Dorothy Whitcomb Klimper Papers, 1904-1975  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Klimper, Dorothy Whitcomb, d. 1978
Title
Dorothy Whitcomb Klimper Papers
Dates
1904-1975 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.3 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 395 (collection)
Summary
Dorothy Whitcomb Klimper was a resident of Zortman, Montana. This collection includes correspondence, the manuscript, and photographs from the book Top o' the Mountain: Charley Whitcomb, Mining Man, which she co-authored with Gladys Costello.
Repository
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
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
library.archives@umontana.edu
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--Mussoula.

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

Gladys Costello was born in Malta, Montana, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Robinson, who were among the first settlers in the area. She graduated from the University of Montana School of Journalism and maintained a long time interest in writing with a special focus on regional history. In addition to co-authoring Top o' the Mountain: Charley Whitcomb, Mining Man, some of her stories were published in The Golden Era of the Little Rockies. Gladys Costello lived in Zortman, Montana, which is in Phillips County, for most of her adult life until her death on July 16, 1978.

Dorothy Whitcomb Klimper, born in Zortman, was one of two surviving children of Charley and Katie B. Whitcomb. She married Max E. Klimper, mining engineer, educator and sportsman. By 1976 she lived in Stanford, Montana. Costello's writing skills and Klimper's memorabilia and reminiscences were combined for the book Top o' the Mountain: Charley Whitcomb, Mining Man.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection includes correspondence, the manuscript, and photos from the book Top o' the Mountain: Charley Whitcomb, Mining Man.

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], Dorothy Whitcomb Klimper Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana--Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

The collection is divided into two series:

Series I: Correspondence and manuscript, 1975

Series II: Photographs, 1904-1971

Custodial History

Materials in this collection remained with the creator until donation to the K. Ross Toole Archives.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dorothy Klimper, 1976.

Processing Note

The actions of the original processors are unknown. In 2001, the collection was reprocessed.


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Correspondence and manuscript , 1975 Return to Top

This series includes four items of correspondence, a miscellaneous note, a poem, a copy of the book manuscript, and photograph captions. Only one piece of correspondence is dated.

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder
1
Costello correspondence and editorial note in regard to manuscript to be self-published
1975 and undated
2
Typed draft of manuscript
undated

Series II:  Photographs , 1904-1971 Return to Top

This series includes photographs of the Klimper family, friends, business associates, Klimper residences, the Zortman area, and the Ruby mine. Most of the photos were included in the book and their descriptions in this finding aid were taken from captions in the book.

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder
1
395(II)1: Fire above Ruby Gulch
1936
2
395(II)2: Forest fire that started at Rag Town
undated
3
395(II)3: Whitcomb home in Zortman, Montana
1905
4
395(II)4: Run-down cabin
undated
5
395(II)5: Jerry Worthington, George Whitcomb, and Bill Francke (l to r) at goldmelting from first clean-up at Little Ben Mine
1933
6
395(II)6: Two photos, George Whitcomb in Germany and in Germany with friends
1919
7
395(II)7: Charles Whitcomb at age 38
1907
8
395(II)8: Charley Whitcomb and engineer Price discussing the Beaver Creek properties
1934
9
395(II)9: Unknown man in uniform
undated
10
395(II)10: Unknown man weighing gold samples
undated
11
395(II)11: Third Ruby Gulch Mill
1936
12
395(II)12: Charley and Katie B. at their Beaver Creek home
1935
13
395(II)13: B.D. Phillips and friend at Ruby Gulch
undated
14
395(II)14: Whitcomb home in Helena, Montana
1912-1926
15
395(II)15: Ore cart at mouth of mine in winter, Ruby Camp
undated
16
395(II)16: Postcard of two men by ore cart
undated
17
395(II)17: Charley (Gritty) Whitcomb
undated
18
395(II)18: Charley Whitcomb's grave in Zortman Cemetary
undated
19
395(II)19: Gold ore haulers in camp
undated
20
395(II)20: Katie B. with the three daughters born in Townsend
undated
21
395(II)21: House at Beaver Creek
1971
22
395(II)22: Katie B. with friends when she worked at Polaris
undated
23
395(II)23: First Ruby Gulch Mill
1904
24
395(II)24: Hartmann's freight outfit with winter supplies for Zortman
ca.1908
25
395(II)25: Joe Hartman transporting power plant boilers from Winifred
undated
26
395(II)26: Power plant on Missouri River
1914
27
395(II)27: Catholic church at Zortman
1971
28
395(II)28: Tim, Mr. Smith, and L.A. (top row, l-r), Mrs. Hartman and Mrs. L.A.
undated
29
395(II)29: Hard Luck Smith, freighter, miner, and mill hand
undated
30
395(II)30: Miners in front of Whitcomb store and post office near Ruby Gulch Mine
undated
31
395(II)31: Zortman, Montana
1907
32
395(II)32: Gold bar on scale
undated
33
395(II)33: Unknown man at smelter
undated
34
395(II)34: "New mill"
undated
35
395(II)35: Second Ruby Gulch Mill
1914
36
395(II)36: Ruby Camp in winter
undated
37
395(II)37: Gold ore en route to mill
undated
38
395(II)38: Unknown man with herd of sheep
undated
39
395(II)39: Tramway for cars carrying ore from the Alabama to the Ruby Mill
undated
40
395(II)40: Dodson-Zortman stageline
undated
41
395(II)41: View from the saddle above Ruby
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Miners--Montana--Zortman--Biography
  • Mines and mineral resources--Montana--Phillips County

Personal Names

  • Costello, Gladys, d. 1978
  • Whitcomb, Charley, 1866-1936

Corporate Names

  • University of Montana--Missoula--Alumni and alumnae

Family Names

  • Klimper family

Geographical Names

  • Ruby Mine (Phillips County, Mont.)
  • Zortman (Mont.)--Photographs

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photographs--Montana--Phillips County