Caroline McGill Collection, 1909-1958 PDF
- McGill, Caroline, 1879-1959
- Caroline McGill Collection
- 1.6 linear feet
- Collection Number
- Collection 945, MtBC, us (collection)
- The Caroline McGill Collection consists of: autobiographical materials, including a transcription of travel notes originally kept by McGill on the back of postcards during her 1909-1910 European tour, her reminiscences of Gallatin Canyon prior to her purchase of the 320 Ranch in 1936, and notes on the establishment of the Museum of the Rockies; an original manuscript history of Gallatin Canyon prepared by McGill from various interviews, letters, and research readings supplemented by an index prepared by Harriet Cushman and members of the Montana Institute for the Arts; subject files pertaining mostly to personalities associated with the history of Gallatin Canyon; tourist information brochures and pamphlets; general personal and research correspondence.
- Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research.
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Caroline McGill (1879-1959) was a Butte, Montana physician and collector of historical memorabilia. Born in Mansfield, Ohio on May 18, 1879, McGill moved to Lebanon, Missouri with her family at the age of five. She attended normal school at nearby Springfield and eventually Missouri State University at Columbia where she earned a doctorate in anatomy in 1908. In 1909 she left for Europe to study medicine. In 1911 McGill began her work at the Murray Hospital in Butte, Montana, but shortly thereafter left to earn her MD at Johns Hopkins University. She returned to Butte in 1913 and continued to practice medicine until her retirement in 1956. She purchased the 320 Ranch in Gallatin Canyon in 1936 and took a keen interest in the area's history. Collecting antiques complimented her research on Gallatin Canyon's past and she stored much of her growing collection of objects and memorabilia at the ranch as well as her apartment at Butte. She eventually moved the collection to the Montana State University campus where it formed the core of the Museum of the Rockies. Caroline McGill died on February 4, 1959.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The papers in this collection consist of: autobiographical materials, including a transcription of travel notes originally kept by McGill on the back of postcards during her 1909-1910 European tour, her reminiscences of Gallatin Canyon prior to her purchase of the 320 Ranch in 1936, and notes on the establishment of the Museum of the Rockies; an original manuscript history of Gallatin Canyon prepared by McGill from various interviews, letters, and research readings supplemented by an index prepared by Harriet Cushman and members of the Montana Institute for the Arts; subject files pertaining mostly to personalities associated with the history of Gallatin Canyon; tourist information brochures and pamphlets; general personal and research correspondence. Persons mentioned include: Andrew Levinski, Bert Stillman, Charles Franklin High, Cunningham and Behring, Dr. L.E. Safely, Henry Sapplington, Lew Bartholomew, Pete Karst, Plenty Coups, Ralph Oliver, Richard A. Harlow, Sam Wilson, Stanley Davis, Story Ranch, Thomas Michener, Vick Smith, Walter Cooper, Zachariah Sales. New: Online database
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series 1: Autobiographical materials, 1909-1956Return to Top
Spirit duplication transcription of European travel notes made by McGill while studying in Europe during 1909-1910, prepared by Helen Berg from the original notes kept on the back of postcards. An original handwritten reminiscence, and subsequent photocopies of typed transcriptions with corrections made by Merrill G. Burlingame, of McGill's experiences in Gallatin Canyon prior to her purchase of the 320 ranch in 1936; positive photocopy of typewritten reminiscence of McGill's experiences establishing the Museum of the Rockies.
Notes and observations made while traveling in Europe
"Before the 320 Ranch," handwritten reminiscence
"Before the 320 Ranch," photocopy of typescript with corrections
"Before the 320 Ranch," first carbon of typescript with corrections
"Before the 320 Ranch," second carbon of typescript
Dr. McGill's Museum Notes
Series 2: Gallatin Canyon History manuscriptReturn to Top
Original rough draft manuscript, consisting of sequentially numbered pages of handwritten, typescript, and carbon copy text, of a historical study of Gallatin Canyon, Montana, apparently started by McGill but never completed. The first four folders consist of an index, prepared by Harriet Cushman and members of the Montana Institute of the Arts History Group, which refers to the manuscript pagination.
Manuscript, pages 1-29
Manuscript, pages 30-59
Manuscript, pages 60-97
Manuscript, pages 98-130
Manuscript, pages 131-161
Manuscript, pages 162-197
Manuscript, pages 198-227
Manuscript, pages 228-249
Manuscript, pages 250-272
Manuscript, pages 273-293
Manuscript, pages 294-313
Manuscript, pages 314-328
Manuscript, pages 329-373
Manuscript, pages 374-414 and 418
Series 3: Subject FilesReturn to Top
Letters, interview notes, and miscellaneous research notations compiled by Caroline McGill during the course of her research for her intended history of Gallatin Canyon and other historical projects. Some of the material in the subject files duplicates the numbered pages from Series 2, but bear additional marginalia added by either McGill or Merrill G. Burlingame. The files have been alphabetically arranged.
Avant Courier extracts
Bohart, Seth F.
Cooper, Walter; Cope, Kate
Cunningham and Behring
Ewan, Joseph A.
Foster, John Rhodes
Gallatin Canyon Women's Club
Goodrich, Jim and Patty
Holter, Anton M.
Johnson, David Angus
Kelly, Margaret Michener
Marshall, Frank Rumreill
McGill, Caroline (miscellaneous research notes)
Miles, Arthur W.
Pierstorff, Lester Andrew; Plenty Coups
VerWolfe, Mrs. Ira
Vick, Dorothy Michener
Watkin, A. J.
Willson, Fred F.
Wonder, Mrs. Denny
Series 4: Tourist Ephemera, circa 1930-1950Return to Top
Brochures, pamphlets, and other printed ephemera pertaining to the tourist trade in Gallatin County, Montana, the Northern Plains and Rocky Mountains. Dude ranch materials especially predominate.
Bozeman Victory Roundup
Deep Canyon Ranch
Haggin y/p Ranch
Montana Dude Ranches
Nine Quarter Circle Ranch
Rising Sun Ranch
Vacation Western Dude Ranches
Western Vacation Lands
Gallatin County/Bozeman Map
Gallatin Gateway to YNP
Gallatin Horse Show and Sale
Guide to Hunting and Fishing
Glacier National Park
GNP Wilderness Trail Trips
Helena-Where to go, what to see
Maps-Yellowstone to Glacier, Between Canadian Prairies
Montana State University-Bozeman and vicinity
Parade Rest, West Yellowstone
"We Love our Montana," by Alice Weiser
Series 5: Correspondence, 1931-1958Return to Top
Miscellaneous correspondence, both personal and research related, received or created by Caroline McGill. Some of the letters are from people named in the subject files of Series 4, but the content pertains to a wide variety of personal and research related subjects. Alphabetically arranged by the name of the letter writer with McGill responses interfiled.
V (Vick, Dorothy)
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Subject Terms :
- Women physicians-Montana-Biography
- Personal Names :
- McGill, Caroline, 1879-1959
- Geographical Names :
- Gallatin County (Mont.)-History