Creator: Bozeman Claim Association


Provenance Note: The original minutes of the Bozeman Claim Association were given by Mrs. Ted Alderson of Seattle Washington to Dr. Merrill G. Burlingame on January 30, 1984. Burlingame made several copies of the minutes prior to temporarily depositing the originals at the Montana State University Library Special Collections. Sometime during the later 1980s, Burlingame withdrew the original minutes and donated them to the Gallatin Historical Society, Bozeman, Montana.


Historical Note: The town of Bozeman, Montana had its origins in a camp area known as "Jacob's Crossings" along the Bozeman Trail route to the gold fields of Virginia City. John Bozeman, with Daniel Rouse and William J. Beall platted the town in the eastern portion of the Gallatin Valley in the summer of 1864. These men, along with William W. Alderson and several others met and formed a claim association for the purpose of regulating the recording of town lots on August 9, and the town grew steadily from that day forward. Today Bozeman is the seat of Gallatin County and the home of Montana State University.


Content Description Note: The Bozeman Claim Association minutes consist of photocopies of several pages torn from a bound notebook with transactions of the group recorded over the span of five meetings from August 9, 1864 to February 11, 1865. Among the business of the association represented are the initial surveying boundaries, a failed motion to change the name of the town to "Montana City," the establishment of fees and procedures for making land claims, and election of the group's officers. The minutes were apparently transcribed by William W. Alderson and all recorded sessions bear his handwriting.


Folder 1. Claim association minutes

Special thanks to the Gallatin Historical Society for providing the scanned images of the original minutes for this web presentation.

Updated: 2/12/13