The collection contains correspondence, writings, organizational materials, and publications related to the Flathead Reservation and national legislation affecting the reservation. Lorena Burgess was involved in work on federal and local issues related to the Flathead Reservation (also known as the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation). Burgess, a Salish (Séliš) woman, was a long-time resident of Hot Springs, Montana, and the first woman council member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
Joseph M. Dixon was governor of Montana (1921-1925) and served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1903-1907), the U.S. Senate (1907-1913), and in the Department of the Interior; he was also a national leader in the Republican and Bull Moose Parties. This collection contains a large portion of his personal and professional correspondence files, legal documents, financial records, campaign/political materials, photographs, and personal effects.