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Bibliography of Montana history

Montana Territory, 1879

The following works deal with the cultural, political, economic, military, biographical and geologic history of pre-territorial Montana, Montana Territory and the State of Montana.

General works in Montana history



  • "Contributions Vol. 1". Contributions to the Historical Society of Montana 1. 1876. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  • "Contributions Vol. 2". Contributions to the Historical Society of Montana 2. 1896. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  • "Contributions Vol. 3". Contributions to the Historical Society of Montana 3. 1900. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  • "Contributions Vol. 4". Contributions to the Historical Society of Montana 4. 1903. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  • "Contributions Vol. 5". Contributions to the Historical Society of Montana 5. 1904. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  • "Contributions Vol. 6". Contributions to the Historical Society of Montana 6. 1907. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  • "Contributions Vol. 7". Contributions to the Historical Society of Montana 7. 1910. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  • "Contributions Vol. 8". Contributions to the Historical Society of Montana 8. 1917. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  • "Contributions Vol. 9". Contributions to the Historical Society of Montana 9. 1923. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  • "Contributions Vol. 10". Contributions to the Historical Society of Montana 10. 1940. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  • "Montana The Magazine of Western History". Montana The Magazine of Western History (Helena, MT: Montana Historical Society). , published 1951-present.

Agriculture, ranching, and rural life

  • Bishop, John F. (April 1951). "Beginning of the Montana Sheep Industry". The Montana Magazine of History 1: 3, 5–8. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  • Burlingame, Merrill G. (1974). "15, The Agricultural Frontier in Montana". The Montana Frontier (Reprint ed.). Bozeman, MT: Big Sky Books. pp. 333–354. , originally published in 1942.
  • Clay, T. A. (Autumn 2008). "A Call to Order: Law, Violence, and the Development of Montana's Early Stockmen's Organizations". Montana The Magazine of Western History 58 (3): 48–63, 95–96. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  • Clayton, John (Summer 2006). "Caroline Lockhart on the Dryhead: 'Happily-Ever-Aftering' on a Montana Cattle Ranch". Montana The Magazine of Western History 56 (2): 58–64. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  • Edwards, Douglas M. (Summer 1999). "Show Windows of the West: Exhibitionary Complexes and the Promotion of Montana's Agricultural Possibilities". Agricultural History 73 (3): 322–348. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  • Elofson, Warren M. (2004). Frontier Cattle Ranching in the Land and Times of Charlie Russell. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press. 
  • Elofson, Warren (Autumn 2005). "An Exceedingly Dicey Business: Frontier Horse Ranching on the Northern Great Plains". Agricultural History 79 (4): 462–477. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  • Fletcher, Robert H. (1960). Free Grass to Fences: The Montana Cattle Range Story. New York, NY: University Publishers. 
  • Fletcher, Robert S. (Sep 1929). "The End of the Open Range in Eastern Montana". Mississippi Valley Historical Review 16 (2): 188–211. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  • Fletcher, Robert S. (Oct 1930). "That Hard Winter in Montana, 1886-1887". Agricultural History 4 (4): 123–130. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  • Gilles, T. J. (1977). When Tillage Begins: A History of Agriculture in Montana. Laurel, MT: UMP. 
  • Grant, Frank R. (1984). "To Husband the Land: Robert Sutherlin and the Irrigation-Dry Farming Controversy". In Myers, Rex C.; Fritz, Harry W. Montana and the West: Essays in Honor of K. Ross Toole. Boulder, CO: Pruett Publishing Co. pp. 87–104. 
  • Hargreaves, Mary Wilma (1957). Dry Farming in the Northern Great Plains, 1900-1925. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 
  • Kennedy, Michael S., ed. (1964). Cowboys and Cattlemen: A Roundup. New York: Hastings House. 
  • Malone, Michael P.; Roeder, Richard B. (Spring 1975). "1876 in Field and Pasture: Agriculture". Montana The Magazine of Western History 25 (2): 28–35. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  • Mercier, Laurie (Autumn 1988). "Women’s Role in Montana Agriculture: ‘You Had to Make Every Minute Count’". Montana The Magazine of Western History 38 (4): 50–61. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  • Pace, Dick (Winter 1979). "Henry Sieben: Pioneer Montana Stockman". Montana The Magazine of Western History 29 (1): 2–15. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  • Smith, Phyllis (Spring 2002). "Isabelle Randall and the ‘Natives’". Montana The Magazine of Western History 52 (1): 66–71. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  • Strom, Claire (Summer 1997). "The Great Northern Railway and Dryland Farming in Montana". Railroad History (176): 80–102. 
  • Stuart, Leland E. (Winter 1988). "The Winter of 1886-1887: The Last of Whose 5,000?". Montana The Magazine of Western History 38 (1): 32–41. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  • Ward, Ralph E. (Autumn 1975). "Wheat in Montana: Determined Adaptation". Montana The Magazine of Western History 25 (4): 16–37. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 


Memoirs and autobiography

Business, economics, and industry

Historic expeditions

  • Engelmann, George; Forwood, William Henry; Gray, Asa; Gregory, James F.; Sheridan, Philip Henry (1882). Report of an exploration of parts of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana in August and September, 1882 /made by Lieut. Gen. P. H. Sheridan, commanding the Military division of the Missouri, with the itinerary of Col. Jas. F. Gregory, and a geological and botanical report by W. H. Forwood. Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. 
  • Work, John (1923). Lewis, William S.,Paul C. Phillips, ed. The Journal Of John Work, A Chief Trader Of The Hudson's Bay Co., During His Expedition From Vancouver To The Flatheads And Blackfeet Of The Pacific Northwest. Cleveland: The Arthur H. Clark Company. 

Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806)

Cook, Folsom, Peterson Expedition (1869)

  • Cook, Charles W.; Folsom, Dave E.; Peterson, William (1965). Haines, Aubrey L., ed. The Valley of the Upper Yellowstone-An Exploration of the Headwaters of the Yellowstone River in the Year 1869. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press. 

Washburn, Langford, Doane Expedition (1870)

Hayden Geological Survey (1871)

Labor and working class


  • Bigart, Robert. Getting Good Crops: Economic and Diplomatic Survival Strategies of the Montana Bitterroot Salish Indians, 1870-1891 (Civilization of the American Indian Series, Vol. 266) (2010)
  • Bryan, William L. Montana's Indians: Yesterday and Today (Montana Geographic Series) (1995) excerpt and text search
  • Hoebel, E. Adamson. The Cheyennes: Indians of the Great Plains (1978)
  • Lopach, James J. et al. Tribal Government Today: Politics on Montana Indian Reservations (2nd ed. 1998)
  • Lowie, Robert H. The Crow Indians (U. of Nebraska Press, 1983)

Military histories

Primary sources

Local and regional histories

Law and order

Ghost towns

Primary sources

Political histories


  • Adams, Ramon F.; Home E. Britzman, (1948). Charles M. Russell: The Cowboy Artist - A Biography. Pasadena, California: Trail's End Publishing. 
  • Egan, Ken. Hope And Dread In Montana Literature (Western Literature Series) (2003)
  • Harrison, Brady. All Our Stories Are Here: Critical Perspectives on Montana Literature (2009) excerpt and text search; 12 essays by scholars
  • Newby, Rick, and Suzanne Hunger, eds. Writing Montana: literature under the big sky (1996) 27 essays; excerpt and text search
  • Patterson, Caroline, ed. Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart (2006)
  • WPA. An Ornery Bunch: Tales and Anecdotes Collected by the WPA Montana Writer's Project 1935-1942 ed. by Megan Hiller, Rick Newby, and Elaine Peterson (1999)

Social history



Original sources

  • "Montana Primary Sources From the National Archives Rocky Mountain Region". National Archives. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 

See also


  1. ^ a b Phillip M. White (October 2004). Bibliography of Native American bibliographies. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 48–49.  
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