Bozeman Business Collection, 1884-1911

Overview of the Collection

Bozeman Business Collection
1.2 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 2129, MtBC, us (collection)
The Bozeman Business Collection contains the records from several Bozeman area businesses. Included in the papers are the records of Dr. Joseph H. Delaney. Delaney was a specialist in eye, ear, nose, and throat disorders. A local meat market, possibly owned by George Foerschler, are included as well. There are three other businesses that are unidentified, but one might be the Golden Rule Store and another is possibly one of the many business endeavors of Bozeman pioneer Walter Cooper.
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

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The records of Dr. Joseph H. Delaney contain prescription numbers for eyeglasses as well as his account book from 1905-1911. A business ledger from Sebree, Ferris, and White from 1886-1887 lists sales and accounts receivable. The meat market records contain a ledger from about 1884 and includes accounts from prominent Bozeman pioneers such as Walter Cooper, Nelson Story, P. W. Bohart, W. H. Babcock, and W. W. Alderson. Also are three day books which keep a running records of sales for each day. A record of wood sales and inventory kept by Feron Mack are also found with the meat market records. Mack was a butcher in Bozeman at the turn of the 20th century. Also included in the collection are business records from three unidentified businesses. The first is an invoice list and cash sales for what appears to be a grocery or general mercantile store from 1901-1903. The second is a check register from possibly the Golden Rule Store. The third is an invoices payable book from 1906-1907. The ledger might have been donated by the Walter Cooper family and could be from his lumber business. An additional folder containing an unidentified billing register naming many Bozeman businesses and citizens from 1884-1886, and separate tax statements for the same, has been added.

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Acquisition Information

The Bozeman Business collection were donated to Special Collections from the Museum of the Rockies on December 18, 1984. An additional folder of business records, formerly assigned collection number 1189, was added on July 26, 2017.

Processing Note

This collection was processed 2009 April 2

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Meat Market, Ledger circa 1884
1/2 Meat Market, Day Book 1884 March 8 - 1884 September
1/3 Meat Market, Day Book 1885 July 11 - 1885 December 1
1/4 Meat Market, Day Book 1886 October 12 - 1887 January 22
2/1 Meat Market, Memo book showing meat purchases circa 1891
2/2 Meat Market, Feron Mack, record of wood sales, inventory 1889
2/3 Sebree, Ferris, and White, Ledger 1886-1887
3/1 Dr. Joseph Delaney, Account book 1905-1911
3/2 Dr. Joseph Delaney, prescription numbers
3/3 Bozeman Business, Invoice list and cash sales 1901-1903
3/4 Bozeman Business, Check register [Golden Rule Store] 1905
3/5 Bozeman Business, Invoices payable 1906-1907
3/6 Miscellaneous business licenses and register 1884-1886

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Subject Terms

  • Business enterprises-Montana-Bozeman
  • General stores-Montana-Bozeman
  • Grocery trade-Montana-Bozeman
  • Hardware stores-Montana-Bozeman
  • Lumber trade-Montana-Bozeman
  • Meat industry and trade-Montana-Bozeman
  • Medicine-Practice-Montana-Bozeman
  • Physicians-Montana-Bozeman
  • Wood-Montana-Bozeman

Form or Genre Terms

  • Business records-Montana-Bozeman

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Delaney, Joseph H (creator)
    • Mack, Feron (creator)
    Corporate Names
    • Sebree, Ferris, and White (Bozeman, Mont.) (creator)