William Woodward Papers, 1885-1936

Overview of the Collection

Woodward, William, d. 1925
William Woodward Papers
.2 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 2168, MtBC, us (collection)
The William Woodward Papers consist of correspondence, financial papers, legal documents, and memorabilia. Some of pertain to Roy A. Callan family of Beaverhead County, Montana; the relationship between the Callan and Woodward families is unclear.
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
Telephone: 4069944242
Fax: 4069942851
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Historical NoteReturn to Top

William Woodward was a Tennessee native who arrived in Montana sometime prior to 1877. He married Margaret S. Thomas, daughter of William Price Thomas who came to Montana in 1863. Woodward served as a volunteer during the Nez Pearce War, serving in a unit commanded by William A. Clark. Woodward lived for a time in Butte and established a ranch at Divide, Montana. In later years Woodward and his wife wintered in California. The couple had several children, including Mary Woodward, Sophia Woodward Goodall, and Ted Woodward of Fishtail, Montana. William had many business interests, including timber land holdings in Tennessee and various land and mining claims in Montana. Woodward died on March 5, 1925.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Woodward family papers have been arranged chronologically within topically labeled folders of correspondence, financial papers, legal documents, and memorabilia. The correspondence includes one condolence letter from Montana Senator William A. Clark and six other personal letters from Governor John E. Rickards. Of particular interest is a letter from Reno, Nevada resident J. W. Redington, a former comrade of Woodward's who also served in the Nez Perce War. Redington's letter discusses his service and his application for a pension. The financial papers include William Woodward's bank statements and various receipts relating to him or his adult children. The legal documents consist of land deeds, water rights, mining claims, estate papers, some of which pertain to Roy A. Callan family of Beaverhead County, Montana. The relationship between the Callan and Woodward families is unclear.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

The William Woodward family papers were donated to Special Collections by the Museum of the Rockies on March 12, 1985.

Processing Note

This collection was processed 2008 July 3

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Correspondence 1890-1909
1/2 Correspondence 1911-1920
1/3 Correspondence 1921-1934
1/4 Legal documents-mining claim investments
1/5 Legal documents-deeds and leases 1888-1919
1/6 Legal documents-deeds and leases 1921-1936
1/7 Legal documents-estate papers
1/8 Financial papers-bank statements 1921-1922
1/9 Financial papers-miscellaneous receipts 1885-1932
1/10 Memorabilia

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Nez PercĂ© Indians-Wars, 1877-Personal narratives

Personal Names

  • Clark, William Andrews, 1839-1925-Correspondence
  • Redington, John W., 1851-1935-Correspondence
  • Rickards, J. E. (John Ezra), 1848-1927-Correspondence

Family Names

  • Callan family
  • Callan, Roy A-Family
  • Woodward family

Form or Genre Terms

  • Family papers-Montana
  • Financial records-Montana
  • Legal documents-Montana

Other Creators

  • Family Names
    • Woodward family (creator)