James M. Hamilton Papers, 1938-1969  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Hamilton, James McClellan, 1861-1940
Title
James M. Hamilton Papers
Dates
1938-1969
Quantity
2.75 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 0172, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The James M. Hamilton Papers include notes, rough drafts, final drafts, correspondence and photographs created or collected by Hamilton and Burlingame in the preparation of From Wilderness to Statehood and History of Yellowstone National Park Previous to 1895. There is also a small selection of speeches and papers delivered by Hamilton on topics such as the Lewis and Clark expedition, the battle of the Little Big Horn, and the history of Fort Ellis, Montana. Photographs include images that appeared in the 1970 edition of From Wilderness to Statehood and others pertaining to Montana history that were not used by the publisher.
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
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

James McClellan Hamilton was born October 1, 1861 in Crawford County, Illinois and came to Montana in 1889. In 1893, when the University System was created and the State Board of Education was established, he was named a member. In 1901 he became Professor of History and Economics, then vice-president of Montana State University shortly thereafter. Three years later he was made president of the Agricultural College (Montana State College.) Hamilton resigned from the presidency in 1919 to become Professor of Economics and to also become the first Dean of Men, serving in these roles until his death. In 1918 Hamilton married Miss Florence Ballinger, a member of the Home Economics staff. October 18, 1929 was set aside as "Dean Hamilton Day" to recognize his 25 years of service at Montana State College and at the June 1930 Commencement the honorary L.L.D. degree was conferred upon Dean Hamilton by the college. He completed a manuscript history of Yellowstone Park, which was posthumously published in 1947. He planned on completing a second volume on the history of Montana but in the spring of 1940 Hamilton suffered a slight stroke and failed in health rapidly until his death on September 23, 1940. Some fifteen years after Hamilton's death Merrill G. Burlingame, then a history professor at Montana State College, edited the manuscript at the request of Hamilton's widow. It was published in 1957 and in 1970 a new edition was issued with some revisions and a chapter written by Burlingame at the publishers request.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Hamilton papers include notes, rough drafts, final drafts, correspondence and photographs created or collected by Hamilton and Burlingame in the preparation of From Wilderness to Statehood and History of Yellowstone National Park Previous to 1895. There is also a small selection of speeches and papers delivered by Hamilton on topics such as the Lewis and Clark expedition, the battle of the Little Big Horn, and the history of Fort Ellis, Montana. Photographs include images that appeared in the 1970 edition of From Wilderness to Statehood and others pertaining to Montana history that were not used by the publisher. The materials have been arranged in four series.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  From Wilderness to StatehoodReturn to Top

Manuscripts, research notes and correspondence pertaining to the publication of both editions of From Wilderness to Statehood. Most of the correspondence is between Burlingame and the publishers, Binfords and Mort, Portland, Oregon.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Agriculture Notes
(typed)
1/2
Agriculture Notes
(handwritten)
1/3
Banking Notes
(handwritten)
1/4
Churches Notes
(typed)
1/5
Courts Notes
1/6
Dry Farming Notes
1/7
Flour Mills Notes
1/8
Indian Land Notes
1/9
Irrigation Notes
1/10
Lewis and Clark Expedition Notes
1/11
Lewis and Clark Expedition Notes
1/12
Libraries Notes
1/13
Newspapers Notes
1/14
Territory State Notes
1/15
Public Lands Notes
1/16
Railroad Notes
1/17
Ranching - Cattle Notes
1/18
Ranching - Sheep Notes
1/19
Society of Montana Pioneers Notes
1/20
Sugar Beets Notes
2/1
Early Draft
2/2
Early Draft
2/3
Rough Draft of Preface
2/4
Rough Draft of Preface
2/5
Rough Draft of Table of Contents and Title page
2/6
Rough Draft up to part 7
2/7
Rough Draft
2/8
Rough Draft
2/9
Rough Draft
2/10
Rough Draft
2/11
Rough Draft
2/12
Rough Draft
3/1
Rough Draft
3/2
Rough Draft
3/3
Rough Draft of Appendix
3/4
Rough Draft of Index
3/5
Original Manuscript
3/6
Original Manuscript
3/7
Original Manuscript
3/8
Original Manuscript
3/9
Original Manuscript
3/10
Original Manuscript
3/11
Original Manuscript
3/12
Original Manuscript
3/13
Original Manuscript
4/1
Original Manuscript
4/2
Original Manuscript
4/3
Original Manuscript
4/4
Original Manuscript
4/5
Montana in the Twentieth Century by Burlingame
4/6
References
4/7
Biographical Data
4/8
Editorial Comment
4/9
Unused Manuscripts - Indian Notes
4/10
Unused Manuscripts
4/11
Unused Manuscripts
4/12
Cartoons by Marlow Undhal
not used
1956
4/13
Corrections and Suggestions
5/1
Correspondence - Burlingame and Binford and Mort Publishers
5/2
Correspondence - Caxton Publishers, Inc
5/3
Correspondence - W. F. Kelleher
5/4
Correspondence - Montana State University, Missoula
5/5
Correspondence - B. G. Ryan
(illustrator)
5/6
Correspondence - State Publishing Company
5/7
Correspondence - A. L. Strand
5/8
Correspondence - Miscellaneous

Series 2:  A History of Y.N.P. previous to, 1895Return to Top

Manuscripts drafts created by Hamilton and subsequently edited by Burlingame.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5/9-32
Original Hamilton manuscript
5/33
Burlingame corrected manuscript
5/32
Burlingame corrected manuscript
6/1
Burlingame corrected manuscript

Series 3:  Miscellaneous speeches and papersReturn to Top

Speeches and papers on diverse historical topics delivered by Hamilton to various organizations.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
6/2
"The Claims of Montana as a site for the Montanan State Lewis and Clark Monument"
6/3
"Custer's Last Fight"
6/4
"The Fur Trade in Montana"
6/5
"History of Fort Ellis"
6/6
Montana Collegian, Memorial to Hamilton
1940 September
6/7
"The Naming of Sacajawea"
6/8
"P. W. Norris - Second Superintendent of YNP"
6/9
"Ridin' Trail back to the Old Wild West"
6/10
"A Story of A March, Goldseekers Against the Redskins, Bozeman to Wolf Mountains"
6/11
"The Founding of Bozeman"

Series 4:  Photographs and drawingsReturn to Top

Selection of copy photographic prints used or intended for use in the 1970 edition of From Wilderness to Statehood, taken from originals held by various institutions and individuals including: W. H. Culver Studios, Lewistown; C. Owen Smithers, Butte; L. H. Jorud, Helena; U. S. Forest Service; Montana Historical Society. No photographs were credited and numbers 1-12 have been arranged in the same order in which they appear in the book. Photographs numbered 13-42 were not used by the publisher. Folder 11 contains copies of the original pen sketches by Betty Ryan that were used in the chapter headings of the book and have not been numbered with the photographs.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
6/12
Pen and ink sketches by Betty Ryan
6/13
Photographs 1-12
1: John Mullan
2: Alexander Culbertson
3: Trails to the Northwest in the
[map]
1860s
4: Thomas F. Meagher
5: Paris Gibson
6: Marcus Daly
7: Wilbur F. Sanders
8: Gallatin Valley wheat field
9: Judith Basin strip farming
10: Cornelius Hedges
11: MSU campus
1968
12: Capitol building, Helena
6/14
Photographs 13-24
13: St. Helena Cathedral
14: Anaconda Company sawmill, Bonner, MT
15: Marion loader, Colstrip, MT
16: Montana School of Mines, Butte
17: Lewistown, MT
1888
18: Capital building, Helena
19: Montana Club building, Helena
20: Main Street, Helena
1870
21: Miners at work, Butte
22: Butte Hill from east
23: Butte, view from hill
24: Butte, view from college
6/15
Photographs 25-42
25: Vigilante receipt
26: Pardon for James B. Daniels
1866
27: Pardon for James B. Daniels
1866
28: Masonic Temple, Bannack
29: "Spokane," racehorse, Twin Bridges
30: M.H. Lott ranch, Twin Bridges
31: Trail herd on Powder River
1886
32: Flatboat "Last Chance" on Yellowstone
33: Neihart, MT
34: Flathead lake
35: Coyote eating cow
36: Indian Buffalo hunt
[painting]
37: The Summer Rendezvous
[engraving]
38: Stage at Lewistown
1895
39: Maiden, MT
40: Bull team, Maiden, MT
1884
41: Robbers Roost
42: Indian Pictographs near Armstead, MT
6/16
Negatives: 20, 21, 22, 28, 33, 39

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Historians-Montana
  • Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876
  • Corporate Names :
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition-(1804-1806)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Fort Ellis (Mont.)-History
  • Montana-History
  • Yellowstone National Park-History
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Burlingame, Merrill G.-(Merrill Gildea),-1901-1994 (creator)
    • Hamilton, James McClellan,-1861-1940.-From wilderness to statehood (creator)
    • Hamilton, James McClellan,-1861-1940.-History of Montana, from wilderness to statehood (creator)
    • Hamilton, James McClellan,-1861-1940.-History of Yellowstone National Park Previous to 1895 (creator)