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Irma Brown Reeder papers, 1927-1963
- Reeder, Irma Brown, 1898-1971
- Irma Brown Reeder papers
- 1927-1963 (inclusive)19271963
- 1 linear feet of shelf space
- Collection Number
- MC 102 (collection)
- Irma Reeder was a Big Sandy, Montana, schoolteacher. She later moved to Livingston where she owned and operated a motel. This collection consists of 13 of her diaries (1927-1963). There are also a diary (1930-1932) kept by S. Eugene Reeder while in Russia as a tractor expert; a letters; cards; programs; and clippings.
Montana Historical Society, Library & Archives
Montana Historical Society Research Center Archives
225 North Roberts
PO Box 201201
- Access Restrictions
Collection open for research.
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Irma Elizabeth Brown was born in Littlerock, about ten miles south of Olympia, Washington, on August 30, 1898. Shortly after Irma's graduation from Olympia High School, her family moved to a homestead near Big Sandy, Montana. Irma attended Montana Wesleyan College in Helena and then taught high school English in several towns, including Midland, South Dakota; and Big Sandy, Three Forks, and Willow Creek, Montana. In 1930, Irma became friends with Seneca Eugene ("Gene") Reeder, whose family had also moved from Washington to homestead near Big Sandy, Their friendship deepened through correspondence while Reeder was in the Soviet Union as a tractor expert during Stalin's first Five-Year Plan. After his return, Reeder continued his work as a tractor mechanic around Park County. In April 1933, Gene Reeder and Irma Brown married and moved to Livingston where they established a tourist court on the road to Yellowstone Park. They operated this court until 1942, when they went to Bremerton, Washington, to do war work in the naval shipyards. After the war they returned to their tourist court in Livingston and added trailer parking and laundromat facilities to their cabins. After Gene's death on December 31, 1957, Irma Reeder continued to run the court alone until her retirement in 1966, Irma Reeder was active in the Methodist Church, women's lodge activities, choir and dramatic performances, and charity work. She died October 6, 1971.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
This collection consists primarily of thirteen diaries, kept by Irma Brown Reeder during the years 1927-1963. The early diaries, before her marriage in 1933, are very detailed and personal; the later ones simply chronicle events. The 1932-1934 diary also includes the 1930-1932 diary kept by Gene Reeder while he was in Russia. In addition, there are a few letters, cards, programs, and clippings.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of the Montana Historical Society. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all materials in the collection. In some cases permission for use may require additional authorization from the copyright owners. For more information contact an archivist.
Item description and date. Collection Title. Collection Number. Box and Folder numbers. Montana Historical Society Research Center, Archives, Helena, Montana.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Arranged by series.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection
Incoming Correspondence Return to Top
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Diaries Return to Top
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Diaries (two volumes)
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Diaries (two volumes and loose sheets; includes S.E. Reeder diary 1930-1932)
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Diaries (two volumes)
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Diaries (three volumes)
Photographs Return to Top
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List of photographs transferred to the Photo Archives
Miscellany Return to Top
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Clippings Return to Top
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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Reeder, Irma Brown, 1898-1971 (creator)
- Big Sandy (Mont.)
- Livingston (Mont.)--Commerce
- Midland (S.D.)
- Three Forks (Mont.)
- Willow Creek (Mont.)--Education