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Lee Metcalf Photograph Collection

Repository:Montana Historical Society, Research Center Archives
Summary:Lee W. Metcalf (1911-1978) served as a Montana state congressman, state assistant attorney general, World War II soldier and military prosecutor, and a Montana Supreme Court Associate Justice between 1937 and 1952. From 1952 to 1961, he held Montana’s First District U.S. Representatives seat. In 1961, he became a U.S. Senator, serving until his death on January 12, 1978. The photographs in this collection depict all aspects of Metcalf’s life and service in public office, including images of his time in various Montana government offices, as a U.S. Congressman, and as a U.S. Senator. Images from Metcalf’s personal life are included, showing Metcalf’s ancestors from Maine and Massachusetts; his early life and school days; his wife Donna and their son Jerry; Metcalf’s parents and their family; and scenes from his regular life outside of public office. The bulk of the collection is focused on the later part of his term as a U.S. Congressman, through his many years in the U.S. Senate, from 1958 to 1977. Originally housed within Metcalf’s congressional offices, many of these images were used by Metcalf and his office staff from 1953 to 1978 for various publications, television and film recordings, congressional hearing exhibits, newspaper articles, and election and publicity materials.
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Jeannette Rankin papers

Repository:Montana Historical Society, Research Center Archives
Summary:Jeannette Rankin, 1880-1973, was the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress. She served two nonconsecutive terms in the House of Representatives: 1917-1919 and 1941-1943. Rankin was a suffragist, pacifist, and progressive social reformer. As congresswoman she voted against declaration of both world wars. The collection (1912-1972, bulk 1916-1942) consists primarily of correspondence and subject files from Rankin's congressional office. The bulk of materials are from her first term. Some materials from her career as a peace activist are also included, as are scattered personal records.
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Rankin family photograph collection

Repository:Montana Historical Society, Research Center Archives
Summary:The Rankin family photograph collection includes 210 photographic prints from the John and Olive Rankin family of Missoula, Montana, dating from 1865 to 1973. Views include candid photographs and formal portraits of the Rankin's seven children, Jeannette, Philena, Harriet, Wellington, Mary, Grace, and Edna, as well as their families and homes. Jeannette Rankin, the oldest of the Rankin children and the first woman elected to the United States Congress, is most prominently represented in the collection with photographs from early childhood, her time at the University of Montana, portraits for campaigns, views while in office, personal photographs, and views from travel later in her life.

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