Montana Department of Highways, Communications Bureau records, 1948-1980  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Montana. Department of Highways.
Title
Montana Department of Highways, Communications Bureau records
Dates
1948-1980 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 linear feet of shelf space
Collection Number
RS 426
Summary
This collection is comprised of records documenting the work of the Communications Bureau of the Department of Highways, and includes general correspondence (1948-1978), interoffice correspondence (1950-1975), and subject files (1948-1980) relating to the Department's statewide communications system.
Repository
Montana Historical Society, Research Center Archives
Montana Historical Society Research Center Archives
225 North Roberts
PO Box 201201
Helena MT
59620-1201
Telephone: 406-444-2681
Fax: 406-444-5297
mhslibrary@mt.gov
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Montana State Highway Commission was created in 1913 by the state Legislative Assembly. The original Commission was composed of three members. In 1917 new legislation altered the organization of the Commission by authorizing the appointment of twelve members according to geographic highway districts. Membership was changed again in 1921 to three members appointed by the Governor and in 1941 to five members, also appointed by the Governor. In 1971 the Commission was renamed the Montana Department of Highways, created by Chapter 7 of the Executive Reorganization Act of 1971 and implemented by executive order of the Governor on December 16, 1971. The Department of Highways took over all but the advisory functions of the State Highway Commission.

By 1972, the Department consisted of seven divisions: the Legal Division, Personnel Division, Centralized Services Division, Engineering Division, Motor Pool Division, Gross Vehicle Weight Division, and the Maintenance Division. Each division was headed by an administrator. The Centralized Services Division, Engineering Division, Motor Pool Division, Gross Vehicle Weight Division, and the Maintenance Division were furthered sub-divided into bureaus, headed by Chiefs. In 1991, the Department of Highways became the Department of Transportation.

The Department of Highways Communications Bureau has fallen under the umbrella of many divisions over the years. In 1973, it was listed as its own separate bureau, but fell under the Maintenance Division from 1974-1975, 1978-1981, and 1983-1990 (they were briefly part of the Engineering Division in 1982). Historically, the function of the Communications Bureau appears primarily to have been the design and implementation of a statewide communication program, using technologies of the time (e.g. Teletype, C.B. radios, etc.).

At present, the Helena Communications Bureau coordinates all engineering, installation, and maintenance for land mobile communication systems. This includes all radios, mobiles, and base stations. The Bureau also oversees the installation and maintenance of the WEX program sites providing fuel to many state Motor Pool and Equipment Bureau vehicles. In addition, Communications provides support for the installation and maintenance of Local Area Networks (LAN) for the Department's Field offices, including all aspects of communications (phone, radio, and computer systems). Finally, the Communications Bureau oversees all maintenance of the Departments extensive statewide Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS) and traffics signals in the Glendive District and Kalispell Division.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection is comprised of correspondence and subject files documenting the design, implementation and monitoring of statewide communications systems. Correspondence (1952-1978) is between the Communications Bureau and various government agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, the Civil Aeronautics Administration, the Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Subject files in this collection deal with various Communications Bureau projects, including c.b. base station cost estimates and reports, information about Teletype machines used by Montana state agencies, and information about radio towers.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Montana Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library before any reproduction use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Item description and date. Collection Title. Collection Number. Box and Folder numbers. Montana Historical Society Research Center, Archives, Helena, Montana.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Federal – Air Force
1952-1957
1/2
Federal – Bonneville Power Administration
1961
1/3
Federal – Bureau of Land Management
1963-1966
1/4
Federal – Bureau of Public Roads
1949-1967
1/5
Federal – Civil Aeronautics Administration
1951-1952
1/6
Federal – Corps of Engineers
1951-1961
1/7
Federal – Federal Bureau of Investigations
1950
1/8
Federal – Communications Commission
1948-1959
1/9
Federal – Communications Commission
1960-1978
1/10
Federal – Fish and Wildlife Service
1974
1/11
Federal – Forest Service
1951-1968
1/12
General Electric Company
1959-1965
1/13
Local Governments
1949-1969
1/14-15
Miscellaneous
1954-1975

Subject FilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/16
Base Stations: Cost Estimate
1948
1/17
Base Stations: Initial Instillation
1949-1967
1/18
Base Stations: Savings and Benefit Analysis Reports from District Engineers
1948
1/19
Communications Estimates
1950-1977
1/20
Field Survey Notes
1948
1/21
Frequency Allocations (National Geographic)
1958-1972
1/22
Land-Mobile Radio Users Advisory Council
1983-1985
1/23
List of Mobile Units
circa 1971
1/24
National Weather Service
1974-1975
1/25
Public Utility Agreements
1955-1963
1/26
Radio Towers
1952-1961
1/27
R.E.A. Agreements
1949-1965
1/28
Specifications
1969-1974
1/29
Specification notes: General
undated
1/30
Specification notes: Civil Defense
1958
1/31
Specification notes: U.S. Forest Service
1957
1/32
Specification notes: Highway Patrol
1957
1/33
Specification notes: Highway Department
1949-1962
1/34
State Agencies: Department of Administration
1974-1975
1/35
State Agencies: Department of Administration
1971-1973
1/36
State Agencies: Aeronautics
1973
1/37
State Agencies: Attorney General
1971-1972
1/38
State Agencies: Brands Enforcement
1972-1973
1/39
State Agencies: Capitol Security
1974
1/40
State Agencies: Civil Defense
1951-1972
1/41
State Agencies: Fire Marshall
1971
1/42
State Agencies: Fish and Game
1970-1971
1/43
State Agencies: Highway Patrol
1949-1980
1/44
State Agencies: Motor Pool
1971
1/45
State Institution: Mountain View School
1974
1/46
State Board of Pardons
1972
1/47
State Department of Revenue
1974
1/48
Teletype and Telepac
1955-1971
1/49
Traffic Counter Patent File
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Roads
  • Roads--Montana
  • Transportation--Montana