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Collection 2566 - Peter V. Jackson Papers, 1867-1926

Creator: Jackson, Peter V.

Provenance Note: Original letters, business records, and emphemera created or collected by Peter V. Jackson was purchased by Montana State Unviersity on December 2, 2012 from Steve Jackson of Norris, Montana.

Historical Note: Peter V. Jackson was born on October 8, 1844, at Rochester, N. Y., the son of Joel and Julia A. (Southworth) Jackson. He grew up in Rochester and graduated from Rochester University in 1866. Soon after his graduation Jackson accepted a position as accountant and bookkeeper for the Midas Mining Company, a business founded by several Rochester businessmen to develop and exploit mineral deposits in the far west. Jackson came to Montana by the Missouri river in the spring of 1867 and assumed his duties at Midasburg, the company's headquarters west of present day Norris in Madison County, Montana. When the company suspended operations in 1869 Jackson was left in charge of the works, and becoming part owner of the property, continued in charge until 1871, when he became assistant superintendent for the Columbia Mining Company at Unionville for one season, retaining his interest in the Midas company. After that he was engaged in assaying and dealing in gold and silver bullion at Sterling for nearly ten years. In 1877 Jackson began operations in ranching and stock raising, eventually owning several thousand acres of land. He was married in June, 1875, to Henrietta Fletcher, a native of Allegany county, N. Y. The Jacksons had eight children including: John T.Jackson, Peter V. Jackson Jr., M. W. and Emily M., who attended the Wesleyan University in Helena. Peter Jackson died on July 7, 1923.

Content Description Note: The papers of Peter V. Jackson primarily consist of business and personal letters received by Jackson from 1867 through 1926 (bulk 1867-1898). The letters document Jackson's activities in operating his various business interests and range from extensive descriptions to brief notations regarding purchases, payments, or banking matters. Letters from Henry Augustus Ward (1834-1906) are particularly extensive. Ward was a Rochester N. Y. natural history professor and geologist who became well known as a supplier of specimens to museums and exhibitions around the world. In 1865 became part owner of the Montana mining claims and initially directed Jackson's activities in their management. Afterwards he corresponded with Jackson to facilitate the contracting of hunters to gather skins and skeletons for his museum and taxidermy services. Represented in the hunter's letters are those from the Earl of Dunraven, David Folsom, Charles W. Cook, and George W. Rea. There are also business letters from Bozeman business owners Walter Cooper, Achilles Lamme, and Davis Willson. The collection also includes extensive banking memoranda and statements, and small account booklets bearing primarily financial notations.

Contents

Series 1 Letters, 1867-1926
Series 2 Financial papers
Series 3 Printed materials
Series 4 Memoranda books


Series 1: Letters, 1867-1926

Personal and professional letters, mostly addressed to Jackson from family members and business associates in New York, especially the Rochester area, and various locations in Montana. The few letters from Jackson are primarily business related. Especially prominent are letters from Henry Augustus Ward written from New York and elsewhere either directing the affairs of the mining concerns Jackson was managing or requesting additional specimens for his natural science taxidermy business. Other letters are from Jackson's relatives who also settled in Montana and may have assisted him in managing mining properties. Several brief notes from Windham Thomas Wyndham-Quin, 4th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, are also in this series.

Box 1
1. 1867
2. January 1868
3. February 1868
4. March 1868
5. April 1868
6. May 1868
7. June 1868
8. July 1868
9. August 1868
10. September 1868
11. October 1868
12. November 1868
13. December 1868
14. 1868
15. January 1869
16. February 1869
17. March 1869
18. April 1869
19. May 1869
20. June 1869
21. July 1869
22. August 1869
23. September 1869
24. October 1869
25. November 1869
26. December 1869
27. January 1870
28. February 1870
29. March 1870
30. April 2870
31. May 1870
32. June 1870
33. July 1870
34. August 1870
35. September 1870
36. October 1870
37. November 1870
38. December 1870

Box 2
1. January 1871
2. February 1871
3. March 1871
4. April 1871
5. May 1871
6. June 1871
7. July 1871
8. August 1871
9. September 1871
10. October 1871
11. November 1871
12. December 1871
13. January 1872
14. February 1872
15. March 1872
16. April 1872
17. May 1872
18. June 1872
19. July 1872
20. August 1872
21. September 1872
22. October 1872
23. November 1872
24. December 1872
25. January 1873
26. February 1873
27. March 1873
28. April 1873
29. May 1873
30. June 1873
31. July 1873
32. August 1873
33. September 1873
34. October 1873
35. November 1873
36. December 1873

Box 3
1. 1873
2. January 1874
3. February 1874
4. March 1874
5. April 1874
6. May 1874
7. June 1874
8. July 1874
9. August 1874
10. September 1874
11. October 1874
12. November 1874
13. December 1874
14. January 1875
15. February 1875
16. March 1875
17. April 1875
18. May 1875
19. June 1875
20. July 1875
21. August 1875
22. September 1875
23. October 1875
24. November 1875
25. December 1875

Box 4
1. January 1876
2. February 1876
3. March 1876
4. April 1876
5. May 1876
6. June 1876
7. July 1876
8. August 1876
9. September 1876
10. October 1876
11. November 1876
12. December 1876
13. 1876
14. January 1877
15. February 1877
16. March 1877
17. April 1877
18. May 1877
19. June 1877
20. July 1877
21. August 1877
22. September 1877
23. October 1877
24. November 1877
25. December 1877

Box 5
1. January 1878
2. February 1878
3. March 1878
4. April 1878
5. May 1878
6. June 1878
7. July 1878
8. August 1878
9. September 1878
10. October 1878
11. November 1878
12. December 1878
13. January 1879
14. March 1879
15. April 1879
16. May 1879
17. June 1879
18. July 1879
19. September 1879
20. October 1879
21. November 1879
22. December 1879
23. January 1880
24. February 1880
25. March 1880
26. April 1880
27. May 1880
28. June 1880
29. July 1880
30. August 1880
31. October 1880
32. November 1880
33. December 1880
34. 1880

Box 6
1. January-February 1881
2. March-April 1881
3. May-June 1881
4. July-August 1881
5. September-October 1881
6. November-December 1881
7. January 1882
8. February 1882
9. March 1882
10. April 1882
11. May 1882
12. June 1882
13. July 1882
14. August 1882
15. September 1882
16. October 1882
17. November 1882
18. December 1882
19. 1882
20. February 1883
21. March 1882
22. April 1883
23. May 1883
24. July 1883
25. August 1883
26. September 1883
27. October 1883
28. November 1883
29. December 1883
30. 1883
31. January 1884
32. February 1884
33. March 1884
34. April 1884
35. May 1884
36. June 1884
37. July 1884
38. August 1884
39. September 1884
40. October 1884
41. November 1884
42. December 1884
43. 1885
44. 1886
45. January 1887
46. February 1887
47. March 1887
48. April 1887
49. May 1887
50. June 1887
51. July 1887
52. August 1887
53. October 1887
54. November 1887
55. December 1887

Box 7
1. January-February 1888
2. March-April 1888
3. May-June 1888
4. July-August 1888
5. September-October 1888
6. November-December 1888
7. January-March 1889
8. April-July 1889
9. August-December 1889
10. January-June 1890
11. July-December 1890
12. January-February 1891
13. March-April 1891
14. May-June 1891
15. July-August 1891
16. September-October 1891
17. November-December 1891
18. January-June 1892
19. July-September 1892
20. October-December 1892
21. January-February 1893
22. March-April 1893
23. May-June 1893
24. July-August 1893
25. September-October 1893
26. November-December 1893

Box 8
1. January 1894
2. February 1894
3. March 1894
4. April 1894
5. May 1894
6. June 1894
7. July 1894
8. August 1894
9. September 1894
10. October 1894
11. November 1894
12. December 1894
13. 1894
14. January-February 1895
15. March-April 1895
16. May-June 1895
17. July-August 1895
18. September-October 1895
19. November-December 1895
20. January 1896
21. February-March 1896
22. April-June 1896
23. July-December 1896

Box 9
1. January 1897
2. February 1897
3. March 1897
4. April 1897
5. May 1897
6. June 1897
7. July 1897
8. August 1897
9. September 1897
10. October 1897
11. November 1897
12. December 1897
13. 1897
14. January 1898
15. February 1898
16. March 1898
17. April 1898
18. May 1898
19. June 1898
20. July 1898
21. August 1898

Box 10
1. 1903
2. 1904
3. 1908
4. 1923
5. 1924
6. 1925
7. 1926

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Series 2: Financial Papers

Ledger sheets, bank statements and other material dealing specifically with Jackson's financial concerns. Although many financially-related letters can be found throughout the collection, this series consists entirely of statements that do not have substantive cover letters or narratives associated with them. Some of the material has been storted according to the banking firm involved, such as Hussey-Dahler and Henry Elling, but those items that are not clearly identified with any particular business vendor have been gathered in miscellaneous folders.

Box 10 (cont.)
8. Hussey-Dahler
9. Hall and Isdell
10. Promissary Notes
11. Henry Elling
12. Government
13. C.H. Peck
14. Miscellaneous Financial
15. Miscellaneous Financial
16. Miscellaneous Financial
17. Miscellaneous Financial

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Series 3: Printed material

Advertising material, newspaper clippings, and other printed matter that did not accompany any particular letter in series one. Material includes: printed broadside reports on United States mining policy statutes: form letters from merchants, attorneys, and magazine publishers; items such as business cards, blank order forms, and invitations.

Box 10 (cont.)
18. Printed material
1p. Printed material

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Series 4: Memoranda books

Small leather bound booklets, some of which were originally intended for diary entries, kept by Jackson as informal account notations, errands lists, or other brief notations. None of the booklets presents information in a strictly chronological format, and in some cases, the notations concern legal testimony for court cases brought by or answered by Jackson. The financial notes are widely scattered and do not seem to pertain to any particular accounts.

Box 11 Memoranda books

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Updated: 3/27/13