Reno Haber Sales Papers, 1900-1968  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Sales, Reno H. (Reno Haber), 1876-1969
Title
Reno Haber Sales Papers
Dates
1900-1968 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.5 linear feet of shelf space
Collection Number
MC 29
Summary
Reno Sales (1876-1969) was an Anaconda Company mining geologist, known as "The Father of Mining Geology." Papers include a biographical sketch by Vincent D. Perry and Charles Mayer; incoming and outgoing correspondence (1957-1967); diaries (1911, 1920-1968); writings; and miscellany. The Valley Ditch Company subgroup includes correspondence (1957-1966), financial records (1945-1966), minutes (1906-1964) and other materials.
Repository
Montana Historical Society, Research Center Archives
Montana Historical Society Research Center Archives
225 North Roberts
PO Box 201201
Helena MT
59620-1201
Telephone: 406-444-2681
Fax: 406-444-5297
mhslibrary@mt.gov
Access Restrictions

Collection open for research.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Reno Haber Sales was born September 10, 1876, at Storm Lake, Iowa. The Sales family moved to Montana in 1881, settling near Salesville, now Gallatin Gateway. Sales graduated from Montana State College in 1898, and Columbia University, where he was awarded an engineer of mines degree in 1900. He began his professional career in 1900 as an assistant engineer for the Boston and Montana Consolidated Copper and Silver Mining Company in Butte, Montana. In 1906 he became chief geologist for the Anaconda Copper Mining Company, a position he held for more than four decades. Sales was also a principal officer of the Valley Ditch Company, an irrigation association incorporated in 1906 at Belgrade, Montana. Sales applied geology to mining operations and coordinated field and laboratory work directed toward better understanding and use of geological science in the search for ore. His honors in the fields of mining and geology included an honorary doctor of science degree from Montana State College in 1935 and selection as the first member of the Hall of Fame of the World Museum of Mining at Butte. He was also named a member of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1967 for having been president of the N-Bar Ranch near Grassrange, Montana. Sales was prominent in several professional societies and the author of many articles and monographs, including a book-length history, Underground Warfare at Butte. He died on May 9, 1969, in Bozeman at the age of 92.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains the papers of Reno H. Sales, including diaries (1911, 1920-1935, 1937-1960, 1963-1968); incoming and outgoing correspondence (1957-1968) concerning Underground Warfare at Butte, the Cowboy Hall of Fame, and other matters; writings, including a draft of Underground Warfare at Butte; clippings, and miscellany. In addition, there is a subgroup for the Valley Ditch Company, including correspondence (1957-1968), financial records (1945-1965), legal documents, minutes (1906-1964), and organizational materials.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of the Montana Historical Society. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all materials in the collection. In some cases permission for use may require additional authorization from the copyright owners. For more information contact an archivist.

Preferred Citation

Item description and date. Collection Title. Collection Number. Box and Folder numbers. Montana Historical Society Research Center, Archives, Helena, Montana.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection

Reno H. Sales Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Biographical Material
Box/Folder
1 / 1
"Biographical sketch of Reno H. Sales," by Vincent D. Perry and Charles Meyer [photocopy]
undated
Incoming Correspondence
Box/Folder
1 / 2
A-W (correspondents include Anaconda Company, enclosing lists of degrees, medals, and publications; Butte Country Club; Caxton Printers re Underground Warfare at Butte; Cowboy Hall of Fame re his membership; R.N. Hunt; Vincent Perry; L.M. Sheridan, contractor for Butte Country Club; Tom Wigal)
1964-1968, undated
1 / 3
World Museum of Mining, Butte (John M. Guilbert, President; re sales of Underground Warfare at Butte; plans for the museum)
1964-1965
1 / 4
Letters of recommendation
1900, 1906
Outgoing Correspondence
Box/Folder
1 / 4
Miscellaneous
1957-1967
Diaries
Box/Folder
1 / 6-11
Diaries [24 books]
1911, 1920-1943
2 / 1-6
Diaries [24 books]
1944-1960, 1963-1968
Financial Records
Box/Folder
3 / 1
Miscellaneous
1964-1965
Legal Documents
Box/Folder
3 / 2
Butte Country Club agreement
1966
Photographs
Box/Folder
3 / 3
List of photographs transferred to the Photo Archives
Printed Materials
Box/Folder
3 / 4
Articles re Reno H. Sales; list of printed materials transferred to the Library
1940-1969
Writings
Box/Folder
3 / 5
"A Hunting Trip to the Gallatin"
undated
3 / 6
"My Day" (includes letter of explanation from James R. Kearney, 1969)
undated, 1969
3 / 7
Underground Warfare at Butte, [proofs]
1963
Miscellany
Box/Folder
3 / 8
A.I.M.E. 146th general meeting, Mexico City
1936
3 / 9
Bibliography, citation, diploma, memorial, etc. [additional material in OVERSIZE]
1916-1969
3 / 10
Columbia University songbook, newspaper, reunion, etc.
1900, 1942, 1945
3 / 11
The Freedom School booklet, newsletter
1961-1967
3 / 12
Invitations, menus, etc.
1904-1912
3 / 13
N-Bar Ranch sale brochure
1948
3 / 14
Proposal for intensive care unit for Bozeman Deaconess Hospital
1968
3 / 15
Reno H. Sales Stadium at Montana State University
1968
Clippings
Box/Folder
3 / 16
Reno H. Sales awards, obituaries, etc.
1937-1969
3 / 17
Montana State University
1938-1968
3 / 18
Miscellaneous
1931-1966

Valley Ditch Company Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Incoming Correspondence
Box/Folder
4 / 1
Miscellaneous
1957-1966, undated
Financial Records
Box/Folder
4 / 2
Annual reports
1960, 1962
4 / 3
Bank statements
1949-1966
4 / 4
Bills and receipts
1946-1964
4 / 6-7
Checks, deposit slips
1945-1963
4 / 6-7
Checkstub books [9 books]
1947-1964
4 / 8
Daybook
1945-1964
4 / 9
Worksheets
undated
Legal Documents
Box/Folder
4 / 10
Certificates, affidavit, etc.
1926, 1966
Minutes
Box/Folder
4 / 11
Minute book (also includes cash and individual cash accounts)
1906-1964
Organization
Box/Folder
4 / 12
Bylaws
undated
4 / 13
Proxies
1945-1966
Printed Material
Box/Folder
4 / 14
Extension Service circular and bulletins re irrigation
1950-1956
Reports
Box/Folder
4 / 15
U.S. Census Bureau report on irrigation
1940

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Cattle Raising--Montana
  • Copper Mines And Mining
  • Geologists
  • Geology
  • Ditches
  • Personal Names :
  • Sales, Reno H. (Reno Haber), 1876-1969 (creator)
  • Corporate Names :
  • Anaconda Copper Mining Company
  • Valley Ditch Company (Belgrade, Mont.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Bozeman (Mont.)--medical Care
  • Butte (Mont.)--Industries--Mines and mining
  • N Bar Ranch (Mont.)