Missoula New Party Records, 1992-2003  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
New Party (Missoula, Mont.)
Title
Missoula New Party Records
Dates
1992-2003 (inclusive)
Quantity
6.75 linear feet and 16 electronic files
672 kilobytes of digital materials
Collection Number
Mss 825
Summary
The Missoula New Party was a progressive political organization formed in the spring of 1993 by a group of Missoula, Montana citizens who were motivated to move the political system in a more progressive direction by creating a third party option to the existing two party system. Materials in this collection document the organization’s main functions and activities, including electoral campaigns at the local and state level, as well as a number of issue-based campaigns directing at changing policy. The records in the collection document the relationship between the local chapter and the national New Party organization, local grassroots efforts to engage and grow a third political party movement, and significant issues in progressive politics during the 1990s.
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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Missoula New Party was a progressive political organization formed in the spring of 1993 by a group of Missoula citizens who were motivated to move the political system in a more progressive direction by creating a third party option to the existing two party system. As a local chapter of the national New Party, whose headquarters were located in New York, NY, the Missoula New Party embraced many of the national organization’s guiding principles including electoral reform through electoral fusion. Electoral fusion is a practice in which a candidate receives nominations from more than one political party and can occupy multiple ballot lines. This practice provides an alternative to the notion that third parties function as election spoilers by taking votes away from major party candidates.

One of the organization’s main activities was promoting and supporting the election campaigns of New Party members to local entities including city councils, school boards, and county boards, as well as other local and state level entities. During the mid-1990s multiple New Party members were successfully elected to city council as a result of the New Party’s grassroots campaigning efforts. Other activities included issue-based campaigns, most significantly a Living Wage campaign, which resulted in the city council passing of a living wage ordinance. Other issue-based campaigns included affordable housing, occupancy standards, and smart growth management.

In 1997, a United States Supreme Court decision rejected the New Party’s argument that electoral fusion was a right protected by the first amendment, effectively allowing state legislatures to legally ban electoral fusion as a practice. This significantly impacted the organization’s underlying principle, and led to the eventual dissolution of local New Party chapters around the country, including the Missoula New Party in 2001.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of administrative, correspondence, financial, legal, publications, press clippings, and planning records generated and/or collected by the Missoula New Party during the organization’s existence. Materials in this collection document the organization’s main functions and activities, including electoral campaigns at the local and state level, as well as a number of issue-based campaigns directing at changing policy. The records in the collection document the relationship between the local chapter and the national New Party organization, local grassroots efforts to engage and grow a third political party movement, and significant issues in progressive politics during the 1990s.

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 transferred to the University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

Name of document or photograph number], Missoula New Party Records, 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:  Administrative Activities, 1992-2001Return to Top

1.5 linear feet and 15 electronic files
640 kilobytes of digital materials

This series contains materials related to the administrative activities of the Missoula New Party, including annual reports, outreach efforts, fundraising events, financial records, meeting minutes, training materials, media relations, membership, interns, student chapter documents, and governance documents. The Series has been divided into thirteen subseries based on specific administrative functions and activities.

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: Annual Meetings
0.2 linear feet and 1 electronic file
32 kilobytes of digital material
1997-2001
Box/Folder
1/1
Annual Meeting
1999
1/2
Annual Meeting
2000
1/3
Annual Meeting
2001
1/4
Membership and Fundraising Reports
1997
electronic_file
Electronic File
Annual Meeting Notes
1997
Subseries 2: Canvass
0.1 linear feet
1995-2001
Box/Folder
1/5
Canvasser Training
1993-1998
1/6
Canvass
1995-1996
1/7
Canvass
1997
1/8
Canvass
1999
1/9
Canvass Rap
undated
1/10
Canvass
2001
Subseries 3: Coalition and Outreach Efforts
0.1 linear feet
undated
Box/Folder
1/11
High School Presentations
undated
1/12
Human Rights Network
undated
1/13
Progressive Missoula
undated
1/14
Media clippings
1996-1997
1/15
Questions for Coalition Partners
undated
Subseries 4: Committees - Local
0.1 linear feet and 2 electronic files
64 kilobytes of digital material
1994-2001
Box/Folder
1/16
Agendas
1994-1997
1/17
Committee Structure
undated
1/18
Minutes
1994-2001
1/19
Minutes
1994-1995
1/20
Steering Committee Notes
1996-1999
1/21
Database Subcommittee
1999
electronic_file
Electronic File
Committees List
1997
Electronic File
Steering Committee Meeting Agenda
1998
Subseries 5: Financial Records
0.1 linear feet and 1 electronic file
32 kilobytes of digital material
1996-1999
Box/Folder
1/22
Financial Reports
1996
1/23
Financial Reports
1997
1/24
Financial Reports
1998-1999
1/25
Financial Documents
1993-1996
electronic_file
Electronic File
Montana People's Action Invoice
1998
Subseries 6: Fundraising Events
0.1 linear feet and 3 electronic files
128 kilobytes of digital material
1998-2000
Box/Folder
1/26
Hightower Banquet
1998
1/27
Hightower Banquet
2000
1/28
New Party Party
1999
1/29
Other Fundraising Ideas
1999-2000
electronic_file
Electronic File
Progressive Missoula Awards Banquet Letter
1998
Electronic File
Progressive Missoula Awards Banquet Invitation
undated
Electronic File
Progressive Missoula Awards Banquet Recipients
1998
Subseries 7: Governance
0.2 linear feet and 2 electronic files
128 kilobytes of digital material
1993-2000
Box/Folder
1/30
Action Plan
1996
1/31
Action Plan
1997
1/32
Action Plan
2000
1/33
Bundling
1995-1997
1/34
Employment contracts
1995-1996
1/35
Expansion Bozeman, Butte, Helena
1997
1/36
Hoffman, Jim's dissociation
1999
1/37
Union Hall Rental Agreement
undated
1/38
Bylaws
1996-1997
1/39
Charter
1997
1/40
Mission Statement
1993
1/41
Progressive Agenda / Proposals
1998
1/42
Principles
1997
1/43
Commissioner of Political Practices Reports
1994-1996
electronic_file
Electronic File
Action Plan
1998
Electronic File
Principles
1998
Subseries 8: Interns
0.1 linear feet
1996-1999
Box/Folder
1/44
Interns Description
1996-1997
1/45
Interns
1999
Subseries 9: Media Relations
0.1 linear feet
1996-2001
Box/Folder
1/46
Committee Media
1996
1/47
Info about Media
undated
1/48
Press Releases
1998-2000
1/49
Radio / TV
1997-2001
1/50
Strategy
1997
1/51
Strategy
1999
1/52
Spin Media Training
undated
Subseries 10: Membership
0.2 linear feet and 4 electronic files
128 kilobytes of digital material
1994-2001
Box/Folder
1/53
House Visit Form
undated
1/54
Member Lists
1994-1999
1/55
Phone Polls
1996
2/1
Forms
undated
2/2
Living Wage Dessert Party Ward 6
1999
2/3
Membership Renewals
1996
2/4
Plan
1996-1997
2/5
Renewal Letters
1999-2001
2/6
Renewal Phone Raps
undated
2/7
Reporting Documents
1996-1997
2/8
Sustainer Info and Data
1996
2/9
Women's Leadership Project
1999
2/10
Houseparty Project
1996
2/11
House Parties Attendees
1996
2/12
House Party Invites
1996
2/13
Houseparties
1997
electronic_file
Electronic File
General Membership Meeting Agenda
1998
Electronic File
New Member Phone Rap
1997
Electronic File
Renewal Phone Rap
1997
Electronic File
House Party Invitation
1998
Subseries 11: Organizer
0.1 linear feet and 2 electronic files
128 kilobytes of digital material
1992-2000
Box/Folder
2/14
Advertisements / Fliers
undated
2/15
Contracts
1996-2000
2/16
Evaluations
1996-1999
2/17
Job Description
1997-2000
2/18
Work Plans Organizer
1999-2000
2/19
Action Education
1998-1999
2/20
Campaign Planning
1994-1998
2/21
2 Year Planning Documents
1997-1998
2/22
Committee Meetings Running Meetings
1998
2/23
Community Action School Workbook
undated
2/24
Consensus Training / Active Listening
1992
2/25
Elections / Campaign Training
1999
2/26
House Visits
1999
2/27
Mid-Level Organizers Training
1999
2/28
Overview
undated
2/29
Miscellaneous
1999-2000
electronic_file
Electronic File
Office Administration Instructions
1998
Electronic File
Organizer Resignation
1998
Subseries 12: Student Chapter
0.1 linear feet
2001
Box/Folder
2/30
ASUM
2000
2/31
Budget Request
2001
2/32
Fliers
undated
2/33
Governing Documents
undated
2/34
Organizational Meetings
2001
2/35
Students (Interested)
undated

Series II:  Campaigns, 1994-2001Return to Top

1.5 linear feet

This series contains materials generated in relation to campaigns organized around specific political issues. Materials include research materials, correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, and outreach materials. The series is divided into four subseries.

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: Issue Campaigns
0.5 linear feet
1994-2001
Box/Folder
2/36
Corporate Responsibility
1996
2/37
Energy Issues
2001
2/38
Family Definition Campaign
undated
2/39
Housing - Accessory Dwelling Units
undated
2/40
Housing Affordable City Council Meetings
1996-1997
2/41
Housing Affordable 2001 Housing Pains Study
2001
2/42
Human Rights
1998-1999
2/43
Local Government Review Study Commission
1994
2/44
School Closure
1994-2000
2/45
Smart Growth
1999-2000
2/46
Sustainable Cities Project
1994-1996
2/47
Complaint to Political Practices
1997
2/48
Propaganda
1998
2/49
Response to CFCG
1997
Subseries 2: Living Wage
0.5 linear feet
1995-2001
Box/Folder
2/50
Bibliography
1999
2/51
Business Support
1999
2/52
Canvass Living Wage Ward 1
1999
2/53
Canvass Ward 3
1999
2/54
Canvass Living Wage Ward 6
1999
2/55
City Council Reports
1996
2/56
City Council Testifiers
undated
2/57
Coalition Agenda
1999-2001
2/58
Coalition Partners
2000
2/59
Correspondence
1999
2/60
Factsheets / Fliers
2000-2001
2/61
Federal Living Wage Legislation
2000
2/62
Initiative Language
1999
2/63
Initiative Timeline and Goals
1999-2000
2/64
Job Gap Study
1999
2/65
Letter (LTE, City council people, etc.)
1999-2001
2/66
News Articles Missoula
1999
2/67
News Articles National
1996-1999
2/68
Ordinance - Final
undated
2/69
Ordinance Proposals
1999
2/70
Other cities Campaigns
1995-2000
2/71
Other cities Successes
1996-2000
2/72
Other cities Studies
1996
2/73
Petition Signers who voted
2001
2/74
Press Advisories
1998-1999
2/75
Responses to Living Wage Concerns
1999
2/76
Raps
undated
2/77
Steering Committee
2000
Subseries 3: Campaign Finance Reform
0.25 linear feet
1996-2001
Box/Folder
3/1
Montana Campaign Finance Reform Int. / Voting History
1997
3/2
Lawyers
undated
3/3
Coalition Individuals and Groups
1998
3/4
Needed Changes
1998
3/5
General Studies and Articles
1998
3/6
Other State and Local Campaign Finance Reform Work
1997
3/7
Federal Campaign Finance Reform
undated
3/8
National New Party Communications
1998
3/9
Missoula Campaign Finance Reform Campaign History
1997
3/10
Montana Law
1986-1998
3/11
Campaign Finance Reform
1997-1999
Subseries 4: Fusion
0.25 linear feet
1996-2001
Box/Folder
3/12
Fusion
1996-2001
3/13
Ballot Initiative 1998
1998
3/14
Fliers
undated
3/15
Supreme Court Decision
1996

Series III:  Elections, 1993-2001Return to Top

0.5 linear feet and 1 electronic file
32 kilobytes of digital material

This series contains materials related to local and statewide elections, including city council, school board, and state representative elections. Materials include campaign literature, press clippings, and Missoula New Party Elections Committee documents.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/16
Campaign Brochures
1993-1999
3/17
Candidate Search
1998-2001
3/18
Demarinis, Naomi
1999
3/19
Handler, Allison Ward 2
2001
3/20
Harmon, Dave Ward 1
1997
3/21
Herbig, Lois Ward 1
1999
3/22
McGrath, Jim Ward 2
1999
3/23
Press Clippings Elections
1993-2000
3/24
Sweet, Craig Ward 6
1997
3/25
Torma, John Ward 3
1999
3/26
Tracy, Linda Ward 2
1997
3/27
Missoula Neighborhood Council Map
2001
3/28
Accountability Partnership
2001
3/29
Erickson, Ron State Rep.
2000
3/30
Gutsche, Gail State Rep.
2000
3/31
Results Elections
1999-2000
3/32
School Board
2001
3/33
Elections Committee
1998
3/34
Elections Committee
1999-2000
3/35
Timelines
1998
3/36
Candidate Screening
1995-1997
3/37
Candidates
1996-2000
Box
OS 6
Campaign Yard Signs and Ward Map
2001 and undated
OS 7
Missoula Precinct Map 2001
2001
electronic_file
Electronic File
List of Potential Candidates
1998

Series IV:  Publicity & Publications, 1994-2001Return to Top

0.5 linear feet

This series contain publicity and published articles about the Missoula New Party and newsletters published by the Missoula New Party chapter. The Series has been divided into two Subseries.

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: Press Clippings
0.1 linear feet
1996-1997
Box/Folder
4/1
Clippings
1996
4/2
Clippings
1997
5/1
New Party News Clippings
undated
Subseries 2: Newsletters - Local
0.4 linear feet
1994-2001
Box/Folder
4/3
Local newsletters
1994
4/4
Local newsletters
1995
4/5
Local newsletters
1996
4/6
Local newsletters
1997
4/7
Local newsletters
1998
4/8
Local newsletters
1999
4/9
Local newsletters
2000
4/10
Local newsletters
2001
4/11
Flyers and Posters
undated
4/53
New Party - 3.5 inch Floppy Disk
undated
5/2
Miscellaneous
undated

Series V:  National New Party, 1993-2003Return to Top

1.0 linear feet

This series contains materials documenting the relationship between the Missoula New Party chapter and the National New Party organization, including correspondence, annual meetings, national newsletters, and other state chapters.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/12
Constitution
1992-1998
4/13
Correspondence
1996-1999
4/14
Governance
undated
4/15
News Articles 3rd Party
1996-1998
4/16
News Articles
1993-1995
4/17
Other chapters
1996-1999
4/18
Policies
1996
4/19
Principles
undated
4/20
Proposals / New Directions
undated
4/21
Subsidy for Organizing
1996
4/22
Memorandum
1993-1995
4/23
Annual Meetings
1997-1999
4/24
National Leadership Meeting - 1997
1997
4/25
New Party National Executive Committee March 20-21, 1999
1999
4/26
Recent / Current
2000
4/27
National Executive Council
2000
4/28
New Majority Education Fund
2000-2001
4/29
Subsidies
2001
4/30
Working Families Party
2000
4/31
Portland New Party
2000-2001
4/32
Little Rock New Party
1999
4/33
Missoula New Party
1999-2001
4/34
Proportional Representation
1996
4/35
Working Families Party
2000
4/36
Correspondence - Election Law
1997-2001
4/37
New Majority Education Fund - General
2000-2001
4/38
New Majority Education Fund - Foundation
2000-2001
4/39
New Majority Education Fund - Labor, Outreach
2001
4/40
New Majority Education Fund - Veatch
2000-2001
4/41
New Majority Education Fund - Finances
2001-2003
Subseries 1: Newsletters - National
0.1 linear feet
1995-2000
Box/Folder
4/42
Summer
1999
4/43
Winter
1998
4/44
Spring
1998
4/45
Winter
1997
4/46
Fall
1997
4/47
Spring
1997
4/48
Winter
1996
4/49
Fall
1996
4/50
Spring
1996
4/51
Winter
1995
4/52
Summer
1995

Series VI:  Artifacts, undatedReturn to Top

2 items

This series contains two New Party button artifacts

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5/3
New Party buttons
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Elections--Montana--Missoula
  • Living wage movement--Montana--Missoula
  • Political participation--Montana--Missoula
  • Political parties--Montana--Missoula
  • Geographical Names :
  • Missoula (Mont.)--Politics and government--20th century