Gallatin Valley Female Seminary, circa 1934  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Burlingame, Merrill G. (Merrill Gildea), 1901-
Gallatin Valley Female Seminary
circa 1934
1 item
Collection Number
Collection 2301, MtBC, us (collection)
The Gallatin Valley Female Seminary essay gives the history of the institution from its establishment in 1872 by Presbyterian minister Lyman B. Crittenden to its closing in 1878. The essay quotes extensively contemporary newspaper accounts of the school and presents two lists of former students, one in 1872 and the other for 1874. The essay describes the activities of the teachers and students, the curriculum, and the physical description of the school's buildings and their location.
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Merrill G. Burlingame joined the faculty of Montana State College (now Montana State University) at Bozeman in 1929 and became chair of the history department in 1935. He actively began research into many local history topics in Gallatin County, including the Gallatin Valley Female Seminary. Mrs. Mary Crittenden Davidson, the former principal of the school, wrote Burlingame a letter on April 19, 1934 giving her memories of the school based on her earlier reminiscence published in 1902. Later Burlingame interviewed Mary Lee Hunter Doane, whose sister, Lizzie Hunter Rich, had also attended the school. By combining the information from these two sources, Burlingame prepared this essay around 1934, although he preserved the first person voice of Mary Doane in parts of the work. In 1984 Burlingame completed his definitive essay on the seminary and cited only the 1934 Davidson letter as his source for the list of students.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

A typescript prepared by Merrill G. Burlingame was donated to Montana State University by him in the spring of 1967 after initially loaning the document to the Museum of the Rockies in 1960.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Girls -- Education -- Montana -- Manhattan
  • Private schools -- Montana -- Manhattan
  • Personal Names :
  • Crittenden, Lyman B., -1892
  • Davidson, Mary Crittenden
  • Doane, Mary Hunter, 1859-1952
  • Gallatin Valley Female Seminary -- History
  • Gallatin Valley Female Seminary -- Students
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Museum of the Rockies