Robert H. "Ty" Robinson Papers, 1922-2017

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Robinson, Robert H. (Ty), 1916-2018
Title
Robert H. "Ty" Robinson Papers
Dates
1922-2017 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.0 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 926
Summary
Robert H. (Ty) Robinson, a prominent member of the Missoula, Montana community, worked as a lawyer for many years, and volunteered with organizations that were proponents of education, health, and the environment. This collection consists of documents from Robinson's early life and education, his career, and his involvement in civic matters and organizations, including his historical talks.
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: 4062432053
Fax: 4062434067
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-Missoula.

Languages
English

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert H. "Ty" Robinson was born on January 25, 1916 in the town of Columbia Falls, Montana. Robinson's nickname "Ty" originated from a man Robinson's father had played baseball with: Ty Cobb. Ty Robinson was raised in six different towns from a young age, including Kalispell and Whitefish. He graduated from Flathead County High School in 1933, where he played basketball. In 1935, Robinson entered the University of Montana as an undergraduate student. From 1937-1939, Robinson played on the University of Montana Men's Basketball team. In 1940, Robinson graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science.

After graduating from the University of Montana, Robinson worked for the Department of Justice, slowly working his way up the ranks. He entered the military in 1943, and served until 1946 as "commissioned on staff" and commander on the Service Force Pacific Fleet in the U.S. Navy. Upon completion of service in 1946, Robinson returned to the University of Montana, where he graduated with his Juris Doctor degree in 1948. After graduating in 1948, Robinson was admitted into practice in the same year, then entering the Missoula Mercantile work force as in-house counsel. Starting in 1950, Robinson taught in the University of Montana School of Business and Business Law for 11 years. In 1954, Robinson became a partner in the law firm, Garlington, Lohn, and Robinson, from which he retired in 1987 to become "of counsel." In 1971, Robinson was sworn in by the Montana Supreme Court to the Montana Constitutional Convention Commission.

Robinson was an active member of the Montana community, serving on boards and civic councils with a range of missions. Some of Robinson's contributions include serving as a past president of the Missoula Rotary Club, a member of the Missoula Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Community Medical Center Foundation, and a past president of the Western Montana Council of Boy Scouts. Robinson was active in civil affairs on the state, county, and city levels, where his focus was on education, health, and the environment.

Robinson married his wife, Jean E. Fritz, on November 23, 1939, and had two children, John and Laird. Ty Robinson died in Missoula March 27, 2018 at the age of 102.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Robert H. (Ty) Robinson papers cover the date range 1922-2017. The documents and ephemera in this collection include school records, records from the Missoula Mercantile, various documents from organizations Robinson was involved in as a board member or volunteer, and documents and ephemera from his time supporting and volunteering with the Boy Scouts. Materials in this collection were originally housed in binders labeled, "Miscellaneous memories to go through later," "Ty's Memory Book," and "The Merc."

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

Robert H. "Ty" Robinson Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

The materials in this collection have been arranged in to four series:

Series I: Life and Education, 1922-2016, 0.2 linear feet

Series II: Career, 1944-2014, 0.3 linear feet

Series III: Organizations and Civic Involvement, 1930-2017, 0.5 linear feet

Series IV: Audio Visual Materials, 2000s-2010s

Custodial History

This material was held by Ty Robinson before being donated to the Archives.

Acquisition Information

The majority of material in this collection was donated to the University of Montana's Archives and Special Collections by Ty Robinson's friend Jari Davis, with permission from Robinson's family. Recorded talks were donated by Robinson's friend James Habeck in 2005 and 2011.

Processing Note

During processing, documents were removed from three-ring binders, plastic document enclosures, and accordion files, placed in acid free folders. Original order was maintained. Documents and photographs were removed from frames and other enclosures. Folders were given the name of the original document folders and binders where applicable. Audiovisual media was removed from document folders and placed into a designated media box in the collection. Duplicates and unrelated materials were removed from the collection during processing.

Related Materials

Copies of Ty Robinson's recorded interviews, as well as verbatim transcripts of those interviews, are available as Oral History Collection OH 270-038, OH 270-039, OH 396-008, and OH 415-001 from the K. Ross Toole Archives.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Life and Education, 1922-2016Return to Top

0.2 linear feet
This series is arranged chronologically by date of event in Robinson's life.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Ty Robinson Early Life
circa 1920s, 1923
1/2
Ty Robinson School Records
1922-1927
1/3
Montana DeMolay
1937
1/4
Personal Correspondence
1946-1948
1/5
Navy
1950
1/6
Newspaper Clippings
1953-1985
1/7
Law Degree
1970
1/8
Personal Correspondence
1979 and 1982
1/9
Christmas Correspondence
1990-2009
1/10
Ty's Memory Book
Memory book was originally housed in a binder and created by Robinson's friend Jim Habeck
2011
1/11
Ty's Memory Book Photographs
Memory book was originally housed in a binder and created by Robinson's friend Jim Habeck
2011
1/12
R.H. Robinson: Life History
Circa 2016

Series II:  Career, 1944-2014Return to Top

0.3 linear feet
This series is arranged by order of career, then chronologically by category.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
OS 1/1
Supreme Court Certificate to Practice Law
1948
1/13
Mercantile Correspondence
1944
1/14
Mercantile Name License
1953
1/15
The Mercantile: Documents and Policies
1953
1/16
History of the Mercantile
1976
1/17
Notes on the Mercantile
Circa 1980s
1/18
History of the Mercantile Newspaper Article
2008
1/19
Missoula Mercantile: Robinson and McLeod Interview
2011
1/20
Chamber of Commerce
Circa 1965-1970s
1/21
Senate Correspondence
1976
1/22
Garlington, Lohn, and Robinson Law Firm
2014
1/23
Interviews with R.H. (Ty) Robinson
2005-2011
1/24
Talks and Speeches by Ty Robinson
2005-2011
1/25
Missoulian Interviews
2012
1/26
Miscellaneous
1938-1990s
OS 1/2
Robinson Calendar
Calendar contains many notes from Robinson
2001
1/27
Photographs
Circa 1970s-2010s

Series III:  Organizations and Civic Involvement, 1930-2017Return to Top

0.5 linear feet
This series is arranged alphabetically, then chronologically by category.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/1
Boy Scouts Ephemera
Contains Robinson's original Boy Scout Cap from Camp Jefferson in 1930 and BSA patch from 2003
1930-2010
2/2
Boy Scouts Meeting Documents
1951
2/3
Boy Scouts Meeting Documents
1952
2/4
Boy Scouts Meeting Documents
1953
2/5
Boy Scouts Meeting Documents
1954
OS 1/3
Boy Scouts Poster
1954
2/6
Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award
1960
OS 1/4
Boy Scots Silver Beaver Certificate
1960
2/7
Scouting Legacy Award
2010
2/8
Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony
2015
2/9
Community Medical Center
1989-2016
2/10
Disabled Veterans National Foundation
1980
2/11
Leadership Missoula
2007
2/12
Legacy Montana
Circa 2010s
2/13
Montana Massoinic Foundation
1977
2/14
Rotary
Circa 2017
2/15
Rotary: Paul Harris Fellow Certificate of Appreciation
2017
2/16
Sportsman of the Year
1980
2/17
University of Montana Charter Day
2011

Series IV:  Audiovisual Media, circa 2000s-2010sReturn to Top

0.1 linear foot
This series is currently unprocessed.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box
3
unprocessed audiovisual media
circa 2000s-2010s

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Community development--Montana--Missoula
  • Missoula (Mont.)--Social life and customs
  • Social participation--Montana--Missoula

Personal Names

  • Robinson, Robert H., 1916-2018--Archives

Corporate Names

  • Boy Scouts of America. Western Montana Council
  • Missoula Mercantile Company

Occupations

  • Civic leaders--Montana--Missoula
  • Lawyers--Montana--Missoula