Francis Poper Diary, 1866  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Pope, Francis, b. 1843
Francis Poper Diary
1866 (inclusive)
1 reel microfilm
Collection Number
Mss 398 (collection)
Francis Pope was an early resident of Helena, Montana, who emigrated from Canada. The collection consists of his diary from 1866, which chronicles his travels around Montana Territory.
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Francis Pope was born on March 1, 1843 in London, Canada. He attended the London grammar school until the age of 16. He was employed as a druggist in Simcoe, Canada, for three years and for two years in Toronto, Canada.

In 1865, Francis Pope took passage on the steamer Golden Rule for California via the Isthmus. The vessel was wrecked on a coral reef in the Caribbean Sea. Pope and his fellow passengers lived on the reef for two weeks, until removed by a U.S. frigate and carried to Panama. Pope was employed in a drug store at San Francisco for a year and then came to Helena, Montana.

In 1868, Francis Pope married Miss Hannah Coop, a native of Clinton, Canada. The Popes lived in Helena and had six children. Francis Pope was co-owner of Pope and O'Connor Wholesale and Retail Druggists. Francis Pope was a Knight of Pythias, a member of the A.O.U.W., and a secretary of the Montana Agricultural, Mineral, and Mechanical Association. Francis Pope probably died in 1900.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains one partial reel microfilm diary of Francis Pope's travels in the Montana territory by steamer, during the year 1866. The diary contains a day-to-day travelogue, as well as a record of expenses and correspondence. It is arranged chronologically.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Francis Pope Diary, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana--Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1/1-4 Title Pages
1/5-39 December-July 1866

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Canadian Americans--Montana.
  • Frontier and pioneer life--Montana.
  • Steamboats--Montana.
  • Travelers--Montana--Diaries
  • Corporate Names :
  • Golden City (Steamer)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Montana--Description and travel
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Diaries--Montana