Lesley M. Heathcote Papers, 1895-1964  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Heathcote, Lesley M., 1904-1997
Title
Lesley M. Heathcote Papers
Dates
1895-1964
Quantity
.8 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 0020, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Lesley M. Heathcote Papers consists of photocopies and transcriptions of letter press books, a minute book, documents pertaining to districts 1, 2, 3, and 4, as well as ephemera held in collection RS 31, Montana State Arid Land Grant Commission Records 1895-1903 at the Montana Historical Society Research Center in Helena. The collection also includes correspondence dealing with Heathcote's work with the Montana Library Association, the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, the Bozeman Community Library Committee, and the promotion of the 1947 booklet Pioneer Stories by former Bozeman resident C. T. Stranahan.
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

Lesley M. Heathcote (1904-1997) was a former director for the Montana State University libraries from 1949 to 1970. Heathcote obtained her bachelor and master's degrees from the University of Alberta and the University of Washington. She was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Montana State University in 1981. During her career she actively worked to expand public and school library development, serving as president of the Montana Library Association and the Pacific Northwest Library Association, as well as editing Montana Libraries. Heathcote also contributed to the field of library science. She helped to develop elementary library science courses at Montana State and wrote articles in the library science field. In addition to her research and writing on library and information science, Heathcote also published a historical study on the Montana State Arid Land Grant Commission.

The Montana State Arid Land Grant Commission was established on March 18, 1895 as a result of the Carey Land Act. Western States were eligible to receive patent on up to 1,000,000 acres of land as long as it met certain provisions: reclamation must take place within ten years, no settler could buy more than 160 acres, and not less than 20 acres of each tract must be occupied and cultivated. One problem the state faced was actually reclaiming the land without obligating the state financially. The Commission was in operation for eight years, under two separate groups: first, from 1895 until replaced by Governor Robert Smith for political reasons in 1897; then from 1897 until they were terminated by the Legislature in 1903. The Commission set up four districts during its tenure: 1) Billings (Huntley); 2) Big Timber (Holland); 3) Bridger; and 4) Dearborn. A fifth on the Sun River was planned, but never got past the initial stages.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The materials in this collection were used by Heathcote to prepare an article titled "The Montana Arid Land Grant Commission, 1895-1903," Agricultural History, vol 38 no 2 (April, 1964) pp. 108-117. The papers are a transcription of the documents held in collection RS 31, Montana State Arid Land Grant Commission Records 1895-1903 at the Montana Historical Society Research Center in Helena. The selection of records in this collection demonstrates Heathcote's research methodology. Although the transcriptions and photocopies gathered by Heathcote appear to be a nearly complete copy of originals held in RS 31, they do not provide the sole research support for her article. The minute book transcriptions in folders 10-25 and the transcribed minutes in folders 26-28 overlap somewhat in content, but they also offer differing detail and substance. It is recommended that the researcher use the two sets of folders in tandem to receive a complete picture of events. Stating that the "work of the Arid Land Grant Commission was a complete fiasco;" Heathcote's research discusses the inadequacy of reclamation law, poor choices made in selecting individuals to manage the project, and excessive value placed on land importance. The collection also includes two folders of correspondence dealing with Heathcote's work with the Montana Library Association, the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, the Bozeman Community Library Committee, and the promotion of the 1947 booklet Pioneer Stories by former Bozeman resident C. T. Stranahan.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box/Folder
1/1 Letterpress Book-transcript
1/2 Letterpress Book-transcript
1/3 Letterpress Book-transcript
1/4 Letterpress Book-transcript
1/5 Letterpress Book-transcript
1/6 Letterpress Book-transcript
1/7 Letterpress Book-transcript
1/8 Letterpress Book-transcript
1/9 Letterpress Book-transcript
1/10 Minute Book-transcript
1/11 Minute Book-transcript
1/12 Minute Book-transcript
1/13 Minute Book-transcript
1/14 Minute Book-transcript
1/15 Minute Book-transcript
1/16 Minute Book-photocopy
1/17 Minute Book-photocopy
1/18 Minute Book-photocopy
1/19 Minute Book-photocopy
1/20 Minute Book-photocopy
1/21 Minute Book-photocopy
1/22 Minute Book-photocopy
1/23 Minute Book-photocopy
1/24 Minute Book-photocopy
1/25 Minute Book-photocopy
1/26 Minutes of Commission-different from Minute Book
1/27 Minutes of Commission-different from Minute Book
1/28 Minutes of Commission-different from Minute Book
1/29 District #1; Billings
1/30 District #1; Billings
1/31 District #1; Billings
1/32 District #1; Billings
1/33 District #1; Billings
1/34 District #1; Billings
1/35 District #1; Billings
1/36 District #1; Billings
1/37 District #1; Billings
1/38 District #1; Billings
2/1 District #2; Big Timber
2/2 District #2; Big Timber
2/3 District #2; Big Timber
2/4 District #2; Big Timber
2/5 District #2; Big Timber
2/6 District #3; Carbon County
2/7 District #4; Dearborn Canal
2/8 District #4; Dearborn Canal
2/9 District #4; Dearborn Canal
2/10 District #4; Dearborn Canal
2/11 Boulder River Canal-Proposed
2/12 L. D. Beary
2/13 C. M. Brooks
2/14 Dearborn Canal Opening
2/15 W. S. Fortiner
2/16 Great Northern Railroad
2/17 Ella Knowles Haskell-Correspondence
2/18 F. E. Hoss-Correspondence
2/19 Northern Pacific-Correspondence
2/20 C. O. Reed-Correspondence
2/21 Miscellaneous Correspondence
2/22 Miscellaneous Correspondence
2/23 Miscellaneous Correspondence
2/24 District 2-Ephemera
2/25 Ephemera
2/26 Montana Library Association and other groups correspondence
2/27 Stranahan promotional correspondence

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Boards of trade-Montana-Bozeman
  • Irrigation-Government policy-Montana
  • Public lands-Montana
  • Public libraries-Montana-Bozeman
  • Women librarians-Montana-Bozeman
  • Personal Names :
  • Stranahan, C. T.-Pioneer stories
  • Corporate Names :
  • Bozeman Chamber of Commerce.-Education Committee
  • Bozeman Community Library Committee
  • Montana Library Association
  • Montana.-State Arid Land Grant Commission
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Montana.-State Arid Land Grant Commission (creator)