Creator: Cavanaugh, Miles J. (Miles Jordan), 1865-1935


Provenance Note: Literary manuscripts and newspaper clippings created or collected by Miles Cavanaugh were donated to Special Collections by Martha C. Hubbard of Spokane, Washington.


Historical Note: Miles Jordan Cavanaugh was a prominent Butte, Montana attorney and businessman. Born in Denver, Colorado on October 3, 1865, Miles was the son of a miner and prospector of the same name. He attended the public schools in the mining city and studied law in the office of Carter and Clayberg, being admitted to the bar in 1891. Miles briefly practiced in Helena, but lived most of his life in Butte where he took an active interest in fraternal and civic organizations. He also wrote poetry and maintained a longstanding appreciation for literary matters. He married twice, first to Alphonsine Milot and then Cora E. Baugh. Cavanaugh died on August 31, 1935 in Butte, Montana.


Content Description Note: The Miles Cavanaugh papers are primarily literary manuscripts created or collected by him. Included are: autobiographical sketches of himself and his father; correspondence primarily with Grace Stone Coates regarding poetry; speeches on Montana history, politics, and other topics delivered to fraternal orders, political rallies, and social gatherings; poetry written by Cavanaugh and others; manuscript music score of "Montana the Best: Official Song of the Society of Montana Pioneers" by J.A. Lovely. Subjects include: Montana mining and mining operations; history of Butte (Silver Bow County) and Anaconda (Deer Lodge County); Montana politics. Persons mentioned or contributing essays include Patrick Powers, Dave Nagle, William Reed, Thomas Carter, and Harry C. Freeman. The material has been arranged in topically labeled folders, with Cavanaugh's poetry further divided into two groups. Folders 15-20 contain a set of poems submitted by Cavanaugh to the Caxton Press in the early 1930s, and folders 21-25 contain other poems he wrote. Both sets of poetry folders are arranged alphabetically by title. Brackets indicate that the title was provided by the processor.


Box 1
1. Autobiography, Miles J. Cavanaugh, 1934
2. Autobiography, Miles J. Cavanaugh, 1934 (typed transcript)
3. Childhood reminiscence, Miles J. Cavanaugh, 1934
4. Childhood reminiscence, Miles J. Cavanaugh, 1934 (typed transcript)
5. Autobiography, Miles Cavanaugh Sr., (typed transcript likely prepared in 1930s)
6. Correspondence, 1933
7. Speech, [Pioneers of Montana History]
8. Essays, "Why I like Butte, Montana," "Butte, Then and Now," "Forty-Eight Years on Butte Hill," [Anaconda]
9. Fiction essays, "The Editor's Reformation," "The Padlock Chain," "As Told to Me," "The Green Nighty," "The Lady on the Train," "Ten Years in a Mining Camp," "Where Men Get Rough" [Mother's Day]
10. Fraternal speeches: G.A.R., Sons of St. George, Sons of Ireland, Masonic, Washington Bicentennial, Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows
11. Political speeches
12. Memorial Day and dinner speeches
13. Poetry from other authors and related notes
14. Criticism on Cavanaugh's "Cabbage Patch"
15. Cavanaugh poetry, Caxton submission, titles A-C
16. Cavanaugh poetry, Caxton submission, titles D-F
17. Cavanaugh poetry, Caxton submission, titles G-K
18. Cavanaugh poetry, Caxton submission, titles L-O
19. Cavanaugh poetry, Caxton submission, titles P-S
20. Cavanaugh poetry, Caxton submission, titles T-Z
21. Cavanaugh poetry, titles A-E
22. Cavanaugh poetry, titles F-L
23. Cavanaugh poetry, titles M-R
24. Cavanaugh poetry, titles S-T
25. Cavanaugh poetry, titles U-Z
26. Newspaper clippings
27. Manuscript score, "Montana the Best" by J. A. Lovely

Updated: 5/18/09