Laura Brown Zook Reminiscence, undated

Overview of the Collection

Zook, Laura Brown, 1868-1944
Laura Brown Zook Reminiscence
1 folder
Collection Number
Collection 0124, MtBC, us (collection)
The Laura Brown Zook Reminiscence discusses Zook’s life in the infant community of Miles City, her early education, and various notable events in the area.
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.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Laura Mandercheide Brown was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on 25 November 1868. She came to the Miles City, Mont., area with her parents in 1878. She received her education from the Mary Baldwin Seminary in Virginia and began teaching in Montana in 1886. She married John I. Zook on 29 October 1889. The couple had one son, Frederick, who was born in 1895. John Zook died in 1896, leaving Laura and her infant son. She campaigned for and was elected county superintendent of schools in 1896, a post she retained intermittently for several years. In 1906 Laura Zook orchestrated the construction of the Miles City public library with the financial help of the Carnegie Foundation. For thirty-six years she remained as an administrator and librarian, retiring in 1943. Laura Zook died on 9 May 1944.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Laura Brown Zook reminiscence consists of a typewritten transcription prepared by Cheryl Dee Lewis on June 10, 1964 and credits Zook’s daughter, Lora Margaret Hoff, as the person who originally took the dictation from her mother. In the reminiscence Zook talks about her life in the infant community of Miles City, her early education, and various notable events in the area.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

A typewritten transcript of an undated original reminiscence by Laura Brown Zook was donated to Montana State University by Cheryl D. Lewis in the summer of 1964. The location of the original is unknown.

Processing Note

This collection was processed 2015 August 12

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Girls -- Education
  • Girls -- Education -- Virginia
  • Women
  • Women -- Montana -- Miles City

Geographical Names

  • Miles City (Mont.) -- History
  • Montana -- Miles City
  • Virginia

Form or Genre Terms

  • History
  • Reminiscences -- Montana -- Miles City