M. A. McClain Papers, 1937-1954  PDF

Overview of the Collection

McClain, M. A. (Marcellus A.), 1889-1980
M. A. McClain Papers
1937-1954 (inclusive)
0.25 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 628
The collection contains incoming and outgoing correspondence during M. A. McClain’s service as the Missoula County Democrat in the House of Representative’s 26th Assembly, 1937-1939 in Montana.
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
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Marcellus A. McClain was born in Des Moines, Iowa on January 8, 1889. He spent his early childhood in Worcester, MA and lived there until 1903 when he and his brother, E. J. McClain joined their father ranching in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. In 1906, M. A. McClain began to work for the Northern Pacific Railroad as a fireman-engineer. He continued at Northern Pacific until 1959. During that time he married Mary Agnes “Babe” Dore and had four children, Leo, Phyllis, Marjorie and Gene. M. A. McClain invested in the Missoula community. He served in the Montana House of Representatives as a Democrat from Missoula during the 26th Assembly, 1937-1939. M. A. McClain continued throughout his life to be active in Missoula community affairs assisting in the creation of the Orange Street Underpass access to the North Side and the Scott Street Overpass to the North Side. He also supported the continued operation of Missoula General Hospital on the North Side. M. A. McClain died on January 5, 1980 in Missoula, Montana and is buried in the St. Mary Cemetery.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains incoming and outgoing correspondence during M. A. McClain’s service as the Missoula County Democrat in the House of Representative’s 26th Assembly, 1937-1939. These correspondences are from various constituents from Missoula County such as, E. J. Beckett, Missoula County Treasurer, Mable Findell, President of the Y.W.C.A., and Mr. C. W. Leaphart, Dean of Montana State University Law School addressing support or opposition to proposed bills such as the Thirty Day Divorce bill and the Gambling and Liquor Bill.

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 status unknown.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], M. A. McClain 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

Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Incoming Correspondence 1936-1937
1/2 Outgoing Correspondence, A-F 1937
1/3 Outgoing Correspondence, G-M 1937
1/4 Outgoing Correspondence, N-R 1937
1/5 Outgoing Correspondence, S-Z 1937
1/6 Sample Ballot 1944, House of Representatives’ Seating Chart and Representative Card 1939 and undated
1/7 M.A. McClain’s resume for State Legislator 1954

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Divorce--Law and legislation--Montana
  • Gambling--Law and legislation--Montana
  • Liquor laws--Montana
  • Personal Names :
  • Beckett, E. J.‡q(Ernest J.),d. 1950--Correspondence
  • Findell, Mabel, 1892-1982--Correspondence.
  • Leaphart, C. W. (Charles W.), 1883-1978--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Montana. Legislative Assembly. House of Representatives.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Missoula County (Mont.)--Politics and government
  • Montana--Politics and government--20th century
  • Occupations :
  • Legislators--Montana