Digital Collections

7 members of the 1915 UM basketball team. The coach is in the upper right of the photo and all members are in their uniforms.

Archival Photographs from the University of Montana

Images in this collection include UM campus students, buildings and events, and scenes from around Missoula, Montana, and the region. They were selected from Archives and Special Collections and represent only a fraction of what is available onsite. The digitization and addition of images to this collection is ongoing.

Boone and Crockett Club Records

Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club was the United States' first hunting and big-game conservation organization. This collection contains scans of content held at the University of Montana's Archives and Special Collections.

Sample image of handwritten letter from the Boone and Crockett Club Records digital collection.
Man with two dogs on a mountain top.

Bud Moore Photographs and Sound Recordings

William Robert "Bud" Moore (1917-2010) was a well-known Montana forester, trapper, conservationist, and author. This collection contains photographs Moore took and stories he recorded about those photos.

Char-Koosta News

Published by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation, started in November 1956 and continued through five decades. With the exception of a ten-year hiatus from December 1961 through May 1971, the paper continues to publish a weekly issue.

The Char-Koosta newspaper headline image of a bison.
Tribal Water Resources Department image.

Chippewa Cree Tribe Water Rights Settlement Records

This collection includes files used by the Chippewa Cree Tribe, and in particular the Tribal Water Resources Department, during their negotiations with the Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission and the Federal Negotiating Team for the Rocky Boy's Reservation to settle the Tribe's water rights claims.

Fort Missoula Alien Detention Camp Collection

This collection includes correspondence, telegrams, memoranda and maps documenting the creation of the Fort Missoula Detention Camp between 1941 and 1942.

Sample image of letter from the Fort Missoula Alien Detention Camp digital collection.
Sample cover of a meeting minutes book from the Helena, Montana City Council Minutes digital collection.

Helena, Montana City Council Minutes, 1881-1970

In April 1881, the Helena City Council began meeting after the public approval of a charter incorporating the City of Helena. Minutes were created after each meeting and they detailed the actions of the mayor and aldermen in establishing the framework and continuance of their municipal government.

Jack L. Demmons' Photographs of Bonner, Montana

Assembled in the mid-1970's by Bonner School Superintendent Jack L. Demmons, this collection of approximately 1,600 photographs depicts life in and around Bonner, Montana, from the late 1800s through the 1950s. These photos were digitized at the University of Montana's Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library in 2007.

Image of an early elementary school class.
A Butte townsite map

Mapping Montana and the West

These maps were selected from the Library's Regional and Historic Map collection and represent Montana and the greater northwest. The digitization and addition of images to this collection is ongoing.

Mike Mansfield Collection

This digital collection highlights Mike Mansfield's legacy of leadership in public service as represented through his speeches and interviews. Mansfield served Montana in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1942-1952 and in the U.S. Senate from 1952-1977, and was Ambassador to Japan from 1977-1988. The content in this collection represents a fraction of the extensive Mike Mansfield archival collection held in Archives and Special Collections.

Mike Mansfield sitting on the steps of a building in Washington, DC.
Four plains indians in traditional dress

Mountain-Plains Native Americans

A broad and growing collection of reference materials related to the Native American tribes Montana. The collection will ultimately contain government documents, archival documents, photographs, and other materials.

Natives of Montana Archival Project (NOMAP)

The Natives of Montana Archival Project (NOMAP) contains over 65,700 documents from holdings in the National Archives Record Group 75. These documents have been indexed and are hosted on the Montana Memory Project. Funding for this project was provided by Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, UM's Native American Studies Department, and the Smithsonian.

A Tipi
Patricia Goedicke and Leonard Wallace Robinson in front of the Grizzly statue on the UM campus.

Patricia Goedicke and Leonard Wallace Robinson Collection

In 2007, Archives and Special Collections acquired the literary manuscripts of Patricia Goedicke and her husband, Leonard Wallace Robinson. This digital collection features excerpts from those papers, providing insight into the writing process and careers of both authors, and includes drafts of works, journal entries, and correspondence.

University of Montana Electronic Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers

The University of Montana Electronic Thesis, Dissertation and Professional Paper Project (ETDP) is a collaborative effort between the Graduate School, the Mansfield Library, graduate degree granting departments, and graduate students. Beginning in 2007, graduate student theses, dissertations, and professional papers have been published electronically. Additionally, all UM doctoral dissertations were retrospectively digitized and are available electronically.

historic photo of campus
unidentified mountain postcard view

Oral History Collection

Description of oral history collection.

Small Manuscript and Diary Collection

Description of small manuscript and diary collection.

screenshot from diary entry of James Ball
photograph of birds eye view of unidentified town in 19th century Montana

Books, Pamphlets, and Ephemera Collection

Description of books, pamphlets and ephemera in digital collections.

ASUM (Associated Students of the University of Montana) Documents, 1919-2007

This collection includes digitized documents from the Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM) Records, 1906-2010, RG 063, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library. These records include meeting minutes, agendas, roll calls, resolutions, and votes from 1919-2007. (Similar records for the years 1906-1918 are also available in the Archives and Special Collections at the Mansfield Library; they are handwritten.)

ASUM logo

University of Montana Commencement Banners

These University of Montana banners were created from 1898-1970 and then again from 1993-present. Traditionally, the class banner is made by a student of the graduating class and presented during commencement ceremonies.

University of Montana Yearbooks - The Sentinel

The University of Montana (UM) was founded in 1893 and its first yearbook was produced in 1904. Over the next eighty years the Sentinel expanded to include photographs and stories documenting all aspects of life at UM. The Sentinel is a rich source of information about the history and culture of the University. It covers unique UM events like Aber Day, Foresters Ball, and the annual Griz-Cat game along with student government, Greek life, intramurals, Homecoming, student clubs and organizations, and much more.

Sentinel logo etched in brass
Um news button with mountain log

University of Montana News Releases

This collection of documents generally referred to as "press releases" chronicles the activities, events, individuals, and organizations associated with the University of Montana in Missoula (UM). Releases were sent by UM's University Relations office to various media for broadcast and publication. The online collection currently contains releases from 1928 and from 1956-1968 (note: UM was named Montana State University from 1935-1965). Although the years available online are currently limited, it will eventually include all extant news releases created by UM between 1928 and 2011. Physical copies of all extant releases are held by the Mansfield Library’s Archives and Special Collections.

University of Montana Student Newspaper - Kaimin

The Kaimin began as monthly publication in 1898. In 1908 it became a weekly and eventually a daily publication. In April 2015, due to a budget crisis, the paper returned to publishing once a week and online. The Kaimin is an excellent source for all things UM. The digitization of the Kaimin is currently in the planning stages so check back for updates on this project. Copies of the Kaimin can be found in Archives & Special Collections at the Mansfield Library. The Kaimin is also available on microfilm on level 1 of the library.

Kaimin newspaper logo and title from original newspaper