Jessie Perro Dombey Papers, 1902-1999  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Dombey, Jessie Perro, 1907-2001
Title
Jessie Perro Dombey Papers
Dates
1902-1999 (inclusive)
Quantity
7.5 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 899
Summary
The Jessie Perro Dombey Papers primarily consists of poetry, stories, historical articles and monographs written by Dombey, a Montana poet and author. Also included are correspondence, research notes, personal records, photographs, art, scrapbooks and memorabilia. The collection documents Dombey’s writing career and family history.
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


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Jessie Perro Dombey (1907-2001) was born in Glendive, Montana and was raised on a ranch nearby. As an adult Dombey worked as a mail carrier, a practical nurse, surgical technician, service station owner and personnel director for the Missoula Community Action Agency. During all of this Dombey found time to write and publish her poetry, stories and historical articles. In the 1940s Dombey created the Montana Poetry Quarterly which she published for eighteen years and eventually had over 500 subscribers from 22 countries. In the 1950s, Dombey published the first newspaper in Seeley Lake, Montana, The Seeley Lake Times. On October 15, 1950 Montana Poetry Day was established after Dombey successfully petitioned the Montana governor for its creation. In 1991, Dombey was inducted into the Montana Poetry Hall of Fame. Dombey’s poems have been published in three American Anthologies and several collections including the British Poetry Anthology. Dombey passed away in Missoula on May 15, 2001.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains the personal papers of Jessie Perro Dombey. The majority of the collection is comprised of materials related to Dombey’s poetry, short stories, historical articles, monograph length works, and art. These materials include drafts, research notes and published works. Among the published works are chapbooks that Dombey self-published and a partial run of the Montana Poetry Quarterly which Dombey created, edited, and published five times a year. The Montana Poetry Quarterly ran for eighteen years from the 1940s through the 1960s and ended with a subscription base of over 500 people in 22 countries. Also contained in this collection are Dombey’s personal correspondence, newspaper articles written about Dombey’s many accomplishments, photographs Dombey took to document her artwork, Dombey’s family photos, awards Dombey won for her art and poetry and scrapbooks documenting the history of Montana and Dombey’s achievements as a poet, artist and author. Notably, one scrapbook contains thank you letters from Montana Governors, United States presidents, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

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 transferred to the University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Jessie Perro Dombey 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

Series I:  Works, 1918-1999Return to Top

3.5 linear feet

This series contains creative and scholarly works produced by Dombey. Within this series are four subseries: Poetry, Articles, Monographs and Chapbooks.

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: Poetry
0.75 linear feet
This subseries contains Dombey's drafts of individual poems, edited collections of poems and correspondence related to the publication of Dombey's poetry
1918-1996
Box/Folder
1/1-3
Garden of Gems
1960-1995
1/4
Letters to a WAC [Women's Army Corps]
When Dombey's daughter Ione was in the Women's Army Corps (WAC), Dombey sent her daughter letters in poem form. This is the curated collection of those poems.
1995
1/5
Manuscript of "Beyond Tomorrow"
1954-1989
1/6
Marching Feet
undated
1/7
Old Handwritten Poetry
1939-1941 and undated
2/1-2
Poems Alphabetical by Title
1939-1996
2/3
Typewritten Poetry Ready to be Inserted into Biography
undated
2/4
Various Poetry
1918-1995
Subseries 2: Articles
0.75 linear feet
This subseries contains Dombey's complete and incomplete short stories and non-fiction articles. Many of Dombey's works were published in the Montana Journal.
1962-1999
Box/Folder
2/5
Articles Alphabetical by Title
1997
3/1
Miscellaneous
1962-1998
3/2-4
Montana Journal
1989-1997
3/5
More Montana Journals
1993-1999
4/1-2
Stories
1962-1997
Subseries 3: Monographs
1.0 linear feet
This subseries contains Dombey's drafts of fiction and non-fiction books written about her family's ranch, the first irrigation system of Western Dawson County (Montana), and Dombey's personal and family histories
1987-1999
Box/Folder
4/3
Autobiography Draft
undated
4/4
The Big Ditch
1987-1989
4/5
Beyond Tomorrow
undated
4/6
Dawn to Dusk
1999
5/1
Dawn to Dusk
1999
5/2-3
Notebook Made for Garnet's Miners Dinner and Dance
1986
5/4-5
Old Ranch 3
undated
5/6
Sky Valley
undated
6/1
The Taming of the Bar L 6 or You Can't Fence Heaven
undated
6/2
Unknown Monograph Draft
undated
6/3-4
The Original Manuscript of "The Way it Was"
undated
6/5
Second Revision of "The Way It Was"
undated
Subseries 4: Chapbooks
0.75 linear feet
This subseries contains Dombey's personal chapbooks, original artwork Dombey drew for her chapbooks and the Montana Poetry Quarterly Chapbooks. Dombey created, edited and published The Montana Poetry Quarterly which is a compilation of many different creators' works.
1918-1996
Box/Folder
6/6
A Chuckle … A Tear
1995
6/7
I Hold the Earth
undated
7/1-2
MT [Montana] Poetry Quarterly Chapbooks
1943-1970
7/3
Montana Tapestry
1960
7/4
Not Mine Alone
undated
7/5
Ramshackle Poems
undated
7/6
Silent Echoes
1943
7/7
Songs of Seeley
1951
8/1
Star Route
undated
8/2
Stars
undated
8/3
To Touch a Star, Draft
undated
8/4
Welcome to Garnet
undated
8/5
Original Art
undated
8/6
Copies of Art
undated

Series II:  Research Notes, 1902-1998Return to Top

0.5 linear feet

This series contains materials gathered and notes taken about various subjects that Dombey later used when writing her monographs, chapbooks and articles.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
8/7
Big Ditch and XIT Ranch
1962-1989
8/8
Family History
1902-1992
8/9
Glendive, MT [Montana]
1990
8/10
Information on Old Ranch and Family History
1977-1998
8/11
Star Route
undated
8/12
Understanding the Law of Cycles
1986-1987
9/1
Western Dawson County First Irrigation System Legal Documents
1960-1990
9/2
Works in Progress
1943-1991
9/3
XIT Ranch
1962-1988

Series III:  Personal Records, 1927-1998Return to Top

0.45 linear feet

This series contains Dombey's family correspondence, newspaper articles written about Dombey and a copy of Dombey's personal diary.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
9/4
Correspondence
1927-1998
9/5
Diary, copy
undated
9/6
International Amateur Who's Who
1947
9/7
Montana Poetry Hall of Fame
1991
9/8
Newspaper Articles about Dombey
1970-1991

Series IV:  Photographs, 1939-1991Return to Top

0.05 linear feet

This series contains photographs Dombey took to document her artwork and Dombey's family photos.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
9/9
Snapshots of Paintings
1939-1991

Series V:  Scrapbooks, 1911-1991Return to Top

2.5 linear feet

This series contains Scrapbooks created by Dombey and her family chronicling Montana history through newspaper clippings, autographs, and drawings as well as Dombey's work as a poet and artist.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
OS 11
Scrapbook
This scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, drawings and signatures with a focus on local Montana politics and banking as well as United States elections.
1911-1920
OS 12
Scrapbook
This scrapbook was given to Jessie by her children in 1943. The children added to this scrapbook overtime documenting Dombey's work as a poet and writer. Notable is a letter from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor from the 1940s.
1939-1991

Series VI:  Memorabilia, 1986-1998Return to Top

0.5 linear feet

This series contains awards Dombey won for her art at county fairs around Montana, Idaho and Washington as well as objects related to her entry into the Montana Poetry Hall of Fame in 1991.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
10/1-3
Awards
Ribbons Dombey won for her art at various county fairs in Montana, Washington, Idaho.
1986-1997
10
Montana Poetry Hall of Fame 1991 T-Shirt
1991
10
Montana Poetry Hall of Fame 1991 Award
1991
10
A Celebration of Poets: Showcase Edition
1998

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • American poetry--20th century
  • American poetry--Montana--Periodicals
  • Artists--Montana
  • Women poets, American--Montana
  • Personal Names :
  • Dombey, Jessie Perro, 1907-2001--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Montana Poetry Hall of Fame
  • Geographical Names :
  • Montana--Poetry
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Poems
  • Scrapbooks
  • Occupations :
  • Poets, American
  • Titles within the Collection :
  • Montana Poetry Quarterly.