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William H. H. and Emma Dickinson Papers, 1823-1908

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Dickinson, William H.H., 1840-1910Dickinson, Emma, d. 1927
Title
William H. H. and Emma Dickinson Papers
Dates
1823-1908 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.25 linear feet, (1 box)
Collection Number
Mss 255
Summary
William H.H. and Emma Dickinson were early residents of Missoula, Montana. The collection contains a Dickinson family genealogy, Mr. Dickinson's Civil War diary and a later autobiographical account based on the diary, Mrs. Dickinson's reminiscence of early Missoula, an autograph book from Mr. Dickinson's family, personal and business financial records, an assay report, and early photographs of Missoula.
Repository
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
library.archives@umontana.edu
Access Restrictions
Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.
Languages
English

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

William H. H. Dickinson was born in Ohio in 1840, where he received a business education. When he was twenty years old, he went to Kansas, and served in the Third Kansas Infantry (later consolidated with the Fourth Kansas Regiment to become the Tenth Regiment, Kansas Volunteer Infantry) during the Civil War. He emigrated to Montana after 1868, moving to Fort Peck, Fort Benton, and then to the Bitterroot Valley, where he taught school, mined, and took photographs. In 1872 he was appointed postmaster in Missoula, Montana. He continued in that post, was one of the city's first merchants, and served as school clerk and superintendent of schools.

In 1871, Dickinson married Emma C. Slack, who had come to Montana from Baltimore, Maryland, in 1869. They were the first couple married in Missoula. She taught in Missoula's first public school beginning fall of 1869. She was one of the organizers of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Missoula, and remained active in that organization.

The Dickinsons had three children. Mr Dickinson died in 1910; Mrs. Dickinson died in 1927.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains a Dickinson family genealogy, Mr. Dickinson's Civil War diary, Mrs. Dickinson's reminiscence of early Missoula, an autograph book from Mr. Dickinson's family, personal and business financial records, an assay report, and early photographs of Missoula.The collection offers information on early life in Missoula, including residents, business, education, and the physical appearance of the town.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], William H. H. and Emma Dickinson Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana--Missoula.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1 Genealogy 1897
1/2 William H.H. Dickinson diary 1861
1/3 William H. H. Dickinson autobiographical account based on 1861 diary undated
1/4 Emma Dickinson reminiscences undated
1/5 Autograph book 1847-1850
1/6 Correspondence 1870
1/7 Financial records 1823-1895
1/8 Dickinson store ledger 1879
1/9 Legal documents 1887-1907
1/10 Assay report 1906
69-0001: View of Missoula, Montana, and Mount Jumbo circa 1890
69-0002: View of Missoula, Montana, taken from Waterworks Hill 1883
69-0003: Rattlesnake Creek during the Flood of 1908. Greenough Mansion on Vine Street in the background. Missoula, Montana 1908
73-0052: Missoula, Montana, view from Waterworks Hill looking south.
Black line to the left is road to Bitterroot Valley.
1876