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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

           4.1.1  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 Programs

              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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