Montana State University Rodeo Team Records, 1960-2006  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Montana State University--Bozeman. Rodeo Team.
Title
Montana State University Rodeo Team Records
Dates
1960-2006
Quantity
.6 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 2515, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Montana State University Rodeo Team Records consist of materials produced by coaches and participants such as photographs, member rosters, public relation materials and topical newspaper clippings.
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.

Additional Reference Guides

An alternative form of this finding aid can be found at http://www.lib.montana.edu/collect/spcoll/findaid/2515.php

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


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Montana State Rodeo team was founded as a student club by four men intending to put on a contest for fellow MSC students in 1947. Eugene Pederson, Stuart Hauptmann, Bob Chambers, and Ralph Nichols took their ideas to the college agriculture (or "Little International) club and got $100 in sponsorship money. Those funds went towards repairing the Fairgrounds plumbing to make it usable for the public. Donations from stock contractor Rich Richter and dude rancher Buck Chenny gave the group enough animals to outfit the rodeo and student committee members took the roles of announcer, clowns, and pickup men. The events consisted of the standards of the day: bareback and saddle bronc riding, wild cow milking, calf roping, steer wrestling, and a cowgirl cutting horse contest. Despite the fact that there were no qualified rides or great ability shown, the enthusiasm of the small crowd set in motion plans to continue what would become a Montana State tradition. The next year hosted the first intercollegiate rodeo in the West with the inclusion of students from the University of Montana and North Dakota Teachers College. MSU Rodeo's next big break came with the construction of the Fieldhouse and a new indoor rodeo arena. The rise of collegiate rodeo allowed the college to host the CNFR for 24 years. In 1981, the team transferred from the Agriculture Department to Athletics. Overall, Montana State Rodeo has combined for six national team titles and thirty-one individual championships.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Montana State Rodeo team records consist of materials produced by coaches and participants such as photographs, member rosters, public relation materials and topical newspaper clippings. All files are arranged by subject and correlated by date where applicable.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Rodeos-Montana-Bozeman
  • Corporate Names :
  • Montana State University--Bozeman-Rodeo Team-Archives
  • Montana State University--Bozeman-Sports
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Montana State College-Rodeo Team (creator)
    • Montana State University (Bozeman, Mont.)-Rodeo Team (creator)