Bernard G. Hoffman papers, 1945-1950

Overview of the Collection

Hoffman, Bernard G.
Bernard G. Hoffman papers
1945-1950 (inclusive)
0.4 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 730
The Bernard G. Hoffman papers include a folder of "The University of Montana Eclipse Party" of 1945, a folder with a fieldwork journal, photos, drawings, clippings and maps of the "Archeology of the Canyon Ferry Dam Site field trip in Montana" in 1950, his larger drawings of a petroglyph site in the northern Canyon Ferry area, and a student-authored field trip orientation packet focused on the northwestern area of Montana.
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
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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

Bernard G. Hoffman earned a B.A. in 1946 from The University of Montana-Missoula and a Ph.D. in 1955 from the University of California at Berkeley. While he was a graduate student, Hoffman returned to Montana to join the archeological survey of the Canyon Ferry dam site under the supervision of Professor Carling Malouf. In 1955-1956, Hoffman was a research analyst with the United States Department of Justice Indian Claims Section; 1957-1958, research associate of the American University Foreign Area Study Division; 1958-1964, research analyst for the National Science Foundation Foreign Service Information Program; and 1964-1965, head of the National Science Foundation's Course Content Improvement Program. In 1965, he joined the faculty of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland at College Park. His specialty was eastern American Indians from Appalachia to eastern Canada.

Hoffman published three books: Cabot to Cartier; sources for a Historical Ethnography of Northeastern North America, 1497-1955 in 1961, Observations on Certain Ancient Tribes of the Northern Appalachian Province in 1964, and The Structure of Traditional Moroccan Rural Society in 1967

In 1988 he retired to Chantilly, Virginia.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Bernard G. Hoffman papers include a folder of "The University of Montana Eclipse Party" near Saco, Montana, in 1945. The report includes a handwritten description of the preparations, the participants, specific data about the eclipse including the "falling shadow" phenomenon, drawings, maps, photographs, and reports from other observers.

The "Archeology of the Canyon Ferry Dam Site field trip in Montana" in 1950 includes a handwritten daily journal of the fieldwork from June 12 to July 31, 1950, with photos, drawings of the items found, and hand drawn maps. The journal is bound together with Carling I. Malouf's 1950 report entitled The Archaeology of the Canyon Ferry Region, Montana . Also included are newsclippings, maps and larger hand-drawings of petroglyph wall in Hellgate Canyon located on the northern edge of the 1950 Canyon Ferry region in Broadwater County, Montana. The dam was constructed between 1949 and 1954 and area filled with water after those dates.

Also included is a student-authored field trip orientation packet focused on the northwestern area of Montana

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.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Bernard G. Hoffman Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The materials were organized in chronological order.

Custodial History

The papers were held by the creator until donated.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Archives by Bernard G. Hoffman in June 1988.

Related Materials

The bulk of Bernard G. Hoffman's papers are National Anthropological Archives of the Smithsonian Institution and at George Mason University Libraries.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 The University of Montana Eclipse Party 1945
1/2 Archeology of the Canyon Ferry Dam Site, Montana, Field Trip, The University of Montana 1950
1/3 Annotated maps regarding Canyon Ferry site circa 1950
1/4 Clippings about Canyon Ferry field trip circa 1950
1/5 Field trip orientation and maps from Missoula, Montana, north to Lake McDonald and Whitefish, Montana undated
OS 2 Drawings and map of petroglyph wall in Hellgate Canyon, Broadwater County, Montana 1950

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Eclipses
  • Indians of North America--Montana--Antiquities
  • Petroglyphs--Montana--Broadwater County

Geographical Names

  • Canyon Ferry Dam (Mont.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Field notes--Montana--Broadwater County.
  • Field notes--Montana--Saco


  • Anthropologists--Montana