William Gaddis Papers, 1871-1885  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Gaddis, William, 1831-1908
Title
William Gaddis Papers
Dates
1871-1885
Quantity
.2 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 0028, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The William Gaddis Papers consist of a painstakingly prepared 1963 typescript of a 599 page financial journal that documents transactions at the Camp Baker (Fort Logan) trading post between 1871 and 1876. The original financial journal volume, has been assigned collection number SC 219 at the Montana Historical Society in Helena. Most of the customers listed in the financial journal appear to be officers or enlisted men of the garrison, and their purchases include sundry items, tobacco, alcohol, and games of pool. Also included are business letters written to William Gaddis and receipts for wholesale goods he purchased.
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
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

William Gaddis was born in Washington, D.C., in 1831. In 1869, he moved to Montana Territory, working at the Fort Shaw trading post. A short time later, Gaddis became the proprietor for the Camp Baker trading post in Meagher County. The name was changed to Fort Logan in 1877. In 1880, Fort Logan was abandoned, and in 1881, it was sold to Gaddis. Gaddis also had interests in cattle and horse breeding and owned a ranch in Meagher County. William Gaddis died 19 June 1908 in Washington, D.C.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The William Gaddis papers consist of a painstakingly prepared 1963 typescript of a 599 page financial journal that documents transactions at the Camp Baker (Fort Logan) trading post between 1871 and 1876. The entries are presented in chronological order, documenting the name of the purchaser, the services or goods purchased, the price, and pagination to indicate where the customer's entries are recorded in a separate account ledger. The ledger referred to, along with the original financial journal volume, have been assigned collection number SC 219 at the Montana Historical Society in Helena. Most of the customers listed in the financial journal appear to be officers or enlisted men of the garrison, and their purchases include sundry items, tobacco, alcohol, and games of pool. Another folder of original documents, including two business letters written to William Gaddis and ten receipts for wholesale goods he purchased, has been calendared in the inventory below.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Financial journal, pp. 1-100Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/1

Financial journal, pp. 101-200Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/2

Financial journal, pp. 201-300Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/3

Financial journal, pp. 301-400Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/4

Financial journal, pp. 401-500Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/5

Financial journal, pp. 501-599Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/6

Original business documents, 1871-1885Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/7

Container(s) Description Dates
box-folder
1/7
Receipt, John J. Lowry
April 19, 1871
Receipt, A. M. Holter and Brother
April 25, 1872
Receipt, N. Millen
April 16, 1878
Receipt, A. M. Holter and Brother
November 25, 1878
Receipt, Kinna and Jack
December 18, 1878
Letter for payment enclosure, L. Marks
May 16, 1881
Note asking for wool sacks, L. D. Burett
May 19, 1881
Receipt, Morris Bros
July 7, 1882
Statement of account, Reuben Row
June 1883
Letter explaining quality of flour provided, M. Shelley and Son
June 27, 1884
Receipt, John Kinna
July 12, 1884
Receipt, Washington Post
June 9, 1885

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Businessmen-Montana-Meagher County
  • Trading posts-Montana-Meagher County
  • Geographical Names :
  • Camp Baker (Mont.)
  • Fort Logan (Mont. : Fort)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Business records-Montana-Meagher County