Helen Solberg Fowler papers
Scope and Contents
The collection documents the life and career of Helen Solberg Fowler, 1890-1962. Correspondence primarily consists of personal correspondence relating family news. Personal papers include her school records, a teaching contract, her parents' marriage certificate, ephemera, and a lock of her hair. The bulk of the collection comprises photographs, including photograph albums and scrapbooks. Present are family photographs ranging from Fowler's childhood to her married life and photographs and ephemera from Fowler’s time at Montana State University and Omnibus College, as well as her career as a teacher in Montana. The collection also includes photographs and ephemera from Fowler’s social and religious life, including teaching Sunday school at her church and cultural events in Montana.
- circa 1890-1962
Language of Materials
Chiefly in English, some correspondence in Norwegian.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Helen Solberg Fowler Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from McBride Rare Books on the Arthur Corbitt Hoskins Memorial Fund, 2022.
Organized into three series: I. Correspondence, circa 1909-1962. II. Personal Papers, circa 1890-1960. III. Photographs, Photograph Albums, and Scrapbooks, circa 1900-1959.
6.21 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
Biographical / Historical
Helen Solberg Fowler (1905-1972) was a teacher in Montana. She was born in Big Timber, Montana to John S. Solberg and Hannah Becken. Her father was a Norwegian immigrant who owned a clothing store. Fowler studied at Montana State University and Omnibus College, a traveling caravan of college students and professors which made field trips to historic sites, national parks, and cultural institutions across the United States. After graduating from college, Fowler became a teacher in Darby, Montana. She married Francis Fowler in 1934, and they had two children, John and Nancy.
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This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
The collection was put in its current arrangement during processing in 2023. When acquired by the library, the papers were arranged primarily by size, with no discernible original order.
- Big Timber (Mont.)
- College students -- Montana
- Darby (Mont.)
- Fowler, Francis, 1900-1977
- Human hair
- Montana -- Description and travel
- Montana -- Pictorial works
- Montana -- Religious life and customs
- Montana -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
- Montana State University -- Bozeman -- Students
- Omnibus College -- Students
- Photograph albums
- Solberg, Hannah Becken, 1866-1929
- Solberg, John S., 1863-1933
- Teachers -- Montana
- Tourists -- West (U.S.)
- West (U.S.) -- Pictorial works
- West (U.S.) -- Description and travel
- Women -- West (U.S.)
- Women college students -- Montana
- Women teachers -- Montana
- Guide to the Helen Solberg Fowler Papers
- Stephanie Bredbenner
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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