The University of Montana Student Organizations Collection, 1895-1979

Overview of the Collection

University of Montana. Student Organizations
The University of Montana Student Organizations Collection
1895-1979 (inclusive)
1.0 linear foot
Collection Number
Mss 604
This is an artificial collection of records from some of the earliest student organizations at the University of Montana in Missoula.
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
Fax: 4062434067
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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The University of Montana was founded in 1893, in Missoula, Montana. Classes did not begin until 1895 and the formation of student activities soon followed. The faculty was petitioned by students in order to form clubs, associations, and entertainments. Among the student organizations were the Shakespeare Club, Quill and Dagger for dramatics, associations for engineers, clubs for oratory and debate, literary societies, fraternities and honorary societies. In the second year of the University a Silver Cornet Band was organized, with severe penalties for failure to attend practice. Silent Sentinel and Penetralia were formed to “further the best interests of the University.” ASUM (the Associated Students of The University of Montana) composed of students, faculty, and alumni, was organized. ASUM and several other student organizations still exist today, though changed by the times.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains records from some of the earliest student organizations at The University of Montana. The organizations include literary societies like Clarkia and Hawthorne, honorary fraternities like Phi Beta Kappa, debate and oratory clubs, the Silver Cornet Band, the Associated Students of The University of Montana Students’ Store, and many others. The records contain, but are not limited to, constitutions and by-laws, announcements, correspondence, membership information, treasurer’s records, minutes, and clippings.

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. The University of Montana may hold the copyright to some portions of the collection.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], The University of Montana Student Organizations Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Processing Note

The collection has been arranged alphabetically.

Custodial History

The materials were extracted from the University Publications Collection at the K. Ross Toole Archives and placed into this collection because they are unpublished rather than published materials.

Acquisition Information

The sources and dates of acquisition for the materials are unknown.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Associated Students of the University of Montana Students’ Store Corporate Records 1917-1938
1/2 Clarkia Literary Society undated
1/3 Debate Club or Oratorical Association 1898-1910
1/4 Engineer’s Club/Mechanical Engineer’s Club 1905 and undated
1/5 Hawthorne Literary Society 1901-1905 and undated
1/6 Interfraternity Council, ledger 1926-1928
2/12 International Relations Club 1952-1957 and undated
1/7 Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity, Tau Chapter Treasury Record 1928-1929
2/13 Kyi-Yo [Kyiyo] Indian Club 1979
2/14 Liberal Arts Club 1954-1955 and undated
1/8 Literary Society of The University of Montana 1895, 1900, and undated
1/9 Miscellaneous 1907 and undated
1/10 Montana Forum, minutes 1953-1958
2/1 Montana Forum 1958-1961
2/2 Panhellenic 1941-1942
2/3 Penetralia Record Book 1918-1927
2/4 Phi Kappa Phi 1954
2/5 Pre-Medical Club 1937 and undated
2/6 Science Association of The University of Montana undated
2/7 Shakespeare Club 1904
2/15 Sigma Xi 1963
2/8 University of Montana Silver Cornet Band 1898-1901
2/9 Tzi Daltai Society undated
2/10 University Press Club undated
2/11 YWCA [Young Women’s Christian Association] undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • College students--Montana--Missoula--Societies, etc.

Corporate Names

  • University of Montana-Missoula--Societies, etc.
  • University of Montana-Missoula--Students--Societies, etc.