Verne Dusenberry Papers, circa 1885-1966

Overview of the Collection

Dusenberry, Verne, 1906-1966
Verne Dusenberry Papers
circa 1885-1966 (inclusive)
4.5 linear feet
Collection Number
The Verne Dusenberry Papers provide a rich source of material about the Montana and Northern Plains Indians, in particular the Chippewa Cree (a.k.a./Metis, Landless Indians, Rocky Boy). They also offer some insights into the formative years of the Montana Institute of the Arts and Montana and Western authors of the 1950's and early 1960's. The materials consist of letters, personal papers, research work, and manuscripts collected or created by Verne Dusenberry. The papers also include teaching outlines, classroom aids, exams, and public addresses. The topics cover life ways, material culture, history, language, legends, religion including the Sun Dance and Peyote Cult, reservation concerns, land claims, and literature.
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

Collection is open for research.

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

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

James Verne Dusenberry was born in Corning, Iowa, April 7, 1906, and came to Montana as a small child. He received a Bachelor's Degree at Montana State College (MSC), Bozeman, in 1927; a Master's at Missoula in 1956; and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Stockholm in 1962. He encountered the Pend d'Oreille and Flathead Indians as a businessman in 1935 in western Montana and had much personal contact with them. He later moved to Glendive, Montana where he taught English at Dawson Junior College, where he became dean from 1945-1947. He was associated with the university system for 15 years first becoming an English instructor at MSC where he introduced courses in western Indian literature. He also served as Indian Specialist with the Cooperative Extension Service at MSC. From 1951-1953 he was Visiting Professor of English at Northern Montana College in Havre. It was there he began compiling data on the little known Cree and Chippewa people on the nearby Rocky Boy's Reservation. He then returned to MSC but continued active research and efforts for the Association for American Indian Affairs. His master's thesis was based on extensive field work on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation and his Ph.D. was devoted to the Montana Cree. He was an early officer of the Montana Institute of Arts in Helena, and he taught anthropology as an associate professor at Missoula until securing a position as director of the Indian Studies Institute of the Glenbow Foundation, Calgary, Alberta. Cancer took his life on December 16, 1966.

Dusenberry has been publicly acclaimed as a scholar of and friend to Northern Rocky Mountain/Plains Indians with a special interest in Indian religion and folklore. He is also recognized for being instrumental in the establishment of the campus museum now known as the Museum of the Rockies and had a keen interest in developing the Indian materials there. He was recognized posthumously in the first Museum of the Rockies Occasional Paper, "Lifeways of Intermontane and Plains Montana Indians." His numerous articles appeared in Ethnos, the Journal of American Folklore, the Christian Century, Nation, and the Montana Magazine of Western History. His doctoral thesis, "The Montana Cree: a Study in Religious Persistence," stands as a major study in Indian culture. It was published in Sweden. He was adopted into the Flathead tribe in 1937 and was named to the Northern Cheyenne Council of Forty circa 1950's.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Dusenberry papers are a rich source of material about the Montana and Northern Plains Indians, in particular the Chippewa Cree (a.k.a./Metis, Landless Indians, Rocky Boy). They also offer some insights into the formative years of the Montana Institute of the Arts and Montana and Western authors of the 1950's and early 1960's such as A. B. Guthrie, Norman A. Fox, Joseph Kinsey Howard, John Laurie, Maria Sandoz, and Charles Kuhlman.

Many of Dusenberry's manuscripts, published and unpublished, are here including his doctoral thesis "The Montana Cree: a Study in Religious Persistence" and his master's thesis on the Northern Cheyenne. The collection comprises research notes, interviews, manuscripts, rough drafts, and much collected information such as clippings, maps, copies of correspondence shared by others, several original, historical documents (circa 1885-1918), a set of taped interviews, and journal articles about the Indian used for teaching, writing, his own anthropological course work, and public presentations. The papers proffer information about the Assiniboine, Blackfeet, Crow, Flathead, Dakota, Gros Ventre, Kutenai, Montana Cree, Northern Cheyenne, Pend d' Oreille, and Salish. The topics cover life ways, material culture, history, language, legends, religion including the Sun Dance and Peyote Cult, reservation concerns, land claims, and literature.

Individuals with whom Dusenberry corresponded or on whom he gathered information in identifiable folders include Edmund Bradley, Joseph Kinsey Howard, James Kipp, Joseph Kipp, Norman A. Fox, Charles Kuhlman, Father Albert Lacombe, Emanual "Manny" Milstein, Angus McDonald, John McDougall, General George M. Miles, Rodolphe Charles Petter, Dick "Chief Bull" Sanderville, Edgar I. Stewart, Guy Weidick, and Robert Yellowtail. There will be others within more general subject headings. Reservation life is revealed in many files with specific folders for the Blackfeet, Colville, Crow, Fort Belknap, Fort Peck Northern Cheyenne, and Rocky Boy reservations. The Indian communities of Montana which have folders in the information files are Browning, Fort Belknap, Fort McKenzie, Fort Peck, Havre, Lodge Pole, and St. Labre Mission, though others may appear within related material. The papers also include teaching outlines, classroom aids, exams, and public addresses during his activities in the 1950's and 1960's. The largest body of material is an information and research file on various Indian tribes and subjects.

A small part of the collection features personal documents such as contracts, resumes, diplomas, and correspondence which reveals his personal and professional struggles during his later years, his research endeavors and his relationship with Indian peoples and other scholars. The final series in the collection consists of a reel of microfilm of documents recorded by the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, in 1974. These documents pertain to all subjects included in this content note.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are reminded to adhere to copyright regulations that may apply to materials in the information file and material he gathered for his course work. All citations to any materials quoted in Series 5 must be credited to the Glenbow Museum of Calgary, Alberta.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Series 1 Personal Papers Including Correspondence

Series 2 Manuscripts and Course Work

Series 3 Classroom Teaching and Conference Materials

Series 4 Information File

Series 5 Microfilmed Documents from the Glenbow Museum

Acquisition Information

Letters, personal papers, research work, and manuscripts collected or created by Verne Dusenberry were transferred to the University Archives from the Museum of the Rockies (MOR), Bozeman, Montana, in 1985. Some of the Museum's ethnographic collections were his or were deposited by others at his encouragement; MOR also has a Dusenberry photograph collection and memorial library. The papers had been with that material. On July 9, 2009, a reel of microfilm, purchased from the Glenbow Museum of Calgary, Alberta in 1974, was added to this collection as a separate series. This microfilm was formerly designated as Collection 1133.

Processing Note

This collection was processed 2009 July 13

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1:  Personal Papers Including CorrespondenceReturn to Top

The personal papers in box one include his diplomas, resumes, teaching certificates and employment contracts, and a variety of correspondence. The business correspondence comprises mainly letters of application and responses for a variety of positions. The general correspondence covers areas of his personal life, communications with various faculty from the Missoula, Montana, campus; Montana State College and other campuses. It includes a letter from author A. B. Guthrie regarding his books and one from Mrs. Jessie Donaldson Schultz (widow of author James Willard Schultz and early mentor) just prior to receiving her Honorary Doctorate Degree from MSC in 1961. The "Correspondence with Indians" folder contains Dusenberry's 1955 membership certificate with the Continental Confederation of Adopted Indians as well as letters from Indian friends from the Montana communities of Arlee, Ashland, Rocky Boy, Fort Belknap, Lame Deer, and Birney as well as one from Fort Providence, Northwest Territories, several inquiries from scholars, and a carbon copy of a 1961 plan for economic development for the Fort Belknap Reservation summarized by Paul Eagleman, Chairman. The "correspondence concerning research appointments" is responses to his requests to view research materials. The copious letters from Norman A. Fox, a western fiction/Montana author, give insight into the early years of the Montana Institute of Arts and its writers' group. Fox gives an accounting of many interactions with writing colleagues such as Ben Stein, A. B. Guthrie, and Joseph Kinsey Howard and others who were involved with the group as well as criticisms of some. He describes his own experiences with Universal Studios movie version of his novel Gunsmoke in 1953, radio program readings, and many other writer's activities during the early 1950's. Emanual Milstein, an MSC graduate in architecture he drew maps and and friend of Dusenberry, drew maps and charts for Dusenberry's Cree thesis; he was also designer of what became the Danforth Chapel at MSC. The Lynne Dusenberry folder is a newspaper account of Dusenberry's daughter at a four-day encampment of the Flathead Indians in Bozeman during the town's 90th anniversary celebration in 1955.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
B.A. from the University of Montana, Bozeman; Teachers Certificate; secondary life certificate; Alpha Kappa Delta; Phi Kappa Phi; Master's Degree from Montana State University, Missoula; Montana State University Teachers Contract; Resume; Clippings
1 2
Business Correspondence
1 3
General Correspondence
1 4
Correspondence with Indians
1 5
Correspondence on research appointments
1 6
Norman Fox [correspondence]
1 7
Emanuel "Manny" Milstein [correspondence]
1 8
Lynne Dusenberry (Verne's daughter)

2:  Manuscripts & Course WorkReturn to Top

The manuscripts and course work in boxes one through four are papers written by Dusenberry as student, as professor, and as researcher. Most of these deal with Plains Indian topics; the related tribes were noted in parentheses after most folder titles during an early inventory of the materials as are several other topics: Assiniboine, Flathead, Dakota, Gros Ventre, Montana Cree, Salish, Pend d' Oreille, Crow, archeology, language, and religion including the Sun Dance. Some papers were for publication and small slips with handwritten notation of the journal that pertains are in those folders. The "Big Horn Gun" paper in box one is an historical report about the military cannon stationed in front of the Gallatin County Courthouse on Main Street. In box two the "Missoula entertains many Indians" paper gives historical background on the 11 tribes and the Chippewa attending the third Institute of Indian Affairs at Missoula. The rather lengthy "Indians of North America" manuscript appears to be the transcript of a series of talks or lectures given by Dusenberry and includes a small presentation by Mr. Bagby, Relocation Officer at Fort Belknap. Box two also contains drafts of his doctoral thesis "The Montana Cree." John Kipp and Dr. and Mrs. John Heidelman are subjects of several papers within the "Small Published Articles and Manuscripts" folder in box three as are the Crow, the Flatheads, and Metis. Box three contains Indian research notebooks compiled by Dusenberry. A note from preliminary processing says, "most of the notebooks are based on interviews. There are cross references on research files to this source, but the notes rarely indicate the notebook number." A significant portion of the notebooks are from readings as well. Interview cards in box four list personal interviews for the following people: Big Knife; Denny, George; Denny, William; Dussome, Joe; Favel, Mary; Favel, Pete; Gardipee, Ruth; Flying, Rex; Four Souls; Gardipee, Ruth; Gardipee, Tom; Gray, Andrew; Raining Bird; Seminole, Del; Stanley, Joe; Windy Boy. However, they are not the interviews themselves, and no indication is given as to whether these are references to the interviews in the notebooks. The audio tapes in box four were apparently collected by Dusenberry from other sources; a researcher using the collection in the early 1990's penciled the annotation on the typed inventory that "These tapes are interviews of Crow Indians by Stuart W. Conner, Billings, Montana. Little Bighorn College Library has more information including transcripts of some."

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 9
American Short Story (outline), English 113, lecture notes [also includes reading notes and Dusenberry's 1949 paper on "Wallace Stegner's Treatment of the Northwest."]
1 10
Notes on Montana Archaeology, (Assiniboine) [includes photographs]
1 11
Notes on the material culture of the Assiniboine
1 12
Bibliography of Montana Indians
1 13
The Big Horn Gun (includes manuscript, first date, and notes)
1 14
Chief Joseph's Flight Through Montana
1 15
The Dakota (outline of historical background)
1 16
A Study of English Teaching in Montana High Schools
1 17
Home to the Reservation (Flatheads)
1 18
Gabriel Nattau's Soul Speaks (Flatheads)
1 19
Nchaumen (Indian language) (Flatheads)
1 20
Some evidence of the adaptability and resourcefulness of the Flathead Indian
2 1
The Significance of the Sacred Pipes to the Gros Ventre of Montana
2 2
Indian Specialist with the Montana Extension Service (terminal report)
2 3
Indians of North America, (typed manuscript) 186 p.
2 4
Missoula to entertain Indians of many tribes
2 5
The Montana Cree, a study in religious persistence (carbon of final draft) 386 p. plus abbreviations, and bibliography.
2 6
The Montana Cree (rough draft) [contains one correspondence from Stockholm]
3 1
Montana Indians and the Pentecostal Sects
3 2
Samples of Pend d' Oreille literature and Salish narratives (Salish) 29 p.
3 3
Visions Among the Pend d'Oreille Indians, 6 p.
3 4
The Salish Looked for God
3 5
Small published manuscripts
3 6
Notebooks, 1-4 (Most notebooks are based on interviews. There are cross references on research files to this source, but the notes rarely indicate the notebook number)
3 7
Notebooks, 5-8
3 8
Notebooks, 8-9, 11-12 (There are two no. 8's)
3 9
Notebooks, 19-24
Interview card: Big Knife
Interview card: Denny, George
Interview card: Denny, William
Interview card: Dussome, Joe
Interview card: Favel, Mary
Interview card: Favel, Pete
Interview card: Gardipee, Ruth
Interview card: Flying, Rex
Interview card: Four Souls
Interview card: Gardipee, Ruth
Interview card: Gardipee, Tom
Interview card: Gardipee, Tom
Interview card: Gray, Andrew
Interview card: Raining Bird
Interview card: Seminole, Del
Interview card: Stanley, Joe
Interview card: Windy Boy
4 1
Bull Tail, George, and Stops, Roger
1968 October 13, 1969 June 5, 1969 March 16
4 2
Lion Shows, Jim
4 3
Medicine Crow, Joe
Tape may also contain interviews of February 5 and April 4, 1969.
1967 September 24
4 4
Stops, Roger [two reel-to-reel tapes] re: Vision Quests, Arrow Rock "Two Leggings"
1967 November 15
4 5
Stops, Roger re: Crow Indian Religions [one cassette tape]
1970 August 23
4 6
Stops, Roger, re: Crow Sun Dance [one cassette tape]
1970 October 4
4 7
Stops, Roger, on several complexes of Crow Indian religion [one cassette tape]
1970 October 5
4 8
Ten Bear, Joe [two cassette tapes]
1972 February 26

3:  Classroom Teaching and Conference MaterialReturn to Top

The classroom teaching and conference material in box five is predominantly for Plains and American Indian courses and contain syllabi, lectures, exams, and related topical material including maps. The conference materials include activity with the early Montana Institute of Arts for which Dusenberry served as President for several terms. Also included is Ethel Auld's "Montana Backgrounds" course which covers Indians, homesteaders, miners, cowboys, settlers, and contemporary life. Within this folder is Dusenberry's outline on cultural traits and the Indian. The Swedish book Indiansklubben Arsbok, 1961, a gift to Dusenberry, is also filed with this series.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
5 1
Montana Institute of the Arts, (includes Verne's address as President, June 13, 1953.) Anthropology, (materials)
5 2
Anthropology (classroom materials)
5 3
Indians of Montana, (tests and materials)
5 4
Montana Backgrounds class organized by Ethel Auld. Dusenberry's outline of the cultural traits of people for a meeting in Harlem. (also list of people attending the meeting.)
5 5
Indians of North America course outline (also general history and maps)
5 6
Plains Indian history outlines and materials
5 7
Montana Backgrounds. Course evaluation: comments from Lois H. Hoffman and Roberta West
5 8
Indiansklubben Arsbok, book, a gift from "The Indian Club" in Stockholm
1961, 1962

4:  Information FileReturn to Top

The Information File in boxes five to eleven was compiled alphabetically by subject by Dusenberry and appears to be almost exclusively Indian related. It might more appropriately be called Research and Information File as it contains much of his own chronological history notes and interviews, original manuscripts and correspondence, with some folders documenting activities in which he was an active participant. It also contains clippings, subject related journals and journal articles, and a few original documents such as an 1891 Northern Cheyenne Tribal Roll for Ration Issue, a 1918 Black Hills Claim resolution, and a statement of religious confirmation and Bureau of Pensions certificate relating to a genealogical search in which Dusenberry's help was solicited. The information file concerns life ways, religious and material culture, history, language, legends, reservation concerns, land claims, and literature. Of particular note are files on the Metis (Chippewa Cree) and the Yellowtail Dam controversy in the Robert Yellowtail folder. The subjects covered more extensively include 14 folders of general-interest Indian topics; six folders of Blackfeet material; 13 of the Chippewa Cree and Rocky Boy Reservation (a.k.a./ the Turtle Mountain Band, Little Shell Band, Landless Indians, Metis--see also that folder title); eight of Crow, six of Flatheads; six specifically on material culture; five specific to Montana, two of the Kutenai and one Salish, 12 of the Northern Cheyenne, and three of Sioux. Information on these subjects may also appear under other subject headings within this series. One will also find folders of information, research, and/or correspondence concerning individuals such as Chief Joseph, Edmund Bradley, Joseph Kinsey Howard, James Kipp, Joseph Kipp, Charles Kuhlman, Father Albert Lacombe, Angus McDonald, John McDougall, General George M. Miles, Rodolphe Charles Petter, Dick "Chief Bull" Sanderville, Edgar I. Stewart, Guy Weidick, and Robert Yellowtail. Reservations with specific folders include Blackfeet, Colville, Crow, Fort Belknap, Fort Peck Northern Cheyenne, and Rocky Boy; and Indian communities listed are Browning, Fort Belknap, Fort McKenzie, Fort Peck Havre, Lodge Pole, and St. Labre Mission.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
5 9
All American Indian Days
5 10
5 11
5 12
5 13
Bear Paw Pool (Grazing)
5 14
Beaver Indians
5 15
Black Hills (letter from Frank Bryant {Landusky} to Robert J. Casey)
5 16
Blackfeet Beliefs, by Victor P. Pepion II
5 17
Blackfeet History
5 18
Blackfeet Legends
5 19
Blackfeet (or Piegan/Pikuni, Bloods/Kainah) Medicinal Herbs. Refer to notebook file
5 20
Blackfeet reservation history. Handwritten rough manuscript, etc.
5 21
Blackfeet reservation
5 22
5 23
Bouyer, Mitch. "The Crow Scout Who Killed Custer" by Everett E. McVey, Edmund Bradley (father of the Gros Ventre, Stephen Bradley). His picture is in the Verne Dusenberry picture file at the Museum of the Rockies
5 24
5 25
B.I.A. policies
6 1
Cattle history in Montana (notes and diagram)
6 2
Cherokee Indians
6 3
Chief Joseph
6 4
Chippewa Cree. Bibliography on cards
6 5 1964
6 6
Chippewa Cree (landless situation) 4 drafts of an essay, note cards, letters congratulating Verne for his article in Montana the Magazine of Western History
1953 January
6 7
Chippewa Cree. Landless Indian research and notes
6 8
Chippewa Cree. Little Shell Indian land claims
1910, 1911, 1955
6 9
Chippewa Cree. Sun Dance
6 10
Chippewa Cree. Note cards. Cree language, Sun Dance, Medicines, uses of various fauna, ceremonies, nativistic movements, various types of spirits
6 11
Chippewa Cree. Note cards. General suggestions, history, ghosts and witch craft, Grass and Ghost dance, life cycle, material culture, mythology, seasonal labor, beliefs about the soul, welfare
6 12
Chippewa Cree. Note cards. Religion, Bear spirit, creation, sweat lodge, smoke lodge, spirit lodge, vision guest
6 13
Colville Reservation
6 14
Cree history
6 15
Cree literature
7 1
Crow history
7 2
Crow Ballet, performed in Paris and in Montana
circa 1953
7 3
Crow Fair, history
7 4
Crow legends
7 5
Crow religion
7 6
Crow Reservation
7 7
Crow songs
7 8
Crow, including Yellowtail Dam controversy
7 9
Custer Battle. "Custer's Last Stand" by Wilhelmina La Forge
7 10
Flathead Indians, Blue Jay Society (a play)
7 11
Flathead Indians, Economic conditions
7 12
Flathead Indians, Ethnology
7 13
Flathead Indians, Extension work
7 14
Flathead Indians, Holland Prairie Incident
7 15
Flathead Interviews (typed and handwritten)
7 16
Fort Belknap at Harlem. Interviews
7 17
Fort Belknap, "Poverty and Promise" by Leslie B. Davis
7 18
Fort Belknap, Publications ("Consolidated News")
7 19
Fort McKenzie
7 20
Fort Peck at Poplar. Hand written manuscript about the early history of the reservation and miscellaneous notes
7 21
Fort Peck Caravan. A study of the Reservation by the Montana Human Relations Committee
7 22
Frontier Scout (Fort Union, D.T.); vol. 4 no. 3.
1864 July 27
7 23
Gallatin Valley History. Verse published in the Avant Courier Commenting on "A Lady's Ranch Life in Montana" by I.R. (Isabel Randall)
7 24
Gros Ventre (for more detail see the notebook file)
7 25
7 26
Howard, Joseph Kinsey
7 27
8 1
Indians. "Indians of the Plains," by Mary Weekes. [also notes on management of Indian affairs]
8 2
Indians, general bibliography, also Montana bibliography
8 3
Indians, Education
8 4
Indians, Fiction
8 5
Indians, Folk literature
8 6
Indians, Health
8 7
Indians, Legislation
8 8
Indians, Maps
8 9
Indians, Religion. Refer to Chippewa Cree for more about the Sun Dance ceremony. Refer to notebook file for more information on religion
8 10
Indians, Reservation map
8 11
Indians, School curriculum, by Joseph Kinsey Howard
8 12
Indians, Status ("Plight of the Midwest Indian." "The First are Last" by Carl T. Rowan)
8 13
Indians, Status
8 14
Indians, Terminology
8 15
Institute of Indian Affairs
8 16
Kipp, James (family of)
8 17
Kipp, Joseph
8 18
Kuhlman, Charles (biographical letter written to Dr. M.G. Burlingame)
8 19
Kutenai, contains: "The Forgotten Kutenai" by Paul E. Baker, "Recollections of Lasso Stasso" by Carling Malouf and Thain White. "Early Kutenai History" by C.I. Malouf and Thain White. "Kutenai Pipes" by Thain White (No. 1 and 9) "Incidents in the History of the Kutenai Indians as related by Chief Baptiste Mathias" by Dorothy Ray, "Kutenai Message Service" by C.I. Malouf and Thain White
8 20
Kutenai, bibliography cards
8 21
Lacombe, Father Albert
8 22
Language and Culture, European and Indian
8 23
Linguistic sociology (Frieda Fligelman)
8 24
Lodge Pole (Assiniboine) [near Little Rockies]
8 25
McDonald, Angus. Notes and manuscript in a mutilated notebook
8 26
McDougall, John
9 1
Material Culture, Bison
9 2
Material Culture, Cultural change
9 3
Material culture-foods
9 4
Material Culture, General
9 5
Material Culture, Medicinal Herbs, Plants
9 6
Material Culture, Shelters
9 7
9 8
Miles, George M. Notes on a trip made by George M. Miles from Westminister, Massachusetts to Montana. Typescript 22 pages
9 9
Miss Indian America Project
9 10
9 11
Montana Myths
9 12
Montana's National Parks
9 13
Montana's Reservations, general history
9 14
Montana's Reservations, Maps
9 15
Moorhead Dam on the Powder River. Opposition
9 16
Morgan, Hon. T.J., Comm. Of Indian Affairs. Correspondence from John Tully, re: a teacher at the Cheyenne Agency School
9 17
Northern Cheyenne, Articles
9 18
Northern Cheyenne Agency at Lame Deer. Papers
9 19
Northern Cheyenne Conference, material (first of 2 files). It is publicity to help start the project, (general not Cheyenne)
9 20
Northern Cheyenne Conference material. Second File
9 21
Northern Cheyenne, Enterprise organization and agreement
9 22
Northern Cheyenne, first draft of a Northern Cheyenne Professional Paper
9 23
Northern Cheyenne Interviews. Tribal roles for ration issue
1891 December 5
9 24
Northern Cheyenne. Manuscript for an article in Montana the Magazine of Western History. (Also Correspondence)
9 25
Northern Cheyenne. Notes by Verne Dusenberry
10 1
Northern Cheyenne. Second wife of Gen. George Armstrong Custer was a Northern Cheyenne
10 2
Northern Cheyenne. Professional paper (missing Chapter I)
10 3
Northern Cheyenne. Social Structure (graphed)
10 4
Northwest History Conference
10 5
Pageant of the Gallatin (Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers)
10 6
Paiutes, (of Nevada)
10 7
Petter, Rodolphe Charles, Mennonite missionary to the Northern Cheyenne
10 8
Peyote Cult (includes Montana)
10 9
Rocky Boy Reservation, original correspondence [re: Little Bear and homeless Indians]
10 10
Rocky Boy Reservation. Publications. (Chippewa Cree)
10 11
Rocky Boy Reservation (newspaper research), starting of the Cree Reservation
10 12
St. Labre Mission (Northern Cheyenne)
10 13
Salish Tribe
10 14
Sanderville, Dick " Chief Bull"
10 15
Shoshoni Indians
10 16
Sioux, History
10 17
Sioux, Interviews
10 18
Sioux, Poverty
10 19
Stewart, Edgar I. Excerpts from a letter to Dr. M.G. Burlingame [re: Kuhlman's book]
10 20
Sweden and the Bernadotte Kings, by Kenneth R. Martin
11 1
Theses and Dissertations about Indians, Bibliography, by Frederick J. Dockstader
11 2
Weadick, Guy. Letters from R.E.: "Bud" Cowan and B.M. Bauer to Guy Weadick and John Brinkman, 1933
11 3
Western Literature, Bibliographies, tests, pamphlets
11 4
Western Literature, Examples: Dorothy Johnson, Robt. H. Fletcher
11 5
Western Literature, "Old Man, Owl Hoot, " by Norman A. Fox
11 6
Whoop-Up Trail (Verne Dusenberry presented the plaque at the monument dedication)
11 7
Yellowtail, Robert. Official statements

5:  Microfilmed Documents from the Glenbow MuseumReturn to Top

One reel of microfilmed documents held by the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta. The Glenbow was given some of the material by Dusenberry before his death, but borrowed most of the records from his daughter to microfilm and copy. They were subsequently stolen from the Dusenberry home. The filmed documents consist of research materials on the Cree, Cheyenne, Assiniboine, Kootenay, Flathead, and Pend d'Oreille. Includes photographs of Cree and Kootenay. The material is presented on the microfilm reel in the order listed below, which was provided by the Glenbow Museum on purchase of the film. Researchers are reminded that any citations to the materials recorded on this film must be credited to the Glenbow Museum.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Reel
12 1
Cree Indians
Box Reel
Correspondence relating to Rocky Boy Indians
Notes on the Rocky Boy Sun Dance
Article on the Rocky Boy Indians, by Senator William Cowan
Excerpts from Montana newspapers
General Notes
Reading Cards
12 2
Cheyenne Indians
Box Reel
Northern Cheyenne Ration List
Northern Cheyenne Census
Ms. "The Vanishing: Culture of the Northern Cheyennes (Chapter one missing)
Notes and Interviews.
12 3
Assiniboine Indians
Box Reel
Notes and Interviews
12 4
Kootenai Indians
Box Reel
Schultz manuscript (incomplete)
12 5
Flathead and Pend d'Oreille Indians
Box Reel
Gabriel Nattau's Saul Speaks (ms.)
Samples of Pend d'Oreille Literature and Salish Narratives
Holland Prairie Incident
12 6
Historical Papers
Box Reel
George M. Miles' trip, Massachusetts to Montana
Journals - Port Peck Agency and Poplar Agency
12 7
Student Papers
Box Reel
Notes on Montana Archaeology, by Dusenberry
Hutterites and Democracy, by H. Lane
James Kipp, Fort Builder, by Ben McKinnie
Tom Main, (Gros Ventre) Indian Leaders by Carl & Thelma Turner
Blackfoot Beliefs, by Victor P. Pepion
The Assiniboine, by Donna M. Qualey
Incidents in the History of the Kutenai Indians, by Mrs. D. Ray
James Willard Schultz, by Peter Sloan
Assiniboine-Sioux Stories Concerning the Devil Hill on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, by Willie Youpee

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Assiniboine Indians
  • Blackfeet Indians (Dakota)
  • Blackfoot Indians (Dakota)
  • Cheyenne Indians
  • Cree Indians-Montana
  • Crow Indians
  • Dakota Indians
  • Flathead Indians
  • Gros Ventre Indians
  • Gros Ventre Indians (Montana)
  • Indian literature
  • Indian reservations-Montana
  • Indians of North America-Folklore
  • Indians of North America-History
  • Indians of North America-Land tenure
  • Indians of North America-Languages
  • Indians of North America-Material culture
  • Indians of North America-Montana
  • Indians of North America-Religion
  • Indians of North America-Social conditions
  • Indians of North America-Social life and customs
  • Kalispel Indians
  • Kootenai Indians
  • Pend d'Oreille Indians
  • Peyotism
  • Salish Indians
  • Siksika Indians
  • Sun dance

Personal Names

  • Bradley, Edmund
  • Bull Head-(Blackfeet chief)
  • Fox, Norman A., 1911-1960
  • Howard, Joseph Kinsey, 1906-1951
  • Kipp, James, 1788-1880
  • Kipp, Joseph, 1849-1913
  • Kuhlman, Charles, 1872-1959
  • Lacombe, Albert, 1827-1916
  • McDonald, Angus Henry, 1903-
  • McDougall, John, 1842-1917
  • Miles, George M., 1854-1935
  • Milstein, Emanual
  • Petter, Rodolphe Charles, 1865-1947
  • Stewart, Edgar Irving
  • Weidick, Guy
  • Yellowtail, Robert

Geographical Names

  • Blackfeet Indian Reservation (Mont.)
  • Colville Indian Reservation (Wash.)
  • Crow Indian Reservation (Mont.)
  • Fort Belknap Indian Reservation (Mont.)
  • Fort Peck Indian Reservation (Mont.)
  • Rocky Boy's Reservation (Mont.)