Albert and Hugh Rogers Adair Papers, 1928-1981  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Adair, Albert
Albert and Hugh Rogers Adair Papers
1928-1981 (inclusive)
1.25 linear feet of shelf space
Collection Number
MC 215
Albert Adair was employed in the Montana State Liquor Store No. 1 in Helena (1935-1941); served as an inspector for the Montana State Fire Marshall (1954-1957); was an insurance examiner for the National Board of Insurance Commissioners; and was elected a public service commissioner. Hugh Rogers Adair was employed as the Helena city attorney; and served as lieutenant governor under Roy Ayers (1937-1941); and as chief justice of the Montana Supreme Court. (1947-1957). Both brothers were active in the Democratic Party. This collection is divided into eight series: campaign materials (1965-1971); general correspondence (1941-1968); speeches (1936-1950, n.d.); subject files (1932-1974, n.d.); and miscellany (1936-1981, n.d.).
Montana Historical Society, Research Center Archives
Montana Historical Society Research Center Archives
225 North Roberts
PO Box 201201
Helena MT
Telephone: 406-444-2681
Fax: 406-444-5297
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Albert Adair was raised in Kansas and attended the University of Kansas engineering school. He came to Montana in 1920 where he farmed and worked on construction jobs in Broadwater County. Adair worked in Montana State Liquor Store No. 1 in Helena from the time that it opened in 1933, until 1941. He then was employed by the Helena branch of the Federal Reserve Bank and as safety inspector for the Montana Industrial Accident Board. From 1954 to 1957 Adair was the Montana Deputy State Fire Marshall. He then worked briefly as the insurance examiner for Montana and zone 6 of the National Board of Insurance Commissioners before being elected in November 1958 as railroad and public service commissioner for a six-year term. Adair ran for state representative in 1968 and was defeated. Albert Adair was active in the Democratic Party for much of his life. He married Genevieve Squires of Dillon and Butte. She was deputy state superintendent of public instruction from 1948 to 1956. Hugh Rogers Adair was born August 27, 1889, in Trego County, Kansas, the son of Asa Rogers and Emma May Adair. He attended high school in Ellis, Kansas; Spaulding Commercial College in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1908; Kansas State Normal College (West Branch) in 1909; and received his law degree in 1913 from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. In 1913 he moved to Lewistown, Montana, where he worked briefly as a laborer for the Milwaukee Railroad before beginning his law practice. Adair left Lewistown in 1917 to enlist in the U.S. Army in Lawrence, Kansas. Upon his discharge in 1919 he moved to Helena, Montana, where he worked as counsel for the Banking Corporation of Montana and began his career as a trial lawyer. He served as Helena City Attorney for four years and as the Lewis and Clark County Attorney from 1921 to 1925. Adair represented Lewis and Clark County in the Montana legislative assemblies of 1927 and 1931. He was lieutenant governor in Governor Roy E. Ayers' administration, 1937-1941. In 1940 Adair ran for the United States House of Representatives but was defeated in the Democratic Party primary. Adair was elected as an associate justice of the Montana Supreme Court in 1942 and served from 1943 to 1947 and from 1957 to 1969. He served as chief justice from 1947 to 1957. Previous to his service on the Supreme Court, Adair and Lester Loble were law partners. Hugh Adair was very active in the Democratic Party and civic organizations. He was a member of the Helena Earthquake Relief Commission in 1935; Montana State Chairman for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis from 1938 to 1941; chairman of the executive board of the Montana State Vocational School for Girls from 1935 to 1937; a member of the Montana State Board of Law Examiners from 1940 to 1943; director of Montana March of Dimes fundraising for three years in the 1940s; and a member of various bar associations, the American Legion, the Elks, the Shriners, etc. Adair married Jeanice James on September 25, 1935; the couple had one son, Hugh Rogers II, "Jim Bridger". Jeanice Adair died February 1, 1944. Hugh Adair died January 18, 1971.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Papers. 1928-1981. 1.25 linear feet. This collection is divided into eight series. The biographical material (1965-1971) consists of Hugh Adair's membership cards for various organizations. The campaign materials (1932-1974, n.d.) consists of Albert and Hugh Adair's campaign literature and notes as well as campaign literature for many Montana candidates for local, state, and national offices; most of the candidates belong to the Democratic Party. The general correspondence (1941-1968) contains miscellaneous correspondence of Albert and Hugh Adair primarily concerning politics; there is one letter to Genevieve Adair. The photographs are largely of Hugh Adair and other judges, and Montana state liquor stores. The speeches (1936-1950, n.d.) include speeches of Hugh Adair, to civic groups and the Democratic Party. The subject files (1932-1974, n.d.) include information on the Montana and national Democratic Parties, the Montana Liquor Control Board, and discontinuance of rail passenger service to Helena. The miscellany (1936-1981, n.d.) contains material related to Hugh Adair, Montana politics, the Association of Montana Judges minutes, etc. The clippings (1928-1972) relate to Albert and Hugh Adair's political careers. Artifacts have been transferred to the Museum.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection

Biographical Material Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 / 1
Hugh Adair's organization membership cards

Campaign Materials Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 / 2
Albert Adair's campaign for railroad and public service commissioner, and state legislator
1958, 1968
1 / 3
Hugh Adair's campaign for county attorney, lieutenant governor, and associate chief justice of the Montana Supreme Court (includes biographical information [OVERSIZE MATERIAL: map case])
1 / 4-5
Candidates for local, state, and national offices [alphabetical; OVERSIZE MATERIAL: map case]
1932-1974, n.d.
1 / 6
Montana Democratic Party

General Correspondence Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 / 7
Albert Adair
1 / 8
Genevieve Adair
1 / 9
Hugh Adair

Photographs Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 / 10
List of photographs transferred to Photo Archives

Speeches Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 / 11
Hugh Adair (re Flag Day, Memorial Day, and the Democratic Party)

Subject Files Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 / 12-13
Democratic Party, Montana
1932-1958, 1961-1974,n.d.
2 / 1
Democratic Party, National [OVERSIZE MATERIAL: map case]
1932-1972, n.d.
2 / 2
Discontinuance of rail passenger service to Helena
2 / 3
Montana Liquor Control Board, Montana State Liquor Sstore No. 1 - Helena
1936-1938, n.d.

Miscellany Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
2 / 4
Programs, certificates, etc.
2 / 5
List of artifacts transferred to the Museum
2 / 6
Miscellaneous (includes Association of Montana Judges minutes; AFL-CIO political porgram; political brochures; Helena urban renewal petition; inaugural ball program; etc. [OVERSIZE MATERIAL: map case]
1936-1981, n.d.

Clippings Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
2 / 7
Albert Adair
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Hugh Adair [OVERSIZE MATERIAL: map case]

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Elections
  • Liquor Industry
  • Railroads
  • Geographical Names :
  • Helena (Mont.)--Commerce--Attorneys
  • Helena (Mont.)--Commerce--Liqour Trade