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Tim and Betty Babcock papers

Repository:Montana Historical Society, Research Center Archives
Summary: Tim Babcock was governor of Montana from 1962 until 1969, an active member in the Republican Party up until his death in 2015, owner of Babcock Trucking Inc., co-owner of the Colonial Hotel, and a mining consultant. This collection consists of records (1961-1969) from Babcock's two terms including Vietnam condolence letters to Montana families, speeches, press releases, six large scrapbooks created by his staff with assistance from his wife, Betty, records of Babcock's administrative assistant Dave Holliday, and a reel to reel tape of campaign ads from Babcock's gubernatorial campaign. Speeches primarily given as governor are also included (1963-1968, 1972). The speeches make up a bulk of the collection and often contain hand written edits. Subject files are included covering topics he addressed as governor, however the subject files also include records of his various businesses (1968-1972, 1991-1996) including Babcock Trucking (court papers, and financial records) and the Colonial Inn (subject files detailing the planning and development of the hotel). Collection includes a number of maps, predominantly relating to the mining industry. Betty Babcock was Tim's wife and was co-owner/manager of the Colonial Inn, a delegate for the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention, and a state representative from 1975 to 1977. Her portion of the collection includes correspondence written to her from the general public on various topics related to the development of the 1972 state consitution including people's support or opposition to various issues discussed during the re-writing of the state constitution (1971-1972), as well as financial and legal documents, press releases, speeches, Betty's notes, and subject files all relating to con-con activity (1972), including the planning and scheduling of tours of the State Capitol for schools and organizations across the state, of which she managed. Also included are correspondence and subject files from the one term she served as a state rep for the 44th Montana Legislative Session, specifically on bills heard during the session and the public's support or opposition (1975).
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Lee Metcalf Papers

Repository:Montana Historical Society, Research Center Archives
Summary: Lee Metcalf (1911-1978) served as U.S. Congressman from Montana from 1952 to 1961 and as U.S. Senator from 1961 until his death in 1978. The papers reflect Metcalf's wide range of interests, but especially reflect his involvement in public utilities regulation and protection of the natural environment. Over half of the collection consists of general correspondence (1951-1978) arranged alphabetically by subject and government agency. Name index card files of correspondents are available, one of which is organized alphabetically, another is arranged by location in Montana. Additionally in the collection are series for bills, printed materials, campaign materials, speeches and writings, voting records, and clippings. The Vic Reinemer Subgroup consists of general correspondence, outgoing correspondence, and subject files generated by Reinemer in his capacity as Metcalf's executive secretary and as staff director of the Senate Subcommittee on Banking, Management, and Expenditures.

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