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Granville Stuart papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1534

Scope and Contents

Collection includes information on the life of Granville Stuart, including diaries, correspondence, personal writings, sketches, photographs, and other materials. These items document his life from the 1860s to the 1910s. Also included in the collection are the papers of some of Stuart's relatives, including his brothers, James and Thomas, and his second wife, Allis Isabella Brown Stuart.


  • 1851-1957


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from Granville Stuart papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Granville Stuart (1834-1918) was a prominent rancher and historian in Montana.

Granville Stuart was born August 27, 1834, near Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia, to Robert Stuart and Nancy Currence Hall. He was the second of five children. Stuart left Iowa in 1852 with his brother James to seek a fortune in the gold fields of California. They traveled with their father, Robert Stuart, from the American Valley (Quincy) to Bidwell Bar, then on through Morris Ravine near Cherokee, finally arriving at Sam Neal's ranch near present-day Durham. He and his brother moved up the mountain to Dogtown trying their luck in several different mining ventures. After prospecting all over northern California, Stuart eventually ended up in Montana, becoming the state's largest cattle owner in the 1880s. A horrible freezing winter later killed his entire herd. In 1862, Stuart married Awbonnie Tookanka, and had eight children with her before her death in 1888. On June 8, 1890, he married Allis Isabelle Brown. Stuart became the state librarian for Montana and wrote several books describing his Western experiences before he died on October 2, 1918, in Butte, Montana.


3 oversize boxes (2 linear ft.)

16 boxes (8 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Organized in twelve series: I. Granville Stuart diaries, 1887, 1893. II. Granville Stuart correspondence, 1863-1971. III. Granville Stuart career papers, circa 1851-1903. IV. Granville Stuart writings, circa 1857-1915. V. Granville Stuart sketches, circa 1861-1898. VI. Granville Stuart photographs, 1864-1892. VII. Granville Stuart research on Montana history, circa 1861-1916. VIII. James Stuart correspondence, circa 1860-1909. IX. Thomas Stuart correspondence, 1865. X. Allis Brown Stuart correspondence, circa 1928. XI. Granville Stuart scrapbooks, 1865-1918. XII. Writings about Granville Stuart, 1901-1957.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

This collection was purchased from Fred Rosenstock in 1975.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Fred Rosenstock; 1975.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Related Materials

The Montana Historical Society in Helena, Montana, holds a Granville Stuart Manuscript Collection consisting of 1868 to 1880 and 1890 to 1892 letterpress volumes, general correspondence, an account ledger for the DHS Ranch (1881-1882), scrapbooks, and miscellany. They also hold a James Stuart collection. Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Granville Stuart manuscript collections hold letter books for 1880 to 1887; a joint diary of James and Granville from May 1, 1861, through April 29, 1866; a fragment of a diary kept on an overland journey from California to Malade Creek, Utah, in 1857; a diary of 1866 overland journey from Montana to Iowa and return to Fort Benton by the Missouri River (basis for articles published in the Montana Post, Virginia City, in January 1867, and in 1963 as Granville Stuart Diary and Sketchbook of a Journey); and journals of a hunting trip in 1867 (with drawings), and a trip to Yellowstone in 1873; and a journal of a trip to look for cattle range in 1880.

Processing Information

Processed; Melissa Cowles; 2007.

Register of the Granville Stuart papers
John Murphy, curator, Melissa Cowles, and Andrea Wyss
2011 May 3
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States