Featured Exhibit: Trading Posts and Mercantiles in Montana
Who founded the first trading post in 1907? Were there many mercantiles or general stores in Missoula and the surrounding area? Learn about retail history in Montana in this display with images highlighting traders and trading posts, general stores around the region, and advertising for many of those same stores.
Celebrate the College of Forestry and Conservation Centennial by exploring this online exhibit. The exhibit includes histories and images of the department, faculty, student organizations and the famous Foresters’ Ball.
In 1893 when The University of Montana-Missoula was established it owned no land or buildings. Today the campus has grown to over 120 acres. This exhibit illustrates the history of campus planning and expansion through photographs, maps, plans and articles.
The first greek social organizations at The University of Montana-Missoula were founded over 100 years ago. Today The University of Montana-Missoula is home to six national recognized fraternities and four national recognized sororities. This exhibit features materials from The University of Montana-Missoula yearbook, The Sentinel; the student newspaper, the Kaimin; scrapbooks; and records from the Mansfield Library’s Archives and Special Collections.
In the spring of 1904, the first state high school Interscholastic Meet was held on The University of Montana-Missoula campus. The meet brought high school students from across Montana together for athletic and academic competition. This exhibit illustrates the history of the meet and features photographs, programs, ribbons and other memorabilia.
A Matter of Perspective: Women Writers and Montana 1890-1930 is an exhibit created by Archives Specialist Teresa Hamann. The exhibit tells the story of several prominent women authors in Montana.
This exhibits features a series of five short films in which members of The University of Montana campus community discuss their favorite banned books. Individuals talk about what their favorite book is, why it is their favorite, and why it was banned or challenged. Other individuals from campuses and libraries around the country are highlighted as well. Stop back throughout the week for additional videos.
What happens when you die? How do different cultures view death? What do the remains of animals and humans have to teach us about life, respect and culture? Find answers to these questions and get ready for the Day of the Dead with a series of events dedicated to death. In October the Maureen and Mike Mansfield library, in conjunction with the Missoula Public library, will host a series of lectures focusing on the inevitable. Explore the science, cultural, legal, and artistic expression of life's end. A special exhibit of pieces from the Montana Museum of Art & Culture and the University of Montana Paleontology Center fossil collection will be on view on the main floor of the Mansfield library.
Finding records of children in most archives is a research challenge. The photos, letters and drawings in this exhibit from the Mansfield Library Archives & Special Collections offer a quick view of the fragmented pieces of children’s lives that remain amongst other family and business papers in this archives.
In honor of Glacier National Park's Centennial the Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula presents a selection of photographs, maps, pamphlets and tourist brochures. Many of the items featured here have been digitized in their entirety, to access full copies click on the sources tab. The exhibit also includes short home movies of the park by Walter H. McLeod.
In the summer of 1913 the first home economics course was offered at The University of Montana-Missoula. For seventy-six years the department offered courses in subjects like household budgeting, textiles, nutrition and interior design. In 1989 the department was eliminated. This exhibit illustrates the history of the department and features photographs, recruitment pamphlets and other memorabilia.
Patricia Goedicke published 13 books of poetry from 1968-2009 and taught Creative Writing at The University of Montana from 1981-2003. Goedicke's works often weave together a broad range of images and themes. This exhibit draws from Patricia Goedicke's literary manuscripts at The University of Montana, Missoula. It is intended to illustrate Goedicke's approach to poetry as teacher, writer, and critic.
This online exhibit highlights Mike Mansfield’s leadership during his long career in public service through essays about him and through his own speeches and interviews. Mansfield served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1942-1952, in the U.S. Senate from 1952-1977, and as Ambassador to Japan from 1977-1988.
R.H. McKay: Western Montana Photographer illustrates McKay’s career through a selection of his images housed in the Mansfield Library’s Archives & Special Collections. These images are drawn from the Rollin H. McKay Photograph Collection (Mss 249). This exhibit was originally created by Mark Fritch, Archives Photo Specialist.
The Student Army Training Corps was designed to give young men an opportunity to get and education and serve their country at the same time by military training. Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.), at the State University in Missoula, Montana, was established on October 1, 1918 and ended on December 18, 1918.
Long before Monte, the first official mascot of The University of Montana-Missoula (UM) was Teddy. Over time a total of nine live bear mascots and two costumed mascots have represented UM. This exhibit tells the story of those bears through photographs, news stories and university publications.
In the fall of 1935, the first official student union building at The University of Montana-Missoula opened. Twenty years later, in 1955, a larger student union, called the Lodge opened. In 1968, the University Center that we know today opened replacing the Lodge. This exhibit illustrates the history of the university’s three student union buildings and features a selection of photographs, pamphlets and architectural drawings.
Celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage in Montana by exploring our online exhibit "Women in Montana Politics." The exhibit showcases the achievements of women throughout Montana who contributed to the advancement toward gender equality from 1882 to the present.