Montana Constitutional Convention (1889) records, 1889  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Montana Constitutional Convention (1889).
Title
Montana Constitutional Convention (1889) records
Dates
1889 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 linear foot of shelf space
Collection Number
RS 148
Summary
These Montana Constitutional Convention records (1889) consist of correspondence, a journal of daily proceedings, stenographer's notes, subject files, propositions, reports, resolutions, petitions, oaths of office, draft constitution, rules, membership lists, etc.
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

Collection is open for research. Use of the handwritten copy of the stenographer's notes is restricted due to its fragile condition; a photocopy is available for research.

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

On February 22, 1889, President Grover Cleveland signed an enabling act known as the Omnibus Statehood Bill, providing for constitutional conventions to be called on July 4, 1889, in Montana, Washington, and North and South Dakota territories. A convention was called in Helena, the territorial capital of Montana, to draft a constitution. Seventy-five delegates were elected in May from the sixteen existing counties. The convention was in session from July 4 to August 17, 1889. William A. Clark served as president of the convention.

On October 1, 1889, the draft constitution was approved by a vote of the people of Montana Territory. The U.S. Congress also approved the constitution, and a proclamation by President Benjamin Harrison on November 8, 1889, admitted Montana as the forty-first state.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The records of the 1889 Constitutional Convention include general correspondence, financial records, journal of daily sessions, general topical files arranged by file number; propositions (include committee reports); resolutions and ordinances; status reports; bill book; constitution draft; oaths of office; petitions; memorials; rules; membership list; and convention letterhead.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of the Montana Historical Society. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all materials in the collection. In some cases permission for use may require additional authorization from the copyright owners. For more information contact an archivist.

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
Chronological (includes "Some facts concerning the location of the capital at Anaconda"; notifications of delegates who "paired")
1889 July-November

Financial Records Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1 / 2
Checkbook
1889 July-August
OvFd / 1
Disbursements for mileage, per diem, and salaries
1889
1 / 3
Invoices, receipts, etc.
1889

Minutes Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1 / 4
Convention journal
1889 July-August
1 / 5-7
Stenographer's notes (photocopy: fragile originals are in Box 3 and are restricted)
1889 July-August

Proceedings Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1 / 8
General File No. 1 (re city, town, and county organization)
1889
1 / 9
General File No. 2-4 (re institutions, military affairs, education)
1889
1 / 10
General File No. 5-7 (re corporations, boundaries, and suffrage)
1889
1 / 11
General File No. 8-9 (re executive department, public indebtedness)
1889
1 / 12
General File No. 10-15 (re apportionment, officers, citizenship, fires, miscellaneous subjects and future amendments, water rights)
1889
1 / 13
General File No. 16 (re Legislative Department)
1889
1 / 14
General File No. 17 (re industrial resources and commerce)
1889
1 / 15
General File No. 18 (re Judicial Department)
1889
1 / 16
General File No. 19 (re schedule (validity of territorial documents))
1889
1 / 17
General File No. 20 (re revenue and taxation)
1889
1 / 18
General File No. 21 (re preamble)
1889
1 / 19
General File No. 22 (re ordinances)
1889

Miscellany Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Volume
1
Bill book
1889
Box/Folder
1 / 20
Draft of constitution
1889
1 / 21
Memorials
1889
1 / 22
Oaths of office
1889
1 / 23
Petitions (re woman suffrage, Sunday laws, taxes)
1889
1 / 24
Propositions 1-18 (re preamble and declaration of rights, convict labor, imported labor, education, labor, Chinese, irrigation, military affairs, executive department, boundaries and public lands, suffrage, Bureau of Agriculture, state institutions and public buildings)
1889
2 / 1
Propositions 19-29 (re Legislative Department, Judicial Department, pardoning power, public lands and homestead exemptions, municipal corporations, irrigation, revenue and taxation, miscellaneous subjects and future amendments, woman suffrage)
1889
2 / 2
Propositions 30-40 (re water rights, corporations, military reservations, ordinances, public lands, public indebtedness, validity of laws passed by territorial legislatures, woman suffrage, apportionment and representation)
1889
2 / 3
Resolutions, ordinances, etc. (re preamble, stenographer's duties, boundaries, counties, state property, suffrage, new counties, special deputies and private detectives, blacklisting, liquor dealers, abuse of privilege by Helena Journal, printing of Constitution, federal grant of land to state, prevention of cholera, taxation, court system)
1889
2 / 4
Rules, membership and committee lists, letterhead
1889
2 / 5
Status reports
1889
3 / 1-3
Stenographer's notes (original: RESTRICTED; use copy in Box 1, Folder 5-7)
1889

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Constitutional conventions--Montana--1889