Montana State University Rodeo Team records, 1960-2006

Overview of the Collection

Montana State University--Bozeman. Rodeo Team.
Montana State University Rodeo Team records
1960-2006 (inclusive)
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
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

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

Acquisition Information

The MSU Rodeo Team records were transferred from the files of the Montana State University Alumni Association in May, 2008.

Processing Note

This collection was processed 2008 December 8

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Photos #1-27 1960s
1 2 Photos #73-95 1970s
1 3 Photos #96-111 1980s
1 4 Photos #112-113 1985
1 5 Photos #114-134 1986
1 6 Photos #135-180, Portraits 1986
1 7 Photos #181-182 1987
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 12 Photos #316-331 1990
1 13 Photos #332-342 1991
1 14 Photos #343-369, Spring Rodeo I 1993
1 15 Photos #370-379, Spring Rodeo II 1993
1 16 Photos #380-384 1994
1 17 Photos #385-390 1995
1 18 Photos #391-403 2000
1 19 Photos #404-419 2001
1 20 Photos #420-446 2004
1 21 Photos #447-458 2005
1 22 Photos #459-480 2006
1 23 Photos #481-495, Miscellaneous
1 24 Spring Rodeo Programs
2 1 Membership
2 2 Past Member Contacts
2 3 Public Relations Materials
2 4 Scholarships
2 5 Newspaper Clippings

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Rodeos-Montana-Bozeman

Corporate Names

  • Montana State College. Rodeo Team
  • Montana State University (Bozeman, Mont.)-Rodeo Team
  • Montana State University--Bozeman-Rodeo Team-Archives
  • Montana State University--Bozeman-Sports