Guide to the Ray H. Mattison Collection At the Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mattison, Ray H.
Title: Ray H. Mattison Collection
Dates: 1947-1978 (Bulk Dates 1965-1978)
Quantity: 1 box(es) (0.45 cubic feet)
Collection ID: MSS190
Repository: Leland D. Case Library of Western Historical Studies
E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center
Black Hills State University
Spearfish, SD 57799

Biographical Note

Ray Harold Mattison was born on September 15, 1903 near Belgrade, Nebraska. In 1910, the Mattison relocated to a farm by Albion, in Boone County Nebraska, where Mattison remained until he attended Wayne State College. After earning a teaching certificate, and a BA in education, Mattison completed an MA in history, and even participated in doctorate coursework.

After his schooling, Mattison joined the Bureau of Reclamation in 1940, and worked as a tour guide at Boulder Dam. However, Mattison spent the majority of his career in the U.S. National Park Service. He worked in several U.S. National Park Service sites, and also served as a historian in Omaha for the Park Service for fifteen years. Mattison's articles were mostly published in historical journals originating from the Midwest. Then, in 1965, Mattison served as the Superintendent of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. But because of political issues with the governor of North Dakota, Mattison retired to Tucson, Arizona in 1969. Mattison died on October 6, 1980 in Arizona.

Scope and Contents

Items marked in pencil, letter, and materials received notebook.

Acquisition Information

Received in 1981

Preferred Citation

Ray H. Mattison Collection, Leland D. Case Western Historical Studies, Black Hills State University

Processing Information

Processed May 2016 by McLain Wunschel

Detailed Description of the Collection

Items marked in pencil (1-19), Letter dated Feb. 27, 1981, Material Received Notebook.

Box Folder
1 1 The Mountain Men and the Fur Trade of the Far West: William Laidlaw 1965
2 The Mountain Men and the Fur Trade of the Far West: Kenneth McKenzie 1965
3 The Mountain Men and the Fur Trade of the Far West: Joshua Pilcher 1965
4 The Mountain Men and the Fur Trade of the Far West: John Pierre Cabanne, Sr. 1965
5 The Mountain Men and the Fur Trade of the Far West: James Kipp 1965
6 The Mountain Men and the Fur Trade of the Far West: James A. Hamilton (Palmer) 1965
7 The Mountain Men and the Fur Trade of the Far West: Henry A. Boller 1965
8 The Mountain Men and the Fur Trade of the Far West: Francis A. Chardon 1965
9 The Mountain Men and the Fur Trade of the Far West: David Dawson Mitchell 1965
10 The Mountain Men and the Fur Trade of the Far West: Alexander Harvey 1965
11 The Mountain Men and the Fur Trade of the Far West: Alexander Culbertson 1965
12 Historic Sites in Missouri Valley Reservoir Area 1947
13 Arizona and the West 1967
14 The Missouri Oct 1960
15 The Founding of Tucson Apr 1978
16 Map of Santa Cruz Mountains
17 Map of Boone County, Nebraska