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George Mueller collection on the Cook-Folsom Expedition, 1894-1979
- Cook, Charles W., 1839-1927; Chesnut, V. K. (Victor King), 1867-1938; Mueller, George D., 1921-2016
- George Mueller collection on the Cook-Folsom Expedition
- 1894-1979 (inclusive)18941979
- 0.2 linear feet, (one box, one oversize folder)
- Collection Number
- Grandson of C. W. Cook and Montana historian. Materials accumulated by Mueller on the Cook-Folsom Expedition.
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
Collection is open for research.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
George Donald Mueller was born in Lewistown, MT, in 1921 to Oscar and Josephine Mueller. He graduated from Fergus County High School, attended Montana State College for two years, then joined the Army and served in World War II. After completing his education, he became a meteorologist with the U.S. Weather Service in Meacham, OR, and Great Falls, MT. He returned to Lewistown after retirement.
Mueller was vitally interested in local and state history. He was active in the Central Montana Historical Association, the Sons and Daughters of the Montana Pioneers, and was a member of the Montana Historical Society. His articles were published in a number of publications, including the Montana Magazine of Western History.
As the grandson of Charles W. Cook (who, along with David E. Folsom and William Peterson, made up the Cook-Folsom-Peterson Expedition of what is now Yellowstone National Park in 1869), Mueller was especially dedicated to the stewardship of Cook's memory and to ensuring that his role in the Park's development was recognized.
He died in 2016 at the age of 94.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Materials accumulated by George Mueller, grandson of Cook, on the Cook-Folsom Expedition. The collection includes a copy of the Cook-Folsom diary manuscript as written by Chestnut; a typescript of the Cook-Folsom diary; Cook's remarks on the Park's 50th anniversary; correspondence with J.E. Haynes, V.K. Chestnut, Park personnel, Horace Albright, Aubrey Haines, Calvin Coolidge, and Joseph Dixon; and photographs of Cook and others, mostly taken for the Park's 50th anniversary.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|1||1||Folsom manuscript, Chesnut copy|
|1||2||Cook-Folsom diary typescript|
|1||3||The Folsom-Cook Expedition, printed copy||1894|
|1||4||Press release on C.W. Cook|
|1||5||Cook's remarks on the 50th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park||1922|
|1||6||Correspondence with J. E. Haynes||1923|
|1||7||Correspondence with V. K. Chesnut||1921-1922|
|1||8||Correspondence with Yellowstone National Park||1967-1969|
|1||9||Correspondence with Horace Albright||1923-1978|
|1||10||Correspondence with Aubrey Haines||1966-1969|
|1||11||Letter from Calvin Coolidge||1924|
|1||12||Letter from Joseph Dixon||1924|
|1||13||50th anniversary photograph||1922|
|1||14||William Peterson photos|
|1||Portrait of Charles Cook|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Explorers--United States
- Explorers--Yellowstone National Park
- Cook, Charles W., 1839-1927
- United States--Discovery and exploration
- Yellowstone National Park--Discovery and exploration
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