Edward W. Spottswood diary, 1913

Overview of the Collection

Spottswood, Edward W., 1866-1951
Edward W. Spottswood diary
1913 (inclusive)
1 item
Collection Number
Mss 714
This collection consists Dr. Edward W. Spottswood's diary from January-August 1913, in which he briefly describes life in Missoula and then focuses on the family's travel in the United States and Europe.
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
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.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Edward W. Spottswood was born January 2, 1866, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Spottswood in Lake City, Minnesota. Spottswood graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1893 and served his internship at Cook County Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. Shortly after, he came to Missoula, Montana as the assistant chief surgeon at the Northern Pacific Hospital. Spottswood became chief surgeon in 1903 and served in that position until 1908. In 1903, he married Lenita J. Bonner, the daughter of Montana pioneer E. L. Bonner. The couple had two children, Edward and Lenita. Dr. Spottswood died May 14, 1951.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of Edward W. Spottswood's diary from January-August, 1913, in which he briefly describes life in Missoula and then focuses on the family's travel in the United States and Europe. Spottswood mentioned his wife, their children and the events and sites they enjoyed as well as prominent people they met, including Joseph Dixon and President Woodrow Wilson. Their travels began with a cross country trip from Missoula to New York, Augusta, Georgia, and Washington, D.C. In May the family sailed to Europe and traveled through many cities including Paris, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Bergen, Stockholm, and St. Petersburg as well as parts of Italy and Germany.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

A digitized copy of the Edward W. Spottswood diary and a transcript are available online via the Montana History Portal.

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes.

Preferred Citation

Edward W. Spottswood Diary, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Custodial History

Found in the attic of 101 University Avenue, Missoula, Montana in 1961 by the donor.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Archives by Donald F. Walters in 2004.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Edward W. Spottswood diary
transcript available

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Subject Terms

  • Americans--Europe--Diaries