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Collection 2334 - Esther Gaskins Price Papers, 1931-1949

Creator: Price, Esther Gaskins, b. 1892

Provenance Note: Literary manuscripts, correspondence, and other documents were deposited with Special Collections by Esther Price on October 20, 1969. An additional batch of manuscripts were donated by Harley O'Donnell of Billings, Montana on August 15, 2006.

Historical Note: Esther Louise Gaskins Price was born in Needham, Massachusetts on July 11, 1892. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mt. Holyoke College in 1913 and also studied at the Cleveland School of Art, Montana State University, Famous Artists School in Westport, Connecticut, and the Institution de San Miguel d'Allende in Mexico. In addition to her creative work as an artist, Price also pursued a career as a medical researcher and author. She wrote three published works; Fighting Tuberculosis in the Rockies: A history of the Montana tuberculosis (1943), Fighting Spotted Fever in the Rockies (1948), Pennsylvania Pioneers against Tuberculosis (1952). She also served as Associate Editor for one of the Mayo Clinic publications. Price lived in Montana from 1939-1944 to conduct research on the state's medical history and other topics of interest to herself. Often her writing and research involved collaboration with others, particularly I. D. O'Donnell, an eastern Montana farmer who was active in helping establish modern irrigation methods for Montana agriculture. Price worked with O'Donnell to gather information in preparation for a proposed book on irrigation history. After leaving Montana, Price apparently returned to her profession as an artist, living in Hawaii and California. Price married at least twice, first to George Hunt Ingraham and also to Eli A. Zeitlin. When she died in La Jolla, California in August, 1992 her listed name with the Social Security Administration was "Esther I. Zeitlin."

Content Description Note: : The records within this collection reflect Esther Price's interests for research purposes as well as her literary productions. There is no material directly bearing on her artistic work. Price's collection includes materials that she produced individually and those that she collaborated on with other individuals; namely Peter Karst, Dan P. Mumbre, and I.D. O'Donnell. The materials in this collection are separated into four series to reflect Price's record organization, her work as an individual researcher, and her collaboration with Karst, Mumbre, and O'Donnell. In addition to medical history, the topics represented include irrigation and land reclamation, Crow Indian culture, and human interest stories. The collection has been arranged in four series based on the collaborator's name and contains correspondence and manuscripts created as a result of collaboration between Price and the named person. The correspondence in each folder so named is arranged chronologically; however, the correspondence remains within each individual series to reflect Price's record organization and research methods. Researchers should be aware that Price used shorthand in her note taking. Although this is not the predominant method of note taking for Price, shorthand is represented throughout the collection. This collection contains oversized materials that has been separated and located elsewhere, the separation is denoted by an asterisk (*) next to the folder it was removed.

Restrictions: Copyright ownership for any original literary materials is unclear due to the collaborative nature of their composition and researchers are advised that any publication beyond fair use guidelines cannot be granted by Special Collections.

Contents

Series 1    Esther Price
Series 2   Peter Karst
Series 3   Dan P. Mubre
Series 4   I. D. O'Donnell

Series 1: Esther Price

The materials in series one document Price's personal literary work. The correspondence, note, clippings, literary and medical carbon copies, etc. in this series pertains to Price's medical research, as well as her efforts to publish her works in all subject areas. This files in this series have been arranged within four topical patterns. Folders 1-6 are Price's general correspondence, notes, and some memorabilia. Folders 7-45 represent Price's work on writings not necessarily dealing with medical history. Topics range from a partial manuscript for a book or short story entitled "The Diplomat" to an article discussing building an airplane factory in "No Winter Business." Folders 46-58 pertains to her work in medical writing. These materials provide some information on Price's book Fighting Spotted Fever in the Rockies; however, it also shows her research into the Medical Practice Act and the Montana Board of Health, in addition to other health related articles. folders 59-62 contain her publication photos which have been individually sequentially numbered.

Box 1
1. General Correspondence, c. 1931-1949 & n.d.
2. General Notes
3. General Notes
4. Magazine & newspaper clippings
5. Passport, ca. 1926
6. Steno notebook, [notes for History of the State Board of Health]
7. Captain R. E. Peasley, Captain of the clippers
8. Crow Indian Sundance, A Prayer for Victory—Notes
9. Crow Indian Sundance, A Prayer for Victory
10. The Diplomat—Chapter II
11. The Diplomat—Chapter III
12. The Diplomat—Chapter IV
13. The Diplomat—Chapter V
14. The Diplomat—Chapter VI
15. The Diplomat—Chapter VII
16. The Diplomat—Chapter VIII
17. The Diplomat—Chapter IX
18. The Diplomat—Chapter XI
19. The Diplomat—Chapter XII
20. Don't Marry a Doctor
21. Don't Marry a Doctor
22. Don't Marry a Doctor
23. Don't marry a Doctor
24. Haleakala, House of the Sun—Notes
25. Haleakala, House of the Sun
26. Helena Flying School
27. Little Doc, Aldrich and Jardine
28. Medicine with Wings—Notes
29. Medicine with Wings—Draft I
30. Medicine with Wings—Draft II
31. Montana Dude Ranch Run by Amherst Woman
32. No Winter Business
33. Poetry
34. Try Sky for your Nerves
35. [Untitled]
36. [Untitled]
37. [Untitled]
38. Welcome Stranger
39. Whitby Island—Brochure & Maps *
40. Whitby Island—Notes
41. Whitby Island—Postcards
42. Whitby Island—Indian Recipes
43. Whitby Island—Peaceful Weekend
44. Whitby Island—Trees on Whitby Island, by Harriet Swift Race
45. Whitby Island—Whitby Island
46. Fighting Spotted Fever in the Rockies—Correspondence, 1947
47. Fighting Spotted Fever in the Rockies—Illustrations
48. Health from the Dye Pots—R.N.: A Journal for nurses, December 1938, 17-18 & 42-44
49. Medical Practice Act
50. Medical Practice Act
51. Medical Practice Act
52. Montana Board of Health, from W.I. Cogswell—Notes
53. Montana Board of Health, from W.I. Cogswell—Notes
54. Montana Board of Health, from W.I. Cogswell—Notes
55. Montana Board of Health, from W.I. Cogswell—Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Affairs
56. Montana Board of Health, from W.I. Cogswell—Publications, photograph, & chart
57. Quackery, Miracle Healing and Medical Cults
58. Sulfanilamide Scores Another Triumph
59. Photographs #1-6 [Crow Indian Sundance a Prayer for Victory]
60. Photographs #7-10 [Montana Dude Ranch Run by a Woman]
61. Photographs #11 [Montana State Board of Health]
62. Photographs #12-24 [Ski in the Spring]

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Series 2: Peter Karst

The correspondence, notes, clipping, and literary carbon copies in series two relate to Price's literary efforts with Peter Karst, a Gallatin County, Montana dude ranch owner. The materials discuss a tale on marriage in addition to a three part story discussing ticks and spotted fever.

Box 1 (cont.)
64. Clipping
65. Correspondence, 1922
66. Notes
67. Photographs #30-37 [suggested illustrations for Montana's Incredible Joe]
68. Bigamy and Buffaloes
69. Three Men from Amherst
70. [Three Men from Amherst] Part II Clarence Birdseye Comes to Shoot Elk and Bear
71. [Three Men from Amherst] Part III Flies Bring a Third Amherst Man to Montana

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Series 3: Dan P. Mumbre

The notes, correspondence, and literary carbons in series three relate to Price's work with Dan P. Mumbre, a Montana land surveyor. The correspondence suggests a familiarity between Price and Mumbre; she refers to him as "Uncle Dan". The manauscripts discussed in this series deal with Mumbre's experiences in surveying and assorted tales that he collected while engaged in that work, including surveys done by others.

Box 1 (cont.)
72. Biographical Notes
73. Correspondence 1938 & 1943
74. Correspondence, 1946-1947
75. Correspondence, n.d.
76. Random Tales—Title page and Bad Rock Canyon
77. Random Tales—Bill Boston, J. P.
78. Random Tales—Demersville, 1891
79. Random Tales—Desert Incidents
80. Random Tales—Echo Lake
81. Random Tales—Flathead Winter of 1886
82. Random Tales—Flathead
83. Random Tales—Friendly Peaks
84. Random Tales—Hunting
85. Random Tales—Geology
86. Random Tales—The "Killer" of Wilderness
87. Random Tales—Frank Linderman
88. Random Tales—Bill's (Mumbre) Story
89. Random Tales—The Public Domaine and Surveying
90. Random Tales—Saga of Johnnie Syune
91. Random Tales—Mother Sheldon
92. Random Tales—A Strange Incident: Hanged in a Pullman
93. Random Tales—Surveying
94. Random Tales—Too Quick on The Trigger
95. Random Tales—Winter of 1887-1888
96. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Notes
97. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Notes
98. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Notes
99. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Notes
100. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Notes
101. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Draft I
102. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Draft II
103. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Draft III
104. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Draft IV
105. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Chapter II [Draft V]
106. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Chapter III [Draft V]
107. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Chapter IV [Draft V]
108. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Chapter V [Draft V]
109. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Chapter VI [Draft V]
110. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Chapter VII [Draft V]
111. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Chapter I, Biography [Draft VI]
112. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Chapter II, Pre-survey [Draft VI]
113. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Chapter II [Draft VI]
114. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Chapter III [Draft VI]
115. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Chapter IV [Draft VI]
116. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Chapter V [Draft VI]
117. The Seventh Standard Parallel North—Chapter VI [Draft VI]
118. Sweetgrass Hills—The Killing of Johnny Curry [Draft I]
119. Sweetgrass Hills—The Killing of Jimmy Winter [Draft I]
120. Sweetgrass Hills—Trip into the Sweetgrass, 1891[Draft II]
121. Sweetgrass Hills—Trip 1891, Blackfoot Reservation, Stevens Pass, Marias Pass [Draft II]
122. Sweetgrass Hills—CafĂ© a La Mud Turtle [Draft II]
123. Sweetgrass Hills—Ring. A Strange Friendship [Draft II]
124. Sweetgrass Hills—The Story of Pike Landusky Better than Beade's Best Thriller, by John B. Rich [Draft II]
125. Sweetgrass Hills—Lonnie Curry Takes My Seat [Draft II]
126. Sweetgrass Hills—The Killing of Johnny Curry [Draft II]
127. Sweetgrass Hills—The Killing of Jimmy Winter [Draft II]
128. Sweetgrass Hills—"Dutch" [Draft II]
129. Sweetgrass Hills—Sim Roberts, "Fast" Cow Mans[Draft II]
130. Through Marias Pass in 1891—Notes
131. Through Marias Pass in 1891—Maps *
132. Through Marias Pass in 1891—Draft I
133. Through Marias Pass in 1891—Draft II
134. Through Marias Pass in 1891—Draft III
135. Verse

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Series 4: I. D. O'Donnell

The notes, correspondence, and literary carbons in series three relate to Price's work with I.D. (Ignatius Daniel) O'Donnell. Materials in this series deal with O'Donnell's experiences with irrigation as well as information he and Price collected for research.

Box 1 (cont.)
136. Correspondence, ca. 1940-1948, undated
137. Events, 1890 to 1902
138. Events, 1893 to 1905
139. Notes—Biographical, Manuscript*
140. Random Notes
141. Hesper Farm, The Big Ditch
142. History of Billings and his early experiences there
143. Holland Settlement
144. Huntley Project
145. I.J. Horse Ranch
146. Illness, 1921
147. Milk River Project
148. Milk River Project
149. Milk River Project
150. Reclamation Office. Board Review, 1915
151. Reclamation Office. Tour 1914
152. Reclamation Service. Creation, 1901; First Report, 1902-1903
153. Reclamation Service. Supervisor of Irrigation
154. Walsh, Sen. Thomas J.

Box 2
1. Billings
2. Daily, Marcus
3. Fabrick, Dick
4. Holter, Anton
5. Kibbey-Kent Decision
6. McCormick, Paul
7. Montana Water Conservation Board
8. Montana's Most Savage Crime [Author Unknown]
9. Morrison, C.C.
10. Moss, P.B.
11. National Reclamation Association, 1938
12. The Promised Land: Fraser River, Al Covington [Author Unknown]
13. Public Lands. Homesteads, Land Offices, Tree Claims, Forests, Desert Claims
14. Reclamation Record. Tear Sheets, 1914
15. Russell, Charles M.
16. Sheep*
17. Shope, Irvin "Shorty"
18. Smythe, William E.
19. Sugar Beats*
20. Sun River Project
21. Virginia City. Defense County Meeting
22. White, B.C. (Judith Gap)—Trip to His Ranch
23. Yegen, Peter. Holdings. Biographical Notes, List of Holdings

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Updated: 7/13/09