University of Montana Office of the President records, 1897-2010

Overview of the Collection

The University of Montana-Missoula. Office of the President.
University of Montana Office of the President records
1897-2010 (inclusive)
260.5 linear feet
Collection Number
RG 001
This collection details the activities, roles, and people of the Office of the President at the University of Montana-Missoula from its beginning to 2010. It contains a great deal of material relating to the day-to-day operation of the University.
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: 4062432053
Fax: 4062434067
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. Personnel files in several boxes limit access; please contact the archivist for more details.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Office of the President at the University of Montana-Missoula supports the President who acts as the head of the university; the president holds executive power over most aspects of research, community relations, student life, and instruction. Along with his cabinet, the President is responsible for overseeing the administrative aspects of the University and providing leadership in all facets of its operation. This collection contains materials dated from 1897 through 2010.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains a great deal of material relating to the day-to-day operation of the University of Montana-Missoula. Although classes began at the University in 1895, the earliest years of the institution are not well represented in the materials. Some records from the 1890s and early 1900s are present, but the earliest significant representation starts in 1908. Most presidential terms are well represented through the 1900s and into the 2000s. This collection contains many folders arranged by subject. It holds correspondence, many items concerning the Montana State Legislature, documents pertaining to the sale of land around Fort Missoula to the Missoula Country Club, information on the 1994 restructuring of the university system, meeting minutes, papers from many different student and employee committees, Montana Conservation Corps documents, budgets, projects, financial information, materials from the Physical Plant, and scholarship information. Documents relating to the planning, funding, and advertisement for the President’s Lecture Series are also prominent as well as Board of Regents materials, and enrollment information. There are items relating to athletics and NCAA regulations as well as many invitations to university events and public exercises.

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. The University of Montana may hold the copyright to some portions of the collection.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], University of Montana Office of the President Records, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Part of this collection received minimal processing but retains its original files, titles, and boxes. The bulk of the materials remain unprocessed. Inventories for the collection are available at the repository.

Custodial History

This collection came to Archives and Special Collections in 16 different accessions; 12 were directly from the Office of the President in July 1997, March 1999, July 1999, December 1999, January 2001, June 2005, February 2006, March 2008, May 2011, and August 2011, while four of the accessions' donors and dates of donation are unknown.

Future Additions

Archives and Special Collections expects additions to this collection from the Office of the President in the future.

Processing Note

Several accessions of materials were combined to create one collection. No parts of the collection were physically rearranged, although the boxes were renumbered. The folder titles were created by the President’s Office and remain unchanged. The processor created subject categories and rearranged folder titles in the container list according to these categories for part of the collection. For several accessions in the collection, no processing took place.

Related Materials

There are numerous related collections held with Archives and Special Collections, including records for many of the University's Colleges and Schools. In addition, the President’s Lecture Series documents also correspond to the President’s Lecture Series Records (RG 040) which contains video and audio recordings. Materials from the Physical Plant relate to the Facilities Services Records (RG 039.)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Corporate Names

  • University of Montana-Missoula--Administration
  • University of Montana-Missoula. Office of the President--Archives

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Montana State University (Missoula, Mont.) 1935-1965
    • State University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.)
    • University of Montana (Missoula, Mont. : 1893-1913)
    • University of Montana (Missoula, Mont. : 1965-1994)
    • University of Montana--Missoula