French Prairie Ceramics: The Harriet D. Munnick Archaeological Collection Circa 1820-1840
French Prairie Ceramics: The Harriet D. Munnick Archaeological Collection Circa 1820.1860: A Catalog and Northwest Comparative Guide, by Judith Sanders Chapman. 1993. Includes 87 pages of photographs. ($27.00)
French Prairie, south of Portland, Oregon, had been settled by retired French Canadian fur trappers from Hudson's Bay Company before escalation of western migration and Oregon settlement in the 1840s and 1850s. Today, Harriet Duncan Munnick's collection of French Prairie artifacts comprises the largest single archaeological assemblage known from this era in Oregon history. This report is an accumulation of research pertaining to the various types and styles of ceramic kitchen and dinner wares in the collection. The intent is threefold: to provide a set of data on ceramic assemblages from French Prairie to act as a preliminary framework for pre-1860 ceramic description and chronological sequence for future regional comparative study; to establish a series of statistical comparisons between ceramics from French Prairie, Fort Vancouver, Champoeg and the Willamette Methodist Mission; and to make suggestions on ceramic market availability during Oregon's pre-Statehood.