Letters to Mary Wylie, 1898

Overview of the Collection

Wylie, W. W. (William Wallace)
Letters to Mary Wylie
1898 (inclusive)
2 folders
Collection Number
Collection 1326, MtBC, us (collection)
The Letters to Mary Wylie consist of letters written from W.W. Wylie to his wife, Mary Wylie in 1898 discussing his efforts (which were successful) to renew his concessionaire's license and relating other daily activities.
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

William Wallace Wylie (1848-1930) came to Bozeman, Montana from Iowa in 1878 as the principal of the city schools. In1881 he became the principal of the Bozeman Academy. Several years later he was Montana Superintendent of schools. He made his first trip to Yellowstone National Park in 1880 and in 1881 he started a lecture tour on the park using H.B. Calfee's stereopticon views. In 1882, he published a guidebook to the park "Yellowstone national park; or, The great American wonderland : a complete description of all the wonders of the park". As he continued to visit the Park and took teachers on educational tours, he used tent camps to house them. In 1893 he got permission to establish fixed camps in the Park for tourist groups. This developed into the Wylie Way Stations which he ran until 1905 when he sold the business. During the winter of 1898 he went to Washington, D.C. to secure renewal of his license for the Wylie Way Stations. He wrote (sometimes twice daily) of his visit to his wife Mary at their home in Bozeman, Montana.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of letters dated January 30, 1898 to March 2, 1898 from Washington, D.C. and Chicago discussing his efforts (which were successful) to renew his concessionaire's license and relating other daily activities. There is also one letter from Butte, Montana on March 31st during a trip to Colorado. A second folder holds the envelopes for the letters.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Letters from W. W. Wylie written to his wife, Mary, were donated to Special Collections sometime prior to 1993.

Processing Note

This collection was processed 2009 May 27

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Concessions-United States-History-Sources
  • Tourist camps, hostels, etc. -Yellowstone National Park-History

Corporate Names

  • Wylie Camping Company-History-Sources

Geographical Names

  • Yellowstone National Park-History-1886-1914-Sources