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J. Neilson Barry Collection


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GROUP IV: MAPS


J. Neilson Barry’s large maps are divided into two subgroups: those maps that were removed from the collection and integrated into the department’s general map collection, and those that have remained with the manuscript collection.  Maps in the former category include published maps of national forests in the West (mainly Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana), USGS topographical maps, river and shoreline surveys, and reproductions of explorers’ maps (both facsimiles and photostats).  Most of those maps are now located in the Special Collections Department.  The explorers’ maps are included in the Checklist of Maps of Western Exploration.  The listing of river and shoreline surveys are on a separate list.  The national forest and topographical maps were integrated into the department’s general holdings of such maps and have not been separately enumerated.


The maps that remain a part of the manuscript collection are listed below, arranged according to the Research file to which they correspond.  They consist chiefly of photostats of portions of explorers’ maps, often annotated by Barry with modern names of geographical features and other notes; published maps he also annotated; and hand-drawn maps by made by Barry himself, sometimes to illustrate his articles.  Barry obtained most of the facsimiles and photostats in the 1930s and 40s, long before many of them were readily available in secondary works.  In many cases, Barry’s photostats are larger than their counterparts in the subsequently-published atlases, and are thus much easier to read.  Maps that have been reproduced in Carl Wheat’s Mapping the Transmississippi West (1957-1963) and Gary Moulton’s Atlas of the Lewis & Clark Expedition (1983) have been so noted.   With each folder description, references are made to corresponding folders in Barry’s Research files, where fuller information can often be found concerning the nature and context of his research in these areas.




Folder 1301     Arrowsmith maps   (Cf. Folder 732 in Group 3)


•  Photostats of the western portions of the Arrowsmith 1802 and 1833 maps of North America.  One sheet each.  The 1833 map was at some later time annotated with the names of forts and trading posts.  See also the Checklist of Maps of Western Exploration  for more Arrowsmith maps 




Folder 1302     Astoria: Wilson Price Hunt Route (Cf. File 4 in Group 3


•  Hand-drawn map by JNB tracing Hunt’s route from the Missouri River (north fork) to Wind River, Wyoming.  Moved to J. Neilson Barry collection Box 42 (Oversize)




Folder 1303     Boise, Old Fort, and Reed Fort Locations (Cf. File 11 in Group 3


•  Photostats of Land Office survey maps (1868, 1876, 1878, and undated) of townships in the vicinity of the mouth of the Boise River 


•  Enlargement (photostat) of small portion of David Thompson’s strip map in the British Museum (ca. 1818) marking Squaw Butte and Reid’s Fort and noting his encounter with Snake Indians there.  See also Folder 1327, David Thompson




Folder 1304     Bonneville, Capt. (Cf. File 12 in Group 3


•  Photostat of a portion of a late 19th-century map of the U.S. that had been annotated with notes concerning Bonneville’s travels




Folder 1305     Canada: Hudson’s Bay Company (Cf. File 15 in Group 3)


•  Photostats of 17 maps and plats from the National Archives originally gathered in evidence by the “British and American Joint Commission on the Hudson’s Bay and Puget’s Sound Agricultural Company’s Claim, under the treaty of July 1, 1863.”  Includes depictions of Fort Vancouver and vicinity, mouth of the Columbia River, Nisqualli, and Cowlitz farm.  Provided to Barry and annotated by Hunter Miller.


                  Hudson’s Bay Company maps no. 1, 2
                  U.S. Maps and Plats no. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
                  Puget’s Sound Company maps no. 1, 2, 3, 4


•  Photostats of two maps from the National Archives prepared to illustrate Hudson’s Bay Company land claims at Colvile, Washington Territory, under the treaty of 1846




Folder 1306     Champoeg  (Cf. File 18 in Group 3


•  “Proposed Design for Champoeg Memorial Park” (blueprint)


•  Three surveys of Champoeg State Park




Folder 1307     Colter, John (Cf. Files 23-25 in Group 3) 


•  One hand-drawn map prepared by Barry




Folder 1308     Columbia River: Lt. Broughton (Cf. File 26 and 28 in Group 3


•  Photostat on two sheets of “A Sketch of the River Columbia” (1792) by Broughton, from its mouth to Point Vancouver, with one-sheet enlargement 


•  Three hand-drawn maps by Barry




Folder 1309     Columbia River (Cf. File 28 in Group 3


•  Hand-drawn map, “The First Explorers on the Columbia River.”  Reduced photocopy is in Box 16, Folder 289


•  Photostat of township plat made by  Surveyor General of Washington Territory for Township 2 North Range 7 East (1860), along the Columbia River at the Cascades




Folder 1310     Cox, Ross (Cf. File 33 in Group 3


•  20th century plat map of a small area along the Spokane River, annotated by Barry and titled “Ross Cox Wandering”




Folder 1311     Day, John (Cf. File 34 in Group 3


•  Photostats of a portion of William Kittson’s map (1825) depicting the Snake River Plain in Idaho and identifying Day’s River.  The map is no. 362 in Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West.




Folder 1312     De Smet, Father (Cf. Folder 817 in Group 3


•  U.S. Forest Service map of Targhee National Forest (1944) annotated by Barry with notes concerning “Father De Smet’s Journey”




Folder 1313     Fidler, Peter (Cf. Folder 834 in Group 3


•  Enlarged photostat of portion of Fidler map (1792) depicting fur trading areas between the Saskatchewan River and Rocky Mountains.  See also the Checklist of Maps of Western Exploration  for another Fidler map




Folder 1314     Heceta, Captain Bruno (Cf. File 43 in Group 3


•  2 hand-drawn maps by JNB on 1 sheet: “Modern map reduced from charts 6151 and 6152 U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey with Low Island and Sand Banks Omitted” and “Chart of 1775 by Bruno Heceta / the Modern names are added by J. Neilson Barry.”  Much reduced versions were published with Barry’s article, “Who Discovered the Columbia River,” in Oregon Historical Quarterly, v. 39 (1938) facing page 158. 


•  A photostat of Heceta’s 1775 chart of the mouth of the Columbia River (“Plano de la Bahia de la Asumpcion…”) was moved to the Special Collections map collection and is listed on the Checklist of Maps of Western Exploration




Folder 1315     Humboldt, Alexander von 


•  Photostats on two sheets of portions of Humboldt’s “Carte Generale du Royaume de la Nouvelle Espagne” (1804) depicting the present-day Southwestern U.S.  Full map published in Carl Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West as map 272




Folder 1316     Kelley, Hall J. (Cf. Folder 919 in Group 3


•  Photostat of Kelley’s map of “Territory of Oregon” based on his explorations, 1834-1835.  Published in Carl Wheat, Mapping the Transmissippi West as map 444




Folder 1317     La Hontan, Baron(Cf. File 45 in Group 3


•  Photostats of La Hontan maps of Riviere Longue (published in Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West as map 87) and New France 


•  Township plat of Big Stone County, Minnesota (1947)




Folder 1318     Lapie map (French) (Cf. Folder 939 in Group 3


•  Photostats of portions of Lapie’s map (1821) depicting the Western U.S. and tracing the overland route of the Astorians. Includes the exaggerated Moltnomah (Willamette) River.  Two copies, both annotated by Barry, denoting sites associated with the Astorians.  Published in Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West, as map 342.  Full map is listed on the Checklist of Maps of Western Exploration




Folder 1319     Lee, Jason: Old Methodist Mission (Cf. File 47 in Group 3


•  Photostats of both the deed and the mortgage (1844) transferring the mission farm site from the Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church to the Oregon Institute (Alanson Beers, trustee).  No maps




Folder 1320-a   Lewis and Clark expedition (Cf. Files 48-57 in Group 3)


Photostats of 3 maps (4 sheets), part of a set acquired by the Library of Congress in 1925 from the Office of Indian Affairs, and once owned by Clark


•  Undated ms. map of Mississippi River, from Red River to Rock River 


•  Untitled ms. map with French legends of western U.S. (ca. 1797), listed in Carl Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West, no. 243 


•  Map made by Nicholas King, War Department copyist (1803), carried on the expedition and annotated by Lewis, labeled by Barry “Clark’s 2nd map.”  On two sheets.  Published in Gary Moulton, Atlas of the Lewis & Clark Expedition (1983), map 2.




Folder 1320-b   Lewis and Clark Expedition


Photostats of maps made by Clark, from the images published in Original Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, ed. by Reuben Gold Thwaites (1905).  Enlarged and often easier to read than those published in Thwaites. 


•  Sketch-map of the Multnomah River.  Two copies, one annotated by Barry.  Enlarged photostats of map published in Thwaites, v. 4, following p. 242.   Very similar but not exactly the same as the map published in Gary Moulton, Atlas of the Lewis & Clark Expedition (1983), v. 7, page 63. 


•  Sketch-map given by an Indian at the Falls of the Columbia showing the Columbia and Snake River systems above the Falls.  Annotated by Barry.  Enlarged photostat of map published in Thwaites, v. 4, following p. 308.  Also published in Gary Moulton, Atlas of the Lewis & Clark Expedition (1983), v. 7, page 50 


•  Map from information given by Chopunmish Indians.  Two copies, one annotated by Barry.   Enlarged photostats of map published in Thwaites, v. 5 frontispiece.  Also published in Gary Moulton, Atlas of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1983), vol. 7, pp. 316-317, and in Carl Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West (1957-1963) as map 280 


•  Sketch given by Indians,  April 18, 1806…showing the basin of Lewis’s [Snake] River.  Annotated by Barry.  Photostat of Map 40 in Thwaites, v. 8.  Also published in Gary Moulton, Atlas of the Lewis & Clark Expedition (1983), map 96


•  Sketch map given by Cutnose, etc., May 18, 1806, showing Indian trails over the continental divide.  Photostat of Map 41 in Thwaites, v. 8


•  Sketch by Hohastillpilp, May 29, 1806, showing Indian trails over the continental divide.  Photostat of map 42 in Thwaites, v. 8 


•  Sketch obtained from Indians at Flathead River camp.  Two copies, both annotated by Barry.  Photostats of Map 43 in Thwaites, v. 8.   Also published in Gary Moulton,Atlas of the Lewis & Clark Expedition (1983), map 101 


•  Indian sketch-map of the Lewis [Snake] River system, showing trails and Indian villages.  Two copies, both annotated by Barry.  Photostats of Map 44 in Thwaites, v. 8.  Also published in Gary Moulton, Atlas of the Lewis & Clark Expedition (1983), map 100




Folder 1320-c   Lewis and Clark Expedition


vPhotostat of George Drouillard’s sketch-map of the upper Yellowstone country (1808), from the Library of Congress.  Referred to as “Drouillard 1” (no. 289) in Carl Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West. The notation “the road to the Spanish settlements” engendered some speculation of the existence of Spanish posts north of New Mexico (cf. Folder 1148, page 77)




Folder 1320-d   Lewis and Clark Expedition 


•  Photostat of George Drouillard’s sketch-map of the upper Yellowstone country (1808), from the Library of Congress.  Referred to as “Drouillard 1” (no. 289) in Carl Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West. The notation “the road to the Spanish settlements” engendered some speculation of the existence of Spanish posts north of New Mexico (cf. Folder 1148, page 77)




Folder 1320-e   Lewis and Clark Expedition 


•  Photostat of George Drouillard’s ms. map of the middle Yellowstone and Bighorn country, from the Missouri Historical Society.  Referred to as “Drouillard 2” (no. 290) in Carl Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West and published in v. 2 opposite p. 56, though it is incorrectly captioned as no. 289.  Together with Photostat of “Notes” about the map




Folder 1320-f   Lewis and Clark Expedition 


•  Reproductions of “A Map of Lewis and Clark’s Track, Across the Western Portion of North America…Copied by Samuel Lewis from the Original Drawing of Wm. Clark” (1814); known as the American etching.  2 clean copies; 5 enlargements of portion covering eastern Idaho, Yellowstone, and Wyoming, with some annotations. Published in Carl Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West as map 316; in Gary Moulton, Atlas of the Lewis & Clark Expedition as map 126




Folder 1320-g   Lewis and Clark Expedition 


•  Photostats of English and Irish etchings of the above; with enlargement of a portion of the English etching centering on the Yellowstone region.  Three sheets.




Folder 1320-h   Lewis and Clark Expedition 


•  Large-scale hand-drawn map by Barry of Cape Disappointment, noting modern features and places associated with Clark 


•  USGS topographic maps for Helena, Fort Logan, Dillon, Three Forks, and Livingston, Montana, annotated by Barry




Folder 1321     Mackenzie, Alexander (Cf. Folder 961 in Group 3


•  Photostat of “A Map of America…exhibiting Mackenzie’s track from Montreal to Fort Chipewyan & from thence to the North Sea in 1789 and to the West Pacific Ocean in 1793” 


•  2 enlargements of portions of the map focusing on the Northwest coast




Folder 1322     McClellan, George (Cf. Folder 971 in Group 3


•  Untitled and undated map prepared by the Historical Section of the Army War College tracing the routes of George B. McClellan and others through Washington during the explorations for potential routes for a Pacific railroad, 1853-1855




Folder 1323     Melish map (Cf. Folder 986 in Group 3


•  Photostat of a portion of the John Melish map of 1818 depicting western North America; with 2 copies of an enlargement of the area west of the Rocky Mountains, both annotated by Barry




Folder 1324     Oregon: Origin of Name (Cf. File 1019 in Group 3


•  Published color reproduction made in 1938 of “Sketch of the Fort at Michilimackinac” (the Magra map), with Barry’s annotation, “Birthplace of the name ‘Oregon’”




Folder 1325     Ross, Alexander  (Cf. Folder 1091 in Group 3


•  Photostats (9 sheets) of Alexander Ross’s hand-drawn map (1821) of the Columbia River watershed in the British Museum (Additional MS 31358 B).  Also published in reduced size (as map 345) in Carl Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West


•  Enlargement of that portion of the map depicting the inland Northwest centering on the Spokane region, annotated by Barry; enlargement of that portion of the map depicting southern Idaho, also annotated by Barry




Folder 1326     Spokane House, Location of (Cf. File 73 in Group 3)


•  4 survey maps from the 1940s, made by the Spokane County engineer, of the vicinity of the Spokane House




Folder 1327     Thompson, David (Cf. Files 74-76, in Group 3


•  Photostat (of poor quality) of a portion of Thompson’s ms. map, “The Oregon Territory” (ca. 1818) in the British Museum, covering Idaho north of the Weiser River, heavily annotated by Barry.  Full map published in much reduced size in Carl Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West, as no. 329 


•  Photostat of a portion of Thompson’s strip map (ca. 1818) in the British Museum, covering the Snake River Plain in Idaho, with Thompson’s own annotation about his encounter with Snake Indians at Reid’s Fort.  2 copies, each annotated differently by Barry.  Full map published, in much reduced size, in Carl Wheat, Mapping theTransmississippi West, as no. 330 


•  Hand-drawn maps and charts by Barry tracing Thompson’s route to Astoria, 1811, compiled in notebook form  (Moved to J. Neilson Barry collection Box 42, Oversize) 


•  Hand-drawn maps and charts by Barry tracing Thompson’s route from Astoria, 1811, compiled in notebook form  (Moved to J. Neilson Barry Collection Box 42, Oversize)




Folder 1328     Townships: Coast Region (Cf. File 79 in Group 3


•  Photostat of “Plan of the Town of Astoria, Oregon Ty” (Map W 38(A)) obtained from the National Archives, Records of War Dept., Office of Chief of Engineers.  Undated.  On 2 sheets




Folder 1329     Townships: Willamette (Cf. File 82 in Group 3


•  Photostats of early township plats made by the Surveyor General of Oregon, with names of property owners.  12 sheets. 


                  Township 3 South, Range 1 West (1852)
                  Township 3 South, Range 2 West (1852, 1860)
                  Township 4 South, Range 1 West (1852)
                  Township 4 South, Range 2 West (1852, 1864)
                  Township 5 South, Range 3 West (1852, 1860)
                  Township 6 South, Range 3 West (1852, 1864)
                  Township 7 South, Range 3 West (1852, 1861) 


•  Hand-drawn chart by Barry of mouth of Willamette and vicinity of present-day Portland




Folder 1330     Vancouver, Captain George (Cf. File 88 in Group 3


•  Enlarged photostats (negative and positive) of Plate 6 in Vancouver’s Voyage of Discovery… (1798) which includes a sketch of the entrance of the Columbia River 


•  Enlarged Photostat of a small portion of Plate 3 mapping the Columbia River as far as “P. Vancouver”




Folder 1331     Walla Walla / Fort and vicinity (Cf. Folders 1210-1211 in Group 3


•  Undated plat entitled “Map of Wallula City / Old Fort Walla Walla” showing streets and lots




Folder 1332     Wilkes Expedition (Cf. Folders 1237-1238 in Group 3)


•  Photostats of portions of maps from the United States Exploring Expedition depicting the Columbia and Willamette rivers (1841).  Seven sheets.  See Checklist of Maps of Western Exploration for Wilkes’ “Map of the Oregon Territory by the U.S. Ex. Ex.” (1841)




Folder 1333     Wyeth, Nathaniel (Cf. Folders 1253-1254 in Group 3


•  Published map, “Cambridge Vicinity in Revolutionary Times…” by Samuel F. Batchelder (1925) annotated by Barry to show Nathaniel Wyeth’s birthplace and the Wyeth homestead




Folder 1334     Other maps 


•  Ms. map, “Sketch Map of Kootenai and Clarks Fork Rivers Watershed” (1943) by Ira C. Miller, County Surveyor, Libby, Montana, locating early missions and fur-trading posts


•  Hand-drawn, colored map of Pacific Northwest and British Columbia made by Barry identifying coastal points, principal rivers, and trading posts


•  Photostats of township plats made by the Surveyor General of Idaho Territory for Township 39 North, Range 5 West (1871) and Township 39 North, Range 6 West (1873), both the vicinity of present-day Moscow, Idaho


•  Photostat of  “Reconnaissance of Bellingham Bay, Washington Ter. by the Hydrographic party under the command of Lieut. Comdg. J. Alden…” published by U.S. Coast Survey (1856)


•  Blueprint map (1938) identified as coming from the Public Survey Office, Boise, Idaho, showing section lines and streams on south side of Snake River in Townships 4 and 5 South, Range 33 east (vicinity of old Fort Hall), identifying the site of Fort Hall.  Affixed is a smaller blueprint map from U.S. Reclamation Service (1926) entitled “American Falls Reservoir / Old Fort Hall Mounument…”  Barry inexplicably annotated the large map “Fort Boise.”


•  Photostat, “Map of the Northern Part of the State of Maine and of the adjacent British Provinces, Showing the portion of that State to which Great Britain lays claim” (1830).  From American State Papers, Foreign Relations, 1826-28, 2nd series, Vol 6 (1859), facing page 821


•  Pencil sketch of a bell tower (lighthouse?) located on a point of land, with a boat house in a forested cove.  Paper is embossed with seal of Keuffel & Esser, New York


•  Stuyvesant School, Warrenton, Virginia, in the Heart of the Fox-Hunting Country of the Old Dominion.  Pictorial map of Northern Virginia between the Blue Ridge and the Potomac, centering on Warrenton.  Moved to J. Neilson Barry collection Box 42 (Oversize)




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