Line Family papers, 1878-1971  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Line Family
Title
Line Family papers
Dates
1878-1971 (inclusive)
Quantity
37.0 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 643
Summary
The Line Family papers document two generations of family life and business in a number of Montana towns, including Columbus and Missoula, through personal and professional correspondence and business records. The second generation’s college years at The University of Montana, Mount Holyoke, and Harvard, as well as their early careers outside of Montana, are evident in the materials.
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: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
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

Lemuel McClellan Line was born in Boonsborough, Maryland, on November 14, 1861. He began medical school at Rush Medical College and finished his training at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Baltimore, Maryland, 1884. He began practicing in Nebraska and moved to Columbus, Montana, in 1894. He became the district Northern Pacific Railway doctor. Dr. Line married Mary Alice Campbell on September 3, 1890. They had two children, Robert Campbell and Ruth Marie. Dr. Line’s Montana business interests beyond his practice included the Columbus Drug Store, Reed Point Trading Company, the Eagle Point Trading Company, and the Lake Basin Trading Company. He was also on the school board and started the Congregational Church in Columbus. Dr. Line died in 1917.

Mary Alice Campbell was born in DeWitt, Iowa, November 5, 1862. She received her teaching degree from the Ohio Normal College and taught for ten years in Iowa and Nebraska before she married Lemuel M. Line on September 3, 1890. After their 1895 arrival in Columbus, Montana, Mrs. Line worked in their Columbus store, assisted on surgical cases, and with her husband, joined in many community activities. She taught Sunday school, was active in the Woman’s Club on a statewide basis, sponsored the Stillwater County Library in 1918 and was superintendent of the Congregational Sunday School for a time. Mary Line died in 1930.

Robert Campbell Line was born to Lemuel and Mary Alice in Ogallala, Nebraska, in 1891. He received a B.A. from the University of Montana in Missoula in 1910, and a master’s degree from Harvard University in 1912. Line began his career as an instructor in Economics at Mount Holyoke College. Line was traveling in Germany in 1914 when war broke out. In 1915 he worked for the Merchants’ Association of New York before he returned to Columbus, Montana, and became the owner-operator of the family chain of stores in Montana until 1927. During that time he was active in merchants’ organizations, wrote business articles, and taught some short courses at the University of Kansas. He then taught at the University of Minnesota before becoming a professor and Dean of the School of Business Administration at the State University of Montana [now known as The University of Montana -Missoula] in 1927. He traveled to Europe with the Army Education Program from 1945 to 1946. Line stepped down from his position as Dean in 1947 but remained a professor until he retired from the university in 1957. He ran the Line Import Company until 1972. Robert Campbell Line married Louise Chapman of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin on September 7, 1918. They had four children: Louise, Harriet, Robert Campbell [Jr.], and David Chapman. For about seven years beginning in 1938, the Lines operated their home, the Robert C. Line Ranch (also known as the Fellfoot Ranch) in Missoula, Montana, as a boys and girls camp during the summer. The ranch was later renamed the Pattee Canyon Ranch. Robert Campbell Line died on October 18, 1982.

Ruth Marie Line graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1921. She worked in St. Paul, Minnesota and by 1930 she was the educational director of H.C. Capwell Company in Oakland, California. She married and had three children.

Louise Chapman Line, born in 1891, grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, the daughter of Frederick Leslie and Louise Lovett Sewell Chapman. Her father was a publisher of agriculture related materials in Chicago and he also owned a ranch near Deer Lodge, Montana. Her five siblings were Edward Sewall, Frederick, Margaret, Helen, and Jack Chapman. Louise Chapman Line attended Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, from 1910 to 1911 and Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts from 1912 to1914 earning a B.A. in English. In 1915 she earned an M.A. in English at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. She taught at Centralia High School in Centralia, Illinois from 1915 to 1916, and at New Trier Township High School in Kenilworth, Illinois from 1916 to 1918. After she moved to Missoula, Montana with her husband, Robert Line, Louise Line was active in the University Church Women, the local Cosmos Club, a theosophical study group, the Nonpartisan League, theatrical presentations, the peace movement, and initiated the development of some park systems in Missoula.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Line Family papers primarily consist of rich family correspondence, business correspondence, business records, school papers and memorabilia, photographs and moving image film. The correspondence includes letters to and from parents and children, and various other relatives as well as friends. The papers document two generations of this prominent family’s life and businesses in Columbus, Missoula and other Montana towns as well as the second generation’s college years at The University of Montana, Mount Holyoke, and Harvard, and their early careers outside of Montana. The collection also includes Robert Line’s business correspondence and scattered correspondence from his years as Dean of the School of Business at the State University of Montana. The business records are for Montana business ventures including the Columbus Drug Store, the Reed Point Trading Company, the Lake Basin Trading Company, the Eagle Point Trading Company, the Line Drug Company, and the Robert C. Line Ranch (also known as the Fellfoot Ranch), with the bulk dating from 1912 to 1943.

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. Non-exclusive copyright transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Line Family Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

The Line Family papers is divided into five series:

Series I: Family Papers, 27 linear feet, 1878-1971

Subseries 1: Lemuel M. Line Papers, 3.2 linear feet, (1881-1918)

Subseries 2: Mary C. Line Papers, 4.8 linear feet (1878-1932)

Subseries 3: Robert C. Line Papers, 7.5 linear feet, (1895-1950)

Subseries 4: Ruth Line Papers, 1.1 linear feet, (1907-1949)

Subseries 5: Louise Chapman Line Papers, 9.4 linear feet, (1898-1971)

Series II: Robert C. Line Professional Papers, 2.5 linear feet, 1908-1965

Series III: Business Records, 6 linear feet, 1898-1958

Subseries 1: Company Business Records, 5.3 linear feet,1898-1958

Subseries 2: Personal Business Records, 0.7 linear feet, 1906-1944

Series IV: Photographs, 0.5 linear feet, 1895-1970

Series V: Film, two16mm film reels, 1920s-1930s

Custodial History

The collection was held by the Line Family until donation to the Archives in 2004.

Acquisition Information

Acquired from Robert C. Line, Jr., 2004

Processing Note

Processor further organized family letters by sender and chronology. Existing file labels for Robert C. Line’s business and academic files were maintained but new labels were created for unlabelled folders.

Related Materials

Related materials held in K.Ross Toole Archives include oral history interview number OH 395 of Robert C. Line, Jr. and his wife Ann M. Line.


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Family Papers, 1878-1971Return to Top

27 linear feet

Series I: Family Papers (1878-1971) makes up the majority of the collection. The family correspondence includes letters to and from parents and children, and various other relatives as well as friends. There are especially rich exchanges between parents and their children away at college and in the early years of their career as well as the correspondence between two courting couples. Outgoing letters included in the papers of one family member are often complemented by responses in the papers of another. Family members also included letters they had received with correspondence to one another as a means of passing along family news. The sender sometimes noted the inclusion but more often did not. At some point after his marriage to Louise, Robert C. Line began to type letters with carbon copies to send out to various family members resulting in occasional duplicate copies of the same letter in this collection. Outgoing and incoming correspondence is arranged chronologically and alphabetically. This series is divided into five subseries.

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: Lemuel M. Line Papers
3.2 linear feet
Subseries 1: Lemuel M. Line Papers(1881-1918) primarily contains correspondence to his wife from their courtship days and through his absences from home and to his son. Some records from his medical career and memorabilia are also included.
1881-1918
Box/Folder
1/1
Outgoing to Mary C. Line
June 1890
1/2
Outgoing to Mary C. Line
July – August,1890
1/3
Outgoing to Mary C. Line
1891-1895
1/4
Outgoing to Mary C. Line
1896-1913
1/5
Outgoing to Mary C. Line
1915-1916
1/6
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
1896
2/1
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
1906
2/2
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
January-May,1907
2/3
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line,
September-December, 1907
2/4
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
January-May, 1908
2/5
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
September-December, 1908
2/6
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
January-March, 1909
3/1
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
April-June, 1909
3/2
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
September-December, 1909
3/3
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
January-March, 1910
3/4
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
April-May, 1910
3/5
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
September-December, 1910
3/6
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
January-March, 1911
3/7
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
April-June, 1911
4/1
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
October-December, 1911
4/2
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
January-March, 1912
4/3
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
April-June, 1912
4/4
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
September-December, 1912
4/5
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
January-March, 1913
4/6
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
April-May, 1913
4/7
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
September-December, 1913
5/1
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
January-March, 1914
5/2
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
April-July, 1914
5/3
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
September-October, 1914
5/4
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
November-December, 1914
5/5
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
January- March, 1915
5/6
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
April-June,1915
6/1
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
July 1915
6/2
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
August 1915
6/3
Outgoing to his son, Robert C. Line
1916
6/4
Miscellaneous incoming correspondence
1881-1906
6/5
Miscellaneous incoming correspondence
1907-1911
6/6
Miscellaneous incoming correspondence
1912-1918
7/1
Miscellaneous postcards received by Lemuel M. Line’s parents and by his uncle’s family
1907-1914
7/2
Confirmation certificate
1882
7/3
Miscellaneous papers regarding Lemuel M. Line’s medical education and career
1881-1886
7/4
Line Brothers’ Poison Register
1895
7/5
Lemuel M. Line’s Northern Pacific Railway passes
1899-1913
7/6
"Climotherapeutics in Montana," in Western Ideas by Lemuel M. Line, M.D.
1902
7/7
Miscellaneous writing
undated
7/8
Clippings
1913-1915
7/9
Line family history
undated
7/10
Ephemera
undated
7/11
Obituary
1917
7/12
Final Settlement of Estate
1923
Subseries 2: Mary C. Line Papers
4.8 linear feet
Subseries 2: Mary Campbell Line Papers (1878-1932) primarily contains correspondence to her husband, son, parents and sisters.
1878-1932
Box/Folder
7/13
Outgoing to her husband, Lemuel M. Line
1895-1897
7/14
Outgoing to her husband, Lemuel M. Line
1901-1908
8/1
Outgoing to her husband, Lemuel M. Line
1910-1916
8/2
Outgoing to her son, Robert C. Line
1906
8/3
Outgoing to her son, Robert C. Line
January-May, 1907
8/4
Outgoing to her son, Robert C. Line
September-December, 1907
8/5
Outgoing to her son, Robert C. Line
January-June, 1908
9/1
Outgoing to her son, Robert C. Line
September-December, 1908
9/2
Outgoing to her son, Robert C. Line
January-June, 1909
9/3
Outgoing to her son, Robert C. Line
September-December,1909
9/4
Outgoing to her son, Robert C. Line
January-June, 1910
9/5
Outgoing to her son, Robert C. Line
September-December, 1910
9/6
Outgoing to her son, Robert C. Line.
January-June, 1911
9/7
Outgoing to her son, Robert C. Line
September-December, 1911
10/1
Outgoing to her son, Robert C. Line
January-June, 1912
10/2
Outgoing to her son, Robert C. Line
August-December, 1912
10/3
Outgoing to her son, Robert C. Line
January-May, 1913
10/4
Outgoing to her son, Robert C. Line
September-December, 1913
10/5
Outgoing to her son, Robert C. Line
January-May, 1914
11/1
Outgoing to her son, Robert C. Line
June-December, 1914
11/2
Outgoing to her son, Robert C. Line
January-April, 1915
11/3
Outgoing to her son, Robert C. Line
May-September, 1915
11/4
Outgoing to her son, Robert C. Line
1918-1926
11/5
Outgoing to her daughter, Ruth Line
1916-1921
12/1
Incoming from her mother, Emma F. Campbell,
1881-1900
12/2
Incoming from her mother, Emma F. Campbell
1901-1907
12/3
Incoming from her mother, Emma F. Campbell
1908-1911
12/4
Incoming from her mother, Emma F. Campbell
1912-1919
12/5
Incoming from her father, Robert. H. Campbell
1889-1907
13/1
Incoming from her sister, Sarah M. Campbell
1881-1893
13/2
Incoming from her sister, Sarah M. Campbell
1894-1896
13/3
Incoming from her sister, Sarah M. Campbell
1905
13/4
Incoming from her sister, Sarah M. Campbell
1906-1909
13/5
Incoming from her sister, Sarah M. Campbell
1910-1911
14/1
Incoming from her sister, Sarah M. Campbell
1912-1916
14/2
Incoming from her sister, Sarah M. Campbell
1917-1923
14/3
Incoming from her sister, Emma B. Campbell
1883-1918
14/4
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
1878-1882
14/5
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
1883-1885
14/6
Reference letters for employment
1886-1888
14/7
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
1888-1889
15/1
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
1890-1897
15/2
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
1901-1907
15/3
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
1908-1910
15/4
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
1911-1916
15/5
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence including condolence letters
January-May, 1917
16/1
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
June-December, 1917
16/2
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
1918-1923
16/3
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
undated
16/4
Incoming Christmas and other holiday greetings
1910-1932
16/5
Teaching certificates
1880-1887
16/6
Wedding announcement
1890
16/7
Memorabilia
1882-1890
16/8
Montana Woman’s Christian Temperance Union
1915-1917
16/9
Bankbooks
1917
16/10
Obituary
1930
Subseries 3: Robert C. Line Papers
7.5 linear feet
Subseries 3: Robert Campbell Line Papers, (1895-1950) primarily contains correspondence to his parents, sister, wife, and incoming correspondence from friends and relatives. Some high school and college papers and ephemera are also included.
1895-1950
Box/Folder
17/1
Outgoing to his mother, Mary C. Line
1907-1916
17/2
Outgoing to his mother, Mary C. Line
1918
17/3
Outgoing to his mother, Mary C. Line
1919-1923
17/4
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
1901-1903
17/5
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
1906
17/6
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
January-April, 1907
18/1
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
May-October,1907
18/2
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
November-December, 1907
18/3
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
January-March, 1908
18/4
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
April-September, 1908
18/5
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
October-December, 1908
18/6
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
January-March, 1909
19/1
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
April-September, 1909
19/2
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
October-December, 1909
19/3
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
January-June, 1910
19/4
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
July-October, 1910
19/5
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
November-December, 1910
20/1
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
January-February, 1911
20/2
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
March 1911
20/3
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
April-May, 1911
20/4
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
May-September, 1911
20/5
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
October-November, 1911
21/1
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
December 1911
21/2
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
January-February, 1912
21/3
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
March-April, 1912
21/4
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
May-June, 1912
21/5
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
August-October, 1912
21/6
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
November-December, 1912
22/1
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
January-February, 1913
22/2
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
March-April, 1913
22/3
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
May-September, 1913
22/4
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
October 1913
22/5
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
November-December, 1913
23/1
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
January-February, 1914
23/2
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
March-April, 1914
23/3
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
May-June, 1914
23/4
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
July-September, 1914
23/5
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
October-December, 1914
24/1
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
January-February, 1915
24/2
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
March-May, 1915
24/3
Outgoing to his father, Lemuel M. Line, and family
June-September, 1915
24/4
Outgoing to his sister, Ruth Line
1906-1909
25/1
Outgoing to his sister, Ruth Line
1910-1911
25/2
Outgoing to his sister, Ruth Line
1912
25/3
Outgoing to his sister, Ruth Line
1913-1919
25/4
Outgoing to his sister, Ruth Line
1920-1943
25/5
Outgoing to his wife-to-be, Louise Chapman (Line)
1914-1917
26/1
Outgoing to his wife-to-be, Louise Chapman (Line)
January-March, 1918
26/2
Outgoing to his wife-to-be, Louise Chapman (Line)
April 1918
26/3
Outgoing to his wife-to-be, Louise Chapman (Line)
May 1918
26/4
Outgoing to his wife-to-be, Louise Chapman (Line)
June 1918
26/5
Outgoing to his wife-to-be, Louise Chapman (Line)
July 1918
27/1
Outgoing to his wife-to-be, Louise Chapman (Line)
August 1918
27/2
Outgoing to his wife, Louise Chapman Line
March-April,1919
27/3
Outgoing to his wife, Louise Chapman Line
August 1919
27/4
Outgoing to his wife, Louise Chapman Line
October 1919
27/5
Outgoing to his wife, Louise Chapman Line
January-June, 1920
27/6
Outgoing to his wife, Louise Chapman Line, and family
1922-1941
27/7
Outgoing to his wife, Louise Chapman Line, and family while in Europe for Army Education Program
1945-1946
27/8
Outgoing to his wife, Louise Chapman Line
undated
27/9
Outgoing to his father-in-law, Frederick L. Chapman
1918
27/10
Outgoing to his mother-in-law, Mrs. Louise Chapman
1918-1925
28/1
Incoming correspondence from Bert
1918
28/2
Incoming correspondence from Esther Birely
1910-1912
28/3
Incoming correspondence from his grandmother, Emma F. Campbell
1900
28/4
Incoming correspondence from his grandfather, Robert H. Campbell
1895
28/5
Incoming correspondence from his aunt, Sarah M. Campbell
1904-1923
28/6
Incoming correspondence from his cousin, Marguerite Hodge
1910-1918
28/7
Incoming correspondence from Elaine Jones
1912-1913
28/8
Incoming correspondence from Elaine Jones
1914
29/1
Incoming correspondence from his cousin, Alpha Line
1912-1914
29/2
Incoming correspondence from his uncle, C.C. Line
1907-1915
29/3
Incoming correspondence from his grandmother, Margaret M. Line
1900-1907
29/4
Incoming correspondence from his uncle, Dr. T.H. Line
1910
29/5
Incoming correspondence from Harriet Newhall
1917-1918
29/6
Incoming correspondence from Helen Robertson
1911-1912
29/7
Incoming correspondence from Katherine Sartella
1912-1918
29/8
Incoming correspondence from J.B. Speer
1907-1913
29/9
Incoming college application correspondence
1909-1910
29/10
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
1903-1909
30/1
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
1910
30/2
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
1911
30/3
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
1912-1915
30/4
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
1916-1925
30/5
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
1946
31/1
High school papers
circa 1903
31/2
High school ephemera
1906
31/3
College class papers
1908
31/4
College class papers
1909
31/5
College class papers
1910
31/6
Drama class notes
1910
31/7
Miscellaneous from Harvard
circa 1912
31/8
Miscellaneous from German travels
1914
31/9
Mount Holyoke College ephemera
1912-1915
31/10
University ephemera
1908-1916
32/1
Line family reminiscences including "A Doctor Comes to Town,"
circa 1950
Subseries 4: Ruth Line Papers
1.1 linear feet
4: Ruth Line Papers, (1907-1949) primarily consists of correspondence to her parents and her brother.
1907-1949
Box/Folder
32/2
Outgoing to her mother, Mary Campbell Line
1912-1917
32/3
Outgoing to her mother, Mary Campbell Line
1918-1919
32/4
Outgoing to her mother, Mary Campbell Line
1920-1922
32/5
Outgoing to her mother, Mary Campbell Line
1923-1926
33/1
Outgoing to her brother, Robert C. Line
1906-1911
33/2
Outgoing to her brother, Robert C. Line
1912-1949
33/3
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
1907-1919
33/4
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
1920
33/5
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
1921-1922
34/1
Clippings
1914
34/2
Mount Holyoke College and other memorabilia
1917-1921
34/3
Two plays by Ruth Line
circa 1921
Subseries 5: Louise Chapman Line Papers
9.4 linear feet
Subseries 5: Louise Chapman Line Papers, (1898-1971) primarily contains correspondence to her parents and husband and incoming correspondence from her parents, siblings, and friends. Also included is some memorabilia from her college years and teaching career.
1898-1971
Box/Folder
34/4
Outgoing to her family
September-October, 1910
34/5
Outgoing to her family
October 1910 – January 1911
34/6
Outgoing to her family
January-June, 1911
34/7
Outgoing to her family
September-November, 1911
35/1
Outgoing to her family
November-December, 1911
35/2
Outgoing to her family
January-March, 1912
35/3
Outgoing to her family
March-June, 1912
35/4
Outgoing to her family
September-December, 1912
35/5
Outgoing to her family
January-February, 1913
36/1
Outgoing to her family
March-April, 1913
36/2
Outgoing to her family
May-June, 1913
36/3
Outgoing to her family
July-August, 1913
36/4
Outgoing to her family
August-October, 1913
37/1
Outgoing to her family
October-November, 1913
37/2
Outgoing to her family
November-December, 1913
37/3
Outgoing to her family
January-February, 1913
37/4
Outgoing to her family
February-March, 1914
37/5
Outgoing to her family
April-May, 1914
38/1
Outgoing to her family
September-December, 1914
38/2
Outgoing to her family
January-March, 1915
38/3
Outgoing to her family
April-May, 1915
38/4
Outgoing to her family
September-November, 1915
38/5
Outgoing to her family
December 1915-February 1916
39/1
Outgoing to her family
March-June, 1916
39/2
Outgoing to her family
June-December, 1916
39/3
Outgoing to her family
1918
39/4
Outgoing to her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
1918-1921
39/5
Outgoing to her father, Frederick Leslie Chapman
1922-1925
39/6
Outgoing to Robert C. Line
1914-1915
39/7
Outgoing to Robert C. Line
1916
39/8
Outgoing to Robert C. Line
1917
39/9
Outgoing to Robert C. Line
March 1918
40/1
Outgoing to Robert C. Line
April 1918
40/2
Outgoing to Robert C. Line
May 1918
40/3
Outgoing to Robert C. Line
June 1918
40/4
Outgoing to Robert C. Line
July 1918
40/5
Outgoing to Robert C. Line
August 1918
40/6
Outgoing to her husband, Robert C. Line
1919
40/7
Outgoing to her husband, Robert C. Line
1922-1942
41/1
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
1898-1908
41/2
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
September-October 1910
41/3
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
December 1910
41/4
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
January-February, 1911
41/5
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
March-June, 1911
42/1
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
September-November 1911
42/2
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
December 1911-January 1912
42/3
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
February-May, 1912
42/4
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
September-October, 1912
43/1
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
November-December, 1912
43/2
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
January-February, 1913
43/3
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
March 1913
43/4
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
April 1913
43/5
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
May-June, 1913
44/1
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
July 1913
44/2
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
August-September, 1913
44/3
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
October-November, 1913
44/4
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
December 1913-January 1914
44/5
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
March-April, 1914
45/1
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
May 1914
45/2
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
September-November, 1914
45/3
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
December 1914-January 1915
45/4
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
March-June, 1915
45/5
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
September-October, 1915
46/1
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
November-December, 1915
46/2
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
January-March, 1916
46/3
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
April-June, 1916
46/4
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
September-December, 1916
46/5
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
April-May, 1917
46/6
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
June 1917-January 1918
47/1
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
February-June, 1918
47/2
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
September-December,1918
47/3
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
January-March, 1919
47/4
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
April-June, 1919
47/5
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
July-August, 1919
48/1
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
September-October, 1919
48/2
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
October-December, 1919
48/3
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
January-April, 1920
48/4
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
May-November, 1920
48/5
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
January-June, 1921
48/6
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
July-October, 1921
49/1
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
January-October, 1922
49/2
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
1923-1924
49/3
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
1925
49/4
Incoming from her mother, Mrs. Louise Chapman
1926-1927
50/1
Incoming from her father, Frederick Leslie Chapman
1907-1911
50/2
Incoming from her father, Frederick Leslie Chapman
1911
50/3
Incoming from her father, Frederick Leslie Chapman
1913
50/4
Incoming from her father, Frederick Leslie Chapman
1914
50/5
Incoming from her father, Frederick Leslie Chapman
1915-1916
50/6
Incoming from her father, Frederick Leslie Chapman
1919-1925
51/1
Incoming from her brother, Edmund L. Chapman
1910-1918
51/2
Incoming from her brother, Frederick Chapman
1904-1925
51/3
Incoming from her sister, Helen Chapman
1910-1918
51/4
Incoming from her brother, Jack Chapman
1919-1923
51/5
Incoming from her sister, Margaret Chapman
1910-1923
52/1
Incoming from Bert
1914-1918
52/2
Incoming from Nathaniel Dexter
1915-1918
52/3
Incoming from Ruth Dickinson
1909-1910
52/4
Incoming from Adelia Dodge
1912-1914
52/5
Incoming from Marion Drummer
1909-1918
52/6
Incoming from Laura Hibbard
1914-1915
52/7
Incoming from Sherman Kent
1911
52/8
Incoming from Mary Line
1918-1919
52/9
Incoming from Ruth Line
1918-1922
52/10
Incoming from Alfred McMillan
1916-1918
52/11
Incoming from Harriet Newhall
1914-1915
52/12
Incoming from Harriet Newhall
1916-1921
52/13
Incoming from Uncle Fred and Aunt Ida
1906-1908
53/1
Incoming letters of congratulations for her engagement
1918
53/2
Incoming letters of congratulations for the birth of baby
1919
53/3
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
1907-1914
53/4
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
1914-1916
53/5
Incoming miscellaneous correspondence
1917-1918
53/6
Correspondence and memorabilia regarding the birth of David Line
1926
53/7
Incoming to Louise and Robert Line from their children
1940-1971
54/1
Lake Geneva High School records
1900-1908
54/2
Mount Holyoke College memorabilia
1911-1919
54/3
Recital and other event programs from Mount Holyoke College
1911-1919
54/4
Invitations and place cards
1912-1914
54/5
University of Wisconsin papers
1914-1915
54/6
Miscellaneous memorabilia
1911-1917
54/7
Teaching certificates
1916-1918
54/8
Centralia High School memorabilia
1915-1916
54/9
Women’s clubs
1912-1920
54/10
"The Company of the Unicorn" and other women’s rights material
1912-1964
54/11
Genealogy
undated
54/12
Clipping
1918
54/13
Family Christmas letters
1935-1971
54/14
Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary program
1968

Series II:  Robert C. Line Professional Papers, 1908-1965Return to Top

2.5 linear feet

Series II: Robert C. Line Professional Papers (1908-1965) consists of business and academic correspondence on topics including the family chain of stores in Montana in general but not focused on a specific store or vender, the Line family estate, discussions with other professional retailers, interactions with retail organizations, Line’s ongoing interest in education, a series of short business courses he taught through the University of Kansas, and Line’s progress in the 1920s in leaving retail to return to academia. These papers hold only scattered correspondence from Line’s thirty years in the School of Business Administration at the State University of Montana [now known as The University of Montana -Missoula]. The papers do include some of his research, completed articles, speeches, and clippings.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
55/1
Miscellaneous correspondence
1908-1914
55/2
Merchant’s Association of New York, Correspondence
1914-1915
55/3
Minimum Wage Commission, Correspondence
1914-1915
55/4
Miscellaneous correspondence
1915-1918
55/5
"Personal business,"
1919
55/6
Professional correspondence, "A"
1922
55/7
Professional correspondence, "B"
1920-1926
55/8
Professional correspondence, "C"
1920-1926
55/9
Professional correspondence, "D"
1920-1926
55/10
Professional correspondence, "E"
1920-1926
55/11
Professional correspondence, "F"
1920-1926
55/12
Professional correspondence, "G"
1920-1926
55/13
Professional correspondence, "H"
1920-1926
55/14
Professional correspondence, "K"
1920-1926
55/15
Professional correspondence, "L"
1920-1926
55/16
Professional correspondence, "M"
1920-1926
56/1
Professional correspondence, "N"
1920-1926
56/2
Professional correspondence, "O"
1920-1926
56/3
Professional correspondence, "P"
1920-1926
56/4
Professional correspondence, "R"
1920-1926
56/5
Professional correspondence, "S"
1920-1926
56/6
Professional correspondence, "V,W,X,Y,Z"
1920-1926
56/7
University of Manitoba
1920-1926
56/8
University employment, Correspondence
1923-1927
56/9
Finch Merchants Advertiser’s Club
circa 1925
56/10
Business correspondence
1925-1936
56/11
Merchants Association correspondence
1930-1931
56/12
Associated Merchants of Montana
1936-1940
56/13
Merchant’s Institute
1923-1955
56/14
Miscellaneous business correspondence
1929-1942
57/1
Family property management correspondence
1928-1933
57/2
Miscellaneous correspondence
1930-1939
57/3
Subsistence homesteads research and correspondence
1934-1935
57/4
Dean Robert C. Line, personal miscellaneous
1943-1949
57/5
Government travel authorization and invoices
1943-1948
57/6
Professional correspondence as Dean of Business School
1927-1957
57/7
Business clinic and seminar correspondence
1943
58/1
Line Import Company correspondence
1957-1960
58/2
"A Survey of Country Stores in Ten Minnesota Towns," Brochure by Robert C. Line and E.B. Moon
1919
58/3
"A Survey of Business Conditions in Typical Manitoba Towns" Brochure by Robert C. Line and J. H. Curle
1919
58/4
Miscellaneous speeches and writings
1920-1922
58/5
Research and outlines for Great Depression speech
1933
58/6
"Production Problems of Western Europe," Occasional paper
1951
58/7
Lectures and speeches
1945-1965
58/8
Business-related articles by Robert C. Line
1921-1947
58/9
Student expense and budget survey
circa 1932
58/10
Miscellaneous writings
circa 1940
58/11
Twelfth Regional War Labor Board
1943-1944
58/12
Miscellaneous notes
undated
59/1
Conference programs
1919-1926
59/2
Service on the Montana State Board of Education
1921-1927
59/3
Campaign for Montana legislature
1946
59/4
Personal estate planning
1942-1957
59/5
Travel expense journal
1950
59/6
Travel and purchases in Mexico
1957
59/7
Travel and purchases in Mexico
1959
59/8
Clippings
1913-1915
59/9
Clippings
1919-1936
59/10
Clipping scrapbook
1919-1920
59/11
Clipping scrapbook
1929
59/12
Clippings and miscellaneous
1966-1970
59/13
Class of 1910, 50th Reunion
1960

Series III:  Business Records, 1898-1943Return to Top

8.0 linear feet

Series III: Business Records (1898-1958) consists of ledgers, correspondence, and reports generated by the family businesses including Columbus Drug Store in Columbus, Montana,Eagle Point Trading Company in Montana, the Lake Basin Trading Company in Rapelje, Montana, the Line Drug Company in Columbus, Montana, Line and Goan in Billings, Montana, the Reed Point Trading Company in Reed Point, Montana, and the Robert C. Line Ranch (also known as the Fellfoot Ranch) in Missoula, Montana. With a few exceptions the records do not include the early years of businesses run by Lemuel M. Line. Instead the records begin when he fell ill and his son, Robert C. Line, took over management and purchased some new businesses. Scattered family and personal expense records are also included. This series is divided into two subseries. Subseries 1: Company Business Records (1898-1958) and Subseries 2: Personal Business Records (1906-1944).

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: Company Business Records
1898-1958
Box/Folder
OS 1/1
Lemuel M. Line, patient ledger
1898-1902
OS 1/2
Unidentified company daybook
1910
OS 1/3
Unidentified company daybook
1912
60/1
Columbus Drug
1917
60/2
Eagle Point Trading Company, Financial records
1914-1919
60/3
Kyle and Mandeville
1913-1919
60/4
Lake Basin Trading Company
1916
60/5
Lake Basin Trading Company, Daily Report
January 1918-July 1919
60/6
Lake Basin Trading Company, Daily Report
September 1918
60/7
Lake Basin Trading Company, Daily Report
November-December 1918
60/8
Lake Basin Trading Company, General Ledger
1925
60/9
Lake Basin Trading Company, General Ledger
1926
60/10
Lake Basin Trading Company, Day Book
1927
60/11
Line Drug Company, Sales
1917
60/12
Line Drug Company, Ledger
1926
61/1
Line Drug Company, Ledger
1927
61/2
Line Drug Company, Inventory
January 1928
61/3
Line Drug Company, Inventory
June 1928
61/4
Line Drug Company, Inventory and Ledger
1929
61/5
Line Drug Company, Inventory and Ledger
1930
61/6
Line Drug Company, Inventory and Ledger
1931
61/7
Line Drug Company, Inventory and Ledger
1932
61/8
Line Drug Company, Inventory and Ledger
1933
61/9
Line Drug Company, Inventory and Ledger
1934
61/10
Line Drug Company, Inventory and Ledger
1935
61/11
Line Drug Company, Inventory and Ledger
1936
61/11
Line Drug Company, Financial records
1936
61/12
Line Drug Company, Financial records
1937
61/13
Line Drug Company, Miscellaneous financial
1930s
61/14
Line and Goan, Ledger
1915
61/15
Line and Goan, Financial records
1917-1919
62/1
Park City Drug Correspondence
1937
62/2
Park City Drug, Financial Records
1936-1937
62/3
Park City Drug, Stillwater County Title Abstract
1895
OS 2/1
Reed Point Trading Company, Journal
1917-1918
62/4
Reed Point Trading Company, General Ledger
1921
62/5
Reed Point Trading Company, General Ledger
1923
62/6
Reed Point Trading Company, General Ledger
1924
62/7
Reed Point Trading Company, General Ledger
1925
62/8
Reed Point Trading Company, General Ledger
1927
62/9
Reed Point Trading Company, General Ledger
1928
62/10
Reed Point Trading Company, Ledger
1929
62/11
Reed Point Trading Company, Accounts Receivable Ledger
1919-1920
62/12
Reed Point Trading Company, Accounts Receivable Ledger
1925-1927
63/1
Reed Point Trading Company, Accounts Payable Ledger
1912-1915
63/2
Reed Point Trading Company, Financial records
1912-1915
63/3
Reed Point Trading Company, Financial records
1916-1917
63/4
Reed Point Trading Company, Financial records
1918-1919
63/5
Reed Point Trading Company, Financial records
1920-1921
63/6
Reed Point Trading Company, Financial records
1922-1925
63/7
Reed Point Trading Company, Financial records
1926-1927
63/8
Reed Point Trading Company, Financial records
1928
63/9
Reed Point Trading Company, Financial records
1929-1930
OS 2/2
Robert C. Line Company, Journal
1916-1918
63/10
Robert C. Line Company, Financial records
1917-1918
63/11
Robert C. Line Company, Financial records
1919
63/12
Robert C. Line Company, Financial records
1920-1921
63/13
Robert C. Line Company, Financial records
1922-1937
63/14
Robert C. Line Company, Ledger
1922-1928
64/1
Robert C. Line Ranch, Account books
1922-1926
64/2
Robert C. Line Ranch, Account books
1927-1929
64/3
Robert C. Line Ranch, Account books
1930-1932
64/4
Robert C. Line Ranch, Expense Ledger
1938-1940
64/5
Robert C. Line Ranch, Expense, Ledger
1940-1941
64/6
Robert C. Line Ranch, Journal and Ledger
1939-1943
64/7
Robert C. Line Ranch,, Account book
1942
65/1
Robert C. Line Ranch, correspondence regarding purchase of Shanks Ranch
1923
65/2
Robert C. Line Ranch, correspondence
1926-1928
65/3
Robert C. Line Ranch, correspondence
1929
65/4
Robert C. Line Ranch, correspondence
1930
65/5
Robert C. Line Ranch, correspondence
1931
65/6
Robert C. Line Ranch, correspondence
1932
65/7
Robert C. Line Ranch, correspondence
1933
65/8
Robert C. Line Ranch, correspondence
1934
65/9
Robert C. Line Ranch, correspondence
1935
65/10
Robert C. Line Ranch, correspondence
1936
65/11
Robert C. Line Ranch, correspondence
1937
65/12
Robert C. Line Ranch, correspondence
1938
65/13
Robert C. Line Ranch, correspondence
1939
65/14
Robert C. Line Ranch, correspondence
1940-1958
66/1
All companies, insurance ledger
1920-1929
66/2
Correspondence between Robert C. Line and his business manager, William (Bill) Boston
1934-1949
66/3
All Accounts, ledger
1938
66/4
All Accounts, ledger
1939
66/5
All Accounts, ledger
1940
66/6
All Accounts, ledger
1941
66/7
All Accounts, ledger
1942-1944
Subseries 2: Personal Business Records
1906-1944
Box/Folder
66/8
Line family expenses
1927-1928
66/9
Line family expenses
1929-1931
66/10
Line Family expenses
1932-1934
66/11
Household expenses
1938-1939
67/1
Robert C. Line, personal expenses
1906-1915
67/2
Robert C. Line, personal check register
1927
67/3
Robert C. Line, personal check register
1930-1934
67/4
Untitled ledger
1919

Series IV:  Photographs, 1895-1970Return to Top

0.5 linear feet

Series IV: Photographs (1895-1970) consists of photos of Robert C. Line, Columbus, Montana and surrounding area, the Line Family ranch, and postcards.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
68/1
Robert Line
1895-1970
68/2
Robert Line, group photos at professional gatherings
circa 1940s
68/3
Football team and spectators at the University of Montana
circa. 1910
68/4
Columbus, Montana
circa 1910
68/5
Houses and other unidentified buildings, Columbus, Montana
circa 1910
68/6
Haying near Columbus, Montana
circa 1910
68/7
Countryside around Columbus, Montana
circa 1910
68/8
Line Family ranch
circa 1945
68/9
Missoula photograph
undated
68/10
Unidentified children
undated
68/11
Unidentified group photos
undated
68/12
Miscellaneous unidentified photos
undated
68/13
Postcards printed and marketed by Robert C. Line
undated
68/14
Montana postcard
undated
68/15
Butte postcards
undated

Series V:  Moving Image Material, circa 1920s-1930sReturn to Top

2 16mm films

Series V: Film (1920s-1930s) consists of two 16mm reels of film. The first reel includes shots of State University of Montana [now known as The University of Montana -Missoula] campus, students, faculty, a football game, a live bear mascot, and the marching band. The shorter second reel includes shots of a review of troops on campus and a football scrimmage. Copies made from the original 16mm reels include 16mm dubs, Digital Betacam of Reel 1, and DVDs of both reels.

Description Dates
643.V.1: University of Montana Campus
Various shots of university campus, faculty, students, football game, grizzly bear mascot, and the marching band
circa 1931
643.V.2: Troop review and football scrimmage
Various shots of university campus, faculty, students, football game, grizzly bear mascot, and the marching band
circa 1930s

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Business enterprises--Montana--Records and correspondence
  • Camps--Montana--Missoula
  • Drugstores--Montana--Columbus--Records and correspondence
  • Ranches--Montana--Missoula

Corporate Names

  • Harvard University--Graduate students
  • Mount Holyoke College--Faculty
  • Northern Pacific Railway Company--Employees
  • State University of Montana (Missoula). School of Business Administration
  • University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.) Students

Geographical Names

  • Columbus (Mont.)
  • Missoula (Mont.)
  • Reedpoint (Mont.)
  • Robert C. Line Ranch (Mont.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photographs

Occupations

  • Businessmen--Montana
  • College students--Montana--Missoula
  • College teachers--Massachusetts--South Hadley
  • Dean (Education)--Montana--Missoula
  • Graduate students--Massachusetts--Cambridge
  • Physicians--Montana--Columbus

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Chapman, Frederick Leslie, 1893-1988
    • Chapman, Frederick Leslie, d. 1925
    • Chapman, Louise Lovett Sewell, 1871-1947
    • Line, Mary Alice Campbell, 1862-1930
    • Line, Ruth Marie, b. 1899
    • Line, Lemuel McClellan, 1861-1917
    • Line, Louise, 1892-1985
    • Line, Robert C. (Robert Campbell), 1891-1982
    Corporate Names
    • Columbus Drug Store (Columbus, Mont.)
    • Eagle Point Trading Company
    • Lake Basin Trading Company
    • Line Drug Company
    • Reed Point Trading Company