Bozeman Claim Association Minutes, 1864-1865  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Bozeman Claim Association
Title
Bozeman Claim Association Minutes
Dates
1864-1865
Quantity
1 folder
Collection Number
Collection 0992, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Bozeman Claim Association Minutes consist of photocopies of several pages torn from a bound notebook with transactions of the group recorded over the span of five meetings from August 9, 1864 to February 11, 1865. Items represented include the initial surveying boundaries, a failed motion to change the name of the town to "Montana City," the establishment of fees and procedures for making land claims, and election of the group's officers. The minutes were transcribed by William W. Alderson.
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


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

The town of Bozeman, Montana had its origins in a camp area known as "Jacob's Crossings" along the Bozeman Trail route to the gold fields of Virginia City. John Bozeman, with Daniel Rouse and William J. Beall platted the town in the eastern portion of the Gallatin Valley in the summer of 1864. These men, along with William W. Alderson and several others met and formed a claim association for the purpose of regulating the recording of town lots on August 9, and the town grew steadily from that day forward. Today Bozeman is the seat of Gallatin County and the home of Montana State University.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Bozeman Claim Association minutes consist of photocopies of several pages torn from a bound notebook with transactions of the group recorded over the span of five meetings from August 9, 1864 to February 11, 1865. Among the business of the association represented are the initial surveying boundaries, a failed motion to change the name of the town to "Montana City," the establishment of fees and procedures for making land claims, and election of the group's officers. The minutes were apparently transcribed by William W. Alderson and all recorded sessions bear his handwriting.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Folder
1 "Claim Association Minutes"
Special thanks to the Gallatin Historical Society for providing the scanned images of the original minutes for this web presentation

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Boundaries
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Frontier and pioneer life -- Montana -- Bozeman
  • Land tenure
  • Land tenure -- Montana -- Bozeman
  • Personal Names :
  • Alderson, William W. (William White), 1831-1906
  • Alderson, William W. (William White), 1831-1906
  • Geographical Names :
  • Bozeman (Mont.) -- Boundaries
  • Montana -- Bozeman
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Minutes -- Montana -- Bozeman