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Lillian E. H. Culver Papers, 1893-1931
- Culver, Lillian E. H.
- Lillian E. H. Culver Papers
- .2 linear feet
- Collection Number
- Collection 2147, MtBC, us (collection)
- The Lillian E. H. Culver Papers consist of letters, short stories, and bank statements. The materials provide impressions of the lifestyle of the area including work, social life, and problems due to climate and isolation. The file of short stories written by Lillian Culver cover diverse topics. The most revealing story was about homestead legal problems.
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.
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
Historical NoteReturn to Top
Lillian E. H. Culver was a resident of Lakeview (Beaverhead County) Montana during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Culver's home was on the Montana-Idaho border south of Red Rock Lake. Her husband, William N. Culver, had a mail and freight contract between Monida, Montana and Lake, Idaho. He was also in the cattle business and was away from home a great deal of the time. The Culver family sometimes wintered in Dillon. Correspondence came from William's home in Urbana, Benton County, Iowa and Lillian's home in Haverhill, MA. Friends wrote to the Culvers from Dillon, Twin Bridges, Basic, Monida, Butte, etc. Lillian also wrote short stories, apparently in response to a correspondence course in creative writing.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The files are divided between letters filed chronologically by date, undated and fragmented letters, short stories, and bank statements. The letters scattered as to time and content. It gives impressions of the lifestyle of the area including work, social life, and problems due to climate and isolation. The file of short stories written by Lillian Culver cover diverse topics. The most revealing story was about homestead legal problems.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Letters and literary manuscripts created or collected by Lillian E. H. Culver were transferred to Special Collections from the Museum of the Rockies on March 13, 1985. The original accession number on the set (Letters-65) cannot be documented at the Museum of the Rockies files. The letters were in a little wooden packing box lined with sale notices from Dick Rock's game ranch on Henry's Lake. Apparently Dick wanted to sell the ranch so that he could join the Alaska gold rush. Dates on other paper used as lining were in the 1890s.
This collection was processed 2009 April 3
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|1/7||Letters and fragments||undated|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Frontier and pioneer life-Montana-Fiction
- Women authors, American-Montana-Lakeview (Beaverhead County)
- Women-Montana-Lakeview (Beaverhead County)
- Culver, William N
- Lakeview (Beaverhead County, Mont.)-Climate
- Lakeview (Beaverhead County, Mont.)-Social conditions
- Lakeview (Beaverhead County, Mont.)-Social life and customs
Form or Genre Terms
- Family papers-Montana-Lakeview (Beaverhead County)
- Personal papers-Montana-Lakeview (Beaverhead County)
- Short stories-Montana-Lakeview (Beaverhead County)