N.C. Abbott Collection
Processed by: EW
Date Completed: 09-01-2005
Location: Special Collections
Linear Feet: 3
Biographical Sketch: (written by Brent Roberts)
N.C. (Newton Carl) Abbott was an instructor at
from its opening day, September 12, 1927, until fall quarter 1944. A graduate of the University of North Dakota, he taught in small schools throughout Eastern Montana Normal School North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Washington, and earned his Masters of Arts degree in history at the in 1927. He was honored in 1940 with a Doctor of Laws degree from Universityof Washington Intermountain Collegefor his tireless work in history. Montana
Dr. Abbott was a popular teacher, author, and speaker. Over the years, he taught thousands of students in
history, American history, economics, and other classes. He was a frequent speaker at community gatherings. He also wrote the popular textbook Montana in the Making, which was used for many years in Montana public schools. For many, Dr. Abbott was best remembered for annual trips taken to the Little Big Horn Battlefield, where he stopped at points of historical interest and lectured students and community members on their significance. Montana
Dr. Abbott died in
on October 21, 1944. Oregon
Scope & Contents:
The items are assumed to be the teaching materials that N.C. Abbott used while a Professor at
(MSU-Billings), 1927-1944. His name was written in the inside flap of most the books found under the stairs of McMullen Hall. What books which did not disintegrate, we saved. There were four 1930 RimRock and one 1931 RimRock, and they disintegrated when touched. There were no signatures within the pages and we already have several copies of these RimRocks; therefore, the decision to not try and save them was made. There was also a rolled “parchment.” It was so eaten through that trying to decipher any meaning from the rolled papers was impossible. It was also not saved, but there are some digital pictures taken of this “parchment.” A fountain pen and a pair of eyeglasses with case along with flashcards were also discovered. Eastern Montana Normal School
[See related articles written at time of discovery].
Arrangement of Collection:
The books were first housed within plastic containers. There was concern that there could still be “bugs” living within the books. The books have been moved into acid free storage containers. The flash cards are being housed all together, and they are being held within the same archival box as the journal clippings, postcards, maps, and one larger photograph. The fountain pen and glasses are within a smaller archival box, and the photographs are within their own acid free box.
N.C. Abbott collection is open to all students, faculty and researchers. The items will not circulate, but they may be viewed within the special collection area. The Archivist will determine whether the items can be photocopied. The condition and origin of item will help determine whether it can be photocopied along with following the guidelines of the copyright act.
Organization of Collection:
Photographs, photo postcards
Hand-drawn Northwest maps (3x5 index cards)
Eyeglasses and case
Books - 2 containers
1.0 Postcards (6)
2.0 Journal clippings (37)
3.0 Map - Northwest hand-drawn maps on 3x5 index cards, 1848, 1859
4.0 Photograph - “Ready for Red Cross, Roll Call, Billings, Montana, Nov. 14, 1928” by Peter Billings
One CD containing the images of the 19 photographs.
Photographs (17) and 2 photo post cards
Fountain pen & eyeglasses and case
Container One: Books
Beach, W.G. & Walker, E.E. (1934). American social problems.
Stanford University, Cal.: Press. [Most bug damaged] Stanford University
Bourne, H.E. & Benton, E.J. (1916). Introductory American history.
: D.C. Heath & Co. Boston
Boynton, F.D. (1904). School civics.
Boston: Ginn & CO. [ Abbott & stamped “private library of N.C. Abbott, Jr.”] Signed N.C.
Carman, H.J. (1930). Social and economic history of the
: I from handicraft to factory, 1500-1820. U.S. : D.C. Heath & Co. [Signed N.C. Abbott] Boston
Clark, V.B. (1925). Europe: A geographical reader. : Silver, Burdett, & Company. [Signed N.C. Abbott] New York
Kolb, J.H. & Brunner, E. des. (1935). A Study of rural society: It’s organization and changes.
: Houghton – Mifflin Co. Boston
Lingley, C.R. (1929). The American people and nation.
: Ginn & Co. Boston
Martin, E. (1928). History of the
: Vol. I 1783-1865. U.S. : Ginn & Co. [Signed N.C. Abbott] Boston
Martin, E. (1931). History of the
: Vol. II 1865-1931. U.S. : Ginn & Co. [Signed N.C. Abbott] Boston
Maxim, H. (1915). Defenseless
. America : Hearst’s International Library Co. New York
Phelps, H.A. (1932). Contemporary social problems.
: Prentice-Hall, Inc. New York
Reed, T.H. (1928). Loyal citizenship.
: World Book Co. Yonkers-on-Hudson, NY
Thompson, M. (1901). Rosalynde’s lovers.
: Bowen-Merrill Co. Indianapolis
Letter to “Dr. Abbott” from “Kathleen Horton” - well eaten in the middle of letter.
Container Two: Books
Adams, M.N., Williamson, J.P., & Renville, J.B. (1892). History of the Dakota Presbytery: of the Presbyterian Church in the : from its organization to April, 1890. Good Will United States of America , Good Will Dakota: Indian Industrial Training-School Press. [Holes in appendix- bug damaged] Mission
Barton, W.W. (1919). John P. Williamson: A brother to the Sioux. NY: Fleming H. Revell.
Fox, D.R. [Ed.]. (1934). Sources of culture in
Middle West: Backgrounds versus frontier. NY: D. Appleton-Century Company. [Signed N.C. Abbott]
Gates, A.I. (1926). Elementary psychology. NY: Macmillan Co.
German, C.E. & German, E.G. (1929). Character education: A program for the school and the home. NY: Silver, Burdett & Company.
Halleck, R.P. (1911). History of American literature. NY: American Book Co.
[Stamped “private library of N.C. Abbott, Jr.”]
Hawley, H.L. (1935). Adventures in the old world history.
: Ginn & Company. Boston
Keane, A.H. (1901). Ethnology.
London: C.J. Clay and Press. Sons Cambridge University
King, M. (1908). Language games: A method of using play for establishing correct habits of speech, in primary grades.
: Educational Publishing Co. Boston
La Rue, D.W. (1927). The child’s mind and the common branches. NY: Macmillan Co. [Signed N.C. Abbott]
Monroe, P. [Ed]. (1916). Principals of secondary education. NY: Macmillan Co.
Muzzey, D.S. & Krout, J.A. (1933). American history for colleges.
: Ginn & Company. Boston
Proceedings of the sixty-ninth annual meeting held at
: June 27- July 3, 1931 : Vol. 69. Los Angeles, California : National Education Association. Washington D.C.
Reed, H.B. (1927). Psychology of elementary school.
: Ginn & Company. [Signed N.C. Abbott] Boston
Riggs, S.R. (1913). Dakota Wowapi Wakan Kin: The New Testament in the Dakota language: translated from the original Greek. NY: American Bible Society.
Rolfe, W.J. [Ed]. (1887). Minor poems of John Milton. NY: American Book Co.
Ross, E.A. (1909). Social psychology an outline and source book. NY: Macmillan Co. [Signed N.C. Abbott]
Rugg, H. & Krueger, L. (1936). First book of the earth.
: Ginn & Company. Boston
Stevenson, J.A. (1922). The project method of teaching. NY: Macmillan Co. [Signed N.C. Abbott]
Washburn, M.F. (1917). The animal mind: A textbook of comparative psychology. NY: Macmillan Co.
Watkinson, W.L. (1906). The duty of imperial thinking: and other chapters on themes worth while. NY: Fleming H. Revell Company.
Watson, A.R. (1914). Golden deeds on the field of honor. NY: Macmillan Co.
Class enrollment card E.M.N.S.
Human Sterilization Today: A publication of the Human Betterment Foundation, Pasadena California.
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