Harry Billings Montana Power Company Collection, 1939-1970  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Billings, Harry, 1913-1990
Title
Harry Billings Montana Power Company Collection
Dates
1939-1970 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.75 linear feet, (2 boxes)
Collection Number
Mss 041
Summary
Harry Billings was a newspaper editor in Helena, Montana. The collection documents his allegations that the Montana Power Company took part in unfair actions, including rate increases, tax cuts, and overcharges. The materials were used by Russell L. Doty, Jr., in the course of his research for his master's thesis in political science at the University of Montana--Missoula.
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

Harry L. Billings was born in Somers, Montana, in 1913; his father worked in the lumber mill. His mother was a homesteader and early day schoolteacher in the Hot Springs, Montana, area where he was raised. He was a graduate of Thompson Falls High School and earned a degree in journalism from the University of Montana--Missoula in 1933. His wife, Gretchen Garber Billings, was a native of Whitefish, Montana, whose grandparents homesteaded in the Plains area in the mid-1880s. The Billings jointly edited the farmer-labor owned newspaper The People's Voice in Helena, Montana, from 1946 to 1969, resigning after a lengthy dispute with organized labor over support of the Vietnam War. Billings opposed American involvement in Korea and Vietnam. As managing editor of The People's Voice, in the 1950s and 1960s, Billings took the Montana Power Company to task for rate increases, tax cuts, and overcharges that Billings and others felt were unfair actions on the Company's part. During the Montana sales tax fight of 1971, Harry coordinated the successful opposition to enactment of the proposed tax, and then spent two and one half years as Director of Education and Research for the Montana State AFL-CIO. He was also a member of the Montanan Bicentennial advisory council in the mid-1970s and in 1983 was awarded the University of Montana's distinguished alumni award.

The Billings retired first to their home in Thompson Falls and then moved full-time to Apache Junction, Ariz., when Harry began suffering respiratory problems. He died on April 23, 1990.

Russell L. Doty, Jr. served in the Montana State House of Representatives for Great Falls, Cascade County. He earned an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Montana--Missoula in 1970.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection documents Billings' allegations that the Montana Power Company took part in unfair actions, including rate increases, tax cuts, and overcharges. The materials were used by Russell L. Doty, Jr., in the course of his research for his master's thesis in political science at the University of Montana--Missoula. The collection contains correspondence, clippings, articles, reports, legal papers, and notes produced by Billings and collected by him in the course of his research on the Montana Power Company. Frequent correspondents include Mrs. S. Rae Logan, Senator Lee Metcalf, and Vic Reinemer. Reports in the collection were produced by the Montana Power Company, the Montana Public Service Commission, and the Federal Power Commission.

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], Harry Billings Montana Power Company Collection, 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
Box/Folder
1/1 Correspondence 1949-1957
1/2 Correspondence 1960-1970
1/3 Clippings, Congressional Record 1963-1964
1/4 People's Voice 1949-1968
1/5 Clippings 1940-1964
1/6 Clippings 1965-1969
1/7 Court briefs 1939-1964
1/8 Montana Senate report 1939
1/9 Federal Power Commission hearings 1950-1965
1/10 Montana Public Service Commission, briefs and exhibits 1953
1/11 Montana Legislature 1965
1/12 News releases 1964
1/13 Montana Power Company reports 1953-1965
1/14 Harry Billings news stories undated
1/15 Research materials 1951-1968
2/1 [Handwritten notes] undated
2/2 Pacific Northwest Power Bulletin and ECIC Newsletter 1964-1968
2/3 Articles, flyers, brochures 1940-1968
2/4 Montana Power Company, claim sheets to state of Montana
Acquired by Russell Doty for his research.
1968

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Corruption investigation -- Montana
  • Public utilities--Corrupt practices--Montana
  • Personal Names :
  • Logan, Rae, 1885-1970--Correspondence
  • Metcalf, Lee, 1911-1978--Correspondence
  • Reinemer, Vic, 1923---Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Montana Power Company--Corrupt practices
  • University of Montana--Missoula--Alumni and alumnae
  • Geographical Names :
  • Montana--Politics and government--20th century
  • Occupations :
  • Newspaper editors -- Montana--Helena
  • Political activists -- Montana--Helena
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Doty, Russell L.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Montana Power Company
    • Montana Public Service Commission
    • United States. Federal Power Commission