University of Montana Interscholastic Meet Records, 1904-1966  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Creator
University of Montana Interscholastic Meet
Title
University of Montana Interscholastic Meet Records
Dates
1904-1966 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.0 linear feet
Collection Number
RG 082
Summary
This collection consists of unpublished and published materials produced by the University of Montana Interscholastic Meet coordinators from 1904 to 1966. The Meet was a yearly all-state high school athletic, declamation and debate competition for high school students across Montana.
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


Historical NoteReturn to Top

On December 31, 1903, University of Montana President Oscar J. Craig proposed the idea of yearly all-state high school athletic, declamation and debate competition to the Montana Teachers Convention in Anaconda. The idea was well-received, so Craig appointed geology professor Dr. J. P. Rowe and University football and basketball coach Hiram Conibear to organize the event.

In the spring of 1904, the University of Montana hosted the first annual Interscholastic Meet for high school students in Montana, which consisted of athletic and academic competition. The top three finishers received medals, the school that won the most athletic contests received the Spaulding Cup, and the school that won the most events overall received the Missoula Mercantile Cup. In 1917, the meet was cancelled due to World War I.

The meet quickly became a social function for young people all over Montana. In 1925, women were allowed to participate in the athletic portion of the meeting for the first time. By the 1940s, the meet had grown to include hundreds of participants from across the state. The academic portion of the meet was expanded to include competitions for newspaper writing. In 1944 and 1945, the meet was cancelled due to World War II. By the 1950s, the academic competition was expanded again to include competitions for theater productions as well as arts and crafts projects. In 1966, the Interscholastic Meet was held for the final time. After that, schools began attending individual sports championships across the state.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of unpublished materials including by-laws, reports, student scores, and correspondence produced by the Interscholastic Meet coordinators. There are orations written and performed by students who attended the meet. The collection also contains published materials including souvenir programs and instructions for participants. Ribbons awarded to different schools for their participation are included in Series II.

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 to most materials in this collection is held by the University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

University of Montana Interscholastic Meet Records, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

This collection has been organized in two series:

Series I: Records, 1904-1964, 0.5 linear feet

Series II: Publications, 1904-1966, 0.5 linear feet

Custodial History

Materials in this collection were held by Archives and Special Collections prior to being compiled in this collection.

Acquisition Information

Materials in this collection were held by campus offices and by Archives and Special Collections prior to being compiled in this collection.

Processing Note

In 2019, these materials were removed from the Archives' University Publications (UPUBs) collection and processed as a separate collection.

Related Materials

Additional information about the Interscholastic Meet can be found in the University of Montana Office of the President records (RG 01) and in the University of Montana Publications collection (UPUBs).


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Records, 1904-1964Return to Top

0.5 linear feet

This series contains unpublished materials produced by the Interscholastic Meet and the students who attended. Included are by-laws, orations, student scores, final reports, and correspondence.

Materials are arranged chronologically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1 / 1
Constitution and By-Laws
1904
1 / 2
Orations
1904
1 / 3
Student Scores
1904-1947
1 / 4
Student Scores
1904-1964
1 / 5
Montana Interscholastic Track and Field Record
1904-1963
1 / 6
Report of Interscholastic High School Meet
1905
1 / 7
Report of Interscholastic High School Meet
1906
1 / 8
Interscholastic Financial Report
1907
1 / 9
Student Attendance Forms
1908-1909
2 / 1
Correspondence
1961-1963

Series II:  Publications, 1904-1966Return to Top

0.5 linear feet

This series contains published materials produced by the Interscholastic Meet. Included are souvenir programs, ribbons, rules and instructions for participants, and ribbons.

Materials are arranged chronologically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2 / 2
Declamatory Contest Programs
1804-1923 and undated
2 / 3
Interscholastic Meet Souvenir Programs
1904-1911 and undated
2 / 4
Interscholastic Meet Souvenir Programs
1912-1920
2 / 5
Interscholastic Meet Souvenir Programs
1922-1929
2 / 6
Interscholastic Meet Souvenir Programs
1930-1939
2 / 7
Interscholastic Meet Souvenir Programs
1940-1953
2 / 8
Interscholastic Meet Souvenir Programs
1954-1957
2 / 9
Interscholastic Meet Souvenir Programs
1958-1962
2 / 10
Interscholastic Meet Souvenir Programs
1963-1966
2 / 11 1919
2 / 12
Rules and Instructions
circa 1940s

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • High school athletes--Montana
  • High schools--Competitions--Montana--Missoula
  • Journalism--Competitions--Montana--Missoula
  • Oratory--Competitions--Montana--Missoula
  • School contests--Montana--Missoula
  • School sports--Montana
  • Sports tournaments--Montana--Missoula

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Montana State University (Missoula, Mont.)
    • State University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.)
    • University of Montana (Missoula, Mont. : 1893-1913)
    • University of Montana (Missoula, Mont. : 1965-1994)