Collection 148 – Dawson County Homestead Questionnaires, 1964
Creator: MacDonald, Marie Peterson
Provenance Note: Original questionnaires completed by various Dawson County homestead owners created
and collected by Marie MacDonald were loaned to the Montana State University library
for microfilming in the summer of 1964. The questionnaires were returned to her on
August 27 of that year.
Historical Note: Marie Peterson MacDonald was born in 1913 at Great Falls, Montana. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1936 and married Alexander C. MacDonald in 1941. Marie lived in Glendive, Montana for part of her life and she served on the city council and as the city librarian from 1964 to 1974. She wrote two books: Glendive; the History of a Montana Town (1968) and After Barbed Wire; a Pictorial History of the Homestead Rush into the Northern Great Plains, 1900-1919 (1963). For the latter work she collaborated with the Glendive chapter of the American Association of University Women to produce a questionnaire form that was distributed to area homesteader families. The completed forms were later deposited in the Frontier Gateway Museum at Glendive. MacDonald moved to Lompoc, California after her retirement and died on July 24, 1988.
Content Description Note: The Dawson County Homestead Questionnaires microfilm reel contains images of pre-printed forms of ten basic questions regarding the respondent’s knowledge of homesteading law prior to settlement, journey to Montana, accommodations, time and place of location, experiences in registering claims, and other pertinent information regarding the process.
Restrictions: Researchers citing this material must credit the Frontier Gateway Museum of Glendive, Montana as the institution holding the original documents.