Dictionarioum Gallico Outaokum, interceptum Nov. 1771 [1771]


Date: Circa 1771 | Size: 1 volume(s), 1 volume, 174 p.


A handwritten French-Ottawa dictionary compiled by an unknown author, circa 1771. Entries run A thorugh "Epée" only.

Scope and content

This manuscript volume consists of a handwritten French-Ottawa (Odawa) dictionary compiled by an unidentified author, probably Father Pierre Du Jaunay, a Jesuit priest at Cross Village (L'Arbre Croche) and Michilimackinac in the 1740s-1760s. This manuscript is apparently the first part of a larger work, as this volume consists of entries beginning with A through "epée." Many entries contain examples of usage of the Ottawa langauge word or additional definitions and examples based upon other phrases in which the French word may be used. This manuscript may be a partial copy made of Du Jaunay's French-Ottawa manuscript dictionary compiled in the 1740s at Cross Village, now housed at McGill University Library.

Digital objects note

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Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 173 p.


Philips Fund purchase; accessioned, Oct. 16, 1953.

Custodial history:

Originally in the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia.

Early American History Note

This dictionary of Native American language dates to 1771 and is from the Great Lakes region, an area often called the pays d'en haut. The dictionary is in French. The collection came to the APS from the Academy of Natural Sciences. It is bound in a rather unique white, soft leather cover.

Indexing Terms

Geographic Name(s)

  • Great Lakes Region (North America)


  • Anishinaabe
  • Ottawa language

Detailed Inventory

 Dictionarioum Gallico Outaokum, interceptum Nov. 1771