James Worden Pope Papers, 1897-1917  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Pope, J. W. (James Worden), 1846-1919
Title
James Worden Pope Papers
Dates
1897-1917
Quantity
.8 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 2564, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The James Worden Pope Papers consist of correspondence written to and by Pope, a typescript diary, genealogical papers, literary productions, and realia.
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

This collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

James Worden Pope was born in Louisville, Kentucky on June 6, 1846. He attended the University of Indiana before receiving an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated in 1868. Pope began his military career as a second lieutenant in the Fifth United States Infantry and participated in several campaigns during the Plains Indian wars during his first years in the service. In 1887 he was assigned to command the U.S. Military Prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, a position he held until 1895. Pope was assigned quartermaster's duty at Fort Hamilton, New York after his prison command, and in 1897, was sent to Yellowstone National Park to supervise improvements at Fort Yellowstone. He spent about six months in the Park before he was transferred as chief quartermaster to the Philippine Expedition under General Wesley Merritt. Pope's subsequent service for the Departments of Colorado and the Gulf resulted in his eventual promotion to Colonel, Assistant Quartermaster General, on February 16, 1907. He retired on June 6, 1910, but he received a post retirement appointment as a brigadier general on August 29, 1916. By that time he had retired to Denver Colorado where he died on August 23, 1919.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The James Worden Pope Papers consist of correspondence written to and by Pope, a typescript diary, genealogical papers, literary productions, and realia. Of interest are the letters written by Pope to his wife, Mary Lair Pope, while stationed at Yellowstone National Park, a signed letter by Admiral George Dewey, and the typescript diary written by Pope during the Spanish-American War.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Correspondence, 1897-1913Return to Top

This series contains original and typescript copies of correspondence written to or by James Worden Pope. Included in this series are letters written by Pope to his wife, Mary Lair Pope, while stationed at Fort Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park. Of note is the signed letter by Admiral George Dewey in folder 2. Subjects include Yellowstone National Park, hunting, genealogy, military, wildlife, weather, and travel.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
1897
1/2
1897
1/3
1905
1/4
1908
1/5
1909
1/6
1909

Series 2:  Diary, 1898-1899Return to Top

In this series, Pope chronicles his journey from San Francisco to Manila in the Philippines. The diary takes the form of letters written to his wife, Mary Lair Pope. Entries begin June 13, 1898 and conclude September 5, 1899. Topics include scenery, wildlife, local inhabitants, military efforts, challenges receiving correspondence and news, literary works, finances, and medical care. Historical figures mentioned include General Merritt, Admiral Dewey, General MacArthur, General Otis, Major Howe, Colonel (Dr.) Lippincott, Major Bell, Senator Cullom, and General Wheaton. Locations discussed include San Francisco, Yellowstone National Park, Malate Fort, Manila, Laguana de Bai Escolta, Iloilo, Santa Lucia, Malacanan, Pasig, Paco, and the Philippines.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/7
pages 1-50
1898-1899
1/8
pages 51-100
1898-1899
1/9
pages 101-150
1898-1899
1/10
pages 151-200
1898-1899
1/11
pages 201-250
1898-1899
1/12
pages 251-300
1898-1899
1/13
pages 301-350
1898-1899
1/14
pages 351-400
1898-1899
1/15
pages 401-450
1898-1899
1/16
pages 451-500
1898-1899
1/17
pages 501-521
1898-1899

Series 3:  Genealogical Papers, circa 1904-1917Return to Top

Genealogical materials in this series pertain to James Worden Pope and his relatives. Of interest is a summary of Pope's military career that includes a short account of his wife and children, which is located in folder 9. Other topics include Pope's familial connections to George Washington, John Quincy Adams, Patrick Henry of Virginia, and Senator John Pope.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/1
Charles Fox Pope
2/2
Colonel Nathaniel Pope and His Descendants. William and Mary College, Quarterly Historical Magazine. Vol. XII, No. 3,
p. 192-196
January 1904,
2/3
Colonel Nathaniel Pope and His Descendants, (Continued). William and Mary College, Quarterly Historical Magazine. Vol. XII, No. 4,
p. 251-253
April 1904,
2/4
The Early Washington's and Pope's of Pope Creek Virginia
2/5
History of the Pope Family
2/6
Genealogy Index
2/7
Genealogies List. William and Mary College, Quarterly Historical Magazine
2/8
Grandmother Pope
2/9
Record of Brigadier General James Worden Pope, U.S. Army Retired
2/10
Roster of Society of Cincinnati

Series 4:  Literary Productions, 1905-1907Return to Top

The materials in this series pertains to articles, research, and notes of interest to Pope. Topics include Native Americans, the military, and democracy.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/11
Conquest of the Northwest -
- Life of George Rogers Clark, by William H. English
1778-1783
2/12
General S.B. Holabird
2/13
How Far Does Diplomacy Affect the Organization and Discipline of Armies
2/14
Notes
2/15
Patrician and Plebian in Virginia
2/16
Response to the Toast "The Army of the United States"
2/17
Sitting Bull Brought to Taw, by Fred A. Hunt (Moss-Agate Bill)
2/18
Of Tecumseh, a Chief

Series 5:  RealiaReturn to Top

Materials in this series consist of objects owned or created by James Worden Pope.

Container(s) Description
Box/Folder
2/19
Pocketbook and List
2/20
Address/Memorandum book

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Americans -- Philippines -- Manila
  • Spanish-American War, 1898
  • Personal Names :
  • Dewey, George, 1837-1917 -- Correspondence
  • Pope, Mary Lair, 1857-1947 -- Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Army -- Officers -- Diaries>
  • Family Names :
  • Pope family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Fort Yellowstone (Wyo.)
  • Manila (Philippines) -- Description and travel
  • San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Family papers -- Montana -- Bozeman
  • Genealogies -- Montana -- Bozeman