Ellis Waldron papers, 1889-1984  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Waldron, Ellis, 1915-2002
Ellis Waldron papers
1889-1984 (inclusive)
42.5 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 647
Ellis Waldron was a professor of political science at the University of Montana-Missoula from 1951 to 1980. He also served as the dean of the graduate school from 1957 to 1961. He was an accomplished researcher and writer on the history of Montana politics and politicians, which is reflected in his research files.
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
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
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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. The presence of student papers and other sensitive materials limit access; please contact the archivist for more details.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Ellis Leigh Waldron was born in Denver, Colorado on February 21, 1915 to Grover and Maude Waldron. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Ohio, attended graduate school at Duke University, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin. Waldron married Phyllis Schwoegler on May 16, 1941 in Ohio. They would have one daughter, Jean.

Waldron joined the political science faculty at the University of Montana-Missoula in 1951. He did a great deal of research on Montana politics at that time and published quite a few works including: Atlas of Montana Elections: 1889-1976; Council-manager Government for Missoula, Montana; A Guide to Montana Legislative Documents; Montana 1958 Primary and General Election Results, and 1959 Federal, State and County Election Officials; Montana Legislators, 1864-1979: Profiles and Biographical Directory; Montana Politics Since 1864: An Atlas of Elections; Municipal Facilities and Town Services in Montana: A Survey of 108 Incorporated Cities and Towns; and Profiles: The Montana Legislative Assembly. He also created an internship program for political science graduate students with the Montana Legislature and served as dean of the graduate school from 1957 to 1961.

Waldron retired from the University in 1980 and he and his wife moved to Wisconsin. Phyllis passed away in March 2000 and Ellis Waldron passed away on January 29, 2002 in Verona, Wisconsin.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains research material collected by Ellis Waldron for his many teaching and writing projects. Many of the materials are reports, statistics, papers, and legislative publications collected for his published works. The bulk of the research pertains to Montana politics, specifically, Constitutional Conventions, Montana Legislature, election issues, voter statistics, party distribution, and county demographics. He also collected or compiled biographies of judges, attorneys, governors, legislators, and senators from Montana. He retained student research and reports to complement his own work. There is also correspondence concerning his research and coursework. He also saved his course materials and student papers from his political science classes at the University of Montana-Missoula. The collection also contains many published materials on government and politics authored by others. There is some material relating to the Political Science Department at the University.

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 status is unknown.

Preferred Citation

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

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Corporate Names :
  • Political science--Study and teaching (Higher)--Montana--Missoula
  • Geographical Names :
  • Montana--Politics and government--20th century
  • Occupations :
  • College teachers--Montana--Missoula