Earl J. Barlow papers, 1937 and 1972-2005 PDF
- Barlow, Earl J., b. 1927
- Earl J. Barlow papers
and 1972-2005 (inclusive)19372005
- 0.5 linear ft.
- Collection Number
- Mss 709
- This collection contains papers from Earl Barlow's work at the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention for the inclusion of a clause recognizing the cultural heritage and education needs of the American Indian, his work encouraging the Montana Legislature's passage of the Indian Studies Act of 1973 and the Amendment of 1979, and related speeches.
- 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
- 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.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Earl J. Barlow was born on June 2, 1927, on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Browning, Montana, to Forest James Barlow and Vera Stewart Barlow. He attended federally operated boarding school and rural elementary schools on the reservation and graduated from Browning High School in 1944. He attended the University of Idaho from 1944-1945, Stanford University in 1945, and Western Montana College where he received a B.S. degree with honors in 1948. Barlow received his M.A. in Education from Montana State University in Missoula (now called The University of Montana-Missoula) in 1959.
Barlow began working as a teacher on the Flathead Indian Reservation in 1948 before becoming an elemenatry school principal and then coach and Superintendent of Schools for the district from 1957 to 1966. From 1966 to 1969 he was employed as Superintendent of Schools for District 2 in Stevensville, Montana; from 1969 to 1970 as a Program Specialist supervising ESEA and Title I programs for the western third of Montana; from 1970 to 1973 as the first Indian appointed to be Supervisor of Indian Education in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction; from 1973 to 1978 as Superintendent of Schools in Browning, Montana; from 1979 to 1981 as Director, Office of Indian Education, Bureau of Indian Affairs, in Washington, D.C.; and in 1982 as Area Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Barlow retired in 1994.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
This collection contains papers from Earl Barlow's work at the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention promoting the inclusion of a clause recognizing the cultural heritage and education needs of the American Indian, his work encouraging the Montana Legislature's passage of the Indian Studies Act of 1973 and the Amendment of 1979, and related speeches. The collection is divided into three series.
Series I, Montana Constitutional Convention, includes Barlow's speeches and testimony at the Convention, his correspondence with individuals and organzations regarding the proposed clause, background research, and news clippings.
Series II, Indian Studies Act, includes an analysis and response to the original Indian Studies Act of 1947 along with correspondence and other information relevant to Indian education during the 1970s and proprosed revisions to existing laws.
Series III, Miscellaneous, includes information regarding Barlow's honorary doctorate from Montana State University, two of his speeches, and his resume.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes.
[Name of document or photograph number], Earl J. Barlow 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: Montana Constitutional Convention, 1937-2005Return to Top
Introduction to Barlow's participation in Montana Constitutional Convention
Address by Earl Barlow
Address by Earl Barlow
Testimony by Earl Barlow
Lucille Otter letter
Equal Education Opportunity
Richard J. Champoose, Delegate
Dorothy Eck, Delegate
Wade J. Dahood, Delegate
Dolores Colburg, State Superintendent
Montana United Indian Association
Montana Inter Tribal Policy Board
Constitutional Convention Delegates
Montana State Constitution pamphlet
Rights of Indians
Constitutional Convention publications
Article X Section 1(2)(Indian Education Article) Assessment
The Intelligence and Achievement of White and Salish Indian Children, masters thesis by Bessie Young Marble
The Constitution of the State of Montana
Barlow's annotated copy
Series II: Indian Studies Act, 1972-1979Return to Top
Introduction to Indian Studies Act
Indian Studies Act of 1973
Rules requiring Indian Studies Training, State Board of Public Education
Indian Culture Master Plan, State Board of Public Education
Indian Studies Guidelines, State Board of Public Education
Indian Studies Act Amendment of 1979,
Series III: Miscellaneous, 1979-2005Return to Top
Montana State University Honorary Doctorate
Earl J. Barlow resume
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Subject Terms :
- Constitutional conventions--Montana
- Indians of North America--Education--Montana
- Indians of North America--Government relations
- Indians of North America--Montana
- Indians--Study and teaching--Montana
- Corporate Names :
- Montana. Constitutional Convention (1971-1972)
- Montana. Legislature
- Geographical Names :
- Montana--Politics and government--20th century