Guide to the Granville Stuart Papers
1863-1918

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Creator: Stuart, Granville, 1834-1918
Title: Granville Stuart Papers
Dates: 1863-1918 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet of shelf space
Collection Number: MC 61
Summary: Granville Stuart (1834-1918) was a pioneer Montana miner and cattleman. Papers include biographical material; a diary (1894) of a trip to France; two volumes of outgoing correspondence (1868-1880, 1890-1892) concerning mining and livestock; general correspondence (1863-1918); a DHS Ranch account ledger (1881-1882); a financial account book (1865); an "Historical Sketch of Deer Lodge County" (1876); three weather journals (1867-1880); scrapbooks; and miscellany. [Portions of collection on indefinite loan from University of Montana Archives; other portions separated from Anaconda Copper Mining Company Records (MC 169), and transferred from Museum and Library.]. Miscellaneous outgoing correspondence includes a letter (1894) to Pomp Dennis concerning details of Dennis's escape from the Sioux in 1868.
Repository: Montana Historical Society Archives

225 N. Roberts
PO Box 201201
Helena MT 59620-1201
(406) 444-4774
mhslibrary@mt.gov

Languages: English 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Granville Stuart was born August 27, 1834, near what is now Clarksburg, West Virginia. In 1837 he moved west with his family to Iowa. After their father went to California in 1849, Granville and his brother James Stuart followed west to join him in 1852. The Stuart brothers remained there prospecting until 1857 when they attempted to return to Iowa. However, the Mormon War in Utah blocked the trail and caused the brothers to go north to what later became Montana. They prospected for gold in the Deer Lodge Valley, making the first strike at Gold Creek in 1858. During the 1860s Granville and James worked mainly as prospectors and small merchants in various Montana mining camps. After James' death in 1873, Granville suffered financial reverses, and by 1876 had become a bookkeeper for Samuel T. Hauser's First National Bank of Helena. In 1879 he formed, with Hauser, Andrew J. Davis and Erwin Davis, a cattle-raising enterprise, Davis, Hauser and Company, using the brand DHS. The partners made Stuart general manager and superintendent of the company, a position he held until the spring of 1887. From 1894 to 1898, Stuart served as United States ambassador to Paraguay and Uruguay, a post he obtained through the assistance of Hauser and Russell Harrison. He returned to Montana in 1899, and in his final years, served as librarian of the Butte Public Library. Granville Stuart was the first secretary of the Montana Historical Society and served as its president from 1890 to 1895. In 1886 to 1887, he was president of the Society of Montana Pioneers, and for seven years he served as president of the Board of Stock Commissioners, resigning his post in 1891. Although he never completed the history of Montana the legislature commissioned him to write, he did publish Montana As It Is in 1865, and in 1925, a selection of his and James' journals was published under the title, Forty Years on the Frontier. Granville Stuart died in Missoula on October 2, 1918.

Content Description

Papers. 1863-1918. 1.5 linear feet. The Granville Stuart Papers consist of biographical materials; a diary (1894) of a trip to France; two outgoing letterpress volumes (1868-1880, 1890-1892) dealing with mining and livestock matters, which also include short articles on early Montana life; general correspondence (1863-1918); an account ledger (1881-1882) for the DHS Ranch; "Historical Sketch of Deer Lodge County" (1876); scrapbooks; and miscellany. Included in miscellaneous outgoing correspondence is a letter (1894) to Pomp Dennis re the details of Dennis's escape from the Sioux in 1868.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection

Biographical Material
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
1 / 1 "Origin of the Stuart Family," "Granville Stuart"; miscellany 1873, 1902, n.d.

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Incoming Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
1 / 2 A-W (correspondents include Thomas Adams, John F. Athey, Mary Crosby [Montana Industrial School for Indians], Fountain M. Dennis, James Fergus, John N. Hall, Julia A. Hall, Meagher County Clerk, David A. Phelps, Nancy Lawrence Stuart [mother], Samuel Stuart [brother], P. Tofft) 1863-1894

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Outgoing Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
1 / 3-4 Letterpress books 1868-1880, 1890-1892
1 / 5 Miscellaneous [some are photocopies from other repositories] 1873-1903

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General Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
1 / 6 A-G (correspondents include Mrs. A.E. Allison, M.D. Baldwin, Mrs. W.E. Bass, Horace Brewster, A. Bessett, J.C. Brummer, Frank D. Brown, Amos Buck, Henry Cannon, William A. Clark Jr., Charles K. Cole, Byron E. Cooney, John M. Evans, George Bird Grinnell; many are related to Stuart's compilation of information for book on history of Montana) 1916-1918
1 / 7 H-K (correspondents include Frank W. Haskins, Samuel T. Hauser, Thomas Hauser, George H. Hill, S. S. Hobson, A.M. Holter, N.B. Holter, Elizabeth Thornton Hough, Thomas H. Irvine, Charles N. Kessler, James Kirkpatrick, George W. Korte; many are related to Stuart's compilation of information for book on history of Montana) 1911-1918
1 / 8 L-R (correspondents include E.B. Largent, J.P. Lippincott Company, W.J. McConnell, Robert L. McCulloh, E.P. Mathewson, Charles Mattison, Mary E. Mitchell, W.Y. Pemberton, Henry L. Myers, National Historical Society, A.J. Noyes, J.M. Pope, T.C. Power, Adolphus Ragan, John E. Rees, S.J. Ritchey, John D. Ryan; many are related to Stuart's compilation of information for book on history of Montana) 1916-1918
1 / 9 S-W (correspondents include James U. Sanders, J.F. Saville, William Scallon, A.J. Seligman, South Dakota Dept. of History, S.V. Stewart, Nelson Story, Tom Stout, William B. Thompson, Lucille Thornton, W. D. Thornton, Thomas J. Walsh, Charles S. Warren; many are related to Stuart's compilation of information for book on history of Montana) 1911-1918

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Diaries
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
1 / 10 Diary (re visit to London and Paris on way to Uruguay) 1894

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Financial Records
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
2 / 1 Bank statement from Helena National Bank 1881-1882
Volume
Vol. 1 Ledger: DHS Ranch 1881-1882
2 / 2 Notebooks: account of mining transaction, Idaho accounts 1896-1897, 1902-1903
2 / 3 Personal financial account book 1865

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Legal Documents
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
2 / 4 Mineral certificate for Little Etta claim; copy of mining deed for Hope Mining Company; contract for half interest in property on McDonald Creek 1879-1901

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Writings
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
2 / 5 "Historical Sketch of Deer Lodge County" 1876

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Clippings
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
2 / 6 Scrapbook (re poetry, literature, philosophy, etc.) 1870-1892
Volume
Vol. 2-3 Scrapbooks (miscellaneous) 1874-1901, 1902-1905
2 / 7 Scrapbook (re 13th Territorial Legislature; 1900 election) 1883, 1900

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Miscellany
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
3 / 1 Certificates and resolutions 1894, 1918
3 / 2 Notebook: Spanish and French dictionary 1895, 1897
3 / 3 Weather and meteorological journal (includes comment on 1905 fire in Butte) 1867-1872
3 / 4 Weather and meteorological journal (includes comment on death of James Stuart) 1872-1879
3 / 5 Weather and meteorological journal Jan.-June 1880
3 / 6 Miscellaneous (includes resolution of support by members of 13th Territorial Legislature; notes on gun entrusted to Teddy Blue Abbott; list of sketches by Granville Stuart; list, possibly of members of Bates Expedition) n.d.

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Subjects

  • Cattle Ranches--Montana
  • Deer Lodge (Mont.)
  • Deer Lodge County (Mont.)
  • DHS Ranch (Fort Maginnis, Mont.)
  • Fergus County (Mont.)
  • Mines and Mineral Resources--Montana
  • Ranches

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