Missoula City and County Local Government Study Commissions Records, 1974-1976  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Missoula City and County Local Government Study Commissions
Title
Missoula City and County Local Government Study Commissions Records
Dates
1974-1976 (inclusive)
Quantity
8.5 linear feet, (15 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Collection Number
Mss 118
Summary
The Missoula City and County Local Government Study Commissions conducted a review of Missoula's local government in 1974-1976. The collection contains documentation of their study and their proposed revisions to city and county government, which voters rejected in 1976.
Repository
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
library.archives@umontana.edu
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for creating this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historic Publications and Records Commission. Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

According to the 1972 Montana state constitution, if the citizens of the both the county and the city decree, a coalition will be formed every ten years to study the local government structure to determine if the city and county governments should be combined. In 1976 the first statewide Local Government Study Commissions were formed.

In Missoula, member of the County Local Government Study Commission were Audra Browman, Alice Campbell, Becki Deschamps, Elmer Frame, Kit Johnson, Nancy Orr, and John Toole. Members of the City Local Government Study Commission were Paul Crowley, Barbara Evans, Doug Hansen, Nancy St. John, Margot Talbot, Don Weston, and Kim Williams.

After reviewing the city and county governments, as both separate and joint commissions, the commissions together recommended that Missoula's city and county governments consolidate. Voters rejected this at the June 1, 1976 election.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains documentation of the Commissions' study and their proposed revisions to city and county government, which voters rejected in 1976. It contains minutes of their joint and separate meetings, correspondence with local and state officials and communications with other study commissions around Montana, the position papers and statements of individuals serving on the commissions, voting records, reports on the activities of committees, and the final charter and reports produced by the commissions. In 2017, 45 cassette tapes and 1 reel-to-reel audio recording that were originally identified as OH 118 were accessioned and added to this collection. The recordings contain audio of specific meetings conducted between 1974 and 1976 as well as testimony from various local government officials.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Missoula City and County Local Government Study Commissions Records, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Minutes, 1974-1976Return to Top

1.25 linear feet

This series contains meeting minutes from the Missoula City Local Government Study Commission and the Missoula County Local Government Study Commission for their separate and joint meetings. Most of the minutes are handwritten in steno notebooks; a portion of these are in shorthand. Other minutes are typewritten. All contain a record of the conversations and decisions of the Commissions.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
City
January 2, 1975-March 18, 1975
1/2
City
March 25, 1975-June 3, 1975
1/3
County
January 2, 1975-April 24, 1975
1/4
County
April 22, 1975-June 5, 1975
1/5
Joint
May 29, 1975-July 31, 1975
1/6
Joint
August 7, 1975-September 4, 1975
1/7
Joint
September 24, 1975-November 20, 1975
1/8
City, County, Joint
December 2, 1975-January 22, 1976
1/9
City
January 15, 1976-January 26-1976
1/10
Joint
January 29, 1976-March 20, 1976
1/11
Joint
March 22, 1976-June 17, 1976
2/1
Speakers
June 1976
2/2
April 1976
2/3
January 1975
2/4
April 16, 1975-July 8, 1975
2/5
September 23, 1975
2/6
July 9, 1975-November 9, 1975
2/7
October, 1975-February 16, 1976
2/8
February 1976
2/9
County
November 8, 1974-January 22, 1976
2/10
City
November 14, 1974-January 26, 1976
2/11
Joint
November 12, 1974-July 31, 1975
3/1
Joint
August 4, 1975-August 28, 1975
3/2
Joint
September 2, 1975-September 26, 1975
3/3
Joint
October 1, 1975-November 20, 1975
3/4
Joint
December 2, 1975-February 24, 1976
3/5
Joint
March 4, 1976-June 17, 1976

Series II:  Correspondence, 1974-1976Return to Top

0.5 linear feet

This series contains the correspondence of both the city and county commissions, issued singly and jointly. Correspondents include state legislators during the 1975 Montana Legislature, the State Commission of Local Government, and other Montana city and county commissions.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/6
Legislative
1975
3/7
Joint
1975-1976
3/8
1974-1975
4/1
Conferences and meetings
1974-1975
4/2
State Commission on Local Government
1975-1976
4/3
Other commissions
1975-1976
4/4
Citizen comment
1975-1976

Series III:  Position Papers, 1975Return to Top

1 folder

This series contains position papers from individual members of the Missoula County Local Government Study Commission. Issues discussed are the mixed urban and rural nature of Missoula County, confederation of city and county governments, and specific plans for any confederations thereof.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/5

Series IV:  Statements, 1975-1976Return to Top

2 folders

This series contains joint statements of the city and county commissions on specific issues of city and county consolidation.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/6
June 26, 1975-July 24, 1975
4/7
July 11, 1975-June 17, 1976

Series V:  Voting, 1975-1976Return to Top

1 folder

This series contains meeting minutes with records of how city and county commission members voted.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/8

Series VI:  Committees, 1974-1976Return to Top

1.75 linear feet

This series contains reports, correspondence, and public information materials produced by the various standing and charter committees of the city and county study commissions. The standing committees were Joint Budget, Executive, Joint Personnel, and Public Information. The last committee produced materials to inform residents of Missoula city and county on the purpose, progress, and questions facing the study commissions. The charter committees were the Committee on Legal Problems, Apportionments & Redistricting, Taxation & Service District, Public Education, and Charter Drafting. The Committee on Legal Problems materials include extensive correspondence with the State Commission on Local Government (lead attorney Mike Sehestedt) and with Missoula County Attorney Robert L. "Dusty" Deschamps III. The Charter Drafting materials, most of the series, show the process of drafting the various portions of the proposed joint city-county charter.

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: Standing Committees
1974-1976
Box/Folder
4/9
Joint budget
1975-1976
4/10
Executive, plan
1975-1976
4/11
Executive, projects
1975-1976
4/12
Executive, reports
1975-1976
4/13
Joint personnel
1975-1976
4/14
Public information, brochure
[1975]
4/15
Public information, correspondence
1975-1976
5/1
Public information, Fair booth
1975
5/2
Public information, news releases
1975-1976
5/3
Public information, projects
1975
5/4
Public information, reports
1975
5/5
Public information, speaker's bureau
1974-1976
5/6
Public information, speaker's bureau forums
1975-1976
5/7
Public information, state newsletter
1975-1976
5/8
Public information, general
1975-1976
Subseries 2: Charter Committees
1975-1976
Box/Folder
5/9
Committee on Legal Problems
1975
5/10
Committee on Legal Problems, Sehestdt
1975
5/11
Committee on Legal Problems, Deschamps
1975-1976
5/12
Apportionment & Redistricting Committee
1975-1976
5/13
Taxation & Service Committee
1975-1976
5/14
Public Education, background papers
1975
6/1
Public Education, brochure
1976
6/2
Public Education, employee relations
1975-1976
6/3
Public Education, correspondence
1975-1976
6/4
Public Education, planning
1975-1976
6/5
Public Education, preamble
1975-1976
6/6
Public Education, reports
1975-1976
6/7
Public Education, survey
undated
6/8
Public Education, flip charts
undated
6/9
Public Education, news releases
1976
6/10
Public Education, workshop 1
1975-1976
6/11
Charter Drafting Committees, composite drafting committee
1975
6/12
Charter Drafting Committees, Legislative Drafting Committee
1975
6/13
Charter Drafting Committees, Executive Drafting Committee
undated
6/14
Charter Drafting Committees, Administrative Structure Drafting Committee
1975
6/15
Charter Drafting Committees, Popular Controls and Preamble Drafting Committee
1975
6/16
Charter Drafting Committees, Transition Committee
1975
6/17
Charter Drafting Committees, Power Drafting Committee
1975
6/18
Charter Drafting Committees, Charter drafts
1975-1976
6/19
Charter Drafting Committees, Charter summaries
1975-1976
6/20
Charter Drafting Committees, Comparison Drafting Committee
1976
7/1
Charter Drafting Committees, Chamber of Commerce charts
undated
7/2
Charter Drafting Committees, slide show script
1976
7/3
Charter Drafting Committees, reviewer selection
1975-1976
7/4
Charter Drafting Committees, reviewers
1975-1976
7/5
Charter Drafting Committees, Missoula City-County Charter
1976
7/6
Charter Drafting Committees, charter discussions
1976
7/7
Charter Drafting Committees, charter study
1976
7/8
Charter Drafting Committees, Ratification campaign I
1976
7/9
Charter Drafting Committees, Ratification campaign II
1976
7/10
Charter Drafting Committees, Charter writing statements
1975

Series VII:  Reports, 1974-1976Return to Top

2.0 linear feet

This series contains reports issued by the Commissions during and at the conclusion of their review, including draft and final versions of their report and proposed joint charter for Missoula City-County. There are also three subseries of reports produced by the city of Missoula, Missoula County, and the state of Montana that appear to have been used for research by the Commissions.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
8/1
Tentative Report: Regarding a Chronology of the Missoula City and County Local Government Study Commissions from November 4, 1974 to April 8, 1975 with reference to the Final Report Campaign Activity
Jan Konigsberg
1976
8/2
Mini-biographies: Don Weston, Audra Browman, Nancy Orr, Kit Johnson, Kim Williams, John Toole, Paul Crowley
1975
8/3
Council member salary
1975-1976
8/4
Elected vs. appointed administrator
1975
8/5
Missoula interlocal cooperation commission
1974
8/6
Law enforcement study
1975
8/7
Law enforcement
1975-1976
8/8
Planning staff
1975-1976
8/9
Present government synopsis
1975-1976
8/10
Present city/county government
1975
8/11
Voter review of local government information exchange
1975
8/12
Original signature sheets (charter)
1976
8/13
Schaill report
1975
8/14
Summary report of Commissions' work
1976
8/15
Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas
1975
8/16
City/county statistics
1970-1976
8/17
Alan Davis economic report
1976
8/18
City/county questionnaire
1975
9/1
Other joint reports
1975
9/2
Tentative report documents
1975-1976
9/3
Project final report
1976
9/4
Final report documents
1976
9/5
Other final reports (Montana)
1976
9/6
Final draft
1976
9/7
Missoulian presentation of report
1976
9/8
Subjective Report
Barbara Evans
Audra Browman
1976
Subseries 1: City
1974-1975
Box/Folder
9/9
Budget
1975
9/10
General correspondence
1974-1975
9/11
Interviews
1975
9/12
Interviews
1975
9/13
City engineer
undated
9/14
News releases
1975
10/1
Proposed plans
1975
10/2
Reading file
1975
10/3
City of Missoula, manual on policies and procedures
undated
Subseries 2: County
1974-1976
Box/Folder
10/4
Budget
1974-1975
10/5
Reading file
1975
10/6
Hearing questionnaires
1975
10/7
Organizational research
1975
10/8
Organizational research
1975
10/9
Plan
1975-1976
10/10
Questionnaire
1975
11/1
Questionnaire
1975-1976
11/2
Time table
1975
11/3
Personnel plan
1974-1976
Subseries 3: State
1974-1976
Box/Folder
11/4
State Coordinating Council
1976
11/5
Government structure
1975
11/6
Information exchange memos
1974-1976
11/7
Meetings
1974-1976
11/8
Meetings
1974-1976
11/9
General information
undated
11/10
Payroll receipts
1975-1976
11/11
Personnel
undated
11/12
Writ of Prohibition
1976

Series VIII:  Publications, undatedReturn to Top

2.0 linear feet

This series contains various items collected by Commission members in the course of their research.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
12
Publications
undated
13
Publications
undated
Box/Folder
14OS/1
Bibliographies
undated
14OS/2
Mailing lists
undated
14OS/3
Petition papers
undated
14OS/4
Publications
undated

Series IX:  Audio Recordings of Study Commission Meetings, 1974-1976Return to Top

1.0 linear feet

This series contains 45 audio recordings, on cassette and reel-to-reel, of meetings held by and testimony delivered to the Commission. The title of each item is the name of the primary speaker(s) on the audio. Series contains four audio recordings of other Montana city and county local government study commissions not related to Missoula.

Container(s) Description Dates
box-item
15/OH 118-001
Health and Welfare Departments
January 23, 1974
15/OH 118-002
Larry Haegan; Jack Hanes
December 3, 1974; December 10, 1974
15/OH 118-003
Testimony of Bernice Helm
December 10, 1974
15/OH 118-004
City Council and County Commission
January 25, 1975
15/OH 118-005
City Council
January 25, 1975
15/OH 118-006
Testimony of Mayor Brown
February 6, 1975
15/OH 118-007
Peter Koehn, Bureau of Government Research
February 25, 1975
15/OH 118-008
Johnson
March 11, 1975
15/OH 118-009
Growly, Barrett, and Walters
March 11, 1975
15/OH 118-010
Testimony of Jones and Snyder
March 18, 1975
15/OH 118-011
Testimony of Robinson and Dr. Hulla
March 25, 1975
15/OH 118-012
Testimony of Loren Lutzenhiser
March 27, 1975
15/OH 118-013
Judge Richard Volinkity
April 1, 1975
15/OH 118-014
Judge Richard Volinkity
April 1, 1975
15/OH 118-015
Alderman
April 15, 1975
15/OH 118-016
Testimony of Fred Thompson and Smith
April 21, 1975
15/OH 118-017
Tom Cronley
April 24, 1975
15/OH 118-018
Tom Payne
February 24, 1975
16/OH 118-019
Walt Hill, City Council member
April 29, 1975
16/OH 118-020
Position papers
May 1, 1975
16/OH 118-021
Position papers
May 1, 1975
16/OH 118-022
Joint meeting
May 29, 1975
16/OH 118-023
Mike Schestedt
December 2, 1975
16/OH 118-024
Minutes of a Missoula City meeting
January 15, 1976
16/OH 118-025
Minutes of a Missoula City meeting
January 15, 1976
16/OH 118-026
Police and Fire Departments
March 4, 1976
16/OH 118-027
Fire Department
March 4, 1976
16/OH 118-028
unidentified Study Commission meeting
March 25, 1976
16/OH 118-029
Jack Patterson
May 13, 1976
16/OH 118-030
Minutes
May 24, 1976
16/OH 118-031
Dooley, State Examiner
undated
16/OH 118-032
Kryszak
undated
16/OH 118-033
Former mayors
undated
16/OH 118-034
Former mayors
undated
16/OH 118-035
George Turman
undated
16/OH 118-036
Alderman Huggins
undated
16/OH 118-037
City Council and County Commission meeting
undated
16/OH 118-038
City Council and County Commission meeting
undated
16/OH 118-039
unidentified Study Commission meeting
undated
16/OH 118-040
unidentified Study Commission meeting
undated
16/OH 118-041
Kalispell Local Government Study Commission
January 11, circa 1975
16/OH 118-042
Kalispell Local Government Study Commission
January 11, circa 1975
16/OH 118-043
Whitefish Local Government Study Commission
January 10, 1975
16/OH 118-044
Billings Local Government Study Commission, Joe Dorham and Gary Gragham
March 4, 1975
16/OH 118-045
Missoula City and County Local Government Study Commission
March 22, 1976
16/OH 118-046
Public service announcements
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Metropolitan government--Montana
  • Geographical Names :
  • Missoula (Mont.)--Politics and government
  • Missoula County (Mont.)--Politics and government
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Missoula City Local Government Study Commission
    • Missoula County Local Government Study Commission