- Owen, Margaret Regina Hart, 1896-1986
- Margaret Owen collection on Robert Marshall
- 1928-1940 (inclusive)19281940
- 0.5 linear feet
- Collection Number
- Mss 421 (collection)
- Margaret Owen was a resident of Missoula, Montana, and Laramie, Wyoming, who corresponded with environmentalist Robert Marshall. The collection consists of their correspondence, photographs, and writings and publications by or about Robert Marshall.
- 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
- 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 encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Margaret Regina Hart Owen was born November 25, 1896, in Missoula, Montana, to Ella B. and Charles A. Hart. She attend Sacred Heart Academy, Missoula Business College, and the University of Montana, all in Missoula. She also attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. She specialized in plant and biological sciences.
Margaret Owen was briefly married to a man named Troop. She married William B. Owen on August 30, 1932. They had no children. Owen worked for the U. S. Forest Service in Montana and Minnesota from 1923 to 1932. She served as a secretary to the University of Wyoming Law College dean in 1943 and 1945 before working as the assistant to the director of the Institute of Biology and Radiobiology in 1955 and 1958. Owen was active in the Laramie, Wyoming, community in fund-raising, church, and social organizations. She died on April 18, 1986.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
This collection includes letters written by Robert Marshall while in Wiseman, Alaska, from September 1930 through April 1931. He sent the lengthy letters to his sister who made copies and sent them on to a designated group of friends and family. In the letters Marshall discussed everything from Alaskan wildlife and wilderness to small community happenings and people he encountered. This collection includes a single letter addressed solely to Margaret Owen, a photo of Owen, a few photographs of Marshall, and a few group photographs from the Priest River Research Station in Idaho. The collections also contains writings and clippings about Robert Marshall and his father, Lewis Marshall, as well as publications by Robert Marshall.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
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.
[Name of document or photograph number], Margaret Owen collection on Robert Marshall, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana--Missoula.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The collection is divided into three series:
Series I: Letters from Robert Marshall, 1930-1938
Series II: Photographs, 1928-1940
Series III: Writings and Publications, 1929-1981
Gift of William B. Owen, 1986.
The actions of the original processors are unknown. The collection was reprocessed in 2001. In 2007 the title of the collection was changed from Margaret Owen Papers to Margaret Owen collection on Robert Marshall.
During processing, two books by Robert Marshall, Arctic Wilderness and Arctic Village, were transferred to Special Collections.
The bulk of Robert Marshall's papers are located at the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series I: Letters from Robert Marshall , 1930-1938Return to Top
This collection includes seven letters written by Robert Marshall describing the locale and events of his trip to Wiseman, Alaska, and one letter from Robert Marshall to Margaret Owen
To Margaret Owen
Series II: Photographs , 1928-1940Return to Top
This series contains one photograph of Margaret Owen, three Priest River Idaho Station group photographs, one photograph of Bob Marshall, and two photo postcards of Robert Marshall sent to Margaret (Troop) Owen. Marshall wrote brief notes to Owen on the postcards.
421(II)1: Seated group at Priest River Idaho Station, Bob Marshall third from the left
421(II)2: Group at Priest River Idaho Station
421(II)3: Bob Marshall at Priest River Idaho Station
421(II)4: Staff at Priest River Idaho Station, including Bob Marshall
421(II)5: Postcard of Al Retzlaf and Bob Marshall with note addressed to Margaret Troop (Owen)
421(II)6: Postcard of Bob Marshall with note addressed to Margaret Troop (Owen)
421(II)7: Margaret Hart Owen
Series III: Writings and Publications, 1929-1981Return to Top
This series contains writings and clippings about Robert Marshall and his father, Lewis Marshall, as well as publications by Robert Marshall.
Stories about Robert Marshall as told by Margaret Owen
"Louis Marshall, an Appreciation"
"Contribution to the Life History of the Northwestern Lumberjack"
"The Social Management of American Forests"
"The Problem of the Wilderness"
Review of "The Problem of the Wilderness"
"The Universe of the Wilderness is Vanishing"
"Doonerak or Bust"
"North Doonerak, Amawk and Apoon"
Robert Marshall's obituary from the USFS Service Bulletin
The Living Wilderness
The Living Wilderness
Clippings about Robert Marshall
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Ranger stations--Idaho--Priest River--Photographs
- Marshall, Robert, 1901-1939--Correspondence
- Marshall, Robert, 1901-1939--Photographs
- United States. Forest Service--Officials and employees--Photographs
- Alaska--Description and travel
- Wiseman (Alaska)