Date [inclusive]
circa 1970s-2011
40.5 Linear feet of shelf space, 47 Boxes + oversize
(MASC Staff Use): 1-38-19-5; Map Case
Collection materials are in English.
Papers of Washington State University Professor Jacqueline Peterson, primarily related to "Sacred Encounters: The Society of Jesus and the Indians of the Northwest," a National Endowment for the Humanities funded exhibit she curated, which toured the United States from 1993 to 1995.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

Preliminary Guide to the Jacqueline Peterson Papers, circa 1970s-2011 (MS.2012.03)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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As of 2018, Jacqueline Peterson (b. 1943) is professor emerita of History and Comparative American Cultures at Washington State University Vancouver. Peterson was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1970. She then pursued her Master's and Doctoral degrees, also from the University of Illinois, in 1972 and 1981, respectively. She is best known for the directing and curating a monumental, 7000 square foot exhibit titled "Sacred Encounters: The Society of Jesus and the Indians of the Northwest." The exhibit centered on a collection of art, maps, and manuscripts that showcased interactions between inland Indian tribes and Jesuit missionaries. The project was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and toured the United States from 1993 to 1995. Peterson retired from WSU in 2010.

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Scope and Content

This collection of Jacqueline Peterson's papers consists primarily of materials related to the exhibit "Sacred Encounters." It includes papers, maps (reproductions), photographs (mainly object documentation), correspondence, collected research material, audiovisual media (including source recordings). The papers also include some files related to Dr. Peterson's other projects, and to her professional activities as a historian and Washington State University faculty member.

Preliminary inventory:

Boxes 1-35 and 46-47: Sacred Encounters Exhibit.

Boxes 1-7: Object documentation: conservation files, notes, logs; binders by module; loan files. (SEE ALSO: boxes 23-24)

Boxes 8-12: Infrastructure (note: some material RESTRICTED pending further donor review)

Box 13: Correspondence (tour, post-tour); Catalog.

Box 14: Opening, venue prospects, tour; 1993-1996.

Boxes 15-20: Media (audio, video, including source recordings). Formats: Betacam, digital videocassettes, U-Matic videocassettes, Beta and VHS format videocassettes, audiocassettes, reel-to-reel audiotapes, digital audiotapes

Box 21: Media files; Photographers (see also: oversize case); Art.

Box 22: Curriculum; oral histories (RESTRICTED pending further review).

Boxes 23-24: Conservation, including Jonathan Taggart photographs. (SEE ALSO: Boxes 1-2)

Box 25: Thomas Rochford photographs of Coeur d'Alene and Flathead reservations across the four seasons, and some photographs of Belgium, circa 1992.

Box 26: Press clippings; Flyers.

Box 27: Unpublished reader-catalog.

Boxes 28-30: Research (correspondence, notes, etc.); Music group files.

Boxes 31-32: Research (secondary: background and context).

Boxes 33-35: Exhibit remount (2011), 1997-2011.

Boxes 36-37: Object research (RESTRICTED pending further review).

Boxes 38-40: Other Peterson projects (RESTRICTED pending further review).

Boxes 41-42: Peterson "career stuff" (RESTRICTED pending further review).

Box 43: Miscellaneous.

Boxes 44-45: "Early career." Includes a c.v., correspondence, conference files,grant files, manuscripts and published versions of articles and reviews by Peterson, circa 1970s-1990s. (RESTRICTED pending further review)

Boxes 46-47: Sacred Encounters exhibit files, circa 1990s. (RESTRICTED pending further review)

Oversize (map case): Maps (reproductions); Voxman photograph; catalog.

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This is an unprocessed collection. Any arrangement reflects either a pre-existing order from the records' creators or previous custodians, or preliminary sorting performed by staff.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections  © 2020

Terrell Library

P.O. Box 645610

Pullman, WA, 99164-5610 USA


Restrictions on Access

This collection is mostly open and available for research use.

Several portions of the collection (contained in boxes 8-12, 22, 36-42, and 46-47) are restricted, pending further review by donor. MASC staff should contact Jackie Peterson Loomis for approval before access is permitted.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions apply.

Acquisition Information

Jacqueline Peterson donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in multiple installments. These 5 individual accessions (MS 2008-34, MS 2009-05, MS 2009-16, MS 2010-26, MS 2011-35) were combined in 2012 by Professor Peterson and MASC staff. Additional materials were received in February 2017, and added to this accession (boxes 44-47; 3.5 linear feet).

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Names and Subjects

Personal Name(s)

Subject(s) :
  • Peterson, Jacqueline -- Records and correspondence.
  • Smet, Pierre Jean de


  • Missionaries -- Rocky Mountains.
  • Indians of North America.
  • Missionaries
  • Native Americans

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