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Women in the Archives Research Guide


Many pieces of rich and beautiful art have been created by Western women, including women who worked or lived near Bozeman itself. While there is only one example of music by women in the MSU archives, it is an excellent source. Emma Weekes Wilson was prominent within her community and made a great impact with her musical talents. 

Mrs. Lester S. Willson Papers, 1864-1920

Emma D. Weekes Wilson married General Lester Willson in 1869 and traveled with him to Bozeman soon after. She was an accomplished musician and singer. She performed many recitals, often with the local Presbyterian church. Her collection includes clippings, photographs, and memorabilia associated with her musical career and the Willson family. Of note are memorandum books with lyrics or poetry copied or composed by Emma Willson.