Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce Records, 1911-1997  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce
Title
Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce Records
Dates
1911-1997
Quantity
25.75 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 2393, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce Records include early organizational materials and progress reports; lists of directors, presidents and committee chairmen within organizational charts; bylaws, policies and manuals; and corporate papers. The records are in no way complete. They contain annual reports; yearly work plans; surveys of members and the community; directors minutes; Presidents'/Board of Directors papers; day books; ledgers; financial records and general correspondence. Also included in the collection are office and personnel records, records and papers of individual committees, ephemera, and photographs.
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.

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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

Bozeman merchants originally organized a Chamber of Commerce in 1910 but due to lack of financial support it was disbanded in favor of the Young Men's Business League in 1911 . In 1912 when the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was created with established guidelines and organizational suggestions, Bozeman again started a Chamber of Commerce using the name Gallatin Valley Commercial Club. In 1917, the name Bozeman Chamber of Commerce was adopted. It consisted of merchants and community members interested in promoting Bozeman and the surrounding area. Finally, the present title of Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce was adopted. The Chamber was organized with a Board of Directors that included a President and three Vice Presidents of divisions in three areas: Commercial (later called Economic Affairs), Civic (later called Community Affairs), and Administration. Each division had several committees chaired by volunteer members with interests in those areas. Over the years committees were dropped, added or renamed but always were concerned with agriculture, transportation, military, university/city relations, civic and legislative affairs, tourism and visitors promotion, business and industrial support and advocating for commercial and economic development and a strong membership. In later years the environment, recreation, and planning for the growth of the town and county became more important. Recruitment of members and their financial support was always difficult with some years more successful than others. In 1975 a past presidents committee named the Green Coats was created as a group to greet visitors at functions of the Chamber and the city. Finally temporary committees addressing special functions or programs such as BACCII (trade show), Wally Byam Caravan Club ( motor home conventions), CNRF (College National Rodeo Finals), Balloon Quest, Air Shows, plus National, State and local centennial celebrations were created as needed. The organization always had a paid secretary/manager/executive VP. As it grew and became more sophisticated, more paid employees were added as well as more outside financial services and computer networking and service supports. The location of the Chamber of Commerce office also changed many times. In the beginning, as an almost entirely volunteer organization it leased office space. As it grew and rents increased, it purchased the locations of its offices. At one downtown location, the Chamber office was gutted by a fire in 1922, and few records earlier than that date survived.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce Records include early organizational materials and progress reports; lists of directors, presidents and committee chairmen within organizational charts; bylaws, policies and manuals; and corporate papers. The records are in no way complete. They contain annual reports; yearly work plans; surveys of members and the community; directors minutes; Presidents'/Board of Directors papers; day books; ledgers; financial records and general correspondence. Office and personnel records including procedures, bills, tax and insurance records, inventories and various agreements and contracts are present. Records and papers of individual committees with associated correspondence and financial information; papers related to organizations and affiliations such as the National and Montana Chambers of Commerce and several tourist organizations are also contained in the records. Finally, there are newsletters; brochures and promotional memorabilia; economic reports of the community; maps; newspaper clippings; certificates, coins and other ephemera. Photographs of members, dinners and assorted functions and sponsored events with many photographs of the area scenery, special attractions and recreational venues have been organized. Most of this collection has been assembled by category in chronological order. These Chamber of Commerce (C of C) records and accompanying papers have been organized into four series.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box
1-25 Series 1: General records, papers and correspondence
Records of the original organization and membership of the Chamber of Commerce including annual dinners and reports; listings of Board of Directors and committee chairmen; the policies, manuals, procedures and bylaws for members and the office staffs; programs of work and committee preference lists. The directors minutes and papers of the directors or secretary and a large amount of general correspondence is present. Office and personnel records including tax and insurance papers, leases and inventories, agreements and contracts and accounting procedures are present. Papers and correspondence from associations and organizations including US and Montana Chambers of Commerce and Executive organizations are also prominent. The Chamber of Commerce issued newsletters, a newspaper column and also collected newspaper clipping news of the Chamber. Basic informational and tourist brochures, maps, calendars of events , gift certificates and awards were created by the Chamber to promote the town and its business members. Assorted ephemera was also collected such as member license plates and centennial coins.
26-50 Series 2: Committee records and associated papers
Series 2 includes minutes, correspondence and associated papers of the various committees under the directions of the Vice Presidents of 1) Administrative Affairs ( government and legislative affairs; membership and finance; military affairs; MSU/Chamber relations; and Green Coats), 2) Community Affairs ( centennials, civic affairs, conservation, education, recreation, roads and highways, and transportation: and 3) Economic Affairs ( agriculture, Convention and Visitors Bureau, economic and industrial development, retail and business) of the Board of Directors. These include committees for special events such as the Wally Byam conventions, BACCII trade shows, CNRF- college national rodeo. A series of SBA programs and the Gallatin Development Corporation promoted and financed more business success.
51-55 Series 3: Financial records and papers
Series 3 includes bank checking, savings and investment statements, budgets, yearly financial statements and audits, assorted ledgers, bills and papers for both general finances and special projects finances. Also present are membership dues sheets, ledgers and dues assessment changes.
56-57 Series 4: Photographs and albums
Series 4 consists of assorted photographs through the years. They include portrait photos of members for informational or advertising purposes, informal snapshots of chamber meetings, dinners and Chamber sponsored functions, activities and tourist promotion. Photographs of winter and summer sports and associated resorts, landscapes, scenery and special attractions were commissioned for the Visitor Bureau and its brochures. There are also unidentified photos and negatives during various years. The loose photographs have been sequentially numbered. Two photo albums, one general and one from the 1920s, and a 1934 photo book invitation to President Franklin Roosevelt to the Gallatin Gateway Inn are included.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Boards of trade-Montana-Bozeman
  • Business enterprises-Montana-Bozeman
  • City promotion-Montana-Bozeman
  • Community life-Montana-Bozeman
  • Place marketing-Montana-Bozeman
  • Corporate Names :
  • Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce-Archives
  • Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America
  • Montana Chamber of Commerce
  • Geographical Names :
  • Bozeman (Mont.)-Economic conditions-20th century
  • Bozeman (Mont.)-Photographs
  • Bozeman (Mont.)-Social life and customs-20th century
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs-Montana-Bozeman
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Bozeman Chamber of Commerce (creator)
    • Gallatin Valley Commercial Club (creator)