James C. Garlington Papers, 1967-1972  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Garlington, James C., 1908-1995
Title
James C. Garlington Papers
Dates
1967-1972 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.5 linear feet, (3 boxes)
Collection Number
Mss 099
Summary
James C. Garlington was a Missoula, Montana, attorney elected as a delegate to the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention. The collection consists of Garlington's papers from the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention.
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.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

James C. Garlington was born in 1908. He attended the University of Montana, where he received his law degree in 1930. He founded the law firm of Garlington, Lohn & Robertson in Missoula, Montana.

Garlington ran as a Republican during the campaign for delegateship for the 1972 Constitutional Convention, which was called to revise Montana's 1889 state constitution. Despite opposition Garlington won the position by a narrow margin. His losing opponent, T. Gary Curtis, called for a recount, but that recount showed that Garlington had won the election. Garlington served on the Executive, Education and Natural Resources, and Agriculture committees. He also prepared the ceremony for the signing of the new constitution after it was appvoed by Montana voters in 1972.

After the convention, Garlington returned to his Missoula home and his law practice. He died in 1995.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of Garlington's papers from the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention. It contains a daily journal kept by Garlington, his campaign expenditures and some speeches, legal material dealing with the election recount, newspaper articles on the Convention and Missoula delegates, a copy of the Montana revised codes, and correspondence between Garlington and others. Publications in the collection concern the drafting of state constitutions. A voter's guide has short biographies of all Convention delegates.

From the Convention itself are draft proposals and letters of transmittal from committees on the executive, education, natural resource and agriculture, judicial committees, and legislative committees. Also contained in the collection are various member proposals, educational material sponsored by the Society of American Foresters and Office of Public Instruction, a resolution calling for submittal of the proposed constitution to the voters, and highlights of the proposed constitution.

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], James C. Garlington Papers, 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:  Journal, 1917-1972Return to Top

4 folders

This series contains the journal that Garlington kept throughout the Convention, and consists mainly of his notes on each day's events. It includes many copies of minutes, proposals, and other inserts.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
November 27, 1971-February 4, 1972
1/2
February 5, 1972-February 25, 1972
1/3
February 25, 1972-March 13, 1972
1/4
March 13, 1972-March 20, 1972

Series II:  Correspondence, 1971-1972Return to Top

2 folders

This series contains Garlington's correspondence related to the Convention. It contains letters congratulating him on his election, requests to focus on particular issues, and other matters.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/5
1971
1/6
1972

Series III:  Campaign, 1971Return to Top

2 folders

This series contains records of Garlington's election, including campaign materials, speeches, the recount challenge, and the financial records from the campaign.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/7
Garlington and others
1971
1/8
Financial records
1971

Series IV:  Convention, 1967-1972Return to Top

0.5 linear feet

This series contains materials from the Convention, including the activities of committees. It also contains Garlington's appointment certificate and materials about the Convention delegates.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/9
Member proposals
1972
1/10
Bill of Rights
1972
2/1
Education
1972
2/2
Education
1972
2/3
Education
1972
2/4
Education
1972
2/5
Education
1972
2/6
Education
1972
2/7
Education
1972
2/8
Education
1972
2/9
Education
1972
2/10
Judicial
1972
2/11
Legislative
1972
2/12
Local Government
1972
2/13
Natural Resources and Agriculture
1972
2/14
Revenue and Finance
1972
3/1
Miscellaneous
1972
3/2
State of Montana vs. Leo Graybill et al.
1972
3/3
Garlington appointment certificate
1971
3/4
Biographies of convention delegates
1972
3/5
The Drafting of State Constitutions
National Municipal League
1967
3/6
Miscellaneous
1972

Series V:  Clippings, 1971-1972Return to Top

2 folders

This series contains clippings from Montana newspapers about the Convention and its activities.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/7
1972-1972
3/8
1972-1972

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Constitutional conventions--Montana
  • Corporate Names :
  • Montana. Constitution (1972)
  • University of Montana--Missoula--Alumni and alumnae
  • Geographical Names :
  • Montana--Politics and government--20th century
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Montana. Constitutional Convention (1971-1972)
    • Montana. Office of Public Instruction
    • Society of American Foresters