Montana Society of Engineers Records, 1887-1975  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Montana Society of Engineers
Title
Montana Society of Engineers Records
Dates
1887-1975
Quantity
6 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 1082, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
This Montana Society of Engineers Records includes the MSE's constitution and bylaws; minutes of the annual and periodic meetings; photocopies of Society activities printed in the Journal of the Association of Engineering Societies; correspondence. There is a selection of papers, minutes and correspondence of the various chapters around the state as well as the activities of the organization's committees. The records also include research papers composed by members; papers pertaining to conferences, meetings, proceedings and bulletins of assorted engineering associations; the controversy and problems of registration of engineers; some financial records and assorted ephemera complete the collection.
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
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Montana Society of Engineers was proposed on March 22, 1887 at a meeting of a group of Civil Engineers and Surveyors in Helena. By July 1887, Officers of the Montana Society of Civil Engineers had been selected and by-laws adopted including setting an annual meeting for each January as well as monthly meetings when enough members desired to hold them. Forty six engineers from all parts of Montana Territory became charter members. The Society changed its name to Montana Society of Engineers in February, 1897 by striking the designation "Civil" because members included civil, electrical, mechanical, mining and other engineering professions including surveyors. Meetings featured both social and business elements with entertainment, professional conversation and presentation of papers. Formal dinners were the order of the day in early meetings with propriety emphasized and young engineers expected to be properly respectful to their elders. In the 1950s the nature of the Society became more serious. Three events in 1957 influenced the Society - affiliation with the National Society of Professional Engineers, the decision to formalize local chapters and State mandated registration for all engineers (civil engineer registration was passed in 1947). These changes caused a rapid growth in membership and prestige. Publications of the Society included the Quarterly Journal of the Montana Society of Engineers, later titled simply the Journal of the Montana Society of Engineers from 1916 to 1949 and the Montaneer from 1964 to 1977. In 1930, the Society instituted a Gold Award for one engineering student graduating from Montana State College in Bozeman and another from the Montana School of Mines in Butte. The Society is still active and has as their mission statement: "We are a society of engineering professionals from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members."

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection includes the MSE's constitution and bylaws with various amendments over time; minutes of the annual and periodic meetings with related materials sometimes including papers read; photocopies of Society activities printed in the Journal of the Association of Engineering Societies; correspondence which includes many reports of accomplishments of both government agencies and commercial companies in Montana in response to a yearly questionnaire as well as Society business and membership communications; membership applications (incomplete) frequently including a signed oath of fealty, resignation letters and many memorial resolutions upon death of individual members; a full membership card file with assorted status notations; correspondence and records of gold medal winners from the Butte School of Mines and Montana State University, Bozeman. There is a selection of papers, minutes and correspondence of the various chapters around the state as well as the activities of the organization's committees, most of which are materials are from the legislative committee that monitored the state and national laws that impacted engineers. The records also include research papers composed by members; correspondence and notes related to Kathleen Hendricks, an MSU history graduate student who, in 1975, submitted a thesis titled "The advancement of the science of engineering and the interest of the profession : the Montana Society of Civil Engineers 1887-1899"; papers pertaining to conferences, meetings, proceedings and bulletins of assorted engineering associations ; the controversy and problems of registration of engineers; some financial records and assorted ephemera complete the collection. The material has been arranged in three series.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Administrative records, 1887-1975Return to Top

The constitution, by-laws, and related materials; minutes; photocopied published reports of the MSE appearing in Journal of the Association of Engineering Societies; materials from the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE); Chapter and Committee records; assorted papers collected and possibly presented at meetings; 3 financial ledgers; assorted conference, meeting and proceedings papers and bulletins; records of Gold Medal winners; an incomplete subject index; research papers of Kathleen Hendricks; oral history tapes and an oral history transcript of early MSE member of Arthur E. Adami, Sr.; ribbons and other ephemera including a 1916 song book of the Society. The original cassette tapes of Adami's interview have been removed from Box 8, folder 13, for storage elsewhere.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Constitutions, by-laws, amendments and incorporation papers
1910-1972
1/2
Minutes of first meeting 1887, list of charter members, and short history of MSE
1965
1/3
Minutes and associated papers
1891-1893
1/4
Minutes and associated papers
1894-1899
1/5
Minutes and associated papers
1900-1910
1/6
Minutes and associated papers
1913-1914
1/7
Minutes and associated papers
1915-1917
1/8
Minutes and associated papers
1918-1922
2/1
Minutes and associated papers
1923-1925
2/2
Minutes and associated papers
1926-1929
2/3
Minutes and associated papers
1930-1932
2/4
Minutes and associated papers
1933-1935
2/5
Minutes and associated papers
1936-1939
2/6
Minutes and associated papers
1940-1943
2/7
Minutes and associated papers
1944-1946
2/8
Minutes and associated papers
1947-1948
3/1
Minutes and associated papers
1949-1950
3/2
Minutes and associated papers
1951-1954
3/3
Minutes and associated papers
1955-1958
3/4
Minutes and associated papers
1959-1961
3/5
Minutes and associated papers
1962-1965
3/6
Minutes and associated papers
1966-1967
3/7
Minutes and associated papers
1968-1969
3/8
Minutes and associated papers
1970-1973
3/9
Proceedings of eleventh to fourteenth years
1898-1901
4/1
Photocopies of MSE reports in the Journal of Assn of Engineering Societies (JAES)
1888-1892
4/2
Photocopies of MSE reports in the JAES
1893-1894
4/3
Photocopies of MSE reports in the JAES
1895-1896
4/4
Photocopies of MSE reports in the JAES
1897-1899
4/5
Photocopies of MSE reports in the JAES
1900-1903
4/6
Photocopies of MSE reports in the JAES
1904-1906
4/7
Photocopies of MSE reports in the JAES
1907-1909
4/8
Photocopies of MSE reports in the JAES
1910-1912
4/9
Photocopies of MSE reports in the JAES
1913-1914
4/10
Photocopies of MSE reports in the JAES
1915
5/1
National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) information and membership
1956-1969
5/2
NSPE newsletters
1969
5/3
Montana Technical Council - MSE
1968-1969
5/4
Guides to creating new Chapters from NSPE
1951-1969
5/5
Billings Chapter
1958-1971
5/6
Butte Chapter
1957-1970
5/7
Great Falls Chapter
1958-1970
5/8
Helena Chapter (prior to 1957 known as Division)
1942-1970
5/9
Committee assignments and manual
1967-1971
5/10
MSE legislative committee
1966-1967
5/11
Legislative newsletters (NSPE)
1966-1967
5/12
MSE legislative committee- registration law materials
1968-1969
5/13
Legislative newsletters (NSPE)
1968-1969
6/1
MSE legislative committee
1968-1969
6/2
MSE legislative committee
1970-1971
6/3
MSE legislative committee
1972-1973
6/4
Legislative newsletters (NSPE)
1970-1972
6/5
Papers presented at meetings or collected by the Montana Society of Engineers
1900s-1970
6/6
Irrigation Questionnaire and report of W.W. DeLacy
1889
6/7
Proceedings and bulletins of Montana engineering organizations
1918-1948
6/8
Assorted national engineering conference and meeting materials and proceedings
1925-1949
6/9
Provisions and problems of registration of engineers
1935-1936
6/10
Chart of the census of engineers by rank and class in the USA
1930
7/1
Financial ledger
1955 July - 1957 May
7/2
Index of subjects in correspondence and minutes (incomplete)
1891-1971
7/3
Gold medal awards to engineering students of Montana State College (MSU) and Montana School of Mines
1930-1972
7/4
Medal winners with correspondence and scoring
1930
7/5
Medal winners with correspondence and scoring
1931
7/6
Medal winners with correspondence and scoring
1932
7/7
Medal winners with correspondence and scoring
1933
7/8
Medal winners with correspondence and scoring
1934
7/9
Medal winners with correspondence and scoring
1935-1936
7/10
Medal winners with correspondence and scoring
1937
7/11
Medal winners with correspondence and scoring
1938
7/12
Medal winners with correspondence and scoring
1939
7/13
Medal winners with correspondence and scoring
1940-1941
7/14
Medal winners with correspondence and scoring
1942
8/1
Medal winners with correspondence and scoring
1943-1944
8/2
Medal winners with correspondence and scoring
1947
8/3
Medal winners with correspondence and scoring
1948
8/4
Medal winners with correspondence and scoring
1949
8/5
Medal winners with correspondence and scoring
1950-1951
8/6
Medal winners with correspondence and scoring
1952
8/7
Medal winners with correspondence and scoring
1953
8/8
Medal winners with correspondence and scoring
1954
8/9
Medal winners with correspondence and scoring
1955-1956
8/10
Medal winners with correspondence and scoring
1957
8/11
Research correspondence - Kathleen Hendricks
1973-1975
8/12
Preliminary collection inventory and publicity clippings for Kathleen Hendricks' research
8/13
Transcription of oral history interview of Arthur E. Adami, Sr. by Kathleen Hendricks
1973 December 12
8/14
Ribbons for officers and annual meetings, suggested logo for society
1901-1938
8/15
Assorted memorabilia and ephemera including society song book of 1916

Series 2:  Membership records, 1895-1957Return to Top

Application forms and early membership rolls followed by updated membership lists up through 1957. Membership applications are in chronological order, and some have oaths of fealty, resignation letters and memorial letters attached. There are two ledgers that incompletely list the dues collections for members during 1909 to 1937. Finally there are file cards (Box 11) that should have all members listed chronologically. The cards have notations as follows: Left top is the name and address, company or position of the member, right top has the date voted into membership and an asterisk to indicate a charter member, æO.M.' to indicate an organizing member, æC.M.' to indicate a corresponding member, æA.M.' to indicate an associate member and æH.M.' to indicate an honorary member. In the middle left are lists of references to the member. The reference notations are C= correspondence; M= minutes; and # = year. For example, a C-39 notation means a reference in the 1939 correspondence file; an M-39 notation would refer to a reference in the minutes of 1939. M.A. represents a membership application which sometimes shows that it was rejected as unqualified. On the right middle are listed the year of offices held and also resignations, and dates of death for active members.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
9/1
Application forms and membership lists
1895-1915
9/2
Membership lists
1936-1957
9/3
Membership applications A-B
9/4
Membership applications C-D
9/5
Membership applications E-H
9/6
Membership applications I-L
10/1
Membership applications M
10/2
Membership applications N-S
10/3
Membership applications T-Z
10/4
Membership dues ledger No. 1
dated 1909-1937
10/5
Membership dues ledger No. 2 (some continued records from ledger No. 1)
dated 1929-1937
Box
11
Alphabetical index file of all members and applicants (key to notations in front of box)

Series 3:  Correspondence, 1890-1967Return to Top

Index cards listing subjects of correspondence, followed by the chronologically sorted letters related to regular business of the Society and assorted special issues and concerns, along with replies from Montana organizations and industries listing their annual accomplishments in response to a yearly request from the society. There are also exchanges about scheduling of meetings, chapter news, and recommendations for papers and medal candidates, and associated materials.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
12/1
Index
1890-1930
12/2
Index
1931-1968
12/3
Correspondence and associated materials
1890-1891
12/4
Correspondence associated with Worlds Exposition
1891-1892
12/5
Associated with Senate Bill S663 on surveys by T.C. Power
1981-1983
12/6
Correspondence and associated materials
1892-1893
12/7
Correspondence and associated materials
1894-1899
12/8
Correspondence and associated materials
1900-1901
12/9
Correspondence and associated materials
1902-1905
12/10
Correspondence and associated materials
1906-1912
12/11
Correspondence and associated materials
1913-1915
12/12
Correspondence and associated materials
1916-1919
13/1
Correspondence and associated materials
1920-1925
13/2
Correspondence and associated materials
1926
13/3
Correspondence and associated materials
1927
13/4
Correspondence and associated materials
1928-1930
13/5
Correspondence and associated materials
1931
13/6
Correspondence and associated materials
1932
13/7
Correspondence and associated materials (cont.)
1932
14/1
Correspondence and associated materials
1933
14/2
Correspondence and associated materials
1934
14/3
Correspondence and associated materials
1935
14/4
Correspondence and associated materials
1936-1937
14/5
Correspondence and associated materials
1938-1941
14/6
Correspondence and associated materials
1942-1945
15/1
Correspondence and associated materials
1946-1948
15/2
Correspondence and associated materials
1949-1951
15/3
Correspondence and associated materials
1952-1955
15/4
Correspondence and associated materials
1956-1958
15/5
Correspondence and associated materials
1959-1961
15/6
Correspondence and associated materials
1962-1965
15/7
Correspondence and associated materials
1966-1967

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Engineering students-Montana-Bozeman
  • Engineering students-Montana-Butte
  • Engineering teachers-Montana-Butte-Interviews
  • Engineering-Awards-Montana
  • Engineering-Montana-Billings-Societies, etc
  • Engineering-Montana-Butte-Societies, etc
  • Engineering-Montana-Great Falls-Societies, etc
  • Engineering-Montana-Helena-Societies, etc
  • Engineering-Montana-Societies, etc
  • Engineers-Montana-Butte-Interviews
  • Irrigation-Montana
  • Personal Names :
  • Adami, Arthur E. (Arthur Ernest), 1886-1978-Interviews
  • Corporate Names :
  • Montana School of Mines-Faculty-Interviews
  • Montana School of Mines-Students
  • Montana Society of Engineers-Archives
  • Montana Society of Engineers-Awards
  • Montana Society of Engineers-History
  • Montana State College-Students
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Intervews-Montana
  • Oral histories-Montana
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • De Lacy, W. W. (Walter Washington), 1819-1892 (creator)
    • Hendricks, Kathleen Lucille, 1949- (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Montana Society of Civil Engineers (creator)
    • Montana Society of Engineers-Billings Chapter (creator)
    • Montana Society of Engineers-Butte Chapter (creator)
    • Montana Society of Engineers-Great Falls Chapter (creator)
    • Montana Society of Engineers-Helena Chapter (creator)
    • Montana Society of Engineers-Helena Division (creator)