Paul Chrisler Phillips Papers 1784-1982

Phillips, Paul C. (Paul Chrisler), 1883-1956


7 ft.
Organized into seven series: I. Biographical. II. Correspondence. III. Writings. IV Subjects. V. University of Montana. VI. Clippings. VII. Photographs and Postcards.
Biographical information, correspondence, written work (published and unpublished), research files, legal documents, academic records, newspaper clippings, and photographs related to Paul C. Phillips and his professional endeavors -- Most of the collection was created or collected by Phillips; however, some materials post-dating his death are included. These materials document Paul Phillips's life and work as one of Montana's earliest and most prominent professional historians as well as an active instructor and administrator for the University of Montana. The collection includes extensive records relating to Phillips's work with the Missoula County Planning Board regarding historical preservation efforts and community planning. Additionally, the collection includes transcriptions of Montana pioneer-era diaries, memoirs, and documents--often the originals for which are lost, deteriorated beyond repair, or held in private collections.
University of Montana history professor -- Paul Chrisler Phillips was born in Bloomfield, Ind., in 1883. He spent his youth in Nebraska, but returned to Indiana with his family in 1895. He entered high school there and experimented with sheep raising and wheat growing. His interests changed from farming to history, and in 1906 he graduated with a degree in history from Indana University, where he also received his master's degree. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Illinois in 1911. In the same year, he accepted a position as instructor in history at the University of Montana in Missoula. Before 1936 he was chairman of the department of History and Political Science at the University. In 1936 and 1937 he served as executive vice-president. He resigned his position late in 1937 following a published accusation that he assaulted a female Works Progress Administration employee. Phillips filed a libel suit against the former student who made the accusation public. The case was decided in Phillips's favor through a jury trial in 1938. He filed for reinstatement to the University but the Montana State Board of Education denied his application. Phillips subsequently filed suit seeking reinstatement. The case reached the Montana Supreme Court, which, in 1944, directed that Phillips be reinstated. During his career Phillips edited many books regarding Montana history. He retired from the University in 1954 and died on 23 Dec. 1956.
This record replaces NUCMC entry MS 78-1646.
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