HORACE L. SCOTT PAPERS, 1910-1924

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Scott, Horace L., b. 1885
Title
HORACE L. SCOTT PAPERS
Dates
1910-1924 (inclusive)
Quantity
.5 linear feet of shelf space
Collection Number
MC 235
Summary
Horace Scott was a U.S. Reclamation Service employee in Montana involved in the planning and building of the St. Mary Canal and the Blackfeet Project during the 1910s. Collection consists of correspondence (1910-1918) concerning his life in Montana; reports (ca. 1919) on the Blackfeet Project, Fisher Canal, Four Horns Supply Canal, the Milk River Project, and Two Medicine Canal; and miscellaneous materials, including a notebook with notes regarding parcels of land in or near the irrigation projects. [Photographs transferred to Photograph Archives.]
Repository
Montana Historical Society, Research Center Archives
Montana Historical Society Research Center Archives
225 North Roberts
PO Box 201201
Helena MT
59620-1201
Telephone: 4064442681
Fax: 4064445297
mhslibrary@mt.gov
Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Horace L. Scott was born on April 15, 1885, in Brattleboro, Vermont, the son of Freeman and Lizzie Ann Adams Scott. Scott's sister Minnie was born in 1878. During the late summer or early fall of 1910, Scott came to Montana and quickly secured work with the United States Reclamation Service as a junior engineer. He served in this position until his promotion to assistant engineer in 1915. Scott's employment with the Reclamation Service continued until the mid-1920s. In writing to his parents, nearly one letter a week, Scott revealed a devotion to family and a keen interest in photography. An avid photographer, Scott was eclectic in his choice of subjects, ranging from Glacier National Park scenery, to horses, hunting, and automobiles. Developing many of these photographs himself, Scott sent examples to his parents and older sister. Scott returned to Vermont in either 1924 or 1925, where on February 12, 1925, he married Edith Marion Knight. Following his wedding, Scott went to work for the Sherman Construction Company at Bellow Falls, Vermont, as an engineer. Scott never returned to Montana. He died in the early 1970s.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Papers. 1910-1924. .5 linear foot. The collection consists of five series: Outgoing Correspondence, Incoming Correspondence, Miscellaneous Correspondence, Reports, and Miscellany. The Outgoing Correspondence (1910-1918; most of 1912 is missing) for the most part are letters Scott wrote to his parents in Brattleboro, Vermont, describing the Glacier National Park area--including Saint Mary, Babb, Fletcher, Browning, and Family, Montana--weather conditions, hunting trips, holiday and social activities, travel through Glacier Park, the early automobiles and how they fared on Montana's roads, daily meals, living conditions, and personal concerns. Although employed by the Department of the Interior, U.S. Reclamation Service, Scott rarely made mention of it in his letters. The remaining outgoing correspondence is composed of letters (1912-1915) from Scott to his sister, Minnie Ann Scott, a resident of Brattleboro, Vermont, and a single letter (1918) from Scott to a Captain Heath in Bozeman regarding Scott's applications for admission to an artillery training camp. The Incoming Correspondence (1918-1924) includes letters from the United States Indian Service, Blackfeet Agency supervisor regarding Scott's successful bid on the allotment of Steals-in-the-Daytime Stabs-by-Mistake; the chief engineer of the Chicago and North Western Railway Company answering Scott's inquiry about a job; a friend with the First Army, American Expeditionary Force during World War I; and letters of reference for Scott. The Miscellaneous Correspondence (1913) consists of a form letter from the general agent of the Great Northern Railway Company to Minnie Scott regarding publications about Glacier National Park, round trip rates, accommodations, touring the park, and many of the interesting points in the park. The collection also contains Reports (ca. 1919, 1924, n.d.) prepared by Scott in his capacity as an engineer for the U.S. Reclamation Service, on the Blackfeet Project, Fisher Canal, the Four Horns Supply Canal, the Milk River Project, and the Two Medicine Canal. The Miscellany series contains employment applications (1910-1920) and a notebook (n.d.) with notes regarding parcels of land in or near the irrigation projects. Photographs were transferred to the Photograph Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

by series

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information:

available upon request

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection

Outgoing Correspondence Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1 / 1-7
Freeman and Lizzie Scott
1910-1918
1 / 8
Minnie Ann Scott
1912-1915
1 / 9
Captain Heath
1918

Incoming Correspondence Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1 / 10
Miscellaneous (includes Capt. Louis S. Davis, a friend with the First Army, American Expeditionary Force; H.G. Wilson, supervisor in charge of the Blackfeet Agency, re Scott's bid on an Indian allotment)
1910-1924

Miscellaneous Correspondence Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1 / 11
Minnie Ann Scott (form letter from W.A. Seward, general agent for the Great Northern Railway Company, re Glacier National Park)
1913

Reports Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1 / 12
Blackfeet Project ("computations for determining quantity of water necessary for use on various irrigation units")
n.d.
1 / 13
Fisher Canal (includes the number of acres to be irrigated)
n.d.
1 / 14
Four Horns Supply Canal (includes list of discharges of Badger Creek measured near Piegan, and the capacity of the Four Horns Reservoir)
ca. 1919
/ OVFD
Milk River Project (three bluelines showing details of the second pressure pipe on St. Mary's Canal at the St. Mary's River crossing and at the Hall's Coulee crossing)
1924
1 / 15
Two Medicine Canal above Spring Lake (includes evaporation loss from Spring Lake Reservoir, Two Medicine River discharges at Family, the number of acres to be irrigated in the Two Medicine Valley, and the capacity of the canal)
ca. 1919
1 / 16
Two Medicine South Canal (includes lists giving the number of acres to be irrigated, and the canal capacities and loses)
n.d.

Miscellany Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1 / 17
Applications for employment
1910-1929
1 / 18
Notebook (notes re parcels of land in or near the irrigation projects)
n.d.

Transfers Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1 / 19
Lists of maps transferred to the Library and of photographs transferred to the Photograph Archives

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Geographical Names

  • GLACIER COUNTY (MONT.)--DESCRIPTION AND TRAVEL