Montana History Conferences and Various Public Programs—Bibliography

This bibliography includes oral histories from the Montana Historical Society’s audio recordings of Montana History Conferences and Various Public Programs. Subjects range from women in politics to weddings. Where possible, audio format is noted. The collection is divided between oral histories that have been transcribed and those that have not. Where possible, length of typed transcription is noted.

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Not Transcribed (may include a typed summary):

2nd Annual Montana History Conference proceedings, 1975 October 23-25. (OH 114). Montana Historical Society Archives. 15 audio tapes (13 hr.) 18-page summary. The 2nd Annual Montana History Conference was held in Helena. Panel discussions address Montana agrarian radicalism; the role of women in politics; Senator Burton K. Wheeler; Indian reservation history; political changes in Montana since World War II; western literature; and the writing of local history. Speakers include Professor Richard Ruetten; author A. B. Guthrie; Governor Ted Schwinden; legislator Francis Bardanouve; and Professor Richard Etulain.

11th Annual Montana History Conference proceedings, 1984 October 25-27. (OH 1551). Montana Historical Society Archives. 17 audio tapes (17 hr.) 1-page summary. The 11th Annual Montana History Conference assembled in Lewistown. It included panels concerning farming; homesteading; women; the Taylor Grazing Act; cowboys; and ethnic groups, especially the Danes, Hutterites, Germans, Croatians, and Métis.

21st Annual Montana History Conference proceedings, 1994 October 13-15. (OH 1600). Montana Historical Society Archives. 17 audio tapes (16 hr., 20 min.) The 21st Annual Montana History Conference met in Red Lodge. Sessions address various topics including the state of the Montana Historical Society; Pryor Mountains archaeology; cowboy recollections; Red Lodge history; homesteading women; Native American activities; and area industry.

23rd Annual Montana History Conference proceedings, 1996. (OH 1765). Montana Historical Society Archives. 14 audio tapes (14 hrs.) The 23rd Annual Montana History Conference met in Butte, Montana. Sessions addressed topics including “Myth, Community and Survival in Butte and Anaconda” (Brian Shovers, Dale Martin, Patrick Malone); Butte ethnography (John Mihelich); Butte women in the 1920s (Mary Murphy); “Jacobs Brothers, Montana Windsmiths” (Robert Righter); radio broadcasting in Montana (Clair Krebsbach, Bill Knowles); architectural legacy of Anaconda (Kim Morrison); “Our Lady of the Rockies” (Pat Munday); women and community “company towns” (Janet Finn); mine tailings disposal (Fred Quivik); Anaconda Mining Company and the environment (Kent Curtis, Eugene Tidball); Lee Metcalf conservation activities (Rex Renk); Anaconda Company newspapers (John McNay); agricultural settlement promotions in Montana (Douglas Edwards); Montana in the world economy (Michael Malone); Granville Stuart (Carol O’Connor); Mary MacLane, Myron Brinig, and other Montana writers (Julia Watson, Carrie Johnson, Ron Fischer); women’s unions in Butte labor strikes (Janet Ore Whitney Williams, Marilyn Maney); and recreation in Butte including baseball and prostitution (Pete Dowling, James Scott, Howard Morris, Ellen Baumler).

24th Annual Montana History Conference proceedings, 1997. (OH 1773). Montana Historical Society Archives. 14 audio tapes (14 hrs.) Proceedings of the 1997 Montana History Conference included the state of the Montana Historical Society address; presentations on art history including rock art and ledger drawings (James Keyser); Blackfeet grass dancing traditions (Jennifer Waterston); artist Helen McAuslan (Gennie DeWeese); Ralph Olson and the Flathead Valley during the Depression (Megan Pepe); Chinese in Bozeman (Jennifer Dunn); Irish immigration (Mark Gibbons); Guy Weadick and the Calgary Stampede (Donna Livingstone); the autobiography of Red Cloud (R. Eli Paul); Johnny Grant memoirs (Lyndel Meikle); the Lemhi and Shoshone-Bannocks in Fort Hall and Idaho (Shirley Stephens, Marcia Montgomery, John Mann); Mike Mansfield (Donald Ritchie); capitol building paintings (Patricia M. Burnham); the Carlin hunting party (Dave Walter); Jacob Thorkelson (Jon Axline); snake oil salesmen (Lyndel Meikle); labor history, bison, and firefighting in Yellowstone National Park (Douglas Weber, Brit Fontenot, Tom Haynes); the 1972 Constitutional Convention; the future of historical research (Elliott West); Sisters of Providence, Missoula (Janice Willms, Todd Savitt); medicine of Blackfeet and Salish (William Farr); Connecticut investment in Montana gold mining (Jeffrey Safford); the Spring Hill Mine, Helena Mining District (John Koerth); and Virginia City (John Ellingsen).

29th Annual Montana History Conference, proceedings, 2002. (OH 2054). Montana Historical Society Archives. The 29th Annual Montana History Conference (2002) was held in Havre. Panels and presentations discussed Lewis and Clark on the Marias River (John Logan Allen); state of the Montana Historical Society (Arnold Olsen); “Montana Scholars discuss Northern Montana College, Eugenics, Environmental History” (James Hawkins, Jerry Frank, Brad Vandt); African American, Chinese, and South Asian communities in Montana and Alberta (Barbara Behan, Dudley Gardner); interpreting Native American historic sites (Alden Big Man Jr. and Curley Bear Wagner); women’s narratives (Sarah Carter, Mary Clearman Blew, Jodie Foley); Nez Perce War (Sandi McFarland, Jerome Greene, Paul Fees); Great Northern Railway employee stories (Joseph McGeswich, Herbert Goggins, Joe Cech, Tom Reese); Montana Tribal Scholars reservation life, alcohol and drugs on reservations, Small Robe Band of Blackfeet, and Catholicism (Joan Johnson, John Mitchell, Linda Juneau); medicine in Montana including St. Patrick’s Hospital, terminal patient home care, and epidemics in Montana (Herbert Swick, Todd Savitt, Dawn Nickel); cultural events and documents including Dawes Act, the Medicine Line, and last buffalo hunt (Jodi Rave, Beth Ladow, Heather Devine); women of literature in Montana (Mary Clearman Blew, Judy Blunt, Dierdre McNamer); Cree in Montana (Michel Hogue); and “Jerks in Montana History,” Havre sanitation, and William Cambell (Lyndel Meikle, Jon Axline, Dave Walter).

30th Annual Montana History Conference proceedings, 2003. (OH 2109). Montana Historical Society Archives. The topics discussed include women in Montana’s literary heritage (Mary Murphy, Ellen Baumler, Ripley Hugo); Montana war brides (Jodie Foley, Seena Kohl); Montana Historical Society photograph archives; military medicine (H. Schwick, D. Smith, and A. Sohn); dinosaurs in Montana (Jack Horner); and “Jerks in Montana History.”

33rd Annual Montana History Conference Proceedings, 2006. (OH 2221). Montana Historical Society Archives. 19 audio tapes. Tape 1: Montana Preservation Alliance (Joyce L. Mayer). Tape 2: Time and Place: The Year That Was at MHS and the Magic of the “Magic City” (Richard Sims). Tape 3: Nothing Plain About It: Clothing Styles of the Crow and Northern Cheyenne (Mardell Plain Feather, Vernon Sootkis). Tape 4: Showcasing Montana History Scholars: Caroline McGill Mining City Doctor, Border Wars: A Brief History of Montana’s Shared Stewardship of the Northern Yellowstone Elk Herd, Crossroads of Change in Western Montana A. B. Hammond and Chief Charlot (Connie Staudohar, Wendy M. Zirngibl, Greg Gordon). Tape 5: Getting the News to You (Jay Kohn, Virginia Smith, Bob McCann Zeeck, Vic Miller). Tape 6: Browsing Through the Morgue: A Sideways Look at the History of Montana Journalism (Dennis Swibold). Tape 7: Looking for More Work: Ranch Women with a Vision, Isabelle Johnson (Kristi Hager, Donna Forbes, Gordon McConnell). Tape 8: Showcasing Montana Tribal College History Scholars, Battle of the Little Big Horn (Patrick J. Hill, Dusty Cummins). Tape 9: Coalbed Methane Development and Cultural Resource Preservation: A Round Table Discussion (Chere Jiusto, David Breisch, Bruce Williams, Ray Mugley). Tape 10: Rabies in Our Backyard: The History of Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention (Volney Steele, Pierce Mullen, Rob Myers). Tape 11: Canvassing the West: Cowboys as Chroniclers: Memories of Grandpa The Life and History of J. K. Ralston, Will James, and the Tailbone Factor (A’Lisa Scott, Allan Jensen). Tape 12 Roads to Roam: Tourism and Politics in the Yellowstone Valley: The Impact of the Yellowstone Trail on the Yellowstone River Valley (Janene Caywood, John and Alice Ridge). Tape 13: Rediscovering the Crops: Reflections on the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial (William L. Lange). Tape 14: Little Bear’s Determination to Find a Home, 1885-1916 (Dr. David Miller). Tape 15: Jerks in Montana History: Mr. Montana Granville Stuart and His Evil Destiny; The Swan Massacre and the Ecology of Violence; Treaty Rights, Fire and a Murderous Jerk (Rich Aarstad, Thompson Smith). Tape 16: Developing Views: Our Place (Lory Morrow, Becca Kohl).

34th Annual Montana History Conference Proceedings, 2007. (OH 2224). Montana Historical Society Archives. 16 audio tapes. Tape 1: A Century Under the Copper Dome: The Montana Legislature Past to Present (Chuck Johnson). Tape 2: 30 Years of Preservation in Montana & Preserving the Recent Past of Montana (Lesley M. Gilmore, James R. McDonald). Tape 3: Dark Spaces Montana’s Historic Penitentiary and A Hitch in Time (Ellen Baumler, J.M. Cooper, Lyndel Meikle). Tape 4: How Vaudeville Fell in Love with Butte and Montana Vaudeville Virginia City Style (George Everett, Vicki Smith). Tape 5: Glacial Lake Missoula and Its Catastrophic Floods (Dr. Richard L. Chambers). Tape 6: Abortion in the Old West Trials of Dr. Kellog and Oral History of Illegal Abortions (Todd Savitt, Diane Sands). Tape 7: E. C. “Teddy Blue” Abbott and Notes by the Way An Introduction to Progressive, Enterprising, Competent Women of Rural Montana at the End of the 19th Century (Vic Reiman, Frank R. Grant). Tape 8: Showcasing Montana Tribal College History Scholars Biography of the signers of the 1855 Treaty, Cultural Resource Protection Ordinance 95, Role of Men in Northern Cheyenne Culture (Deanne Morris, Jason Smith, Peter Bear Comes Out). Tape 9: In the Beginning The Great Falls Army Air Base and the Wartime Air Route to Siberia and Minuteman Missiles in Montana (Anne Millbrooke, Molly Holz). Tape 10: A Mixture of So Many Breeds Helen P. Clarke and the Transformation of Late 19th-Century Montana and Industry and Enterprise The Diversity of Native American Women’s Waged and Unwaged Work in Montana 1933-1980 (Andrew Graybill, Dr. Carol J. Williams). Tape 11: Showcasing Montana University History Scholars Among the Island Ranges, An In-depth Look at the Genealogy Lineage of a Metis Family in Northwest Montana, Hardwork and Small Fortunes Historical Archaeology of the Cedar Creek Chinese (Jacob Cowgill, Bethany D. Campbell, Chris Merritt). Tape 12: DID NOT RECORD. Tape 13: Identifying African American Heritage Resources Statewide Project and African American Miners (Ken Robison, Bob Harris, Alan Thompson, Patty Dean). Tape 14: Warrior Mentality and Life on the Blackfoot Reservation in Montana 1870s-1919 & History of the Four Persons Blackfeet Agency 1868-1876 (Rodger Henderson, Nancy Thornton). Tape 15: 1964 Montana Centennial Train & Ecclesiastes Fulfilled A Time for Change (Betty Babcock, Gordon Bennett, Duke Crowley). Tape 16: Jerks and Gems in Montana History—William F. Meyer The Father of Carbon County and Singing the Praises of Hiram Knowles (Jon Axline, Lyndel Meikle).

36th Annual Montana History Conference proceedings, 2009. (OH 2289). Montana Historical Society Archives. 17 audio tapes. Tape 1: History of Malmstrom Air Force Base. Tape 2: Electric Beginnings: How Great Falls Began (Cusker, Robison, Bronson, Milford). Tape 3: Copper in Demand (Taylor, Graham). Tape 4: Homesteaders and Homemakers (Carter, McKinney). Tape 5: Showcasing Student Scholars (Sperry, Hagen, Scott). Tape 6: Why Sacagawea Deserves the Day Off (Ambrose-Tubbs). Tape 7: Women and War (Horse Capture and Pedersen). Tape 8: Showcasing Tribal Scholars (Old Person, La Pier). Tape 9: Brushstrokes and Bison (Morand, Lambert). Tape 10: Mining Montana (Wojtowicz, Bakken). Tape 11: Malt Beverages for the Masses (Sievert, Lozar). Tape 12: Water, Land, and Leisure (Vincent, Fulbright, French). Tape 13: Medicine in Montana (Baumler, Ferguson). Tape 14: Cultures in Conflict (Horse Capture and Gordon). Tape 15 The Written Word (Hugo, Labunetz, Kittredge). Tape 16: A Night at the Ozark (Robison). Tape 17: Total War, Destructive War (Henderson).

38th Annual Montana History Conference proceedings, 2011. (OH 2305). Montana Historical Society Archives. 19 compact discs. CD 1: Montana, Lincoln, and the Civil War (Dr. Richard Etulain). CD 2: Rethinking Warfare in Traditional American Indian Societies (Mike Jetty). CD 3: Friends and Foes (Lael Morgan, Dr. Tom Rust). CD 4: The Civil War in Montana History and Literature (Lehman, Swartout, Egan). CD 5: Rather Than War (Sherfy-Walter, Wolfgram, Lemperle). CD 6: Archaeology of War—From Ground to Public Domain (Milter, Keremedjiev, Mueller). CD 7: Minorities in the Military (Baumler, Ferguson). CD 8: Success and Failure on the Military Frontier (Huckabee, Court). CD 9: Food, Power, War (Murphy). CD 10: Serving Splendidly (McLeod, Svingen, Julin, Krahe). CD 11: Fighting Prejudice at Home (Basso, Meikle). CD 12: Recording the Call to Arms (Malcomson, Arguimbau). CD 13: Over There, Over Here (Aarstad, Kohl). CD 14: Bases under the Big Sky (Cohen, Hampton). CD 15: We Won’t Go—Vietnam at UM (Johnson, Sands, Briggs, Chessin). CD 16: The War Against Disease (Bloom, Leahy). CD 17: Cold War in Montana (Axline, Holz). CD 18: Rush to Glory (Aarstad, Near). CD 19: Enemy Aliens, part one (Van Valkenburg, Wegars). CD 19b: Enemy Aliens, part two (Van Vlakenburg, Wegars).

Huntley Irrigation Project interviews, 1968-1969. (OH 106). Montana Historical Society Archives. 2 audio tapes (2 hr.) 7-page summary. Interviews with several of the original homesteaders of the Huntley Irrigation Project located just east of Billings on the Yellowstone River. Topics include individual homesteading experiences on the project and social and economic developments in the project community from 1907 to 1920. Interviewees include Wesley Barkemeyer, Alvin Bowman, Josephine Windecker Fitzgerald, Josephine Graham, J. Homer Hancock, Agnes Kratochuil, George Kratochuil, Thelma Kratochuil, Vaclav “Jim” Kratochuil, Clinton Reed, Mary C. Smith, Reanna Stout, and Mae Waterman.

Montana Historical Society programs, 2001. (OH 1884). Montana Historical Society Archives. This collection consists of recorded presentations sponsored by the Montana Historical Society. Presentations include “Pioneers to Prostitutes: The Evolution of Reeder’s Alley” by Ellen Baumler; “Researching Our Own Backyards: The Piegan Institute” by Darrell Kipp; “Women and Montana’s 1972 Consitutional Convention” by Mae Nan Ellingson; “Montana’s Vigilantes and the origins of 3-7-77” by Frederick Allen; “Picturing Montana: Photographs from the Great Depression” by Mary Murphy; “Birthplace of Montana: A history of Fort Benton” by John Lepley; “Chasing Trains” by Hugh Ambrose; “Apocolypse Then” by Kim Allen Scott; “Mainstreet Guide to Historic Hamilton” by Chere Jiusto; “Dear Darlin’ Boy: Warren McGee Photograph Collection”; “A Tradition Continues: The 111th-Year Anniversary of the Fornightly Club.”

Taped public programs, 1997. (OH 1772). Montana Historical Society Archives. 15 audio tapes (15 hr.) Taped public presentations including Terri Hensley and Harvey Goldstein discussing the 100th anniversary of rural free [mail] delivery [Goldstein’s presentation not audible]; Martha Kohl discussing the ten myths of publishing; a series of presentations entitled “Through the Eyes of a Woman: Women Artists Document Montana” (Dana Boussard on various Montana women artists; Susan Near about Elsa Jemne and Caroline Granger; Sarah Boehme about Fra Dana; and Kristi Hager about Evelyn Cameron); Robert “Bob” Morgan discussing pen and ink sketches of Charles M. Russell and Charles M. Russell journal; Mary Murphy discussing her book Mining Cultures: Gender, Work, and Leisure in Butte, 1914-1941; Lyndel Meikle discussing her book Very Close to Trouble concerning Johnny Grant; Dave Walter discussing Métis leader Louis Riel and his book Montana Campfire Tales; Dr. Les Davis discussing early Native peoples in Montana; and Vivian Paladin discussing Dorothy Johnson and When You and I Were Young, Whitefish. Also included is the text of a presentation by Alan Thompson concerning Jim Brooks and Adrian Wilson, African American range cowboys.

Taped public programs, 1999. (OH 1791). Montana Historical Society Archives. 14 audio tapes (14 hr.) Taped public presentations including “Nevada City,” a slide show and lecture (Jeff Tiberi); “The Magic of Yellowstone,” a lecture concerning a film of that title (David Sheerer); “Warrior Artists” (Allen Chronister); “Conversations with Clara Bewick Colby, A Suffragist” (Dr. J. Marlene Snyder); “Charles M. Russell, Legacy” (Larry Peterson); “Dear Diary, Oh, Dear Me! First Contacts Between Native Americans and Pioneer Women” (Kathy Mosdal O’Brien); “Decorative Tiles at the OGM” (Jennifer Bottomly O’Looney); “Tracing the Veins: Copper Cultures and Community” (Janet Finn); Montana Almanac (Andrea Merrill); Joshua Crissman, “Yellowstone’s Forgotten Photographer” (Steve Jackson); Roadside History of Montana (Donald Spritzer); Rick O’Shay (Stan Lynde); “Capitol Building Art Work” (Patrica Burnham); and the architecture of Cass Gilbert (Thomas Blank).

Women in Congress radio broadcast, 1997. (OH 1716). Montana Historical Society Archives. 2 audio tapes. This collection consists of audio recordings of a National Public Radio production entitled “Women in Congress.” The production consists of a four-part documentary presentation on the history of the role of women in the political process from 1916 up to the 1990s. Featured in the production are Jeannette Rankin and Shirley Chisholm. Program One deals with the historical significance of the elections of Jeannette Rankin as the first woman elected to Congress and Shirley Chisholm as the first African American woman elected to Congress; Program Two deals with the challenges they encountered during their campaigns for office; Program Three discuss the role the media played during their tenure in office; and Program Four focuses on their efforts to shape policy and legislation as well as their impact on American citizens. [RESTRICTION: Permission from donor required for publication or quotation.]

Women pioneer interviews, 1976. (OH 103). Montana Historical Society Archives. 4 audio tapes (2 hr., 20 min.) 10-page summary. Interviews with four female children of pioneer families in the Dillon and the Centennial Valley areas: Florence Backus, Thelma Bean, Jane Buck, and Elizabeth Davis. Each woman addresses local personalities and social and economic conditions in the region from 1885 to 1920.

Women’s Work: The Montana Women’s Centennial Art Survey Exhibition, 1889-1989, panel discussion. (OH 997). Montana Historical Society Archives. 1 audio tape (1 hr.) This panel discussion comprises a part of the opening of the museum exhibit “Women’s Work: The Montana Women’s Centennial Art Survey Exhibition, 1889-1989.” Speakers include Gennie DeWeese, Frances Senska, and Lela Autio. Topics addressed involve the nature of women’s art and women artists reflected in the exhibit.

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