Elizabeth Berger Swan Papers, 1967-1971  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Swan, Elizabeth Berger, 1881-1971
Title
Elizabeth Berger Swan Papers
Dates
1967-1971
Quantity
1 folder
Collection Number
Collection 0541, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Elizabeth Berger Swan papers consist of two photocopies of original typescript stories created by Swan. The first, "A Brief History of the First Catholic Pioneers of Lewistown, Montana," is a narrative of her family and relations first settlement in Lewistown and the early development of the town and the activities of the Catholic Church. The second essay, "Sporty and the Bear Claw," is a Cree Indian story regarding a young man's conversion from native religion to Catholicism. The Swan papers also include a newspaper article by her, which provides details on her childhood and school days at the St. Peter's Mission school.
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


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Elizabeth Berger Swan was born in Lewistown, Montana on February 9, 1881, the daughter of John B. and Betsy Berger. The Bergers were part of the Red River Metis people who migrated south from Canada and homesteaded in the Lewistown (Fergus County) area beginning in 1879. Devout Catholics, the Bergers sent Elizabeth to the St. Peter's Mission school near Great Falls for her education. Elizabeth married William Swanson in 1900 and the couple had at least three children. Before her death on November 27, 1971, Elizabeth Swan wrote a number of reminiscences and stories about her family life and the history of the Lewistown Metis Catholic community.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Elizabeth Berger Swan papers consist of two photocopies of original typescript stories created by her and subsequently donated to the Lewistown Public Library. The first, "A Brief History of the First Catholic Pioneers of Lewistown, Montana," is a narrative of her family and relations first settlement in Lewistown and the early development of the town and the activities of the Catholic Church. Many early settlers are named in the narrative. The second essay, "Sporty and the Bear Claw," is a Cree Indian story regarding a young man's conversion from native religion to Catholicism. The Swan papers also include a newspaper article by her, which was published in the Lewistown News-Argus on December 22, 1968, giving details on her childhood and school days at the St. Peter's Mission school.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Cree Indians--Religion
  • Families--Montana--Lewistown
  • Frontier and pioneer life--Montana--Lewistown
  • Métis--Montana--Lewistown
  • Pioneers--Montana--Lewistown
  • Personal Names :
  • Swan, Elizabeth Berger, 1881-1971
  • Corporate Names :
  • Catholic Church--Education--Great Falls
  • Catholic Church--Montana--Lewistown
  • St. Peter's Mission (Great Falls, Mont.)
  • Family Names :
  • Berger family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Lewistown (Mont.)--Church history
  • Lewistown (Mont.)--History
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Swan, Elizabeth Berger, 1881-1971. A brief history of the first Catholic pioneers of Lewistown, Montana.
    • Swan, Elizabeth Berger, 1881-1971. Sporty and the Bear Claw.