These collections document the region’s culture and history, including accounts of Montana citizens, communities, and businesses starting in the mid-19th century and forward.

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International Snow Science Workshops (ISSW) Proceedings

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Montana State University (MSU) Archives Federal Work Projects Administration (WPA) Papers and Photos

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Montana State Periodical Index (MPI)

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Manuscript Collection Finding Aids 

We have 349 collections.

  • 0001 Gallatin County, Montana, School District Records, 1879-1961
  • 0003 Stone Family Papers, 1849-1984
  • 0012 John Marion Robinson Family Papers, 1866-1890
  • 0015 United States. General Land Office Homestead Certificate to William Chiesman, April 19, 1894
  • 0020 Lesley M. Heathcote Papers, 1895-1964
  • 0026 H. H. Mitchell Family Papers, 1895-1951
  • 0028 William Gaddis Papers, 1871-1885
  • 0031 Castle Hotel Registers, 1890-1891
  • 0034 Grace Stone Coates Papers, 1933-1960
  • 0038 Ferris Family Papers, 1874-1926
  • 0050, also Mss 171 Almon Spencer Reminiscence, ca. 1904
  • 0051 Hazel Christiansen Papers, 1962-1964
  • 0055, also MSS 168 Guide to the Eva Gates Manuscript, circa 1960
  • 0075 Malphus A. Switzer Reminiscence, 1964
  • 0076 Fannie Louise Davis Ennis Speeches and Essay Transcripts, 1964
  • 0085 Alice Marie Kleinschmidt Papers, 1865-1890
  • 0090 William L. Perkins Ledger, 1870-1882
  • 0098 Margaret D. Walsh Letter, 1903
  • 0100 McAllister, Mont., Collection, 1860-1964
  • 0104 Samuel I. Gaskill Wagon Train Log, 1878
  • 0107 Maynard Family Collection, 1933-1989
  • 0113 William H. Storrs Diary, 1862-1864
  • 0124 Laura Brown Zook Reminiscence, undated
  • 0127 Carl M. Yerrington, "How Shall Montana Counties Handle Their Tax Deed Land?", ca. 1937
  • 0137 Madison County Centennial Writing Contest Collection, 1964
  • 0145 Charles W. Pomeroy Papers, 1888-1915
  • 0147 Ralph Lumley Oral History Interview, 1964 August 14
  • 0148 Dawson County Homestead Questionnaires, 1964
  • 0150 Mary J. Buzzell Correspondence and Photographs, 1910-1913
  • 0154 Minnie Paugh Oral History Collection, 1964-1975
  • 0170 Elizabeth E. Busick O'Neil Reminiscence and Family Photographs, 1907-1939
  • 0172 James M. Hamilton Papers, 1938-1969
  • 0178 Rattlesnake Placer Claim File 10386, 1912-1922
  • 0195 Leah Gillies Olson Papers, 1905-1952
  • 0212 P. C. Waite Papers, 1887-1959
  • 0213 Montana Winter Fair Motion Picture, 1957
  • 0216 Frank T. Kelsey Papers, 1906-1934
  • 0217 Johnny Healy Frontier Sketches Scrapbook, 1878-1900
  • 0222 Clarence L. Oliver Reminiscences, 1964-1966
  • 0223 Alvin J. Lucke Collection, 1893-1923
  • 0225 Sallie Raymond's Diary for 1866
  • 0244 Autobiography of James David Wood, ca. 1964
  • 0282 Edith R. Furman Photographs and Scrapbook, ca. 1924-1954
  • 0283 Samuel T. Hauser Papers, 1862-1910
  • 0287 Fisher family Record, ca. 1964
  • 0292 Mary Hunter Doane Collection, 1881-1950
  • 0295 Madison County Commissioners' Records, 1863-1875
  • 0296 Eliel Brothers Records, 1896-1931
  • 0298 Montana Institute of the Arts, Bozeman History Group Records, 1948-1977
  • 0301 Ike Irish, the Placer Miner, undated
  • 0308 Michael Langohr Diary, 1899-1906
  • 0314 Newell G. Philbrick Papers, 1892-1923
  • 0317 Big Hole Commercial Company Cash Books, 1907-1914
  • 0325 Campbell Family Papers, 1836-1899
  • 0326 Benjamin Dailey Diary, 1866 July 26-September 9
  • 0335 Ellen Louisa Gordon Fletcher Papers, 1866-1910
  • 0336 Mary Redfield Lindsey Papers, 1952-1965
  • 0339 Lou Stocking Stewart Papers, 1871-1942
  • 0347 M.J. Lott Papers, 1878-1908
  • 0354 History of Broadwater County Scrapbooks, 1964-1972
  • 0359 Doris Whithorn Research Files, 1963-1983
  • 0362 Conrad V. Anderson Papers, 1954-1974
  • 0368 Early Settlers of Salesville, Spanish Creek, and Cherry Creek basins
  • 0369 John M. Comfort Collection, 1867-1942
  • 0370 Mary M. Schreiner Papers, 1937-1952
  • 0375 Theo Norman Diary Transcription, 1965
  • 0381 May G. Flanagan Papers, 1887-1952
  • 0382 Alfred Myers Diaries, 1868-1891
  • 0395 John G. Brown Writing, undated
  • 0396 F.E.W. Patten Diary, 1863 June 26-September 27
  • 0397 Francis L. Niven Papers, 1901-1982
  • 0404 Della J. Rowland Reminiscence, ca. 1965
  • 0405 Francis E. Beall Papers, 1880-1971
  • 0408 Orson N. Newman Papers, 1879-1920
  • 0412 Walter and Martha Peoples Manuscript and Research Papers, 1964
  • 0416 Cassandra O. Phelps Papers, 1914-1945
  • 0423 David J. Bailey Reminiscence, 1900
  • 0431 A.V. Howard Narrative, 1926 February 1
  • 0435 Gloria Mahlum Musical Scores and Audiotape, 1964
  • 0436 Wallis Huidekoper Collection, 1880s-1959
  • 0437 Anaconda Smoke Case Defense Negatives, 1910
  • 0441 Morris State Bank Records, 1889-1928
  • 0442 Two Dot, Montana Collection, 1900-1924
  • 0455 History of Castle, 1966
  • 0461 Enoch Hodson Papers, 1881-1893
  • 0485 Emma Stoker Photographs, 1900-1930
  • 0491 Ray B. Haight Papers, 1911-1967
  • 0492 Report of Lieutenant Gustavus C. Doane, December 15, 1870
  • 0498 To the Pioneers of Montana, 1899
  • 0515 William H. White Diary, 1876 January - July
  • 0518 Richard D. Cotter Papers, 1870-1878
  • 0522 Robert P. Smith Papers, 1888-1950
  • 0524 Missouri to Montana in A Covered Wagon, 1898, ca. 1965
  • 0533 Gallatin County Veterans Service Records, 1918-1965
  • 0540 The Maxey Mines, 1966
  • 0541 Elizabeth Berger Swan Papers, 1967-1971
  • 0544 Mercy Jackson Collection, 1927-1962
  • 0551 Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Records, 1911-1968
  • 0552 Samuel D. McIlheny Letters, 1862-1867
  • 0560 Gallatin Farmers Alliance No. 4 of Montana Records, 1889-1892
  • 0561 Mrs. W.J. Beall Scrapbook, 1867-1929
  • 0568 Willliam H. Reed Interview, 1967
  • 0570 Golden Valley Historical Society Organization Committee Records, 1966-1967
  • 0591 "Recollections of Homestead Days"
  • 0630 Frank L. Benepe Records, 1880-1893
  • 0631 Engelfried and Esler Records, 1866-1889
  • 0632 Willson and Rich Records, 1866-1871
  • 0646 Columbus Creamery Company By-laws, 1906 March 31 - June 5
  • 0650 Pondera History Association Files, 1955-1968
  • 0651 Willard Harris Oral History, 1962 July 29
  • 0652 Koch Family Papers, 1831-1912
  • 0668 Andrew F. Bulreigh's Address to the Jury, April 26, 1889
  • 0669 Story-Work Sheep Company Records, 1916-1919
  • 0680 John M. Bozeman Collection, 1866-1965
  • 0708 William W. Alderson Diary, 1864-1879
  • 0710 The History of the Huntley Project, 1959
  • 0724 History of Montana Publication Files, 1954-1956
  • 0730 Early Travel In Montana, 1906
  • 0736 Florence Isabel Penwell Papers, 1882-1901
  • 0761 Lewistown Public Library O.O. Mueller Collection, 1929-1967
  • 0768 Madison County, Mont., Methodist Churches Scrapbook, 1872-1964
  • 0771 Thomas B. Brook Photographs, 1870-1960
  • 0776 Brassey Family Papers, 1877-1929
  • 0777 Henry N. M. Rayner Papers, 1852-1896
  • 0781 Alexander Leggat Collection, 1864-1964
  • 0783 William Milnor Roberts Papers, 1828-1959
  • 0785 Smith-Mendenhall Family Papers, 1858-1902
  • 0791 L. Christine Bliss Seamans Papers, 1907-1970
  • 0796 Mark L. Lovell Manuscript, [n.d.]
  • 0798 Dorothy Floerchinger Collection, 1864-1975
  • 0809 Robert A. Baxter Papers, 1875-1893
  • 0811 Margaret Powell Kraenzel Manuscripts, 1957-1960
  • 0821 Daughers of the American Revolution. Mount Hyalite Chapter Records, 1920-1975
  • 0828 Three Forks (Mont.) Lewis and Clark Observances Collection, 1945-1957
  • 0847 Montana Oral History Collection, 1949-1978
  • 0849 History of Nelson Story Audiotape Recordings, 1967
  • 0851 Fort Ellis and Gustavus C. Doane Collection, 1865-1930
  • 0857 Charles L. Anceney Letters, 1888-1890
  • 0859 Livingston Anti-Merger Committee Records, 1894 - 1980
  • 0860 Duncan-Packer Family Papers, ca. 1900-1948
  • 0865 Warren R. Evans Photographs, 1910-1927
  • 0866 John Jacob Benepe Papers, 1874-1903
  • 0869 Lehrkind Coal and Ice Company Records, 1910-1938
  • 0875 Montana Horse Breeders Association Records, 1908-1927
  • 0878 History of Broadwater County, 1958
  • 0881 Advertising Card Scrapbook of Bozeman Business Ephemera, 1882-1900
  • 0882 Irene Thatcher Scrapbooks, 1948-1966
  • 0883 Lemont A. Gates Day Books, 1911-1937
  • 0884 Mrs. Lester S. Willson Papers, 1864-1920
  • 0891 Alderson Family Collection, 1865-1939
  • 0902 Floyd T. Wood Weather Diary, 1880-1969
  • 0913 Clifton B. Worthen-James Fergus Collection, 1884-1955
  • 0918 James M. Hamilton Photographs, ca. 1918
  • 0925 John S. Mendenhall Papers, 1857-1885
  • 0926 Emily Meredith Letter and Photographs, 1863-1868
  • 0945 Caroline McGill Collection, 1909-1958
  • 0982 National Forest Preservation Group Records, 1970-1972
  • 0983 Mary Carey Papers, 1871-1950
  • 0992 Bozeman Claim Association Minutes, 1864-1865
  • 0996 Ash Family Papers, circa1971
  • 1000 Research papers on Bozeman Coal Fields and Gallatin City, 1951-1955
  • 1013 Nelson Story III Speech, 1963
  • 1016 Gallatin County, Montana Tax Study, 1932
  • 1018 Willson Company Collection, 1912-1951
  • 1026 Q K Club Records, 1921-[ongoing]
  • 1028 Montana State Music Teachers Association Minutes, 1927-1979
  • 1030 World War II Ephemera Collection, 1941-1945
  • 1031 Montana Travel Slide Collection, 1978
  • 1033 Helen C. Ewing Papers, 1901-1971
  • 1041 Charles C. Moore Recording, 1961
  • 1043 Charles Kuhlman Papers, 1896-1959
  • 1066 Mollie Francisco Diary, 1862-1876
  • 1068 Merrill G. Burlingame Historical Ephemera Collection, 1832-1934
  • 1070 Pacific Northwest History Conference Proceedings, April 5-7, 1973
  • 1076 Davis Willson Papers, 1861-1915
  • 1079 Bozeman Art Association Records, 1943-1968
  • 1082 Montana Society of Engineers Records, 1887-1975
  • 1088 Virginia W. Thompson Scrapbook, 1959-1960
  • 1089 Charles W. Cooley Interviews, 1969-1973
  • 1104 George W. Flanders, Sr., Papers, 1866-1975
  • 1105 Snaps in Middle Creek Canyon, ca. 1920
  • 1117 Fort Keogh Collection, 1879-1884
  • 1119 Charles W. Baker Diary, 1864-1868
  • 1120 Madison County School District 14 Records, 1874-1913
  • 1124 Missouri Valley Authority Bibliography, 1945-1948
  • 1127 Montana Pioneer Memorial Essay Contest Entries, 1964
  • 1131 O.P. Balgord Papers, 1944-1962
  • 1137 Jeffers Family. Collection, 1868-1975
  • 1146 Gallatin County Bicentennial Oral History Project Collection, 1974-1976
  • 1169 Miles Family Papers, 1868-1901
  • 1172 The History of a Bridle, ca. 1900
  • 1180 William F. Brewer Papers, 1929-1962
  • 1184 Samuel O'Connell letter to Franklin Linfield, June 28, 1905
  • 1195 Adrien L. Hess Montana Science Fair Papers, 1948-1967
  • 1201 Grace Kamp Bates Research Papers, 1977-1982
  • 1228 The Sweet Pea Carnivals of Bozeman, Montana
  • 1230 Colter Route and Map Correspondence, 1944-1952
  • 1249 A Pioneer Tale, January 1954
  • 1250 Walter Cooper and Eugene F. Bunker Papers, 1886-1956
  • 1253 Harriette Eliza Cushman Papers, 1893-1978
  • 1267 Life of Rudy Christianson : Typescript, 1978
  • 1314 Annemarie Burger Letters, 1951-1953
  • 1332 Edna Tracy White Papers, 1869-1969
  • 1346 David DeMuth Photographs, 1910-1913
  • 1348 Montana Dictations (Gallatin County), 1884-1885
  • 1349 Camp Rimini Oral History Collection, 1982-1983
  • 1358 John Moore Waters Papers, 1851-1885
  • 1360 Letter to Respected Friends, 1880 August 17
  • 1365 David B. Christie Family Letters, 1883-1920
  • 1368 Louisa Burton Ledger, 1889-1895
  • 1377 Charlotte Stowe Autobiography, 1960
  • 1392 John J. Powers Papers, 1937-1952
  • 1396 Martha Roe Diary, 1864 May 4-September 8
  • 1407 Lester S. Willson Family Papers, 1861-1922
  • 1409 Warner Johnson Letters, 1889-1892
  • 1411 Sadie Elizabeth Owen Diary, 1905-1907
  • 1412 Nelson Story Letter, 1911 February 14
  • 1415 Daniel S. Tuttle Letter to G.H. Deshon, July 27, 1891
  • 1421 Gertrude White Papers, 1916-1917
  • 1428 James Henderson Letters to Dr. Wilfred D. Roy, 1938-1940
  • 1429 Margaret Patten Letter to "Alice", February 10, 1921
  • 2004 George R. Safley Records, 1895-1915
  • 2031 Lawrence S. Heberle Research Papers, 1974-1976
  • 2051 Minnie Paugh Madison Valley Research Papers, 1964-1975
  • 2056 Jesse G. Anderson Papers, 1914-1925
  • 2067 Parson's Grove Telephone Company Records, 1916-1977
  • 2068 Thomas E. Futrall Records, 1914-1929
  • 2073 Harry C. James Papers, 1938-1978
  • 2076 Carl Figgins Papers, 1918-1936
  • 2083 Gallatin County, Montana, Sheriff's Office Records, 1900-1950
  • 2091 Bridger Bowl, Inc. Records, 1962-1978
  • 2094 Roy E. Huffman Files, 1976-1981
  • 2095 Harry L. and Gretchen Billings Papers, 1940-1984
  • 2096 Rocky Mountain Laboratory Records, 1910-1966
  • 2098 James S. Spray Collection, 1925-1956
  • 2101 Township plats for Gallatin County, 1934-1936
  • 2107 Beryl Stith Papers, 1883-1963
  • 2119 John N. DeHaas Papers, 1960-2004
  • 2121 Lucius Seymour Storrs Papers, 1897-1906
  • 2129 Bozeman Business Collection, 1884-1911
  • 2130 Bozeman Post Office Records, 1871-1912
  • 2131 Bozeman Weekly Chronicle Records, 1884-1904
  • 2134 Hoffman Mercantile Company Records, 1910-1922
  • 2135 Frazier House Records, 1885-1921
  • 2136 Laclede Hotel Register, 1889-1890
  • 2137 Karst's Kamp Guest Registers, 1908-1943
  • 2139 Plats to Accompany Schedules of Allotments on the Crow Indian Reservation, 1923
  • 2140 Granite Bi-Metallic Consolidated Mining Company Records, 1884-1919
  • 2147 Lillian E.H. Culver Papers, 1893-1931
  • 2151 Bozeman Fire Department Records, 1880-1962
  • 2153 Miles L. Tuttle Reminiscences, ca.1928
  • 2154 Alpha Social Club Minutes and Samuel Griffith Diary, 1882-1891
  • 2163 Tomlinson Family Log Books, 1852-1896
  • 2168 William Woodward Papers, 1885-1936
  • 2184 William H. Tracy Papers, 1866-1909
  • 2196 MSU Student Papers. Class Papers, 1920-1976
  • 2209 Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Company records, 1918-1975
  • 2210 David B. Lackman papers, 1933-1987
  • 2211 Gustavus C. Doane papers, 1860-1939
  • 2245 Merrill G. Burlingame papers, 1880-1990
  • 2251 Fort Ellis drawings, 1869-1873
  • 2264 Oliver R. Howe papers, 1877-1878
  • 2268 Bozeman City-County Planning Board records, 1883-1992
  • 2300 M.L. Wilson's avocation of agricultural history
  • 2301 Gallatin Valley Female Seminary, ca. 1934
  • 2308 Montana city directory collection, 1890-1982
  • 2334 Esther Gaskins Price papers, 1931-1949
  • 2336 WPA records, 1936-1942
  • 2339 Patten family papers, 1895-1986
  • 2341 Anna Zellick Oral History Collection, 1987-1991
  • 2346 Richard B. Roeder papers, 1949-1995
  • 2350 New World Mining District Collection, 1882-1898
  • 2354 Robin MacNab papers, 1944-1985
  • 2355 Sacajawea Audubon Society records, 1967-1988
  • 2367 A. W. Miles records, 1882-1997
  • 2369 Alexander Leggat pamphlet collection, 1863-1966
  • 2384 Virginia S. Burlingame papers, 1864-1989
  • 2393 Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce records, 1911-1997
  • 2394 Bozeman Trail Heritage Conference proceedings, July 28-31, 1999
  • 2395 Manhattan Malting Company. Records, 1895-1914
  • 2396 James A. Johnston papers, 1905-1915
  • 2397 Ellen Louisa Gordon Fletcher diary, 1859-1861
  • 2400 Bozeman Ministerial Conference records, 1892-1914
  • 2401 Sanford Daniel Reed diary, April 14-29, 1864
  • 2402 Hussey, Dahler & Company records, 1867-1876
  • 2406 Lilla Bogert letters, 1876-1877
  • 2412 William G. Walter papers, 1902-1999
  • 2417 Mary Hunter Doane papers, 1860-1952
  • 2419 Fergus Electric Cooperative Oral Histories, 1985-1986
  • 2421 Hamilton Presbyterian Church records, 1871-1904
  • 2423 William J. Walsh diary, 1878 October 5-1884 February 20
  • 2425 Salesville Post Office records, 1887-1888
  • 2428 Raymond A. Mentzer papers, 1974-1979
  • 2429 Gallatin County Poor Fund Warrant Register, 1871-1879
  • 2432 Lucy Young Ford letter, August 8, 1877
  • 2437 Robert G. Dunbar papers, 1930-1986
  • 2439 Bozeman Business and Professional Women records, 1921-[ongoing]
  • 2440 Charles P. Blakely papers, 1858-1912
  • 2448, also MC 270 Montana Study research collection, 1943-1954
  • 2453 Cole family photograph album, [ca. 1915]-1930
  • 2457 Fort Assinniboine telegrams received, 1881
  • 2462 John B. Wisenall papers, 1862-1900
  • 2463 Virginia Bunker Barnett papers, 1941-1966
  • 2478 Philip Thorpe papers, 1875-1880
  • 2480 William Wallace McCrackin diary, 1903
  • 2488 Hamilton, Ballinger, Davidson, Bunnell, McAfee, and Weesner family papers, 1764-1988
  • 2489 Mitchell family papers, 1869-2006
  • 2490 Paul Schullery Papers, 1974-2015
  • 2493 Thompson family papers, 1863-1998
  • 2499 Discovery Mining Company records, 1916-1980
  • 2508 Lester S. Willson diaries, 1863-1865
  • 2518 Twin Bridges Post Office records, 1891-1907
  • 2519 Rochester Post Office cash book, 1904-1908
  • 2521 Madison County School District 11 records, 1871-1915
  • 2522 John T. P. Fletcher ledger, 1905-1909
  • 2531 Prentiss family papers, 1855-1987
  • 2545 Rodney Wallace Page family papers, 1881-1927
  • 2550 Montana biography vertical file collection, ca. 1920-1985
  • 2556 Bud Lilly papers, 1946-2003
  • 2561 Omega Beta photograph album, 1916-1923
  • 2565 Marsha Karle Papers, 1981-2004
  • 2566 Peter V. Jackson Papers, 1869-1928
  • 2568 Joe H. Rawlins diaries, 1968-1997
  • 2575 Henry O. Fortin scrapbook, 1916-1930
  • 2576 Sylvester Nemes papers, 1973-2010
  • 2577 Henry F. Keyes Diary and Photograph Album, 1899
  • 2580 Alfred E. Aiken papers, 1885-1890
  • 2582 Millard E. Peterson scrapbook, 1919-1923
  • 2583 Peter V. Jackson Papers, 1869-1916
  • 2590 Kenneth W. Karsmizki papers, 1867-2000
  • 2593 Drury L. Weatherhead diary, 1917-1919
  • 2594 Bob Jacklin papers, 1997-2014
  • 2596 Richard H. Clow family papers, 1864-1939
  • 2599 Eleanor Roberts Baltzell letter, July 9, 1924
  • 2600 George Suckley papers, 1853-1863
  • 2605 Myrtle May Crosby Letters, 1918
  • 2616 Paul B. Davidson Watermark Collection, 1618-1987
  • 2618 Montana Environmental Health Association Papers, 1951-1994
  • 2620 Alice Josephine Shaw Scrapbook, 1926-1929
  • 2622 Hayne Family Papers, 1903-2015
  • 2628 Mike Clark Papers, 1972-2017
  • 2629 Uncataloged Map Collection, circa 1795-1996
  • 2630 Dr. Anthony M. McWatt Collection on Robert Pirsig, 1974-2004 (bulk 1993-2002)
  • 2631 Goetz, Baldwin and Geddes P.C. Legal Files on Stream Access Law, 1972-1989
  • 2635 Rick Reese Collection, 1981-2013
  • 2636 Belle McDonald Cookbook, circa 1913-1938
  • 2642 Robert Pirsig Letter to Ted DuPont, September 16, 1974
  • Accession 12002 Montana State College, Office of the President, annual reports received, 1921-1968
  • Accession 89017 James Reid letters and photographs, 1902-1904