Montana Children's Center records, 1894-1984  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Montana Children's Center
Title
Montana Children's Center records
Dates
1894-1984 (inclusive)
Quantity
13.5 linear feet of shelf space
Collection Number
RS 95
Summary
These records (1894-1975) of the Montana Children's Center in Twin Bridges, and of its predecessor the State Orphans' Home, consist of executive board minutes, indexed records of children received at the center, financial records, blueprints, and miscellany.
Repository
Montana Historical Society, Research Center Archives
Montana Historical Society Research Center Archives
225 North Roberts
PO Box 201201
Helena MT
59620-1201
Telephone: 406-444-2681
Fax: 406-444-5297
mhslibrary@mt.gov
Access Restrictions

Administrative records are open for research. RESTRICTION: Access to children's records limited to individual or closest living relative. Access to adoption records allowed only with a court order from a Montana District Court. Contact State Archivist for details of access.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Montana State Orphan's Asylum was established by the 1893 legislature for the "care and education of orphans, foundlings, and destitute children". The Asylum was governed by a board of five trustees, who were empowered to select a suitable site at Twin Bridges, to adopt rules for the governance of the home, and to hire a superintendent and a matron. The superintendent would, in turn, hire nurses, attendants, and others. The trustees were also authorized to establish schools and vocational training shops.

Any child under the age of 12 was eligible for admission, and children 12 and over if it was deemed advisable by the Board. When the Board determined it was suitable, children could be placed in private homes. Over the years, a large percentage of children at the home were not orphans, but were children who for a variety of reasons could not be cared for by their parents.

In 1959 the home was renamed the Montana Children's Center. The Center closed in 1979.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Records include financial records (1894-1973) including cash books, journals, ledgers, trial balances, voucher registers, etc.; board of trustees minutes (1893-1955); copies of minutes of the State Board of Education (1944-1962) and the State Board of Institutions (1965-1974); annual reports (1910-1951) and other reports; subject files; and children's records (1894-1975)

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Montana Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library before any reproduction use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

item description and date. Collection Title. Collection Number. Box and Folder numbers. Montana Historical Society Research Center, Archives, Helena, Montana.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

General Correspondence Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1 / 1
Miscellaneous
1919-1973

Financial Records Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1 / 1a
Account book
1917-1924
1 / 2
Appropriations
1897-1915, 1926
1 / 3
Budgets (proposed)
1955-1961
Volume
1-5
Cash books
1917-1968
Box/Folder
1 / 4
Classification of Accounts and Manual of Accounting Procedures
1921
1 / 5
Expenses
1894-1895
1 / 6-11
Financial reports
1928-1961
1 / 12
Financial reports: State Examiner
1962-1967
1 / 13
Journal
1894-1899
Volume
6-7
Journals
1898-1909
Box/Folder
1 / 14
Journal
1909-1915
Volume
8
Journal
1915-1928
Box/Folder
1 / 15
Ledger
1894-1899
Volume
9
Ledger
1900-1905
Box/Folder
1 / 16
Ledger
1909-1915
Volume
10-11
Ledgers
1915-1927
Box/Folder
2 / 1-8
Ledgers
1928-1957
2 / 9
Ledgers: monthly totals
1935-1955
3 / 1-2
Petty ledgers
1915-1923
3 / 3-5
Payroll books
1912-1928
Volume
12-13
Payroll books
1929-1941
Box/Folder
3 / 6-9
Payroll books
1941-1955
3 / 10-14
Payroll sheets
1955-1967
4 / 1
Revolving fund
1965-1973
4 / 2
Trial balance
1917
4 / 3-8
Trial balances, financial statements, etc.
1953-1973
Volume
14
Voucher register #1-3175
1909-1915
15
Voucher register #3176-7108
1915-1920
16
Voucher register #7109-9560
1920-1924
17
Voucher register #9561-11394
1925-1928
18
Voucher register #11395-12238; 1-11061
1928-1950
19
Voucher register #11062-12806; 1-1216
1950-1955
20
Voucher register #1199-5500; 1-1120; 1-306
1955-1960
21
Voucher register (separate run)
1917-1928

Minutes Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4 / 9-13
Board minutes
1893-1955
4 / 14
Council of Superintendents of Children's Institutions
1956
4 / 15
Council of Superintendents of Juvenile Institutions
1966-1972
5 / 1-4
State Board of Education (copies)
1944-1962
5 / 5-6
State Board of Institutions (copies)
1965-1974

Printed Materials Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5 / 6a
The Home Echo (newsletter)
1949

Reports Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5 / 7
Annual reports of Department of Institutions
1967-1974
5 / 8-10
Annual reports of Executive Board
1910-1951
5 / 11
Biennial reports of Executive Board
1914, 1918, 1932
5 / 12-13a
Quarterly reports of Executive Board
1932-1962
5 / 14
School year reports
1942-1950
5 / 15
Semi-annual reports of Executive Board
1910-1919
5 / 16
Special Report on Education Bond Fund Account
1924
5 / 17
Special reports: miscellaneous
1921-1923
5 / 18
Statistical reports
1918-1967
5 / 19
Studies and reports
1963-1971

Subject Files Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
6 / 1
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
1969-1970
6 / 2
Architects' drawings (sketches): boilers
undated
6 / OVSZ
Blueprints of buildings (cottages, gymnasium, Moler Memorial Building, boiler room, kitchen, recreation center, laundry building, grounds)
1905-1968
6 / 3
Capital building projects
1967
6 / 4
Casey Family program
1973-1975
6 / 5
Chaplains
1967-1972
6 / 6
Children's accounts
1965-1966
6 / 7
Constitutional Convention
1971
6 / 8
Crime Control Commission
1973
6 / 9
Elementary school accreditation
1964-1975
6 / 10-11
Employee memos
1964-1975
6 / 12
Estates: Wilbur C. Cook
1956
6 / 13
Estates: Bertha B. Larter
1962
6 / 14-15
Estates: John W. Moler
1932-1953
6 / 16
Fire drills and regulations
undated
6 / 17
Fire inspection
1960-1973
6 / 18
Fishing licenses
1969
6 / 19
Hammond - Everly Engineering Company: report on water and heating system
1963
6 / 20
M. A. Harmon
1964
6 / 21
Senator Frank Hazelbaker
1967-1970
6 / 22
Inventory and appraisal of land and buildings
1960s
6 / 23
Investigation of charge of tainted meat
1915
6 / 24
Bob Jensen, State Training Coordinator
1971-1972
6 / 25
Edwin G. Kellner
1969-1975
6 / 26
Laws pertaining to Department of Institutions
1962-1971, undated
6 / 27
Legal custody
1959-1965
6 / 28
Long-range building program
1968-1972
6 / 29
Montana Aeronautics Commission
1967-1969
6 / 30
Montana Attorney General
1962-1971
6 / 31
Montana Council on Human Resources
1969
7 / 1
Montana Department of Health and Environmental Sciences
1960-1974
7 / 2-5
Montana Department of Institutions
1964-1974
7 / 6
Montana Department of Institutions reorganization
1971-1972
7 / 7
Montana Department of Public Welfare
1958-1938
7 / 8
Montana Governor's Committee on Mental Health
1963
7 / 9
Montana Industrial Accident Board: building inspection
1963-1972
7 / 10
Montana Law Enforcement Planning Committee
1969
7 / 11
Montana Legislative Council
1963-1974
7 / 12
Montana State University (Bozeman): Children's Center Needs Assessment Study
1973-1974
7 / 13
Montana Federation of Teachers
1974-1975
7 / 14
Repair and renovation: cottages and gymnasium
1966-1967
7 / 15
Repair and renovation: miscellaneous projects
1975
7 / 16
Selective Service system
1972
7 / 17
School district state impact aid
1966-1974
7 / 18
Senate bill 52: establishing state orphan home
1893
7 / 19
Specifications on building
1922, undated
7 / 20
Speed control, Highway 91
1970
7 / 21
State Orphan's Home information: miscellaneous (speeches, history, reports)
1920s-1960s
7 / 22
Twin Bridges High School
1971-1974
7 / 23
Twin Bridges High School: tuition
1966-1972
7 / 24
U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farm Home Administration
1967
7 / 25
U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Master Facility inventory
1967
7 / 26
Vocational education
1971
7 / 27
Vocational rehabilitation
1968
7 / 28
Youth Forest Camp, Swan Rivers
1966
7 / 29
Miscellaneous (includes interoffice memos, payroll sheets (1912-1922))
1912-1967

Children's Records (Restricted: see restriction statement above) Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
8 / 1
List of deceased residents
1895-1944
8 / 2-4
Record of children admitted and released
1908-1975
8 / 5
Visitors' register
1927-1952
9a / 1
Children's record (loose sheets)
1894-1896
9a / 2
Children's record I
1894-1916
9a / 3
Children's record I: index
undated
9a / 4
Children's record II
1914-1927
9a / 5
Children's record II: index
undated
Volume
24
Children's record: A - G
circa 1923-1955
25
Children's record: H - P
circa 1923-1955
26
Children's record: P - Z
circa 1923-1955
27
Children's record: A - Z
circa 1953-1957
Box/Folder
9b / 6
Children's register: A - Z
1894-1914
9b / 7
Children's register: A - Z
1908-1911
9b / 8
Children returned to parents, sent to reform school, etc.
1912
9b / 9
Discipline problems
1963-1974
9b / 10-11
Hospital record
1907-1943
9b / 12
IQs of children
1963
9b / 13
Record of children returned and replaced (also deaths and adoptions)
1928-1943
9b / 14
Reports on children
circa 1930
9b / 15
Reports on children (for committee of 39th Legislature)
1965

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Abused children--Montana
  • Orphanages--Montana--Twin Bridges
  • Youth --Montana
  • Corporate Names :
  • Montana State Orphans' Home.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Twin Bridges (Mont.)--Education