All Projects

The MSU Library is committed to creating a living archive and bringing the Ivan Doig Archive to life through projects and exhibitions such as sounds, oral histories, and in the classroom.

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Ivan Doig in front of a wood shed.

Archive Launch

On September 19, 2016, the MSU Library and the College of Letters and Science launched the Ivan Doig Archive, unveiling the web site and hosting a panel discussion of his work and life.

Sheep herders wagon being towed by a truck

ARCH 413 (Professional Practice)

In Spring 2017, Architecture students worked with MSU Library to design an exhibition to showcase the Ivan Doig Archive at the Big Sky Country State Fair.


Sheered sheep in a pen

Big Sky Country Fair Exhibit

The MSU Library has been invited to create an Ivan Doig-themed exhibit at the Big Sky Country State
Fair in Bozeman this July. 

Stumps and fence posts with mountain behind

Doig Country - Imagining Montana and the West

The Western Lands & People Initiative (now The Ivan Doig Center), with the College of Letters & Science and the MSU Library, hosted a symposium, "Doig Country: Imagining Montana and the West" in fall 2017.






Ivan Doig and woman reading a book

Exploring Ivan Doig: A Discussion Series

The MSU Library invites all readers interested in Ivan Doig's writings to join an Ivan Doig Reading Group. 


WRIT 371 - Archive Map

Ivan Doig Archive Map

A visual representation of locations of many of the images in the Ivan Doig Archive.

WRIT 371 - Ivan Doig in Butte, Montana

Ivan Doig in Butte, Montana

This project aims to gather Doig’s Butte research – specifically what was used in the book Work Song – and emphasizes the amount of work and research that he put into his novel.

WRIT 371 - Creative Process for Last Bus to Wisdom

Ivan Doig's Creative Process for Last Bus to Wisdom

An analysis of Ivan Doig's creative process as it pertains to his final novel Last Bus to Wisdom.

WRIT 371 - Poetry Musings

Ivan Doig Poetry Musings

Our project is a compilation of poetry representative of the fragmented, left-behind, never published words in Ivan Doig’s archive found in his handwritten notepads, eclectic note cards, and diaries - in order to shed light on the poetic nature of Ivan Doig’s musings. 

WRIT 371 - Scotland Photo Tour

Ivan Doig, Scotland Photo Tour

A geographic visual representation of the Scottish photos selected from the Ivan Doig digital archive at MSU.

Ivan Doig standing on the side of the road near Sixteen Canyon, Montana

Research & Conference Presentations

Incorporating Ivan Doig’s papers into the MSU Library's collection has led to rich research and creative endeavors.

Dupuyer Creek at Den B bridge in Dupuyer, Montana

Sounds of the Ivan Doig Archive

A collaborate project with the MSU Library's Acoustic Atlas, a growing collection of sounds of Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Screenshot of Ivan Doig The Last Bus to Wisdom Story Map

Story Map of Last Bus to Wisdom

This map of Donal’s Greyhound journey from Montana to Wisconsin and back integrates Ivan Doig’s family memorabilia, writer’s notes, diary, sound clips, photos, and broader research.

Screenshot of Ivan Doig in Butte, MT student project.

WRIT 371 (MSU Digital Rhetorics)

This group assignment asked students to create a webtext that engages others digitally in the Ivan Doig Collection.

WRIT 494 students engaging with content from the Doig archive.

WRIT 494 (Writing Research and Publications)

In Spring 2016, Capstone students used the digital and physical Ivan Doig Archive to create potential project ideas using the collection.