Harry T. Northey papers, 1929-1976  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Northey, Harry T., 1911-2006
Title
Harry T. Northey papers
Dates
1929-1976 (inclusive)
Quantity
2.0 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 694
Summary
Harry T. Northey served as both a representative and senator for Montana between 1963 and 1974. Materials in this collection relate primarily to his civic and legislative activity; some personal materials are also included.
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


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Harry T. Northey was born to Bessie Rickard Northey and John William Northey in Silver Bow, Montana on May 5, 1911. He attended elementary school in Philipsburg, moved to Missoula in 1923, and graduated from Missoula County High School in 1931. He married Dorcas Keach in 1936, with whom he raised four sons and a daughter—John, Tom, Dick, Harry and Betsy. Northey studied electrical engineering at vocational school, and after working assorted jobs, became office manager at Reely’s Van and Storage of Missoula. He founded his own moving company, Montana Transfer, with partner Lyle Heath in 1958. Northey continued to manage this business throughout his political career. Northey held several community positions, among which were Secretary for Little League Baseball of Missoula; President of the Active Club; member of the City Park Board and of the City Police and Civil Service Commission; President of Montana Transfer and Warehouseman’s Association; member of the Lions Club, Elks Club and PTA Council; member of the Chamber Commerce Education Committee; and Trustee for School District 1 from 1950 to 1962, three years of which he served as chairman.

As a Republican, Northey served terms in the Montana House of Representatives and Montana Senate from 1963 to 1974. Notable areas of legislative interest include air pollution control, predator protection, education, and the debate on a state sales tax. Although not re-elected to the Senate in 1974, Northey continued his community engagement throughout his retired years. He died in Missoula on June 10, 2006.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

A variety of material types comprise this collection, including clippings, correspondence, drafts, notes, photographs and publications. Materials relate to Northey’s business, civic and political pursuits. Limited materials also pertain to his personal life. Legislative and campaign-related items make up the bulk of the collection.

The collection has been organized into four series. Series I: General Correspondence (1961-1974), primarily contains letters from his constituents and fellow legislators, as well as his responses where available. Most correspondence material relates to his legislative and civic activity. Series II: Legislative Materials (1961-1976), contains bill drafts, clippings, correspondence, notes, pamphlets and speeches related to Northey’s campaign history and legislative projects. Series III: Civic Activity (1951-1970), includes correspondence, papers and publications pertaining to Northey’s involvement in community associations and boards, as well as his private business. Series IV: Personal Materials (1929-1974), is comprised of papers, photographs and miscellaneous materials that relate more closely to his personal life than to his public one.

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. Non-exclusive intellectual property rights were transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Harry T. Northey 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:  General Correspondence, 1961-1974Return to Top

0.75 linear feet

This series includes correspondence relating to Northey’s civic and legislative activity. Letters of both a personalized and less personal nature are to be found on a wide variety of subjects. Some months, as well as the entire year of 1965, are absent from the inclusive materials. The series is organized chronologically.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Correspondence
1961
1/2
Correspondence
1962
1/3
Correspondence
January 1963
1/4
Correspondence
February 1-8, 1963
1/5
Correspondence
February 9-26, 1963
1/6
Correspondence
March-June 1963
1/7
Correspondence
1964
1/8
Correspondence
1966
1/9
Correspondence
January 1967
1/10
Correspondence
February-October 1967
1/11
Correspondence
1968
2/1
Correspondence
January 1969
2/2
Correspondence
February 1-14, 1969
2/3
Correspondence
February 14-28, 1969
2/4
Correspondence
March-May 1969
2/5
Correspondence
1970-1972
2/6
Correspondence
1973-1974
2/7
Correspondence
undated

Series II:  Legislative Materials, 1961-1976Return to Top

0.75 linear feet

This series contains bill drafts, clippings, correspondence pamphlets and other publications related to Northey’s legislative and campaign activity. The papers have been organized topically; divisions include air pollution, education, the Legislative Assembly, a Montana sales tax debate, the Platform Committee on Labor and Industry, predator protection, speeches and notes, and a miscellaneous category. The correspondence materials included in this series are distinguished from general correspondence by merit of their relevance to particular legislative issues. In addition, any correspondence that arrived in physical attachment to related legislative materials was maintained in place. Materials are organized topically.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/8
Air Pollution Legislation
1965-1967
2/9
Air Pollution Legislation, clippings
1963-1967
2/10
Air Pollution Legislation, correspondence
1963-1968
2/11
Air Pollution Legislation, related publications
1962-1968
3/1
Campaigns and Elections, clippings
1962-1972
3/2
Education Legislation
1961-1969
3/3
Legislative Assembly, clippings
1962-1974
3/4
Missoula County precinct map
1967
3/5
Montana Sales Tax
1962-1969
3/6
Montana Sales Tax, clippings
1962-1968
3/7
Platform Committee on Labor and Industry
1968
3/8
Predator Protection Legislation: Birds of Prey
1971
3/9
Predator Protection Legislation: Mountain Lion
1970-1971
3/10
Speeches and Notes
1968-1976
3/11
Miscellaneous
1964-1969
3/12
Miscellaneous
1972-1974

Series III:  Civic Activity, 1951-1970Return to Top

0.4 linear feet

This series contains materials relating to Northey’s civic undertakings, primarily in Missoula. Materials pertaining to his involvement with the Missoula Lions Club, the Montana Motor Transport Association, and the Montana Bowling Association and not least the Republican Party are included. Clippings, newsletters, and notes verify the continuing progress of his private moving business. Northey’s time served as school trustee is recorded with meeting minutes and miscellaneous publications. Materials have been arranged by topic.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/1
Missoula Lions Club
1962-1968
4/2
Montana Transfer Company
1951-1969
4/3
Republican Party
1962-1970
4/4
Republican Party
1972-1974
4/5
School Trustee Minutes
1957-1961
4/6
School Trustee Minutes
1961-1962
4/7
School Trustee Minutes
1961-1962
4/8
School Trustee Miscellaneous
1952
4/9
Miscellaneous
1952-1967

Series IV:  Personal Materials, 1929-1974Return to Top

0.1 linear feet

Comprising this small series are materials not directly related to the areas covered by other series. The included photographs are of a variety of subjects, such as the legislative assembly and possibly family, but are mostly unlabeled and undated.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/10
Photographs
1951-1970
4/11
Miscellaneous
1929-1974

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Air--Pollution--Law and legislation--Montana
  • Businessmen--Montana--Missoula
  • Education and state--Montana
  • Game laws--Montana
  • Legislators--Montana
  • Political campaigns--Montana--Missoula
  • Predator hunting--Montana
  • Sales tax--Law and legislation--Montana
  • Storage and moving trade--Montana--Missoula
  • Personal Names :
  • Northey, Harry T. 1911-2006--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Montana. Legislative Assembly. House of Representatives.
  • Montana. Legislative Assembly. Senate.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Montana--Politics and government--20th century
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Personal papers