Esther Gaskins Price Papers, 1931-1949  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Price, Esther Gaskins, b. 1892
Title
Esther Gaskins Price Papers
Dates
1931-1949
Quantity
1.7 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 2334, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Esther Gaskins Price Papers reflect Price's interests for research purposes as well as her literary productions. Price's collection includes materials that she produced individually and those that she collaborated on with other individuals; namely Peter Karst, Dan P. Mumbre, and I.D. O'Donnell. In addition to medical history, the topics represented include irrigation and land reclamation, Crow Indian culture, and human interest stories.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

Copyright ownership for any original literary materials is unclear due to the collaborative nature of their composition and researchers are advised that any publication beyond fair use guidelines cannot be granted by Special Collections.

Additional Reference Guides

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Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Esther Louise Gaskins Price was born in Needham, Massachusetts on July 11, 1892. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mt. Holyoke College in 1913 and also studied at the Cleveland School of Art, Montana State University, Famous Artists School in Westport, Connecticut, and the Institution de San Miguel d'Allende in Mexico. In addition to her creative work as an artist, Price also pursued a career as a medical researcher and author. She wrote three published works; Fighting Tuberculosis in the Rockies: A history of the Montana tuberculosis (1943), Fighting Spotted Fever in the Rockies (1948), Pennsylvania Pioneers against Tuberculosis (1952). She also served as Associate Editor for one of the Mayo Clinic publications. Price lived in Montana from 1939-1944 to conduct research on the state's medical history and other topics of interest to herself. Often her writing and research involved collaboration with others, particularly I. D. O'Donnell, an eastern Montana farmer who was active in helping establish modern irrigation methods for Montana agriculture. Price worked with O'Donnell to gather information in preparation for a proposed book on irrigation history. After leaving Montana, Price apparently returned to her profession as an artist, living in Hawaii and California. Price married at least twice, first to George Hunt Ingraham and also to Eli A. Zeitlin. When she died in La Jolla, California in August, 1992 her listed name with the Social Security Administration was "Esther I. Zeitlin."

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The records within this collection reflect Esther Price's interests for research purposes as well as her literary productions. There is no material directly bearing on her artistic work. Price's collection includes materials that she produced individually and those that she collaborated on with other individuals; namely Peter Karst, Dan P. Mumbre, and I.D. O'Donnell. The materials in this collection are separated into four series to reflect Price's record organization, her work as an individual researcher, and her collaboration with Karst, Mumbre, and O'Donnell. In addition to medical history, the topics represented include irrigation and land reclamation, Crow Indian culture, and human interest stories. The collection has been arranged in four series based on the collaborator's name and contains correspondence and manuscripts created as a result of collaboration between Price and the named person. The correspondence in each folder so named is arranged chronologically; however, the correspondence remains within each individual series to reflect Price's record organization and research methods. Researchers should be aware that Price used shorthand in her note taking. Although this is not the predominant method of note taking for Price, shorthand is represented throughout the collection. This collection contains oversized materials that has been separated and located elsewhere, the separation is denoted by an asterisk (*) next to the folder it was removed.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright ownership for any original literary materials is unclear due to the collaborative nature of their composition and researchers are advised that any publication beyond fair use guidelines cannot be granted by Special Collections.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box
1 Series 1: Esther Price
The materials in series one document Price's personal literary work. The correspondence, note, clippings, literary and medical carbon copies, etc. in this series pertains to Price's medical research, as well as her efforts to publish her works in all subject areas. This files in this series have been arranged within four topical patterns. Folders 1-6 are Price's general correspondence, notes, and some memorabilia. Folders 7-45 represent Price's work on writings not necessarily dealing with medical history. Topics range from a partial manuscript for a book or short story entitled "The Diplomat" to an article discussing building an airplane factory in "No Winter Business." Folders 46-58 pertains to her work in medical writing. These materials provide some information on Price's book Fighting Spotted Fever in the Rockies; however, it also shows her research into the Medical Practice Act and the Montana Board of Health, in addition to other health related articles. Folders 59-62 contain her publication photos which have been individually sequentially numbered.
1 Series 2: Peter Karst
The correspondence, notes, clipping, and literary carbon copies in series two relate to Price's literary efforts with Peter Karst, a Gallatin County, Montana dude ranch owner. The materials discuss a tale on marriage in addition to a three part story discussing ticks and spotted fever.
1 Series 3: Dan P. Mumbre
The notes, correspondence, and literary carbons in series three relate to Price's work with Dan P. Mumbre, a Montana land surveyor. The correspondence suggests a familiarity between Price and Mumbre; she refers to him as "Uncle Dan". The manauscripts discussed in this series deal with Mumbre's experiences in surveying and assorted tales that he collected while engaged in that work, including surveys done by others.
1-2 Series 4: I.D. O'Donnell
The notes, correspondence, and literary carbons in series three relate to Price's work with I.D. (Ignatius Daniel) O'Donnell. Materials in this series deal with O'Donnell's experiences with irrigation as well as information he and Price collected for research.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Crow Indians
  • Dude ranchers-Montana
  • Irrigation-Montana-History
  • Medicine-Montana-History
  • Reclamation of land-Montana-History
  • Surveying-Montana-Anecdotes
  • Surveyors-Montana
  • Personal Names :
  • Price, Esther Gaskins, b. 1892-Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Montana State Board of Health
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Karst, Peter, 1875-1966 (creator)
    • Mumbre, Dan P (creator)
    • O'Donnell, I. D. (Ignatius Daniel), 1860-1948 (creator)