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Montana State University Rodeo Team records, 1960-2006
- Montana State University--Bozeman. Rodeo Team.
- Montana State University Rodeo Team records
- 1960-2006 (inclusive)19602006
- 0.6 linear feet
- Collection Number
- The Montana State University Rodeo Team Records consist of materials produced by coaches and participants such as photographs, member rosters, public relation materials and topical newspaper clippings.
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
- 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
The Montana State Rodeo team was founded as a student club by four men intending to put on a contest for fellow Montana State College (MSC) students in 1947. Eugene Pederson, Stuart Hauptmann, Bob Chambers, and Ralph Nichols took their ideas to the college agriculture (or "Little International) club and got $100 in sponsorship money. Those funds went towards repairing the Fairgrounds plumbing to make it usable for the public. Donations from stock contractor Rich Richter and dude rancher Buck Chenny gave the group enough animals to outfit the rodeo and student committee members took the roles of announcer, clowns, and pickup men. The events consisted of the standards of the day: bareback and saddle bronc riding, wild cow milking, calf roping, steer wrestling, and a cowgirl cutting horse contest. Even though there were no qualified rides or great ability shown, the enthusiasm of the small crowd set in motion plans to continue what would become a Montana State tradition. The next year, MSC hosted the first intercollegiate rodeo in the West with the inclusion of students from the University of Montana and North Dakota Teachers College. MSU Rodeo's next big break came with the construction of the Fieldhouse and a new indoor rodeo arena. The rise of collegiate rodeo allowed the college to host the CNFR for 24 years. In 1981, the team transferred from the Agriculture Department to Athletics. Overall, Montana State Rodeo has combined for six national team titles and thirty-one individual championships.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The Montana State Rodeo team records consist of materials produced by coaches and participants such as photographs, member rosters, public relation materials and topical newspaper clippings. All files are arranged by subject and correlated by date where applicable.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|1||6||Photos #135-180, Portraits||1986|
|1||8||Photos #183-234, Spring Rodeo||1988|
|1||9||Photos #235-254, CNFR||1988|
|1||10||Photos #255-309, Spring Rodeo||1989|
|1||11||Photos #310-315, CNFR||1989|
|1||14||Photos #343-369, Spring Rodeo I||1993|
|1||15||Photos #370-379, Spring Rodeo II||1993|
|1||23||Photos #481-495, Miscellaneous|
|1||24||Spring Rodeo Programs|
|2||2||Past Member Contacts|
|2||3||Public Relations Materials|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Montana State College. Rodeo Team
- Montana State University (Bozeman, Mont.)-Rodeo Team
- Montana State University--Bozeman-Rodeo Team-Archives
- Montana State University--Bozeman-Sports