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Collection 2147 - Lillian E. H. Culver Papers, 1893-1931

Creator: Culver, Lillian E. H.

Provenance Note: Letters and literary manuscripts created or collected by Lillian E. H. Culver were transferred to Special Collections from the Museum of the Rockies on March 13, 1985. The original accession number on the set (Letters-65) cannot be documented at the Museum of the Rockies files. The letters were in a little wooden packing box lined with sale notices from Dick Rock's game ranch on Henry's Lake. Apparently Dick wanted to sell the ranch so that he could join the Alaska gold rush. Dates on other paper used as lining were in the 1890s. Additional letters and postcards from the Museum of the Rockies which were overlooked at the time of the original deposit were collated into the present file arrangement on August 16, 2013.

Historical Note: Lillian E. H. Culver was a resident of Lakeview (Beaverhead County) Montana during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Culver's home was on the Montana-Idaho border south of Red Rock Lake. Her husband, William N. Culver, had a mail and freight contract between Monida, Montana and Lake, Idaho. He was also in the cattle business and was away from home a great deal of the time. The Culver family sometimes wintered in Dillon. Correspondence came from William's home in Urbana, Benton County, Iowa and Lillian's home in Haverhill, MA. Friends wrote to the Culvers from Dillon, Twin Bridges, Basic, Monida, Butte, etc. Lillian also wrote short stories, apparently in response to a correspondence course in creative writing.

Content Description Note: The files are divided between letters filed chronologically by date, undated and fragmented letters, short stories, and bank statements. The letters scattered as to time and content. It gives impressions of the lifestyle of the area including work, social life, and problems due to climate and isolation. The file of short stories written by Lillian Culver cover diverse topics. The most revealing story was about homestead legal problems.

Contents

Box 1
1. Letters, 1893-1896
2. Letters, 1897-1900
3. Letters, 1901-1905
4. Letters, 1906-1909
5. Letters, 1910-1914
6. Letters, 1915-1931
7. Letters, undated and fragments
8. Short stories
9. Bank statements

Updated: 8/16/13