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Mens Cooperative House Records, 1938-1986
Overview of the Collection
- Men's Cooperative House (Bozeman, Mont.)
- Mens Cooperative House Records
- .5 linear feet
- Collection Number
- Collection 2509, MtBC, us (collection)
- The Mens Cooperative House Records consists of the initial member list, house leases, member lists, meeting minutes, and reminiscences. Two scrapbooks, consisting primarily of photographs of both houses and members engaged in various activities, complete the collection.
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.
- Additional Reference Guides
An alternative form of this finding aid can be found at http://www.lib.montana.edu/collect/spcoll/findaid/2509.php
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
Historical NoteReturn to Top
The Men's Cooperative House (informally known as the Men's Co-op) had its origin in the ideas of Dr. Phillip Eckert. He was part of a group which discussed forming a student housing cooperative and received great support from the independent students of Montana State College, Bozeman. Subsequent meetings were held and on May 11, 1937 the articles of incorporation were approved. After a trip to Washington State University and the University of Idaho, the core principles of the Coop were founded and by Freshman Week 1937 the first house was open for business with Ruth Kitterman of Great Falls as manager. On March 23, 1938, a house was opened at 603 South Third Avenue for the men with thirty-three initial members. Each person who joined had to pay the $5 membership fee and the same for a deposit. By Summer 1939, the Cooperative had enough reserve funds to buy a house at 712 South Willson to house their operations. The Coop operated until 1984, when their assets were liquidated and the Montana Technology Development Trust was developed to continue to assist student success.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The Men's Cooperative Hour records consists of the initial member list, house leases, member lists, meeting minutes, and reminiscences. Two scrapbooks, consisting primarily of photographs of both houses and members engaged in various activities, complete the collection.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|1/1||List of Charter Members Spring||1938|
|1/3||Student Housing Constitution||1952, 1969|
|1/7||"Resumes and Life Histories of The Men's Coop Home 712 S. Wilson" compiled by Leroy Bergstrom|
|2/2||Scrapbook||1944, 1946-1960, 1968-1969|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Housing, Cooperative-Montana-Bozeman
- Male college students-Housing-Montana-Bozeman-Societies, etc
- 603 South Third Avenue (Bozeman, Mont.)-History
- 712 South Willson (Bozeman, Mont.)-History
- Men's Cooperative House (Bozeman, Mont.)-Archives
- Montana State University (Bozeman, Mont.)-Students-Housing-Photographs
- Montana State University (Bozeman, Mont.)-Students-Housing-Societies, etc.
- Montana State University (Bozeman, Mont.)-Students-Photographs