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David J. Bailey Reminiscence

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The David J. Bailey Reminiscence consists of a Carbon typescript copy of an original reminiscence written by Bailey in 1900. The text describes Bailey's journey from Indiana to Montana in 1865 and his experiences as a rancher, teacher, merchant, and public servant.
 
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Francis E. Beall Papers

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Francis E. Beall Papers contains a photocopied manuscript of family history written in 1957 entitled "A Dream of an Empire." There are several handwritten essays concerning: the history of Butte; a childhood accident suffered by Francis and treated by Butte doctors; the early days of the Butte Electric Power Company and the Montana Power Company; a horse named Prince owned by Francis during his childhood at Waterloo. Included is a synopsis of a June 26, 1966 interview with Francis by MSU Special Collections librarian Minnie Paugh, as well as the letters she received from him from 1969 to 1971. There is also an original photograph of the Beall family at their Waterloo ranch, circa 1880.
 
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David B. Christie Family Letters

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The David B. Christie Family Letters were written by David and Emma or sent to them by other family members. The letters predominantly reflect the sharing of family information within the context of their daily lives. Most of the letters between David and Emma reveal the dreams, goals, and struggles of moving to Montana.
 
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Walter Cooper and Eugene F. Bunker Papers

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Walter Cooper and Eugene F. Bunker Papers include both personal and business materials. Walter Cooper's papers contain diaries, an autobiography, business and legal papers as well as literary manuscripts he wrote. Eugene Bunker's papers deal mainly with his legal practice. They include papers and correspondence from lawsuits he filed for clients, correspondence regarding the closing of family estates, and legal papers for businesses he represented.
 
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Benjamin Dailey Diary

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Benjamin Dailey Diary is a photocopy of a typed transcription taken from the original, July 26-September, 1866, whose location is unknown.
 
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Jessie Louise Donaldson-Anne Banks Papers

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Jessie Louise Donaldson-Anne Banks Papers consist of originals and copies of transcriptions, a set of audio tapes; rough drafts of an autobiography; research notes; drafts of published and unpublished stories; royalty papers; legal agreements; correspondence with publishers, writers, friends and colleagues; color illustrations; pencil drawings; newspaper clippings; photographs; student papers and memorabilia.
 
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Engelfried and Esler Records

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Engelfried and Esler Records consist of three ledger books and a letter press book maintained by Frank Esler during his Montana residence under both of his business names. Entries include transactions at Argenta, Jefferson City, and Bozeman, notes by E. J. Owenhouse, who likely absorbed Esler's saddlery business in the 1880s, and entries dated 1877-1880.
 
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Fannie Louise Davis Ennis Speeches and Essay Transcripts

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Fannie Louise Davis Ennis Speeches and Essay Transcripts consist of three typewritten transcriptions of two speeches and an essay written by Fannie Ennis detailing early Montana history, a overview of Yellowstone, and Ennis's memories of growing up in Virginia City. The typescript is supplemented with a photocopy of the original handwritten first page and a copy of Fannie's marriage license.
 
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Fisher Family Record

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Fisher Family Record consists of a combination transcription and genealogy essay. Included in the essay are transcriptions of several family letters written in 1863, 1867, and 1869. Genealogical charts of the Baker, Gardner, and Fisher families and a history of the Bozeman Presbyterian Church complete the document.
 
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Lucy Young Ford Letter

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Lucy Young Ford Letter was written by Mrs. Ford to her husband to report to him on her activities as a schoolteacher at the Blackfeet Agency. The letter mentions many of the couple's friends back east in the context of asking about their health and activities. Other descriptions include regarding the students in her school, a description of the funeral of an Indian child who was buried in the ground contrary to the tribe's traditional method, and the social and leisure activities of the Anglo members of the agency staff like amateur theatricals and playing croquet.
 
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Lawrence S. Heberle Papers

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Lawrence S. Heberle Papers consist of photocopied research papers. They include: surveys and general information about Camp Baker (original site), Camp Baker/Fort Logan, Camp Ida Thoroughman/Camp Green Clay Smith, Fort Howie and Fort Ellis; maps and diagrams of the fort sites, many of which were drawn by Lawrence S. Heberle; journal articles and newspaper articles about the forts surveyed during the activity of the Montana Indian Wars of 1867; official documents on health and postings of soldiers; general articles related to western forts in Montana and photographs of selected fort sites. Many of the photocopied photographs of the Camp Baker, Camp Baker/Fort Logan, Camp Ida Thoroughman and Fort Howie sites were taken by Lawrence C. Herberle in 1974.
 
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Wyllys A. Hedges Papers

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Wyllys A. Hedges Papers consist of essays he wrote on a variety of historical topics which were intended for eventual publication, miscellaneous documents including copied letters from Cornelius Hedges and his son, Cornelius "Toby" Hedges, newspaper clippings of obituaries and other events pertaining to the Hedges family, and photographs. Topics include: sheep herding; pioneer encounters with bears, rattlesnakes, and coyotes; Montana Native Americans; extreme weather conditions; religion; Montana politics.
 
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Mary Redfield Lindsey Papers

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Mary Redfield Lindsey Papers is a collection of historical interest stories, mostly written by DeHaven, printed in the Virginia City Madisonian or the Great Falls Tribune newspapers from 1952 to 1965. Also included are three brochures on the topic of the history of Montana Methodism, photocopies of oral history transcriptions and an unpublished reminiscence of DeHaven's childhood.
 
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Maynard Family Collection

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Maynard Family Collection consists of three reminiscences includes a typewritten transcription of Maynard's reminiscences include information on: Maynard's overland journey of 1864; early descriptions of Virginia City and the Alder Gulch area; farming and ranching experiences in the Madison Valley; various trips to Yellowstone National Park in the 1870s. Also included are photocopies of Maynard family genealogical data.
 
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Raymond A. Mentzer Research Papers

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Ryamond A. Mentzer Research Papers consist of photocopied journal articles, transcripts of interviews, copies of published and unpublished papers, and newspaper articles on the history and physical descriptions of 19th century forts in Montana. Other items include photocopies of the 1880 census and official government documents of the Department of the Army pertaining to Montana forts, copy photographs of the original forts and soldiers, hand-drawn maps, diagrams and plans, copy slides of Camp Baker, Fort Logan, Fort Ida Thoroughman, Fort Howie and Fort Maginnis portraying surveys of the physical locations and remaining structures of these forts in the 1970s. The primary concentration of this research is the location, layouts and structural content of the original forts and their conditions at the time of the research; however there is also substantial information on the social and military experiences of the soldiers assigned to Montana forts during the active period of the 1860s -1890s including the era of the Indian Wars.
 
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Orison Miles Family Papers

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Orison Miles Family Papers contains correspondence written between 1868 and 1900 to Miles or his daughter, Josie, from friends and relatives in Vermont, Illinois, and Montana. Also included are miscellaneous family papers, and four photographs, probably of Orison, Philander, and Louisa Miles, taken by photographer E. H. (Earl) Train of Helena, Montana.
 
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Mitchell Family Papers

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Mitchell Family Papers include the Campbell Mitchell diary, mounted portrait photographs of Mitchell family members, typed and handwritten memoirs and historical narratives by various family members, assorted letters between family members, a newspaper clipping history of the family in Park City, land and mine claims, genealogical information and assorted other ephemera.
 
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Montana Pioneer Memorial Essay Contest Entries

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Montana Pioneer Memorial Essay Contest Entries cover a wide variety of Montana historical topics including biography, historic building description, family histories, and general Montana community history.
 
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Theo Norman Diary Transcription

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Theodore Norman Diary Transcription describes his travel between Missouri and California from 1869-1870, and a portion of his trip from Corinne, Utah to Montana Territory. Also included are accounts and a record of farm production and calves born from about 1870 to 1889.
 
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Minnie Paugh Oral History Collection

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The interviews represented in this collection are an eclectic mix of Montana citizens sought out by Paugh in her attempts to document the state's history. Never a trained interviewer, and a recording technician of limited competence at best, Paugh's interviews are uneven and represented by complete transcriptions, partial transcriptions, summary notes, and sometimes only by the tape itself. Montana places mentioned include: Fergus County, Gallatin County, Madison County, Powder River County, Bercail, Bozeman, Broadus, Browning, Butte, Fort Custer, Judith Gap, Lewistown, Two Dot, and Wisdom. Subjects include sheep and cattle ranching, homesteading, electric power generation, education, Battle of the Big Hole, the Yellowstone Expedition of 1869, Sisika Indians, Chippewa Cree Indians, and commerce.
 
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Cassandra O. Phelps Papers

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Cassandra O. Phelps Papers consist of personal papers and newspaper clipping scrapbooks created or collected by Cassandra O. Phelps. Topics include: the inaugural meeting minutes of the Judith Basin County Chapter of the American Pioneer Trails Association, May 29, 1945, the Montana Council organizational activities, research inquiries regarding the National Industrial Conference Board, farm foreclosures in the mid 1920s, illustrations and pricing of horse harness equipment circa 1915, and National Cash Register company recording transactions of an unidentified business in 1914. Other topics include general Montana history, the vigilantes of 1863-64, Charles M. Russell, and the battle of the Little Bighorn. However, as well as financial information.
 
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Richard B. Roeder Papers

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Richard B. Roeder Papers consist of notes taken as a student; personal, research, and business correspondence; teaching files; subject research files; Roeder articles and papers; bibliographies; lecture and conference tapes; and all the notes, readings, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and general information associated with the 1972 constitutional convention. Roeder's interest in Montana history is reflected in his more extensive research on agriculture, early territorial history, women, homesteading, Indians, transportation, and lakes. The papers also include many notes taken from Montana newspapers during the territorial and early statehood period covering such topics as Gibson, politics and Montana's constitution. Roeder's own experience with constitutional issues from the 1970s compliments these early historical references and many of the clippings date from this period as well.
 
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Stone Family Collection

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Franklin Leonard Stone Family Collection includes original and typewritten transcripts of diaries, letters, reminiscences, and other documents written by Franklin L. Stone, Julia Stone, Emma Stone Moss, Isla Cain, and William Shunk. The materials in this collection provide insight into the family's journey to Montana and their early years. Also present are the observations and reflections on ranching, vigilante activity in Virginia City, gold field activities, Indian and settlements along the Columbia River, early Gallatin County school information, and other assorted topics.
 
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Nelson Story, Sr., Letter

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Nelson Story, Sr., Letter was written by him in 1911 in response to a solicitation from a "Miss Willets" for his recollections of John Bozeman. The letter briefly describes Bozeman's physical appearance, demeanor, and the trail he blazed to the Montana gold fields in the early 1860s. There is also a brief description of the Bridger Trail route.
 
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Malphus A. Switzer Reminiscence

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Malphus A. Switzer Reminiscence recalls the trip the Switzer family made from Michigan City, Indiana to Iowa in 1854, and then describes another trip, made in 1865, from Victor, Iowa to Virginia City, Montana Territory.
 
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Davis Willson Papers

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Davis Willson Papers consist of his diary kept during his journey to Montana in 1866 and newspaper clippings from the Montana Post and other publications that were primarily written by Willson. The diary describes a trip from Canton, NY, to the Penwell Ranch in the Gallatin Valley, May 7 - September 6, 1866. The newspaper clipping topics include Indian activities, descriptions of Bozeman and the upper Yellowstone valley, Montana politics, and national politics during Reconstruction. The papers also include a handwritten letter from S.P. Moore, Acting Surgeon General, Confederate States Army, dated Richmond, Virginia, August 5, 1861, to General Robert E. Lee requesting quinine.
 
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John B. Wisenall Papers

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The John B. Wisenall Papers consist of correspondence and a diary. Topics discussed include Wisenall's time spent prospecting gold, gold claims, business conditions, assorted activities of former companions, the hardships of making a living, debt, town conditions, living arrangements, and outlaw lynching's.
 
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Clifton B. Worthen-James Fergus Collection

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Clifton B. Worthen-James Fergus Collection is a combination of original documents, photocopies, and typed transcripts. The materials document both the intellectual pursuits of Clifton B. Worthen as a historian and teacher, as well as the pioneer experiences of the James Fergus family. Subjects includes: history of central Montana, especially Fergus County and the Judith Basin, the vigilante activity of 1884, the DHS Ranch, the Lewis and Clark expedition, Montana politics and elections, ranching, gold rush towns of Bannack, Virginia City, and Helena, the Society of Montana Pioneers, the winter of 1887 and its effect on ranching, and territorial Montana's relations with Indian residents.
 
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WPA Records

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The WPA Records consist of collected materials based on the projects that were set in place by the WPA itself. Most were under the administration of the WPA's Federal Writers Project (FWP), though some were administered by the Historic Records Survey. Materials are for Montana, unless otherwise noted.
 
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Anna Zellick Oral History Collection

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Anna Zellick Oral History Collection consists of interviews with the Slavic immigrants and settlers in the Red Lodge, Bearcreek, and Roundup areas. The subject material within the interviews spans from around 1890 to 1944. These interviews cover immigration, coal mining, education, employment, ethnicity, religion, and the general social make-up of the respective communities. These interviews are helpful in restructuring and illustrating the life Slavic miners led and the community they belonged to. Also, the interviews identify the relationships that the different Slavs shared with one another.

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