Struckman Family Papers, 1925-1978  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Struckman family
Title
Struckman Family Papers
Dates
1925-1978 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.5 linear feet, (3 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Collection Number
Mss 119
Summary
Robert Struckman was a writer and University of Montana journalism professor. This collection contains the personal and professional papers of Robert Struckman, materials his wife collected after his death, and a biography that his son, Daniel Struckman, wrote about him.
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
Sponsor
Funding for creating this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historic Publications and Records Commission. Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Powers Struckman was born in Minneaplis, Minnesota, on August 28, 1906. In 1911, he moved with his family to Billings, Montana. In 1913, his family move to a ranch near Big Timber where he completed high school. He received a B.A. in Journalism in 1933 and an M.A. in 1947 from the University of Montana (then known as Montana State University). After completing his B.A., he traveled extensively throughout the United States, working at a variety of jobs and establishing his reputation as a freelance writer. He married Helen Bonde in 1935 and they had four children: Carol Ellen (born 1939), Thomas Tod (1943-1997), Daniel Robert (born 1949), Steven Carl (born 1951, died shortly after birth). Helen was born October 22, 1912. After his marriage, he taught English and journalism at Great Falls High School and taught English at White Sulphur Springs, Montana. He continued to write, but at a decreased pace. He wrote for the Great Falls Leader. In 1941, he became editor of the Montana Farmer. In 1946, he began teaching journalism at the University of Montana, where he taught courses in magazine writing, trade and technical publications, public relations, law, and the high school newspaper. He was director of the Montana Interscholastic Education Association, which served high school newspapers, his entire time at the University. He also helped the university address its post-World War II housing shortage when he spearheaded the Fort Missoula Faculty Housing Association, and sang in the Mendelssohn Club.

He wrote over eighty short stories and two novels; not all were published. He also wrote reviews and articles for many newspapers and popular magazines, including Esquire and Fiction Parade. For a time, he was editor of the Montana Farmer. He died September 6, 1953. Mrs. Struckman died in August 1976.

In 1978, while a student at the University of Montana, Struckman's son Daniel Robert Struckman wrote a biography of his father for his Journalism senior seminar.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains the personal and professional papers of Robert Struckman, materials his wife collected after his death, and a biography that his son, Daniel Struckman, wrote about him. It includes personal materials, correspondence, writings, clippings, and materials gathered by his wife and son. Included in the correspondence are numerous exchanges with a New York artist, George S. Snyder, who collected Struckman's letters and returned them after Robert's death. Snyder was a student at MSU with Struckman. The writings include manuscripts of his short stories and a detailed record of where they were sent, editorial comments received, and whether they were published. The biography of Struckman includes a complete bibliography of his works.

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], Struckman Family Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Personal, 1925-1953Return to Top

0.25 linear feet

This series contains personal and biographical materials. These include a diary from Struckman's college days with some brief entries, his college diplomas, membership cards, metal signature stamps, and artwork and humor that he collected or was given (some of this may have originally been attached to correspondence).

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Diary
1928-1930
1/2
Montana State University (University of Montana) student handbook
1925
1/3
Sigma Phi Epsilon
1926-1929
1/4
B.A. diploma
1933
1/5
M.A. diploma
1947
1/6
Sigma Delta Chi certificate
undated
1/7
Musical programs
1928-1953
1/8
Membership cards
1926 and undated
1/9
Artwork and humor
undated
1/10
Signataure stamps
undated

Series II:  Correspondence, 1931-1953Return to Top

0.25 linear feet

This series contains personal and professional correspondence. Professional correspondence is largely with editors as Struckman worked to publish his short stories. Other professional correspondence is with colleagues at the University of Montana. Personal correspondence is largely with his longtime friend George S. Snyder, and includes Struckman's letters to and from Snyder. Other letters are from Harry W. Fritz during Fritz's years at Dartmouth College.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/11
1931 and earlier
1/12
1932
1/13
1933
1/14
1934
1/15
1935
1/16
1936-1946
1/17
1947-1949
2/1
1950-1953
4OS/1
1935-1947

Series II:  Writings, 1930-1933Return to Top

0.75 linear feet

This series contains manuscripts for Struckman's short stories and articles. The manuscript record at the beginning of the series provides a detailed record of their length, where they were sent, editorial reaction, and whether they were published. The manuscripts are undated.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/2
Manuscript record
1930-1933
2/3
"Angel Feather"
undated
2/4
"The Angry Girl"
undated
2/5
"The Battle-Axe"
undated
2/6
"Battle Weather"
undated
2/7
"The Cat"
undated
2/8
"The Children's Crusade"
undated
2/9
"Eye"
undated
2/10
"The Favorite Professor"
undated
2/11
"Good Hay"
undated
2/12
"The Hyena Laughed"
undated
2/13
The Island Dwellers"
undated
2/14
"The Long Twilight"
undated
2/15
"The Man Who Rode Home Drunk"
undated
2/16
"Mo: Neuter"
undated
2/17
"Mountain Tunnel"
undated
2/18
"The Orchard"
undated
2/19
"A Place in the Sun"
undated
2/20
"Mrs. Plummer"
undated
2/21
"Nervous Hero"
undated
2/22
"The Picnic Tweeds"
undated
2/23
"The Quiet Man"
undated
2/24
"Reasonable Doubt"
undated
2/25
"Religion of a Scoolboy"
undated
2/26
"Return by Night"
undated
2/27
"Room Mate"
undated
2/28
"Scherzo"
undated
2/29
"Sixteen Pounds of Gold Dust"
undated
2/30
"Solitaire"
undated
2/31
"The Son who was Satan"
undated
2/32
"Spartan"
undated
2/33
"Spring Fever"
undated
2/34
"Stand-Up-Straight-Girl"
undated
2/35
"Strength"
undated
2/36
"Strife"
undated
2/37
"Sunrise"
undated
2/38
"A Surplice for the Father"
undated
3/1
"Symphony"
undated
3/2
"The Train"
undated
3/3
"Triple Trouble"
undated
3/4
"The Unpleasant Young Man"
undated
3/5
"The Unspeakable Stenkins"
undated
3/6
"The Waltzing Mice"
undated
3/7
"When God Moved a Mountain"
undated
3/8
[untitled or incomplete works]
undated
3/9
"The Sources of Onson Chrt" [sic]
undated

Series IV:  Clippings, 1931-1937Return to Top

0.25 linear feet

This series contains magazines in which Struckman's short stories appeared. Most are The Household Magazine.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/10
"Act of Faith," The Household Magazine
1934
3/11
"The Black Man, the White Man, and the Orphan," The Household Magazine
1940
3/12
"Earthbound Rock," The Household Magazine
1934
3/13
"A Girl Would be Free," The Household Magazine
1933
3/14
"The Hunter, " The Household Magazine
1931
3/15
"Night of the Pig," Esquire
1935
3/16
"Something Extra for Midnight," The Household Magazine
1936
3/17
"The Storm," The Household Magazine
1932
3/18
"Tantrum," The Little Magazine
1933-1934
3/19
"Things Do Happen," The Household Magazine
1937
3/20
[Reviews and miscellaneous clippings]
undated

Series V:  Helen B. Struckman, 1934-1957Return to Top

2 folders and oversize

This series contains material collected by Helen B. Struckman during Mr. Struckman's life and after his death. It includes condolence and other correspondence, including some from George Snyder, and music programs, her 1953 Missoula County teaching certificate, and the Struckman's wedding announcement.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/21
Correspondence
1953-1957
4OS/2
Correspondence
1954-1955
3/22
Programs
1934-1954

Series VI:  Daniel Struckman, 1978Return to Top

3 folders

This series contains materials related to Daniel Struckman's 1978 biography of Robert Struckman. He compiled not only the biography, but transcribed the 1928 diary and produced a complete bibliography of his father's work.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/23
Notecards
[ca. 1978]
3/24
Struckman bibliography
[ca. 1978]
3/25
"A Biography of Robert Powers Struckman, 1906-1953"
1978

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Snyder, George S.--Correspondence (creator)
  • Struckman, Robert Powers, 1906-1953 (creator)
  • Struckman, Robert Powers, 1906-1953--Bibliography (creator)
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Montana--Missoula--Alumni and alumnae
  • University of Montana--Missoula--Faculty
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Family papers--Montana--Missoula
  • Short stories
  • Occupations :
  • Authors, American--Montana--Missoula
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Struckman, Daniel Robert, 1949- (creator)
    • Struckman, Helen Bonde, 1912-1976 (creator)
    • Struckman, Robert Powers, 1906-1953 (creator)