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Kiwanis Collection

Biographical Sketch

(written by Jeannie Ferriss)

It is a possibility that George E. Snell donated this collection.  He was active in Kiwanis and elected as the state Kiwanis governor, serving until 1923.  When the Billings Kiwanis Club began on February 23, 1921 he was listed on the first rooster and was elected their president in 1921.  Snell served the Kiwanis organization from 1921 until 1962, in almost every office and capacity available.  He was a friend and attorney to Chief Plenty Coups of the Crow nation and it was through his letters that the creation and realization of the Plenty Coups Memorial at Pryor, Montana was documented.

Scope & Contents

The document collection includes a history of the Billings Kiwanis Club (also referred to as the Kiwanis Club of Billings, Montana) from 1921 to the 1980’s, objective programs, newsletters, music and program material, nomination information, club opening programs, charter programs, membership information, financial records and other general documents dealing with day to day operations.  The contents also include correspondence from the 1920’s through the 1940’s on establishment of the Plenty Coups Memorial in Pryor, Montana, as well as information on the Crow chief and his Kiwanis membership. Artifacts include a Kiwanis emblem, scrapbook and other miscellanea.

The photography collection includes images from the 1920’s through the 1980’s on a variety of events including the annual Apple Sales, group photographs, Peter Yegen Day, the Christmas parties for area children, the placement of the museum sign at Pryor, and the dedication of the Plenty Coups Memorial.  

Access

The Kiwanis Archives 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.

Correspondence for the establishment of the Plenty Coups Memorial

Photos from the Plenty Coups Memorial Dedication

Finding aid - Container Listing

BOX 1

1. AWARDS AND HONORS

  • 1.1  Awards

  • 1.1.1 Awards
  • 1.1.2 Certificate from Rocky Mountain College Circle K Club

2. CONVENTIONS

  • 2.1 Convention Programs
  • 2.2.1 Convention Dailies and Convention News 1921-1962
  • 2.2.2  Montana District Conventions 1921-1951
  • 2.2.3  Montana District Conventions 1952-1955
  • 2.2.4  Montana District Conventions 1956-1958
  • 2.2.5  Montana District Conventions 1959-1964
  • 2.2.6  Montana District Convention Misc. Information
  • 2.2.7  International Convention Programs 1941-1948
  • 2.2.8  International Convention Programs 1950-1955
  • 2.2.9  International Convention Programs 1956-1958
  • 2.2.10 International Convention Programs 1962-1969

BOX 2

2.2.11 Regional Convention Programs 1957-1961

2.2.12 Information on Montana Kiwanis Conventions

2.2.13 Convention Information, Planning and Officers Information

 3.  EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS

  • 3.1 Drug Education Program Information
  • 3.1.1  Letters of Support and Pledges

  • 3.1.1  Letters and Meeting Notes

4. FUNDRAISERS

  • 4.1 Fundraising Projects
  • Kiwanis Park Drawing
  • 4.1.2  Sales Records and Reports on Apple Sales

  • 4.1.3  Reports on Apple Sales and Easter Seals

5. GENERAL CORRESPONDENSE

  • 5.1 George Snell Correspondences
  • 5.1.1  George Snell Correspondence 1964

  • 5.1.2  George Snell Correspondence 1965

  • 5.1.3  George Snell Correspondence 1966

  • 5.2  General Correspondences-Various Writers

  • 5.2.1  General Correspondence
  • 5.2.2  Letters and reply on women’s membership

6. GOVERNING INFORMATION

  • 6.1 Various Documents on Governing a Kiwanis Club
  • 6.1.1  Objectives 1949-1957, Theme 1963

  • 6.1.2  By-laws/ Official Minutes 1981-1984

  • 6.1.3  General Suggestions/Organizational Booklets

  • 6.1.4  Forms and By-laws, 1921-1957

  • 6.1.5  Election Information, 1953-1963

BOX 3

7. HISTORICAL INFORMATION

  •  7.1 Historical Scrapbooks, Letters and Documents
  •  7.1.1  Notebook of H. E. Biddinger
  • 7.1.2  History of Billings Kiwanis Club
  • 7.1.3  Historical Background on the Billings Kiwanis Club

  • 7.1.4  Historical Information from 1920

  • 7.1.5  Historical Information from early Kiwanis Clubs

  • 7.1.6  Historical Memorabilia

  • 7.1.7  Early History Reports

8. KEY CLUB/CIRCLE K

  • 8.1 News Articles on Key Club/Circle K

  • 8.1.1  Key Club and DECA Articles

BOX 4

9. MEMBERSHIP

  • 9.1 Membership and Committee Information
  • 9.1.1  Rosters and Membership Lists1921-1974
  • 9.1.2  Listings of Active Clubs, Various Statistics, Officers
  • 9.1.3  Listings of Club Committee Officers 1946-1957
  • 9.1.4  Lists of Members, Notes to Members
  • 9.1.5  General Membership Information

10. MISCELLANEOUS

  • 10.1 Miscellaneous
  • 10.1.1  The Marines in Vietnam 1954-1973
  • 10.1.2  Various Items

11. PLENTY COUPS MEMORIAL

  • 11.1 Letters on the Plenty Coups Memorial 
  • 11.1.1  Letters from 1927-1932
  • 11.1.2  Letters from 1932-1939
  • 11.1.3  Letters from 1939-1953

BOX 5

12. PROGRAMS

  • 12.1 Programs

  • 12.1.1  Skits and Readings for Programs
  • Poems, Readings and Information for Programs
  • Christmas Program Ideas
  • 12.1.2  Dinner Dance
  • 12.1.3  Music for Programs

13. PUBLICATIONS

  • 13.1 Kiwaniscope Newsletters
  • 13.1.1 Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1940
  • 13.1.2  Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1941
  • 13.1.3  Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1942
  • 13.1.4 Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1943
  • 13.1.5  Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1944
  • 13.1.6  Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1945
  • 13.1.7 Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1946
  • 13.1.8  Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1947
  • 13.1.9  Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1948
  • 13.1.10  Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1949
  • 13.1.11 Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1950
  • 13.1.12 Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1951
  • 13.1.13 Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1952
  • 13.1.14 Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1953
  • 13.1.15 Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1954
  • 13.1.16 Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1955

  • 13.1.17 Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1956
  • 13.1.18 Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1957
  • 13.1 19 Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1958

BOX 6

  • 13.1.20 Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1959
  • 13.1.21 Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1960
  • 13.1.22 Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1961
  • 13.1.23 Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1962
  • 13.1.24 Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1963
  • 13.1.25 Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1964
  • 13.1.26 Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1965
  • 13.1.27 Kiwaniscope Newsletters 1970
  • 13.2 Other Publications
  • 13.2.1 Kiwanis Club News, Bulletin, Kiwanograms

14. PUBLICITY

  • 14.1 Publicity About the Kiwanians
  • 14.1.1 News Articles About Montanan Kiwanians
  • 14.1.2 Scrapbook Articles from 1920's and 1930's
  • 14.1.3 Billings Gazette Articles
  • 14.1.4 Publicity on Tijuana Club

BOX 7

15. REPORTS

  • 15.1 Various Reports and Forms
  • 15.1.1  Annual Reports 1941-1960
  • 15.1.2  Minutes of Board of Trustees 1940-1959
  • 15.1.3  Financial and Budget Reports
  • 15.1.4  Annual Achievement Reports 1933-1939
  • 15.1.5  Achievement Report 1940
  • 15.1.6  Achievement Report 1941-1944
  • 15.1.7  Achievement Report 1945
  • 15.1.8  Achievement Report 1946-1947
  • 15.1.9  Achievement Report 1948-1953
  • 15.1.10 Achievement Report 1954-1957
  • 15.1.11 Achievement Report 1958-1963
  • 15.1.12 Achievement Report 1965-66

BOX 8

  • 15.1.13 Achievement Report 1967-1971
  • 15.1.14 Montana Kiwanis District Statistics

16. TRAINING

  • 16.1 Kiwanis Club Trainer 1958, 1960, 1961
  • 16.1 Officers Training

BOX 9

17. Directories (1922-1965)

Kiwanis International metal symbol

BOX 10

18. PHOTOGRAPHS

18.1 Fundraisers

  • 18.1.1  Crippled Children Apple Fundraiser
  • 18.1.2. Crippled Children Fundraisers (other than apple sales)
  • 18.1.3  Other Fundraisers
  • 18.2 Historical Photographs
  • 18.2.1  John Keefe Photographs
  • 18.2.2  Kiwanis Club Group Photographs 1926-1940
  • 18.2.3  Kiwanis Photographs, 1920's
  • 18.2.4  Parade Photographs
  • 18.2.5  Group and Event Photographs
  • 18.3 Miscellaneous
  • 18.3.1 Negatives
  • 18.3.2 George Snell metal photo print & prints
  • 18.4 Plenty Coups Memorial
  • 18.4.1  Plenty Coups Memorial
  • 18.4.2  Plenty Coups Memorial Dedication slides
  • 18.5 Programs
  • 18.5.1  Canada-U.S. Goodwill Week
  • 18.5.2  Christmas Parties
  • 18.5.3  Installations-Kiwanis Billings
  • 18.5.4  Peter Yegen Day
  • 18.5.5  Various Outings
  • 18.5.6  Birthday and Other Groups
  • 18.5.7  German Band

BOX 11

19. Film

  • Cine-Kodak, Super X, Panchromatic Safety Film
  • 1945
  • 1947
  • Metal Containers – 16mm
  • 1948
  • 1953 & 1954
  • XMAS Films 1937-1938-1939
  • XMAS Films 1940- 1941
  • XMAS 1946 -1947 - 1948, ending 1949
  • Christmas 1950

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