Preliminary Guide to the Albert Thompson Papers

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Thompson, Albert W., b. 1864
Albert Thompson papers
Date [inclusive]
4.0 Linear feet 4 boxes.
Location Note
(MASC Staff Use. MS 1996-44: 2-6-5-1; MS 1997-11: 2-6-3-3)
Materials are in English, French, and German.

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Biographical/Historical note

Dr. Albert Wilder Thompson (1898-1994) was a professor of Foreign Languages and later served as the Dean of Humanities in the College of Sciences and Arts at Washington State University from 1953 to 1964. After retiring from WSU, Dr. Thompson focused on Pacific Northwest history and published several articles as well as the book The Early History of the Palouse River and Its Names in 1971. Thompson Hall on the WSU Pullman campus was named in honor of Dr. Thompson in 1972.

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Scope and Contents note


The accession consists of Albert Thompson's several boxes of index cards on languages, mainly French, and on the history of the Pacific Northwest. The topics addressed in this collection include: the fur trade, the Lewis and Clark expedition, Astoria, Indians of the Pacific Northwest, the Palouse people and the Appaloosa horse, military linguistics, Arthurian romances, twentieth century French literature, as well as the connection of the French language with Latin, German, and English. The note cards contain titles of source materials and notes taken from those publications.


This accession contains additional papers of Albert Thompson. It consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence from 1967 to 1992 pertaining to his research on Pacific Northwest history. Correspondents include C.M. Drury, Ella Clark, Mary Balf, Herman Deutsch, George Drew, Robert Hitchman, Roderick Sprague, and William Roach. The correspondence primarily discusses Thompson's research on the fur trade, as well as the Lewis and Clark expedition. The collection also contains copies of Thompson's published articles on the Pacific Northwest, and earlier articles on the etymology of pinochle and the French language as a source of English military terms.

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Organization of Collection

This is an unprocessed collection received in multiple installments (MS 1996-44, MS 1997-11). It has not yet been arranged.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610


This collection is open and available for research use.

Acquisition Information

Laura Lee Thompson McClure donated these materials to Washington State University Libraries in 1996 (MS 1996-44) and 1997 (MS 1997-11).

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Northwest, Pacific -- History


  • Indians of North America
  • Language and languages
  • Paloos Indians -- History
  • Romance languages
  • Washington State University -- Faculty -- Archives

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