Caroline McGill Collection, 1909-1958  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
McGill, Caroline, 1879-1959
Title
Caroline McGill Collection
Dates
1909-1958
Quantity
1.6 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 945, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
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.
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

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.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Notes and observations made while traveling in Europe
1/2
"Before the 320 Ranch," handwritten reminiscence
1/3
"Before the 320 Ranch," photocopy of typescript with corrections
1/4
"Before the 320 Ranch," first carbon of typescript with corrections
1/5
"Before the 320 Ranch," second carbon of typescript
1/6
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.

Container(s) Description
Box/Folder
2/1
Index, A-D
2/2
Index, E-K
2/3
Index, L-R
2/4
Index, S-Z
2/5
Manuscript, pages 1-29
2/6
Manuscript, pages 30-59
2/7
Manuscript, pages 60-97
2/8
Manuscript, pages 98-130
2/9
Manuscript, pages 131-161
2/10
Manuscript, pages 162-197
2/11
Manuscript, pages 198-227
2/12
Manuscript, pages 228-249
2/13
Manuscript, pages 250-272
2/14
Manuscript, pages 273-293
2/15
Manuscript, pages 294-313
2/16
Manuscript, pages 314-328
2/17
Manuscript, pages 329-373
2/18
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.

Container(s) Description
Box/Folder
3/1
Avant Courier extracts
3/2
Bart, Lewis
3/3
Benham, Earl
3/4
Benson, V.H.
3/5
Blanchard
3/6
Bohart, Seth F.
3/7
Butler, Julius
3/8
Comly, Samuel
3/9
Cooper, Walter; Cope, Kate
3/10
Crail, Franklin
3/11
Cunningham and Behring
3/12
Davis, Stanley
3/13
Dier, Alfred
3/14
Ewan, Joseph A.
3/15
Foster, John Rhodes
3/16
Gallatin Canyon Women's Club
3/17
Goodrich, Jim and Patty
3/18
Hapner, Leora
3/19
Holter, Anton M.
3/20
Johnson, David Angus
3/21
Karst, Pete
3/22
Kelly, Margaret Michener
3/23
Knox, Michael
3/24
Levinski, Andrew
3/25
Lincoln, Tom
3/26
Lythe, William
3/27
Map
3/28
Marble, Charles
3/29
Marshall, Frank Rumreill
3/30
McGill, Caroline (miscellaneous research notes)
3/31
Michener, Tom
3/32
Miles, Arthur W.
3/33
Miller, Ernest
3/34
Pierstorff, Lester Andrew; Plenty Coups
3/35
Roosevelt, Theodore
3/36
Safley
3/37
Sales, Zachariah
3/38
Schools
3/39
Smith, Vick
3/40
Stillman, Burt
3/41
Story, Nelson
3/42
Taylor, Clark
3/43
VerWolfe, Mrs. Ira
3/44
Vick, Dorothy Michener
3/45
Watkin, A. J.
3/46
Wilson, Samuel
3/47
Willson, Fred F.
3/48
Wonder, Mrs. Denny
3/49
Woods, Jack

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.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/1
Bozeman Victory Roundup
1942
4/2
Allen Ranch
4/3
Deep Canyon Ranch
4/4
Haggin y/p Ranch
4/5
Karst's Ranch
4/6
Montana Dude Ranches
4/7
Nine Quarter Circle Ranch
4/8
Ranch Vacations
4/9
Richel Lodge
4/10
Rising Sun Ranch
4/11
Vacation Western Dude Ranches
4/12
Western Vacation Lands
4/13
Gallatin County/Bozeman Map
4/14
Gallatin Gateway to YNP
4/15
Gallatin Horse Show and Sale
4/16
Guide to Hunting and Fishing
4/17
American Mountains
4/18
Beaverhead County/Dillon
4/19
Billings-map
4/20
Butte
4/21
Flathead Valley
4/22
Glacier National Park
4/23
GNP Wilderness Trail Trips
4/24
Helena-Where to go, what to see
4/25
Madison County
4/26
Maps-Yellowstone to Glacier, Between Canadian Prairies
4/27
Tourist brochures-general
4/28
Montana State University-Bozeman and vicinity
4/29
Parade Rest, West Yellowstone
4/30
Skalkaho Highway
4/31
Virginia City
4/32
Map-Canadian Pacific
4/33
Map-South Dakota
4/34
Utah guide
4/35
Sheridan, Wyoming
4/36
"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.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/37
A-B
4/38
C-J
4/39
K-U
4/40
V (Vick, Dorothy)
4/41
W-Z

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Women physicians-Montana-Biography
  • Personal Names :
  • McGill, Caroline, 1879-1959
  • Geographical Names :
  • Gallatin County (Mont.)-History