Class of 1940 (Montana State College, Bozeman) newsletter, 1944-2002

Overview of the Collection

Nelson, Bettie Eagle; Taylor, Peggy Roman
Class of 1940 (Montana State College, Bozeman) newsletter
1944-2002 (inclusive)
0.4 linear feet, (1 box)
Collection Number
Peggy Roman Taylor and Bettie Eagle Nelson graduated from Montana State College in 1940. The collection consists of the annual newsletter they created for their classmates.
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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Peggy Roman Taylor was born in 1918 and Bettie Eagle Nelson was born in 1917. Both attended Montana State College (later Montana State University) and graduated in 1940. Eagle was a member of Pi Beta Phi, Spurs, Secretarial Club; Saberettes, and secretary of the Student Senate. She worked on the Exponent and the Montanan. Roman was in Chi Omega, the Saberettes, the Secretarial Club, and was part of dramatic productions. Both graduated with a degree in secretarial work.

After graduation, Taylor and Nelson wrote and organized a newsletter for their classmates every year, and sometimes more often.

Taylor died in 2012 and Nelson died in 2009. The Bettie Eagle Nelson and Peggy Roman Taylor Scholarship in MSU's Jacob Jabs College of Business is named for them.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Newsletters written for members of the class of 1940. The first edition, published in March 1944, includes a "roll call" of 23 households. The 1960 edition lists 49 household. The last edition, published in February 2002, lists 21 households.

Topics covered include where class members are living (including addresses); holidays; World War II; courtships and marriages; children and parenting; returning to campus for events like Woman's Day; Homecoming, and reunions; illnesses and deaths of both the classmates and their familiy members; domestic and foreign travel; military service; jobs and relocations; significant visitors; infirmity and aging; notable weather conditions; and grandchildren and other extended family.

Most of the editions were prepared around Christmas, with editions in January to reflect additional news, and sometimes another newsletter in the spring. All are typed, originally using stencils and, by 1978, duplicated on a copy machine. In the 1950s, the format solidified in an alphabetical listing of each person's news, almost always in that individual's own words. Some of the entries are very brief; others go on for a page or more. Those who sent their news in late are in an added "latecomers" section.

The editors created a strong social network with expectations for participation in the newsletter. In the earliest editions, classmates who did not contribute were referred to as "stinkers"; in later editions, the authors simply listed the people they didn't hear from, noting that non-participants would be removed from the mailing list after a period of time. From many of the entries, it is evident that many class members, particularly those in and around Bozeman, socialized in person frequently.

Along with the newsletter, there are a few letters from the Alumni Association about reunions and one group photograph.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Gift of Lauri and Rick Taylor through the MSU Alumni Foundation.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Link 1944 March-1948 December
1 2 Link 1950 January-1958 January
1 3 Link 1960 January-1969 January
1 4 Link 1970 January-1979 January
1 5 Link 1980 January-1989 January
1 6 Link 1990 January-1999 January
1 7 Link 2000 January-2002 February

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Universities and colleges--Montana--Bozeman

Corporate Names

  • Montana State College--Alumni and alumnae
  • Montana State University--Alumni and alumnae
  • Montana State University--Bozeman--Alumni and alumnae

Geographical Names

  • Montana

Form or Genre Terms

  • Newsletters
  • Newsletters