Edgar Samuel Paxson Commemorative Badge Collection, 1902-1920

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Paxson, E. S., 1852-1919
Title
Edgar Samuel Paxson Commemorative Badge Collection
Dates
1902-1920 (inclusive)
Quantity
16 items
Collection Number
Mss 758
Summary
E. S. Pasxon's commemorative badges for annual meetings of groups including Montana Pioneers, USWV (United Spanish War Veterans), IOOF (International Order of Odd Fellows), BPOE (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks), and M.S.S.A. (Montana State Sportsman's Association), as well as army artillery insignia pins, a Butte badge, an artist's palette-shaped pin, and a Cape Cod Pageant badge.
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

Edgar Samuel Paxson was born to a Quaker family in East Hamburg, New York, in 1852. His father, William Hamilton Paxson, had a carriage-building business. After attending the Friends' Institute school, Edgar entered his father's business, painting carriages and signs. In 1874 he married Laura Johnson, and the following year he set out for the West. Paxson worked for a stagecoach company, as a guide, and at other frontier jobs. In 1878 he brought his family to Deer Lodge, Montana, where he painted signs and scenery for theatrical backdrops. In 1881 they moved to Butte, where Paxson continued painting scenery but also established a studio and produced easel paintings of historical subjects and portraits of Indians. He is best known for the painting he titled "Custer's Last Fight."

In May 1898, Paxson's work was interrupted when he was mustered into the Army and sent to the Philippines for active service during the Spanish-American War. He returned home after a year.

Paxson exhibited paintings at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis in 1904, and the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland in 1905, as well as other venues outside Montana. He moved to Missoula, Montana, in 1906. In 1911 he was commissioned to paint six scenes of Montana history for the Senate chambers at the Montana Capitol in Helena. The following year, he was commissioned to execute eight paintings for the Missoula County Courthouse. Edgar Paxson died November 9, 1919.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of E. S. Pasxon's commemorative badges for annual meetings of groups including Montana Pioneers, USWV(United Spanish War Veterans), IOOF (International Order of Odd Fellows), BPOE (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks), and M.S.S.A. (Montana State Sportsman's Association), as well as army artillery insignia pins, a Butte badge, an artist's palette-shaped pin, and a Cape Cod Pageant badge.

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.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Edgar Samuel Paxson Commemorative Badge Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

Each badge with a fastener was fastened to a folder for organization and preservation. The badges without fasteners were placed in envelopes.

Custodial History

The custodial history of this collection is unknown, though it was donated to a University of Montana museum from the Paxson estate, probably in 1956.

Acquisition Information

Transferred to the archives circa 1968.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1 Three badges with ribbons commemorating reunions of the USWV(United Spanish War Veterans) 1914-1915
Microfilm
1/1 One badge with ribbon commemorating a Montana Pioneers annual meeting in Deer Lodge, Montana 1912
1/2 One badge with hanging attachment commemorating a Butte, Montana, July 4th celebration 1912
1/2 One badge with ribbon and hanging star commemorating an IOOF (International Order of Odd Fellows) meeting in Missoula, Montana 1912
1/2 One badge commemorating the Hellgate 333 BPOE (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks) at an annual meeting in Portland, Oregon 1912
1/2 One badge with ribbon and hanging attachment commemorating a tournament of the Montana State Sportsmen's Association in Anaconda, Montana 1902
1/2 One badge attachment hanging on ribbon commemorating a Montana Pioneers annual meeting in Missoula, Montana 1922
1/2 One badge celebrating Butte undated
1/3 Three army artillery collar insignia undated
1/4 One badge with ribbon commemorating a Montana Pioneers meeting in Deer Lodge, Montana 1912
1/5 One badge with ribbon commemorating a M.S.S.A. (Montana State Sportsman's Association) meeting in Deer Lodge, Montana 1916
1/5 Artist's palette-shaped pin inscribed with "E.S. Paxson," back pin missing undated
1/5 One badge commemorating the Pageant of Cape Cod with leather strap attached undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Pageants--Massachusetts--Cape Cod

Corporate Names

  • Elks (Fraternal order)
  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows
  • Montana State Sportsman's Association
  • Society of Montana Pioneers
  • United Spanish War Veterans

Form or Genre Terms

  • Badges