Bibliography of Books, Chapters, Theses, and Dissertations Pertaining to Montana Women

This bibliography includes nonfiction books, chapters from books, essays, theses and dissertations, and other published materials concerning Montana women.

Most of the materials are available from the Montana Historical Society. For your convenience, an MHS call number has been provided in parentheses following each bibliographic entry. Where material is available in a digital format, we have included the link.

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Books

Aadland, Dan. Women and Warriors of the Plains: The Pioneer Photography of Julia E. Tuell. New York: Macmillan, 1996. (970.00497 AA23W)

Agonito, Rosemary, and Joseph Agonito. Buffalo Calf Road Woman: The Story of a Warrior of the Little Bighorn. Guilford, CT: TwoDot, 2005. (973.82092 AG73B 2006)

Alderson, Nannie T. A Bride Goes West. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1942. (B A12)

Astle, John. Only in Butte: Stories off the Hill. Butte, MT: Holt Publishing Group, 2004. (978.668 AS85O 2004)

Ballantyne, Mabel A. My First Hundred Years, 1880-1980. Lewistown, MT: Central Montana Publishing Co. in cooperation with the Gallatin County Historical Society, 1981, 1986. (978.6662 B21M)

Baumler, Ellen. Girl from the Gulches: The Story of Mary Ronan as Told to Margaret Ronan. Helena: Montana Historical Society Press, 2003. (B R666B 2003)

Bell, Margaret. When Montana and I were Young: A Frontier Childhood. Ed. Mary Clearman Blew. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002. B B413B 2002

Blair, Madeleine (Anonymous). Madeleine: An Autobiography. New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1919.

Blew, Mary Clearman. Balsamroot: A Memoir. New York: Viking, 1994.

———. Writing Her Own life: Imogene Welch, Western Rural School Teacher. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2004. (B W443B 2004)

Blunt, Judy. Breaking Clean. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. (978.616 B628B)

Brattin, Mertie M., ed. Golden Jubilee History; Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star of Montana. Helena, MT: State Publishing Co., 1941. (366.1 B737G 1941)

Buyer, Laurie Wagner. When I Came West. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2010. (B B987W 2010)

Cajune, Julie, and Jennifer K Greene. Heart of the Bitterroot: Voices of Salish and Pend d’Oreille. Arlee, MT: Npustin Press, 2008.

Carter, Colleen Elizabeth. Meetings with Mrs. Collins: Sketches of Life and Events on Montana’s Open Range; From the Diaries of Frontier Photographer Evelyn Cameron, 1893-1907. Denver: Outskirts Press, 2008. (B C145M 2008)

Carter, Sarah, ed. Montana Women Homesteaders: A Field of One’s Own. Helena, MT: Farcountry Press, 2009. (978.6 C246M 2009)

Clayton, John. The Cowboy Girl: The Life of Carolyn Lockhart. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007. (B L811C 2007)

Colton, Larry. Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn. New York: Warner Books, 2000. (796.323 C722C)

Eggermont-Molenaar, Mary, ed. Montana 1911: A Professor and His Wife among the Blackfeet. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2006.

Engen, Orrin. Writer of the Plains: a Biography of B.M. Bower. Pontine Press, 1973 (B B676)

The Equal Rights Amendment in Montana. Washington, DC: Common Cause, 1973. (342.73 EQ25)

Finn, Janet L. Mining Childhood: Growing Up in Butte, Montana, 1900-1960. Helena: Montana Historical Society Press, 2012.

Finn, Janet L., and Ellen Crain. Motherlode: Legacies of Women’s Lives and Labors in Butte, Montana. Livingston, MT: Clark City Press, 2006. (978.668 F497M 2006)

Flanagan, Darris. Sophie: A Montana Original. Eureka, MT: Big Sky Publications, 2007. (B M825F)

Franks, James A. Mary Fields (Black Mary). Santa Cruz, CA: Wild Goose Press, 2000. (B F460F 2000)

Furman, Necah Stewart. Caroline Lockhart: Her Life and Legacy. Cody, WY: Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 1994.

Graña, Mari. Pioneer Doctor: The Story of a Woman’s Work. Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 2005. (B AT94G 2004)

Gray, Donna. Nothing to Tell: Extraordinary Stories of Montana Ranch Women. Guilford, CT: TwoDot, 2012. (978.6 G791N 2012)

Hager, Kristi. Evelyn Cameron: Montana’s Frontier Photographer. Helena, MT: Farcountry Press, 2007. (779.092 H122E 2007)

Halverson, Cathryn. Maverick Autobiographies: Women Writers and the West, 1900-1940. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004. (818.52 H169M 2004)

Hanshew, Annie. Border to Border: Quilts and Quiltmakers of Montana. Helena: Montana Historical Society Press, 2009.

Hedquist, Valerie, and Sue Hart. Fra Dana: American Impressionist in the Rockies. Missoula: Montana Museum of Art and Culture, 2013.

Hedrick, Irene Hope. Memories of a Big Sky British War Bride. Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 2005. (B H359M 2005)

Highwalking, Belle. Belle Highwalking: The Narrative of a Northern Cheyenne Woman. Ed. Katherine M. Weist. Billings: Montana Council for Indian Education, 1979. (970.3 C42H538)

Hinchman, Hannah. Little Things in a Big Country: An Artist and her Dog on the Rocky Mountain Front. New York: W.W. Norton, 2003. (917.86615 H581L 2004)

Hogan, Lillian Bullshows. Woman Who Loved Mankind: The Life of a Twentieth-Century Crow Elder. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2013.

Hought, Anna Guttormsen. Anna: Norse Roots in Homestead Soil. Mount Vernon: Welcome Press, 1986.

Hungry Wolf, Beverly. The Ways of My Grandmothers. New York: Harper Collins, 1998. (970.004 H899W 1980)

Linderman, Frank B. Pretty-Shield: Medicine Woman of the Crows.1932. Reprint, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003. (970.2 P92L 2003)

———. Red Mother. New York: The John Day Company, 1932.

Litz, Joyce. The Montana Frontier: One Woman’s West. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2004. (B W528L 2004)

Lopach, James J., and Jean A. Luckowski. Jeannette Rankin: A Political Woman. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2005. (B R167L 2005)

Lucey, Donna M. Photographing Montana, 1894-1928: The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron. New York: Knopf, 1990.

MacLane, Mary. The Story of Mary MacLane. Helena, MT: Riverbend Publishing, 2002.

Maldonado, Bonnie Buckley. From the Marias River to the North Pole: A Montana History in Story Poems. Helena, MT: Sweetgrass Books, 2006.

Marvine, Dee. The Lady Rode Bucking Horses: The Story of Fannie Sperry Steele. Guilford, CT: TwoDot, 2005. (B ST32M)

McCarty, Catharine Calk. Blue Grass and Big Sky. Phoenix: Stockmore House, 1983.

McLaird, James D. Calamity Jane: The Woman and the Legend. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2005.

McLaughlin, Ruth. Bound Like Grass: A Memoir from the Western High Plains. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2010.

McManus, Sheila. The Line Which Separates: Race, Gender, and the Making of the Alberta-Montana Borderlands. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005.

Mercier, Laurie. Anaconda: Labor, Community and Culture in Montana’s Smelter City. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2001.

Meschter, Daniel Y. Seven Pioneer Women in Old Montana. Albuquerque: D.Y. Meschter, 1997. (978.6 M56S)

Miller, Grace Porter. Call of Duty: A Montana Girl in World War II. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1999. (940.5412 M614C)

Morgan, Lael. Wanton West: Madams, Money, Murder, and the Wild Women of Montana’s Frontier. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2011. (306.74 M823W 2011)

Mouat, Marty. Carroll Lady Saints Basketball (1973-95). Helena, MT: M. Mouat, 1995. (796.323 M86C)

Moynahan, Jay. Butte’s Sportin’ Women: 1880-1920: The Famous Red Light District and a List of Over 1200 Names. Spokane, WA: Chickadee Publishing, 2003. (306.74 M876B 2003)

Murphy, Jerry. Out of the Mist. Kalispell, MT: Scott Company, 2006. (796.42 M954O 2006)

Murphy, Mary. Mining Cultures: Men, Women, and Leisure in Butte, 1914-41. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997. (978.668 M955M)

Myers, Rex C., ed. Lizzie: The letters of Elizabeth Chester Fisk, 1864-1893. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Publishing Co., 1989. (978.6615 F54L)

Olsen, Lauri. Whispers on the Wind: Stories of Women from Montana’s History. Spokane, WA: Timberline Press, 2001. (920.72 OL8W)

Patterson, Caroline, ed. Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart. Helena, MT: Farcountry Press, 2006. (810.8 P227M 2006)

Patterson, Ida. S. Montana Memories: The Life of Emma Magee in the Rocky Mountain West, 1866-1950. Pablo, MT: Salish Kootenai College Press, 2011. (B M271P 2011)

Peavy, Linda, and Ursula Smith. Full-Court Quest: The Girls from Fort Shaw Indian School, Basketball Champions of the World. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008. (796.323 P329F 2008)

———. The Gold Rush Widows of Little Falls: A Story Drawn from the Letters of Pamelia and James Fergus. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1990. (977.669 P329G)

Petrik, Paula. No Step Backward: Women and Family on the Rocky Mining Frontier, Helena, Montana, 1865-1900. Helena: Montana Historical Society Press, 1987. (305.4 P44N)

Queen-Lacey, Marlette C. From Slave to Water Magnate. New York: iUniverse, Inc., 2006. (B B472Q 2006)

Randall, Isabel F. A Lady’s Ranch Life in Montana. Ed. Richard L. Saunders. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2004. (917.86 R15 2004)

Resnick, Susan Kushner. Goodbye Wifes and Daughters. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2010. (978.6652 R312G 2010)

Ripley, Hugo. Writing for Her Life: The Novelist Mildred Walker. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003. (B W153W 2003)

Ross, Luana. Inventing the Savage: The Social Construction of Native American Criminality. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1998. (364.3 R733I 1998)

Rostad. Lee. Grace Stone Coates: Her Life in Letters. Helena, MT: Riverbend Publishing, 2004. (B C632R 2004)

Shirley, Gayle C. More than Petticoats: Remarkable Montana Women. Helena, MT: Falcon Press, 1995. (920.72 SH66M)

Smith, Norma. Jeannette Rankin, America’s Conscience. Helena: Montana Historical Society Press, 2002. (B R167S)

Snell, Alma Hogan. Grandmother’s Grandchild: My Crow Indian Life. Ed. Becky Matthews. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000. (B SN277S)

St. Pierre, Mark, and Tilda Long Soldier. Walking in the Sacred Manner: Healers, Dreamers, and Pipe Carriers–Medicine Women of the Plains. New York: Touchstone, 1995.

Stahl, Lisa Marie. My Hutterite Life. Helena, MT: Farcountry Press, 2003.

Staudohar, Connie. Bozeman Women’s Heritage Trail: A Self-guided Tour. Bozeman, MT: Gallatin County Historical Society, 1994. (917.86662 B717W)

Stauffer, Joan. Behind Every Man: The Story of Nancy Cooper Russell. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008.

Sterry, Nedra. When the Meadowlark Sings: The Story of a Montana Family. Helena, MT: Riverbend Publishing, 2003.

Stevenson, Karen, and Elsie Fox. Elsie Fox: Portrait of an Activist. New York: iUniverse, Inc., 2008. (B F83S 2008)

Strange, Mary Zeiss. Hard Grass: Life on the Crazy Woman Bison Ranch. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2010. (B ST248H 2010)

Tascher, Harold. Maggie and Montana: The Story of Maggie Smith Hathaway. New York: Exposition Press, 1954. (B H284T)

Towle, Virginia Rowe. Vigilante Woman. South Brunswick: A. S. Barnes, 1966. (920 T6)

Voget, Fred W. They Call Me Agnes: A Crow Narrative Based on the Life of Agnes Yellowtail Deernose. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1995. (B D36V 1995)

Watry, Elizabeth A. Women in Wonderland: Lives, Legends, and Legacies of Yellowstone National Park. Helena, MT: Riverbend Press, 2012.

Weber, Nan. Mattie: A Woman’s Journey West. Moose, WY: Homestead Publishing, 1997. (B C899W 1997)

Wettstein, B. L. Dream Chasers of the West: A Homestead Family of Glacier Park. Helena, MT: Riverbend Publishing, 2010.

Wischmann, Lesley. Frontier Diplomats: Alexander Culbertson and Natoyist-Siksina among the Blackfeet. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2004.

Woelfle, Gretchen. Jeannette Rankin: Political Pioneer. Honesdale, PA: Calkins Creek, 2006. (B R167WO 2007)

Wong, Flora, and Tom Decker. Long Way Home: Journeys of a Chinese Montanan. Helena, MT: Sweetgrass Books, 2012. (B W846L 2011)

Yates, Norris Wilson. Caroline Lockhart. Boise, ID: Boise State University, 1994.

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Essays and Chapters Specific to Montana Women from Anthologies

Barman, Jean. “Sophie Morigeau: Free Trader, Free Woman.” In Recollecting: Lives of Aboriginal Women of the Canadian Northwest and Borderlands. Ed. Sarah Carter and Patricia Alice McCormack. Edmonton: AU Press, 2011: 175-196.

Baumler, Ellen. “Women Who Went Astray.” In Dark Spaces: Montana’s Historic Penitentiary at Deer Lodge. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2008. (365 B327D 2008): 29-46.

Brown, Alanna Kathleen. “Choice to Write: Mourning Dove’s Search for Survival.” In Old West—New West: Centennial Essays. Ed. Barbara Howard Meldrum. Moscow: University of Idaho Press, 1993.

Butler, Anne. “We had not Assistance from Anyone—Happier to do it Alone: Montana, the Missions, and Mother Amadaus.” In Portraits of Women in the American West. Ed. Dee Garceau-Hagen. New York: Routledge, 2005.

Carter, Sarah. “The Montana Memories of Emma Minesinger: Windows on the Family, Work, and Boundary Culture of a Borderlands Woman.” In Recollecting: Lives of Aboriginal Women of the Canadian Northwest and Borderlands. Ed. Sarah Carter and Patricia Alice McCormack. Edmonton: AU Press, 2011.

Garceau-Hagen, Dee. “Finding Mary Fields: Race and Gender and the Construction of Memory.” In Portraits of Women in the American West. Ed. Dee Garceau-Hagen. New York: Routledge, 2005. (305.40978 G164P 2005)

Jenkins, Mabel Bickford. ”A Black Woman on the Montana Frontier.” In African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000. Ed. Quintard Taylor and Shirley Ann Wilson Moore. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2003.

Kehoe, Alice Beck. “Transcribing Insima, A Blackfoot ‘Old Lady.’” In Reading Beyond Words: Contexts for Native History. Ed. Jennifer S. H. Brown and Elizabeth Vibert. Toronto: Broadview Press, 1996: 381-402.

Melcher, Mary. “‘Women’s Matters:’ Birth Control, Prenatal Care, and Childbirth in Rural Montana, 1910-1940.” In Montana Legacy: Essays on History, People and Place. Ed. Harry Fritz, Mary Murphy, and Robert Swartout, Jr.. Helena: Montana Historical Society Press, 2002. (978.6 F919ML 2002)

Mercier, Laurie. “Creating a New Community in the North: Mexican Americans of the Yellowstone Valley.” In Montana Legacy: Essays on History, People and Place. Ed. Harry Fritz, Mary Murphy, and Robert Swartout, Jr.. Helena: Montana Historical Society Press, 2002. (978.6 F919ML 2002)

Murphy, Mary. “Bootlegging Mothers and Drinking Daughters: Gender and Prohibition in Butte, Montana.” In Montana Legacy: Essays on History, People and Place. Ed. Harry Fritz, Mary Murphy, and Robert Swartout, Jr.. Helena: Montana Historical Society Press, 2002. (978.6 F919ML 2002)

———. “The Private Lives of Public Women: Prostitution in Butte, Montana, 1878–1917.” In The Women’s West. Ed. Susan H. Armitage and Elizabeth Jameson. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987.

Peavy, Linda, and Ursula Smith. “Unlikely Champion: Emma Rose Sansaver, 1884-1925.” In Portraits of Women in the American West. Ed. Dee Garceau-Hagen. New York: Routledge, 2005: 179-208.

Peterson, Nancy M. “Why Would Anyone Be Ashamed? Helen P. Clarke, 1843-1923.” In Walking in Two Worlds: Mixed-blood Indian Women Seeking Their Paths. Caldwell, ID: Caxton Press, 2006.

Riley, Peggy. “Women of the Great Falls African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1870–1910.” In African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000. Ed. Quintard Taylor and Shirley Ann Wilson Moore. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2003.

Stevenson, Elizabeth. “Survivors: Pretty-Shield and Nannie Alderson.” In Figures in a Western Landscape: Men and Women of the Northern Rockies. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994. (920.078 ST48F)

———. “Who Was Calamity Jane? A Speculation.” In Figures in a Western Landscape: Men and Women of the Northern Rockies. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994. (920.078 ST48F)

Wertman, Jodean. “Cheyenne Women: Forgotten in History.” In Northern Cheyenne Oral History Project: An Anthology of Research. Ed. Chuck Denny. Lame Deer, MT: Dull Knife College, 1995.

Wooden Legs, Darlene. “Boarding School Syndrome, as Seen Through My Eyes.” In Northern Cheyenne Oral History Project: An Anthology of Research. Ed. Chuck Denny. Lame Deer, MT: Dull Knife College, 1995.

Yoshida, Kayoko, and Reiko Miyauchi. “Invisible Labor: A Comparative Oral History of Women in Coal Mining Communities of Hokkaido, Japan, and Montana, USA, 1890–1940.” In Mining Women: Gender in the Development of a Global Industry, 1670–2000. Ed. Jaclyn J. Gier and Laurie Mercier. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

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Theses and Dissertations

Amundson, Anna Claire. “Sentimental Journey? The Immigrant Experience of World War II-Era War Brides in Montana.” MA thesis, University of Montana, 2009.

Board, John C. “The Lady from Montana: Jeanette Rankin.” MA thesis, University of Montana, 1964. (B R167B)

Broadbent, Heidi A. “Montana Women and the Defense Decade: Women, the Home, and the Struggle Against Communism.” MA thesis, Montana State University, 2003. (978.6 B780M 2003)

Kirk, Kelly. “State of Change: Gender and the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention.” MA thesis, Montana State University, 2011.

McKinney, Amy L. “How I Cook, Keep House, Help Farm, Too: Rural Women in Post-World War II Montana.” PhD diss., University of Calgary, 2011. (XX (1974130.1)

Mulliner, Heather Ashely. “Between the Lines: Friendship, Love, and Marriage in the Progressive-Era Correspondence of Robert and Louise Line.” MA thesis, University of Montana, 2011.

Murphy, Mary. “Women on the Line: Prostitution in Butte, Montana, 1878-1917.” MA thesis, University of North Carolina, 1982. (306.74 M95W)

Petrik, Paula. “The Bonanza Town: Women and Family on the Rocky Mountain Mining Frontier, Helena, Montana, 1865-1900.” PhD diss., State University of New York, 1981. (305.4 P44B)

Schrems, Suzanne H. “God’s Women: Sisters of Charity of Providence and Ursuline Nuns in Montana, 1864–1900.” PhD diss., University of Oklahoma, 1992.

Ward, Doris Buck. “The Winning of Woman Suffrage in Montana.” MA thesis, Montana State University, 1974. (324.623 W21W)

Werner, Kathleen Elizabeth. “Mobilizing the Rural Home Front: The Extension Service, Montana Women, and World War II.” MA thesis, Montana State University, 2003. (630.715 W495M 2003)

 

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