Montana Conservation Council Records, 1939-1975  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Montana Conservation Council
Title
Montana Conservation Council Records
Dates
1939-1975 (inclusive)
Quantity
4.75 linear feet, (10 boxes)
Collection Number
Mss 189
Summary
The Montana Conservation Council was an organization founded in 1948 to educate Montanans about wise use of natural resources. The collection contains the organization's correspondence, governance documents, newsletters, clippings, and photographs that document its interests in soils, forests, wildlife, reclamation efforts, the work of women (including garden clubs and women's clubs), range management, and conservation education.
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 the initial finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historic Publications and Records Commission. Funding for encoding the initial finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Montana Conservation Council formed in 1948 to educate Montanans about the wise use of their natural resources by bringing together public and private agencies with citizens to "harmonize and integrate" interest in resource management. The group was originally organized as a region-wide group known as the Northwest Conservation League. Kenneth Davis, Dean of Forestry at Montana State University (The University of Montana), became the first Council president. In 1951, the Council formed a board of directors that directed the Council's affairs throughout its existence. The membership was made up of middle-class men and women concerned about dwindling resources.

The organization focused on soils, forests, wildlife, reclamation efforts, the work of women (including garden clubs and women's clubs), range management, and conservation education. One of the Council's programs, beginning in 1949, was its annual Conservation Caravan, in which members and interested citizens traveled by chartered bus around Montana observing good and bad resource management techniques. The final caravan took place in 1958.

The Council helped bring about change in conservation methods and attitudes through political and educational means. Members of the Council were directly involved in the legislative process and one board member, WintonWeydemeyer, served in the Montana Legislature. Through these and other means, the Concil was a strong and influential voice in Montana's conservation movement. The group disbanded in the early 1970s.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains the organization's correspondence, governance documents, newsletters, clippings, and photographs that document its interests in soils, forests, wildlife, reclamation efforts, the work of women (including garden clubs and women's clubs), range management, and conservation education. Materials document the organization's major programs: the annual meeting, held yearly in Montana; the Conservation Caravan; Conservation Week; and trail rides.

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], Montana Conservation Council 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:  Correspondence, 1949-1973Return to Top

2.25 linear feet

This series contains the Council's correspondence, which mainly focuses on its major programs: the annual meeting, held yearly in Montana; the Conservation Caravan; Conservation Week; and trail rides. There is also correpondence with the U.S. Forest Service and with Montana's congressional delegation.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Annual meeting: Bozeman
1951
1/2
Annual meeting: Billings
1952
1/3
Annual meeting: Missoula
1953
1/4
Annual meeting: Havre
1954
1/5
Annual meeting: Dillon
1955
1/6
Annual meeting: Livingston
1956
1/7
Annual meeting: Kalispell
1957
1/8
Annual meeting: Butte
1958
1/9
Annual meeting: Lewistown
1959
1/10
Annual meeting: Hamilton
1960
1/11
Annual meeting: Helena
1961
1/12
Annual meeting: Butte
1962
1/13
Annual meeting: Billings
1963
1/14
Annual meeting: Lewistown
1964
1/15
Annual meeting: Missoula
1965
2/1
Annual meeting: Great Falls
1966
2/2
Annual meeting: Butte
1967
2/3
Annual meeting: Helena
1968
2/4
Annual meeting: Billings
1969
2/5
Annual meeting: Missoula
1970
2/6
Annual meeting: Bozeman
1971
2/7
Annual meeting: Great Falls
1972-1973
2/8
Bureau of Indian Affairs
1959-1960
2/9
Bureau of Land Management
1959-1963
2/10
Columbia Basin Inter-Agency Committee
1961
2/11
Conservation Education Association
1960
2/12
Conservation Education Association
1954 and 1961
10/1
Conservation Education Association, Conferences and Publications
1954 and 1961
2/13
Congressional correspondence
1959-1961
2/14
Conservation Caravan
1949
2/15
Conservation Caravan
1950
2/16
Conservation Caravan
1951
2/17
Conservation Caravan
1952
2/18
Conservation Caravan
1953
10/2
Conservation Caravan
1954
3/1
Conservation Caravan
1955
3/2
Conservation Caravan
1956
3/3
Conservation Caravan
1957
3/4
Conservation Caravan
1958
3/5
Conservation Week
1950
3/6
Conservation Week
1952
3/7
Conservation Week
1953
3/8
Conservation Week
1954
3/9
Conservation Week
1955
3/10
Conservation Week
1956
3/11
Conservation Week
1957
3/12
Conservation Week
1958
3/13
Conservation Week
1959
3/14
Conservation Week
1960
3/15
Conservation Week
1961
3/16
Conservation Week
1962
3/17
Conservation Week
1963
3/18
Conservation Week
1964
3/19
Conservation Week
1965
4/1
Trail rides
1960-1962
4/2
Trail rides
1963
4/3
Trail rides
1964-1965
4/4
Training project
1959
4/5
U.S. Forest Service
1959-1962
4/6
J.K. Vessey
1955-1961
4/7
Water Pollution Advisory Board
1961
4/8
Water Resources Committee: Policies, functions
1962
4/9
Water study
1963
4/10
Water study
1964
4/11
Youth conference
1969
4/12
General correspondence
1953-1963

Series II:  Financial Records, 1958-1972Return to Top

1 folder

This series consists of one folder of financial reports, which consist mostly of treasurer's reports from the organization's annual meetings, and one audit report from 1958.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/13
Financial Reports
1958-1972

Series III:  Governance, 1939-1973Return to Top

1.5 linear feet

This series contains materials that document the governance and core activities of the Council. They include a complete set of the Board of Director's meeting minutes and files on the Council's various committees, including education, forest insects, legislative action, new industries, and recreation. It also contains the organization's founding documents, including its constitution and by-laws. In 2008 a group of materials was added to this series; the majority of these records are in box 10.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/14
Articles of incorporation, by-laws, history
1954-1963
4/15
Department of Public Instruction
1959-1965
4/16
Education Committee
1947-1956
4/17
Forest Insect Committee
1956
5/1
Handbook
1953
5/2
Montana Fish & Game
1959-1961
5/3
Montana Highway Department
1959-1961
5/4
Montana School of Mines
1959-1961
5/5
Montana State College (Bozeman)
1959
5/6
Montana State University (Missoula)
1959
5/7
Soil Conservation Service
1959
5/8
Soil Conservation Society of America
1959
5/9
State Forester
1959-1962
5/10
National Parks Association
1961
5/11
Legislative action
1963-1969
5/12
Legislative action
1970-1972
5/13
National Wildlife Federation
1960
5/14
Legislative Committee
1956-1965
5/15
Louis Hill Foundation
1955-1964
5/16
Natural Resources Council
1960
5/17
New Industries Committee
1952-1954
5/18
Ravalli County Fish & Wildlife Association
1951-1952
5/19
Recreation Committee
1959-1963
5/20
Resolutions
1952-1964
5/21
Resolutions
1962-1970
5/22
Resources for the Future
1949
5/23
Science fairs
1957
6/1
Select Committee on National Water Resources
1959
6/2
Summary
1961
6/3
Board of Directors Meeting
1954
6/4
Board of Directors Meeting
1955
6/5
Board of Directors Meeting
1956
6/6
Board of Directors Meeting
1957
6/7
Board of Directors Meeting
1958
6/8
Board of Directors Meeting
1959
6/9
Board of Directors Meeting
1960
6/10
Board of Directors Meeting
1961
6/11
Board of Directors Meeting
1962
6/12
Board of Directors Meeting
1963
6/13
Board of Directors Meeting
1964
6/14
Board of Directors Meeting
1965
6/15
Board of Directors Meeting
1967
6/16
Board of Directors Meeting
1968
6/17
Board of Directors Meeting
1969
6/18
Board of Directors Meeting
1970
6/19
Board of Directors Meeting
1971
6/20
Board of Directors Meeting
1973
box-volume
6/1
Minutes
1948-1960
7/1
Minutes
1960-1964
Box/Folder
10/3
Board of Directors and Executive Staff Lists
1949, 1955-1975
10/4
Columbia Interstate Compact
1960
10/5
Conservation Education Committee, Minutes
1956-1968
10/6
Conservation Education: Great Falls Public Schools
undated
10/7
Conservation Education: Lincoln County Schools
1954-1955
10/8
Constitution and ByLaws, Northwest Conservation League
undated
10/9
Finance and Membership Committee
1953-1958
10/10
Leadership Training
1958-1962
10/11
Membership Lists and Officers
1939-1942
10/12
Membership Lists and Receipts
1953-1956
10/13
Miscellaneous
1954-1959
10/14
Program Committee
1954
10/15
Publicity Committee
1954-1955
10/16
Resolutions, Objectives, Policies
1952-1970
10/17
Water Resources Conference
1960
10/18
Watershed Committee
1954
10/19
Workshops
1957-1968

Series IV:  Newsletters and Brochures, 1950-1965Return to Top

0.25 linear feet

This series contains copies of the Montana Conservationist, published by the Montana Conservation Council, and the Council's newsletter.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
7/1
Montana Conservationist
1954-1955
7/2
Montana Conservationist
1955
7/3
Montana Conservationist
1956
7/4
Montana Conservationist
1957
7/5
Montana Conservationist
1958
7/6
Montana Conservationist
1959
7/7
Montana Conservationist
1960
7/8
Montana Conservationist
1961
7/9
Montana Conservationist
1962
7/10
Montana Conservationist
1962-1963
7/11
Montana Conservationist
1963-1964
7/12
Montana Conservationist
1970
7/13
Montana Conservationist
1972
7/14
Bolle statement
1969
7/15
Newsletter, Bar Nothin'
1950-1954

Series V:  Clippings, 1948-1972Return to Top

0.5 linear feet

This series contains newspaper clippings from Montana newspapers about the activities and concerns of the Council and its members.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
7/16
Chamber of Commerce newsletters
1952-1958
7/17
1948-1952
7/18
1952
7/19
1953
7/20
1954
7/21
1955-1956
7/22
1957-1958
7/23
1959
7/24
1960
7/25
1961
7/26
1962
8/1
1963
8/2
1964
8/3
1965
8/4
1966
8/5
1967
8/6
1968
8/7
1969
8/8
1970
8/9
1971
8/20
1972

Series VI:  Photographs, 1949-1957Return to Top

0.25 linear feet

This series contains photographs produced by and for the Council. Most document the Conservation Caravan and annual meetings. There are also images with the Montana Governor and Council members. Most of the photographs were taken by Winton Weydemeyer of Fortine, Montana.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
9/1
Conservation Caravan
1949
9/2
Conservation Caravan
1953
9/3
Council
1954
9/4
Council
1955
9/5
Council
1955
9/6
Council
1956
9/7
Conservation Caravan
1956
9/8
Conservation Caravan
1957
9/9
Unidentified
undated
9/10
Negatives
1954-1955 and undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Conservation of natural resources--Montana
  • Conservation of natural resources--Montana--Citizen participation
  • Conservation of natural resources--Montana--Societies, etc.
  • Conservation of natural resources--Study and teaching--Montana
  • Conservationists--Montana
  • Forest conservation--Montana
  • Gardening--Montana--Societies, etc.
  • Range management--Montana
  • Soil conservation--Montana
  • Wildlife conservation--Montana
  • Women in conservation of natural resources--Montana
  • Women conservationists--Montana
  • Women--Montana--Societies and clubs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Montana--Environment conditions
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Clippings--Montana
  • Newsletters--Montana
  • Photographs--Montana
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Weydemeyer, Winton, 1903- (author)