Northwestern Live Stock Company Records, 1884-1961  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Northwestern Live Stock Company
Northwestern Live Stock Company Records
1884-1961 (inclusive)
3 reels microfilm
Collection Number
Mss 031
The Northwestern Live Stock Company was established to acquire, raise, and sell sheep, cattle, horses and other livestock in Choteau County, Montana. The collection contains the organization's financial and legal records.
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 creating this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historic Publications and Records Commission. Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Northwestern Live Stock Company was incorporated in Helena, Montana, in 1901 by John T. Murphy, A.L. Smith, J.P. Woolman, and John B. Turton to operate in Shonkin, Choteau County, Montana. The company was organized to acquire, raise, and sell sheep, cattle, horses, and other livestock. The president of the company until 1906 was John Murphy, who then disposed of his interest. In 1909, J.H. Evers entered the company and by 1951 was president of the company.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains the financial and legal records of the Northwestern Live Stock Company. There are a complete set of corporate minutes from 1901 to 1941, that document board of director's meetings, stock issuance, capitalization, and reorganizations. Interspersed with other financial records are immunization records, herd counts, and livestock sales. Many of the legal records concern land leases, purchases, transfers, and negotiation of grazing permits with the U.S. Forest Service. The earliest land records appear in abstracts of title attached to later documents.

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], Northwestern Livestock Company Records, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The materials are arranged by folder or volume, with no series divisions.

Location of Originals

Location of originals unknown.

Acquisition Information

Loaned for microfilming by Jon Evers. He retained the originals.

Processing Note

The collection appears to have been microfilmed without significant arrangement during original processing. The other actions of the original processers are unknown. In 2004, the collection was re-described.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 1: Cash book 1934-1949
1 2: Ledger 1941-1961
1 3: Minute book 1937-1941
1 4: Ledger 1934-1941
1 5: Ledger 1931-1941
1 6: Minute book 1901-1941
1 7: Financial records 1911-1938
2 8: Leases and other land records 1884-1919
2 9: Cancelled checks 1921-1923
2 10: Stock certificates 1901-1938
2 11: Ledger 1933-1941
2 12: Day book 1912-1913
3 13: Day book 1907-1916
3 14: Wage slips 1921-1922

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Animal industry--Montana --Chouteau County
  • Livestock--Montana -- Chouteau County

Corporate Names

  • United States. Forest Service

Geographical Names

  • Shonkin (Mont.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Business records -- Montana--Chouteau County