Emmert Family Papers, 1911-1920  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Emmert Family
Emmert Family Papers
1911-1920 (inclusive)
0.2 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 437 (collection)
Lavinia and Melvin Emmert were residents of Haugen, Montana, where they served as postmasters. The collection contains documents relating to their occupation, other family papers, and photographs of Haugan and De Borgia, 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: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
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.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Lavinia Jones Emmert was born to Anthony Kennedy and Eva (Gephart) Jones on November 19, 1880 in Dunlap, Iowa. She married Melvin J. Emmert on December 14, 1910 in Omaha, Nebraska and had two children. Beulah Harriet was born in Haugen, Montana on April 28, 1913 and died in Baltimore, Maryland on January 27, 1915. Melvin Jones Emmert, Jr. was born in Haugen, Montana on October 20, 1915 and died in Warm Springs, Montana on May 23, 1978.

Lavinia Emmert was appointed the first Postmaster at Haugen, Montana, in 1911 and served until 1915 when her husband succeeded her. Melvin Emmert died May 29, 1934 in Missoula, Montana. Lavinia Emmert died Oct. 10, 1970 in Missoula, Montana.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection includes Lavinia and Melvin Emmert's post office documents, a biography, a news clipping and photos. The photos are generally unidentified, but some are probably family photos; others are of The University of Montana campus.

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. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The collection is divided into two series:

Series I: Correspondence and documents, 0.1 linear feet, 1911-1920

Series II: Photographs, 0.1 linear feet, undated

Acquisition Information

Gift of Frank Downing, date unknown.

Processing Note

The actions of the original processor is unknown. In 2001, the collection was re-described

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Correspondence and documents , 1911-1920Return to Top

0.1 linear feet

This series includes correspondence from the Post Office Department to both Lavinia and Melvin Emmert regarding their commissions as Postmasters; Lavinia Emmert's original commission document and a brief biography written by the donor, Frank Downing. Also included is a newspaper clipping detailing the experience of A.K. Jones, Lavinia Emmert's father, during his imprisonment in Andersonville Prison during the Civil War.

Container(s) Description Dates
Correspondence regarding Lavinia Emmert's appointment as Postmaster at Haugen, Montana.
Correspondence regarding Melvin Emmert's appointment as Postmaster at Haugen, Montana, Surety Bonds, and auditing of Post Office Account
Newspaper article from unknown paper regarding Lavinia Emmert's father, A.K. Jones' imprisonment in Andersonville Prison during the Civil War
Biography of Lavina Emmert written by donor, Frank Downing, wedding announcement for Lavinia and Melvin Emmert, list of birth dates of Jones Family, biography of A.K. Jones.
Commission Certificate from Postmaster General to Lavinia Emmert
Business card for Melvin Emmert, blank Indemnity Bond application

Series II:  Photographs Return to Top

This series contains one photocopy of 1895 plan of University of Montana, one unidentified proof sheet with negatives, one photo of DeBorgia, Montana, two photos of Haugen, Montana train depot, six photos of unidentified people, one photo of an unidentified river, one photo of Hogan Ranch in DeBorgia, Montana, and one photo of St. Regis River near DeBorgia, Montana.

Description Dates
437(II)1: Photocopy of plan of University of Montana campus
437(II)2: Unidentified proof sheet with negatives, some shots of University of Montana
437(II)3: DeBorgia, Montana with initials "M.E."
437(II)4: Haugan, Montana train depot with water tower
437(II)5: Haugan, Montana train depot, water tower, and two unidentified men
437(II)6: Unidentified woman standing by river
437(II)7: Unidentified woman and child
437(II)8: Unidentified river with washed out train tracks
437(II)9: Unidentified child with water tower in background
437(II)10: Unidentified woman with large trout
437(II)11: Unidentified man holding child by train tracks
437(II)12: Hogan's Ranch, DeBorgia, Montana
437(II)13: St. Regis River near DeBorgia, Montana
437(II)14: Unidentified man, woman, and child

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Postmasters--Montana--Haugen
  • Railroad stations--Montana--Haugen--Photographs

Corporate Names

  • University of Montana--Missoula--Photographs

Family Names

  • Emmert family

Geographical Names

  • De Borgia (Mont.)--Photographs

Form or Genre Terms

  • Family papers--Montana--Haugen

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Emmert, Lavinia Jones, 1880-1970
    • Emmert, Melvin J., d. 1934