Robert S. Kelley Papers, 1885-1888  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Kelley, Robert S., b. 1831
Robert S. Kelley Papers
1885-1888 (inclusive)
0.25 linear feet, (1 box)
Collection Number
Mss 011
Robert S. Kelly was a miner from Deer Lodge, Montana, who was appointed U.S. Marshall for Montana Territory in 1885. The collection consists of a letterbook of his outgoing U.S. Marshall correspondence, other correspondence, and one diagram of Deer Lodge.
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.

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 S. Kelley was born in 1831 in Virginia. During the early 1850s, he was a newspaper publisher in Missouri and Kansas. He then went into the mercantile business in Kansas City until the outbreak of the Civil War. He served as a captain in the Confederate army until 1863, when he resigned his commission and traveled to Alder Gulch, Montana, to pan gold. He followed the gold finds until 1867, when he settled in Deer Lodge, Montana. Although Deer Lodge was his permanent residence, he continued his mining interests in western Montana. In June 1885 he was appointed U.S. Marshall for Montana Territory.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of a letterbook with Kelley's outgoing correspondence as U.S. Marshall, other correspondence, and an undated diagram of downtown Deer Lodge. Frequent correspondents in the U.S. Marshall correspondence include James A. Bailey of Bozeman, Montana; B. P. Carpenter (Territorial Governor) of Helena, Montana; Charles Crawford of Fort Benton, Montana; N.B. Donley of Missoula, Montana; A.B. Estabrook of Glendive; Augustus H. Garland (U.S. Attorney General); Thomas H. Irvine of Miles City, Montana; James W. Ponsford of Bozeman, Montana; John A. Quirk of Helena, Montana; A.M. Quivey of Billings, Montana; E. Sharpe of Helena, Montana; Robert B. Smith of Dillon, Montana; and Jospeh P. Woolman (Territorial Auditor).

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], Robert S. Kelley 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

Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Correspondence 1885-1888
1/2 Diagram showing the location of the building of Thomas Asplin [illegible] with reference to the Courthouse, Deer Lodge, Montana undated
1 Letterpress book, U.S. Marshall outgoing correspondence 1885-1888

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life --Montana
  • Law enforcement--Montana --19th century
  • Geographical Names :
  • Deer Lodge (Mont.)--Maps
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Maps--Montana--Deer Lodge
  • Occupations :
  • United States marshals - Montana