Brewster Family Papers, 1907-1964  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Brewster family
Title
Brewster Family Papers
Dates
1907-1964
Quantity
1.5 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 331, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Brewster Family Papers contains financial documents, photographic materials, literary productions, and legal documents. All the items are associated with ranching operations of the Brewster family. The material pertains to the operation of the Brewster Arnold Ranch Company, Quarter Circle U Ranch, X Diamond Bar Cattle Company, and Lyman Brewster and his activities in livestock organizations and political appointments. Some topics of interest are brucellosis and foot-and-mouth diseases, over 50 years of ranch accounts, efforts to change the federal brand inspection law during the 1950s, and price analysis of sale cattle from 1912 to 1962.
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


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Lyman and Burton Brewster are brothers and prior to 1947 operated the Brewster Arnold Ranch Company and G.W. Brewster Estate along with family members John and Grace (Brewster) Arnold and George Brewster, Jr. In 1947, the operations split; Lyman Brewster and his wife, Anne became the X Diamond Bar Cattle Company and took over the Quarter Circle U Ranch. The ranches are in Rosebud County, near Birney, Montana. Lyman Brewster ran for U.S. Senate in the Republican primary in 1964. Prior to that he was active in Montana agriculture at the state and national levels.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection is arranged in four series, financial documents, photographic materials, literary productions, and legal documents. All the items are associated with ranching operations of the Brewster family. Materials within the series are arranged by topic then chronological within the topic. All oversize items have been placed in Box 4. The material pertains to the operation of the Brewster Arnold Ranch Company, Quarter Circle U Ranch, X Diamond Bar Cattle Company, and Lyman Brewster and his activities in livestock organizations and political appointments. Some topics of interest are brucellosis and foot-and-mouth diseases, over 50 years of ranch accounts, efforts to change the federal brand inspection law during the 1950s, and price analysis of sale cattle from 1912 to 1962.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Financial DocumentsReturn to Top

Ledgers, bills and receipts, mortgages and notes, land leases with the Brown Ranch Company, and taxes related to Lyman and Anne Brewster, X Diamond Bar Cattle Company, Quarter Circle U and Brewster Arnold Ranch Companies. There are some miscellaneous financial records for other businesses and government agencies that Lyman and Anne Brewster were associated with. There is a spread sheet of cattle sale prices analysis from 1912 to 1962 in Box 4, Folder 2. Ledgers covering 1907 to 1964 are found in Box 1, Folder 1-5 and Box 4, Folder 1. Brucellosis and anaplasmosis tests on ranch cattle are in Box 2, Folder 5. Oversize materials are in Box 4, Folders 1-3. Folders from which oversize materials have been removed are marked with an asterisk (*).

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Ranch records on ledger paper
1907-1928
1/2
General ledger
1913-1925
1/3
General ledger
1929-1938
1/4
General ledger
1939-1964*
1/5
Labor accounts ledger
1928-1929
1/6
Miscellaneous account notes and checks
1919-1920
1/7
Livestock sales receipts and sale price analysis*
1/8
Brewster Arnold Ranch Company and Quarter Circle U Ranch audit reports, inc.
1932-1951
1/9
X Diamond Bar Cattle Company audit reports
1948-1956
1/10
Brewster financial analysis for the division of the Brewster Arnold Ranch Company
1947
1/11
Brewster financial accounts with the Brown Cattle Company, inc.
1949-1957
1/12
Land leases with the Brown Cattle Company
1947-1956
2/1
Mortgage loans
1946-1957
2/2
Promissory notes
1946-1956
2/3
Miscellaneous financial documents
2/4
Registered Hereford certificates
1947-1956
2/5
Results of brucellosis and anaplasmosis tests
1950-1956
2/6
Ties from Montana business papers
1958
2/7
Rosebud and Big Horn Counties tax assessments and bills paid
1947-1959*
2/8
Lyman and Anne Brewster's U.S. income tax returns and related correspondence, inc.
1946-1952
2/9
Lyman and Anne Brewster's U.S. income tax returns and related correspondence, inc.
1953-1961
2/10
Lyman and Anne Brewster's Montana income tax, inc.
1948-1955
2/11
Lame Deer Trading Company U.S. and Montana partnership income tax returns
1946-1950
2/12
Financial statements of Montana Livestock Commission
Fiscal Year 1947; Fiscal Year 1951; Fiscal Year 1954

Series 2:  PhotographsReturn to Top

Photographs are of Crow Indians, female wolf, and Lyman and Anne Brewster. Each photograph is individually number and placed in an envelope. Photos vary in size. Date or photographer are unknown for most of the photographs.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/13
Photographs #1-3
#1: Portrait of Lyman and Anne Brewster
#2: Portrait of Anne Brewster
#3: Lyman Brewster bronco riding
1926
2/14
Photographs #4-8
#4: Crow Chief
#5: Old Wolf, Crow Indian
1910
#6: Crow Indian children
#7: Grace, Indian maiden
#8: Wolf with pups, Charles Flory, photographer

Series 3:  Literary ProductionsReturn to Top

Articles, reports, minutes, presentation, diary, and correspondence related to Brewster cattle operations and Lyman Brewster's activities in organizations and political appointments. Materials include articles about the X Diamond Bar Cattle Company and brucellosis, and Lyman Brewster's diary while lobbying Congress.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/1
Autobiography of Lyman Brewster, candidate of Republican Primary for U.S. Senate
1964
3/2
X Diamond Bar Cattle Company articles and related correspondence
1955
3/3
Articles written by Lyman Brewster, Reindeer in Alaska, Brucellosis, and other topics
3/4
Presentation by Lyman Brewster, President of Montana Livestock Sanitary Board to the Montana Hereford Congress
1950
3/5
Correspondence, minutes, regulations and other related materials during Lyman Brewster's presidency of Montana Livestock Sanitary Board
3/6
Minutes, correspondence, and other related materials of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Industry Advisory Committee
1951-1955
3/7
Brucellosis materials collected by Lyman Brewster
3/8
Diary of Lyman Brewster lobbying Congress to amend the Packers and Stockyard Act
1956
3/9
Correspondence related to changing the federal brand inspection law of the Packers and Stockyard Act
1954-February 1956
3/10
Correspondence related to changing the federal brand inspection law of the Packers and Stockyard Act
March 1956-1961
3/11
Minutes, membership letters, and related materials of the National Livestock Brand conferences of the American National Cattlemen's Association
1954-1961
3/12
Miscellaneous brand inspection materials
3/13
Miscellaneous printed materials

Series 4:  Legal DocumentsReturn to Top

Laws, regulations, and congressional bills related to brand inspection; court documents on various topics; and deed and insurance policies of Lyman and Anne Brewster. Legal materials related to Lyman Brewster's work on the brand inspection laws are in Box 3, Folder 16.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/14
Home owners and automobile insurance policies
1955-1957
3/15
Grizzly Peak Mountain Homes property deed
3/16
Laws, court documents, congressional bills and legislation on brand inspection laws of the Packers and Stockyard Act of 1921
3/17
Court hearing of Ben Arnold held in Forsyth, Rosebud County, Montana
1928
3/18
Court document investigating the competency of Inspectors Eddie O'Donnell and Buster Farnum
1938
3/19
Court appeal to operate a livestock market in Baker, Montana
1959
4 oversize/1
General ledgers
1954; 1957-1961; 1964
4 oversize/2
Cattle price analysis
1912-1962
4 oversize/3
Rosebud and Big Horn County tax assessments
1952; 1953; 1956-1959

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Brucellosis in cattle
  • Cattle trade-Montana
  • Crow Indians-Photographs
  • Foot-and-mouth disease
  • Livestock brands-Law and legislation-United States
  • Livestock-Inspection-Montana
  • Ranchers-Montana-Rosebud County
  • Ranches-Montana-Rosebud County
  • Ranching-Montana
  • Corporate Names :
  • American National Cattlemen's Association
  • Montana Livestock Sanitary Board
  • United States-Packers and Stockyards Act
  • Family Names :
  • Brewster family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Quarter Circle U Ranch (Mont.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Business records-Montana-Rosebud County
  • Family papers-Montana-Rosebud County
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Brewster, Anne, 1907-1984 (creator)
    • Brewster, Burton, 1902-1984 (creator)
    • Brewster, Lyman (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Brewster-Arnold Ranch Co (creator)
    • X Diamond Bar Cattle Co (creator)