Granville Stuart papers
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.
- Stuart, Granville, 1834-1918 (Person)
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.
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.
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16 boxes (8 linear ft.)
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. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS1534.xml
This collection was purchased from Fred Rosenstock in 1975.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased; Fred Rosenstock; 1975.
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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
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- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
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