O.P. Balgord Papers, 1944-1962  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Balgord, O. P. (Oscar Peter), 1885-1974
Title
O.P. Balgord Papers
Dates
1944-1962
Quantity
.2 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 1131, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Balgord Papers consist of letters, speeches, press releases, clippings, and legislative memoranda mostly dealing with Montana water policy and Balgord's involvement with related legislation. Particularly prominent are documents discussing the Deadman's Basin Project, the Montana legislature's hearing on water conservation, and three telegrams from United States Senator Burton K. Wheeler.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Oscar Peter Balgord was born on January 16, 1885. He homesteaded north of Lavina (Golden Valley County) Montana and married Emily Lang in 1911. Balgord eventually became a sales clerk and automobile dealer in Lavina and was elected to the Montana legislature as a representative from 1933 to 1939 and a senator from 1941 to 1966. He also served on the State Water Board and was a primary backer of the Deadman's Basin Water Project. The project consists of a diversion canal from the Musselshell River into a natural basin where an earthen dam forms a reservoir and two outlet canals provide irrigation water to users in Wheatland, Golden Valley, and Musselshell counties. The project was begun in 1934 by the federal government and completed in 1941 with the active involvement of the Montana State Water Conservation Board and other state agencies. Balgord considered his work on the project and statewide water policy to be his main legislative achievements before his death in Billings, Montana on October 30, 1974.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Balgord Papers consist of letters, speeches, press releases, clippings, and legislative memoranda mostly dealing with Montana water policy and Balgord's involvement with related legislation. Particularly prominent are documents discussing the Deadman's Basin Project, the Montana legislature's hearing on water conservation, and three telegrams from United States Senator Burton K. Wheeler. The documents have been arbitrarily arranged in subject folders created either by Balgord or Robert Dunbar, the person to whom Balgord gave the material before its donation to Montana State University. Sometime in the 1970s MSU library personnel calendared the contents of the folders and that listing has been preserved as written.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Montana Water Conservation BoardReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/1

Container(s) Description Dates
box-folder
1/1
A public hearing about requests for funds
1949
O. P. Balgord press release
January 20, 1951
Joint meeting of the Senate and House Committees on Water Conservation
1951
O.P. Balgord speech
February 12, 1953
Clipping: Water Conservation Program Praised by Balgord in Reclamation Publication
1954
O.P. Balgord speech
January 1955
Letter from Fred E. Buck, State Engineer, to Senator Balgord
(page two missing)
February 4, 1953
Senate Committee hearing on Irrigation and Water Conservation
January 24, 1959; January 28, 1959
Fragments: Senate seating chart, page from another undated Balgord speech

Ground Water policyReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/2

Container(s) Description Dates
box-folder
1/2
Supply installations, by A. G. Fiedler and G. L. McGuinness
(Ground water problems and their relation to army water supply)
1948
Three early drafts of the Ground Water Codes discussed by the Montana Legislature in the
1950s
Letter from S. L. Groff, Ground Water and Fuels Branches of the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, to Senator Gordon McGowan
January 11, 1961
Letter from Fred E. Buck, State Engineer, to 0. P. Balgord
February 5, 1953
Blank form dated
"Declaration of Vested Ground Water Rights"
1961
Clipping: State Water Needs Under Study. Billings Gazette
December 18, 1968

Deadmans Basin ProjectReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/3

Container(s) Description Dates
box-folder
1/3
Roundup Record Tribune
(feature story about the project)
May 8, 1958
Chart, amount per acre foot of payments on irrigation projects
1944-1950
Three telegrams from Senator Burton K. Wheeler about application and allotment of funds for the Deadman's Basin Project under Works Progress Administration
Reconstruction Finance Corporation Resolution; Docket n. Ref. 1071
Funding for the Deadman's Basin Project
1940

Water Conservation BoardReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/4

Container(s) Description Dates
box-folder
1/4
Montana Legislature
Senate Bill n. 176: "An Act Creating a Dept. of Resource Development," sponsored by Gerard, Balgord, McGowan, Brenner, Shaw, Huntley, Hilling and McElwain
1963

Montana Reclamation AssociationReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/5

Container(s) Description Dates
box-folder
1/5
"The Future of our State Reclamation Program", speech by D. P. Fabrick at annual meeting
October 4, 1962
Letter from W. J. Hagen, about organization dues
June 29, 1962

Senate Committee on Water ConservationReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/6

Container(s) Description Dates
box-folder
1/6
Minutes of the Senate Committee on Water Conservation, and Flood Control
session of the State Legislature of Montana. The minutes were in the possession of Senator O. P. Balgord, Chairman of the Committee. This is a copy of the original made in the MSC Registrar's Office by Martha Hawksworth.
1951

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Conservation of natural resources -- Law and legislation -- Montana
  • Water conservation -- Law and legislation -- Montana
  • Water-supply -- Government policy -- Montana
  • Personal Names :
  • Buck, Fred E., 1884-1980 -- Correspondence
  • Wheeler, Burton K. (Burton Kendall), 1882-1975 -- Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Deadman's Basin Project, Montana (U.S.)
  • Montana State Water Conservation Board
  • Geographical Names :
  • Golden Valley County (Mont.)
  • Musselshell County (Mont.)
  • Wheatland County (Mont.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Legislative records -- Montana
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Montana. Legislature. Senate