Montana Institute of the Arts Bozeman History Group Records, 1948-1977  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Montana Institute of the Arts. Bozeman History Group
Title
Montana Institute of the Arts Bozeman History Group Records
Dates
1948-1977
Quantity
4 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 298, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Montana Institute of the Arts Bozeman History Group Collection contains compact disc recordings taken from the original reel-to-reel and cassette magnetic recordings of their meetings, their interviews with selected individuals, and their special projects such as radio dramatizations from 1948 to 1977. Also included in the series are meeting notes and transcripts, and administrative files of the Montana Institute of the Arts along with materials pertaining to the groups special projects.
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

The reel to reel and cassette magnetic tapes in Series 4 are restricted due to fragility. Researchers should use CD surrogates of Series 1 to access the audio recordings of the various MIA meetings and interviews. Permission to use original tapes must be granted by the Special Collections Librarian.

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 Institute of the Arts was organized April 3, 1948 at a meeting in Helena. This organization's main purpose was to give like-minded individuals an opportunity to celebrate cultural pursuits in the state in fields such as art, literature, drama, and history. The Bozeman history group was a local organization that was established from the state parent. It was this branch's goal to preserve the history of Gallatin Canyon through collecting county and local histories, strengthening the State Historical library, preservation of buildings and geographical regions, and history projects for students. Beginning in the early 1950s, this group began recording both oral histories and prepared speeches presented at their meetings.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Montana Institute of the Arts Bozeman History Group collection contains compact disc recordings taken from the original reel-to-reel and cassette magnetic recordings of their meetings, their interviews with selected individuals, and their special projects such as radio dramatizations. A separate series of meeting notes and transcripts has been created to correspond with the recordings. A third series of documents includes administrative files of the Montana Institute of the Arts along with materials pertaining to the groups special projects, such as the creation of a special Gallatin County history map. The fourth series in the collection is restricted and contains the original reel-to-reel magnetic recordings from which the CD surrogates were produced.

As each meeting session or individual interview was recorded, a separate accession number was originally assigned by Special Collections staff and catalog cards were prepared that listed subject headings and speakers. The information from these cards has been incorporated into this scope and content note. Speakers and people discussed in the meetings include: Dorothy Aasheim, Mary Stuart Abbott, Joe Alberda, Effie Atkins, Joe Ballinger, Edward J. Bell, Frank L. Benepe, Lucien Benepe, Leander M. Black, John V. Bogert, Mildred Boylan, Marvin Brooke, Merrill G. Burlingame, Clara A. Bush, Norma Carmin, Robert A. Chadwick, Lawrence Christie, Garrett Cole, Frank Conley, F.S. Cooley, Harriette E. Cushman, Amelia Brown Demarest, Mary Hunter Doane, Dorothy Dudley, John Fabrick, Burt Fisher, Oalf B. Fjare, Marie Flaherty, George W. Flanders, Bill Fogsly, Harvey P. Griffin, George H. Haine, Aubrey L. Haines, Marlyn Hauseman Jones, Peter Karst, George W. Krattcer, Christine Kundert, Michael Langohr, Don Langohr, Jr., Garrett Lansing, Ike LeForge, Marjorie Ann Leigh, Ora Michener Lemon, W. W. Lessley, Howard Lewis, F.B. Linfield, Mignon Quaw Lott, Winifred Lovelace, Fred J. Martin, Thomas Michener, Grace Miller, Dan Morrison, Oscar O. Mueller, Francis Niven, A. J. Ogaard, E. Paul Orcutt, Francis Smith Patten, John Paugh, Carl H. Peterson, J. Bruce Putnam, Bob Roberts, George Sager, Chris Schlecten, James A. Shedd, George Sinton, Guy Stemba, Malcom Story, Nelson Story, Dewey Street, Granville Stuart, George Stublar, J.C. Taylor, Lester H. Todd, Nick Van Dyke, Dorothy M. Vick, Art Watson, Milburn Lincoln Wilson, Fred Ypma, Ralph Zimmer.

The subjects of the meetings and interviews include: Agriculture; Aviation; Bear Creek; Bear Canyon; Big Timber; Bozeman ; Bozeman Deaconess Hospital ; Bridger Canyon; Chesnut (Mont.); Chinese; Deer Lodge Farms; DHS Ranch; Diamond City; Drought; Electrical Power; Elkhorn Ranch; Farmer's Institutes; Federal Surplus Relief Association; Fergus County; Gallatin Canyon; Gallatin County; Gallatin Gateway; Gallatin National Forest; Geology; History Rock; Holland; Homesteading; Hylite Canyon; Insurance; Lewis and Clark Caverns; Logging; Manhattan State Bank; Mellville ; Missouri Breaks; Montana Extension Service; Montana State Prison Farm; Montana State College; Montana Winter Fair; Morrison Cave; Mortgage Companies; Mount Hagen Livestock Company; Newspapers; North American Mortgage Company; Norwegians; Paradise Valley; Photography; Pompey's Pillar; Pony ; Presidential Electors; Ranching; Red Bluff; Salesville; Shedd's Bridge; Sheep; Siksika Indians; Skiing; Sweet Pea Festival; Three Forks; Tourism; Vigilantes ; Virginia City; Water Rights; Wibaux County; Willow Creek; Yellowstone National Park.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Compact Disc Recordings, 1950-1977Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1-3

The contents of this series consists of digital recording discs taken from the original reel to reel or cassette magnetic tapes that were accessioned over a period of about twenty years. Discs one through sixty-five are arranged chronologically and represent either recorded general meetings of the Montana Institute of the Arts group or special interview projects from June 21, 1958 through April 15, 1977. Beginning with disc number sixty-six, the chronological arrangement of the recordings is disrupted due to the complexities in reconstructing the actual original order during the processing of this collection.

Container(s) Description Dates
box-disc
1/1
Oscar Mueller and Mary Stuart Abbott
Study of Vigilantes with the daughter of Granville Stuart
[June 21, 1958]
1/2
Gallatin Gateway Residents
Early Bozeman; Sales Family; Social life in Gallatin Valley
[September 1965]
1/3
Marie Flaherty
Willow Creek and Three Forks
[November 1966]
1/4
Mrs. James Hamilton
Trip through Yellowstone National Park in 1883 and 1886
[January 1967]
1/5
Wiley Davis
Chinese living in Virginia City
[January 1967]
1/6
John Fabrick
North American Mortgage Company; Homesteading and drought in Montana
[April 28, 1967]
1/7
Harriet Cushman
Morrison Cave/Lewis and Clark Caverns
[September 1967]
1/8
E. Paul Orcutt
Deer Lodge Farms; Mount Haggin Livestock Company; Montana State Prison Farm
[November 24, 1967]
1/9-10
Edward J. Bell
Homesteading in Montana; Wibaux County; M.L. Wilson; Jack Taylor
[January 26, 1968]
1/11
Fred J. Martin
Montana Newspapers; Park County Weekly; Failing Newspaper Act
[February 23, 1968]
1/12
E. Paul Orcutt
Powder River Cattle Company; Federal Surplus Relief Association; Drought Conditions; Ranching
[March 18, 1968]
1/13
Marjorie Leigh
Microfilming archives in Yellowstone National Park for Montana State University
[April 25, 1968]
1/14
Aubrey Haines
History of Naming of Yellowstone National Park
[May 30, 1968]
1/15
Art Watson
Montana Bar, Montana mining; Ghost towns; Diamond City
[July 28, 1968]
1/16
Lucien Benepe
Early Bozeman; Gallatin Valley Enterprises; Montana State College; Frank Benepe
[October 25, 1968]
1/17
Delmar and Mrs. White
White Family History
[February 28, 1969]
1/18
Penwell Ranch
Gallatin Valley Pioneers; Ranching; Flour milling
[March 29, 1969]
1/19
H.G. Darlington
Madison Valley Homesteading
[April 25, 1969]
1/20
Pony Residents
History of Pony; Madison County Families; Mining
[August 3, 1969]
1/21
George Sinton
Autobiography of Irish immigrant; Ranching in Montana; Pompey's Pillar; Manhattan
[October 9, 1970]
1/22
Don Langohr Sr.
Mike Langohr, first Forest Ranger of Gallatin Forest; Early Bozeman businesses
[November 13, 1970]
1/23-29
Malcolm Story
Bozeman's early business men; Bozeman history; Nelson Story
[January 8, 1971]
2/30-33
Malcolm Story
Bozeman's early business men; Bozeman history; Nelson Story
[January 8, 1971]
2/34-35
Edward J. Bell
Beginning of Montana Extension Service; Farmer's Institute; Montana State College founder of Extension
[February 12, 1971]
2/36-37
Harvey Griffin
Early day Bozeman; Sweet Pea Carnival; Location of State Legislature
[March 12, 1971]
2/38
Olaf Fjare
Reminiscences of Big Timber; Travel from 1899 Norway; Ranching and raising sheep
[August 10, 1971]
2/39-40
Grace Miller
Beginning of Elkhorn Dude Ranch; Gallatin Canyon; Staff member at Montana State College in 1922
[October 8, 1971]
2/41-42
Chris Schlechten
Commentary on a set of slides prepared from work of Albert and Alfred Schlechten to show the progress of photography. Schlechten family and community of Bozeman.
[December 10, 1971]
2/43
Dewey Street
History of Bozeman Deaconess Hospital and present status
[February 11, 1972]
2/44
John Paugh
History of Montana Agriculture; Gallatin Valley
[March 1972]
2/45
Mrs. Jack Lovelace
History of private aviation in Montana
[April 1972]
2/46
Francis Niven
Winter Fair in Bozeman
[January 1973]
2/47
George Stubler
Chestnut people; Gallatin County
[March 1973]
2/48-49
Dorothy Vick and Ora Lemon
Memories of Gallatin Canyon, Dude ranching; Thomas Michener
[October 12, 1973]
2/50
Dorothy Aasheim, Mildred Boylan, Dorothy Dudley
Ladies division of Bozeman Winter Fair
[January 1974]
2/51
Dr. Ralph Zimmer
Collecting Railroad memorabilia
[March 21, 1975]
2/52-53
Lawrence Christie
Growing up in Bridger Canyon
[April 18, 1975]
2/54-55
Lawrence Christie
Early days of Bridger Canyon Forest Service, roads, sawmills, schools, household chores
[September 26, 1975]
2/56
Aubrey Haines
History of the Missouri Breaks; Trips in 1961 and 1966; Historic preservation
[October 19, 1975]
3/57-58
Marlyn Hauseman Jones and Christine Kundert
History of Bear Canyon Ski Area; Gallatin Valley
[November 14, 1975]
3/59-60
W.W. Lessley
Adjudication of water rights in Gallatin Valley
[February 20, 1976]
3/61-62
Garrett Cole
Holland Settlement; Gallatin Valley
[March 19, 1976]
3/63
E.E. "Boo" McGilvra
Lewis and Clark Expedition
[October 22, 1976]
3/64
Roy Keister
Practicing law in Bozeman during and since 1911
[November 19, 1976]
3/65
J. Bruce Putnam
History of Bozeman based on Master's thesis
[April 15, 1977]
3/66-67
Amelia Brown Demarest
Early Days at Whitlash in Liberty County
[March 23, 1970]
3/68
Red Bluff Meeting
Joint meeting with the Montana Ghost Town Preservation Society
[July 8, 1973]
3/69
Robert A. Chadwick
Coal, Montana's Prosaic Treasure
[November 15, 1974]
3/70
Paul Grider
History of the Montana Institute of the Arts
[November 6, 1972]
3/71
The Big Horn Gun
Radio drama by Verne Dusenberry and class
undated
3/72
Only the Dead Ride Proudly
Radio drama by Norman Fox, performed by Verne Dusenberry and class
undated
3/73
Mary Hunter Doane
Interviewed by Merrill G. Burlingame
[circa 1950]
3/74
Lester Piersdoff
Oral interview by Robert Dunbar
[November 19, 1955]
3/75
Harold C. Young
Reminiscence of Three Forks
[circa 1961]

Series 2:  Meeting Notes and Transcripts, 1950-1977Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4

This series contains the materials directly related to the meetings recorded on the CDs, including publicity announcements, photographs, and occasionally transcripts or summaries of the meeting's presentation. The CD number in brackets [ ] indicates the recorded meeting to which the materials refer. Not all meetings have supporting documentation. These files are arranged in the same order as the CDs to which they relate.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/1
Oscar Mueller and Mary Stuart Abbott
[CD 1]
4/2
Marie Flaherty
[CD 3]
4/3
Mrs. James Hamilton
[CD 4]
4/4
Wiley Davis
[CD 5]
4/5
John Fabrick
[CD 6]
4/6
Harriet Cushman
[CD 7]
4/7
E. Paul Orcutt
[CD 8]
4/8
Edward J. Bell
[CD 9-10]
4/9
Fred J. Martin
[CD 11]
4/10
E. Paul Orcutt
[CD12]
4/11
Aubrey Haines
[CD 14]
4/12
Art Watson
[CD 15]
4/13
Penwell Ranch
[CD 18]
4/14
H.G. Darlington
[CD 19]
4/15
Pony Residents
[CD 20]
4/16
Don Langohr Sr.
[CD 22]
4/17
Malcom Story
[CD 23-33]
4/18
Edward J. Bell
[CD 34-35]
4/19
Harvey Griffin
[CD 36-37]
4/20
Dewey Street
[CD 43]
4/21
Dorothy Vick and Ora Lemon
[CD 48-49]
4/22
Dorothy Aasheim, Mildred Boylan, Dorothy Dudley
[CD 50]
4/23
Aubrey Haines
[CD 56]
4/24
W.W. Lessley
[CD 59-60]
4/25
J. Bruce Putnam
[CD 65]
4/26
Amelia Brown Demarest
[CD 66]
4/27
Red Bluff Meeting
[CD 68]
4/28
George W. Flanders
meeting of August 21, 1966 [no corresponding CD]

Series 3:  Other Montana Institute of the Arts Records, 1948-circa 1960sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 5

Organizational papers from the Montana Institute of the Arts parent group; report on a proposed dam and National Park for the Missouri Breaks region by Larry Gill; Radio Drama script "Treasure Trails" by the Montana Institute of the Arts Butte group; historical sketch of Havre by the Montana Institute of the Arts Havre group; material pertaining to the publication of a historical map of Gallatin County; miscellaneous Montana Institute of the Arts correspondence.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5/1
Montana Institute of the Arts Organizational papers
1948-1949
5/2
Missouri Breaks report
undated
5/3
Havre historical sketch
undated
5/4
Treasure Trail drama
5/5
Gallatin County Historical Map project
5/6
Other Bozeman Group documents
1966-1971
5/7
Other Bozeman Group documents
1972-1973
5/8
Other Bozeman Group documents
1974-1975
5/9
Other Bozeman Group documents
1976-1977

Series 4:  Reel to Reel and Cassette Audio TapesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 6-8

This series consists of the original recorded material collected during the course of Montana Institute of the Arts, Bozeman History Group meetings. The various reels and cassette tapes bear the same numbers as their corresponding compact disc copies, and as a result some reels have more than one number assigned because more than one interview or meeting is recorded on that particular reel. The number in brackets [ ] following the title indicates the original accession number(s) that were assigned to the recordings prior to their incorporation into this collection. All reel to reel and cassette tape use has been restricted and researchers should use the compact disc recordings in series one. Any use of these materials in this series must be approved by the Special Collections Librarian.

Container(s) Description
box-recording
6/1
Oscar Mueller and Mary Stuart Abbott
[298]
6/2
Montana Institute of the Arts Gallatin Gateway
[454] (2 reels)
6/3
Marie Flaherty
[482]
6/4-5
Mrs. James Hamilton/Wiley Davis
[475]
6/6
John Fabrick
[597]
6/7
Harriette E. Cushman
[576] (2 reels)
6/8-10
E. Paul Orcutt and Edward J. Bell
[581] (2 reels)
6/11
Fred J. Martin
[584]
6/12
E. Paul Orcutt
[575]
6/13
Marjorie Leigh
[640]
6/14
Aubrey Haines
[870]
6/15
Art Watson
[299]
6/16
Lucien Benepe
[383/630/867] (2 reels)
6/17
Mrs. Delmar and Mrs. White
[647]
6/18-19
Penwell Ranch/H.G. Darlington
[660/871]
6/20
Pony Residents
[742]
6/21-22
George Sinton/Don Langohr, Sr.
[872]
6/23-35
Malcom Story/Edward J. Bell
[894] (4 reels)
7/36-38
Harvey Griffin/Olaf Fjare
[905]
7/39-42
Grace Miller/ Chris Schlecten
[978]
7/43
Dewey Street
[876/2357]
7/44, 50
John Paugh/Dorothy Aashiem, Mildred Boylan, Dorothy Dudley
[1009]
7/45, 49
Mrs. Jack Lovelace/ Dorothy Vick and Ora Lemon
[1010] (one reel and one cassette)
7/46-47, 59-60
Francis Niven /George Stubler/W.W. Lesley
[1063]
7/51-53
Ralph Zimmer/Lawrence Christie
[920/2358]
7/54-56
Lawrence Christie/Aubrey Haines
[1122]
7/57-58, 61
Bear Canyon Ski Area/Garrett Cole
[1128]
7/63-64
E.E. McGilvra/ Roy Keister
[1157]
7/65
J. Bruce Putnam
[1255]
8/66-67
Amelia Bean Demarest
[1123]
8/68
Red Bluff Meeting
[2005]
8/69
Robert A. Chadwick
[2048]
8/70
Paul Grieder
[1051]
8/71
"The Big Horn Gun"
[849C]
8/72
"Only the Dead Ride Proudly"
[849D]
8/73
Mary Hunter Doane
[847D]
8/74
Lester Piersdoff
[847f]
8/75
Harold C. Young
[847I]

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Agriculture-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Aviation-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Banks and banking-Montana-Manhattan
  • Canyons-Montana-Gallatin Canyon
  • Cattle trade-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Caves-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Chinese-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Droughts-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Electric power-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Farmers' institutes-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Frontier and pioneer life-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Hospitals-Montana-Bozeman
  • Insurance-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Logging-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Mortgage banks-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Norwegians-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Photography-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Ranches-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Ranching-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Sheep-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Siksika Indians-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Skis and skiing-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Tourism-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Vigilantes-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Water rights-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Corporate Names :
  • Bear Canyon (Bozeman, Mont.)
  • Montana Extension Service in Agriculture and Home Economics
  • Montana Institute of the Arts-Bozeman History Group-Archives
  • Montana State College
  • Geographical Names :
  • Big Timber (Mont.)-History
  • Bozeman (Mont.)-History
  • Bridger Canyon (Mont.)
  • Chestnut (Mont.)-History
  • Diamond City (Mont.)
  • Fergus County (Mont.)-History
  • Gallatin Canyon (Mont.)
  • Gallatin County (Mont.)-Historical geography-Maps
  • Gallatin County (Mont.)-History
  • Gallatin County (Mont.)-History-Societies, etc
  • Gallatin County (Mont.)-Newspapers
  • Gallatin Gateway (Mont.)-History
  • Gallatin National Forest (Mont.)
  • Melville (Mont.)-History
  • Missouri Breaks (Mont.)-History
  • Pony (Mont.)-History
  • Red Bluff (Mont.)-History
  • Salesville (Mont.)
  • Three Forks (Mont.)-History
  • Virginia City (Mont.)-History
  • Wibaux County (Mont.)-History
  • Willow Creek (Mont.)-History
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Audiocassettes
  • Compact discs
  • Interviews-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Oral histories-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Montana Institute of the Arts (creator)