Jack Toole Papers, 1964-1965

Overview of the Collection

Toole, Jack
Jack Toole Papers
1964-1965 (inclusive)
2 folders
Collection Number
Mss 294 (collection)
Jack Toole was a Montana politician. This collection contains documents from the final three months of Toole's campaign for the U. S. House of Representatives in 1964.
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
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
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.

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

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Jack Toole was born in Montana around 1912. The grand-nephew of Montana's first governor, Toole continued the family tradition of a life in politics. Toole was a state legislator for two terms and ran unsuccessfully for the positions of governor and lieutenant governor. Outside of the political arena, he operated the Diamond Willow Ranch north of Shelby, Montana. Toole was a presidential appointee (Kennedy and Johnson) to the Advisory Committee on Aging, and he was an organizer and president of Montana's Cattlemen Association. At the age of 52, Toole received the Democratic nomination for the Eastern Montana seat in the United States House of Representatives. His opponent was Republican incumbent James E. Battin. Toole lost the election to Battin, 71,461 votes to 84,241 votes.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains documents from the final three months of Toole's campaign for the House of Representatives in 1964. The documents date from September 16, 1964, to the day of the election, November 3, 1964. The majority of the documents are press releases from Toole's campaign headquarters at the Rainbow Hotel in Great Falls, Montana. The remaining material includes correspondence and scripts from campaign advertisements.

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], Jack Toole Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana--Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The collection is divided into two series:

Series I: Press Releases, 55 items, 1964-1965

Series II: Other Campaign Documents, 4 items, 1964

Acquisition Information

The source and date of the gift are unknown.

Processing Note

The actions of the original processors are unknown. In 2000, the collection was renamed from SC 121 to Mss 294 and reprocessed

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Press Releases , 1964-1965Return to Top

55 items

This series contains press releases issued for Jack Toole by his campaign headquarters in Great Falls. The majority of the press releases deal with speeches given by Toole to various organizations and fund-raisers in the eastern part of Montana. The press releases touch on Toole's views regarding certain issues facing constituents in 1964, such as student loans, coal development, farming and ranching policies, foreign policy, and environmental issues. Some of the press releases contain references to speeches given by Toole in which he attacks his opponent, James Battin, on Battin's past voting record and unnecessary travel. Toole often mentions Battin's record of voting with Senator Barry Goldwater, the Republican presidential nominee in 1964. Other press releases contain declarations of support for Toole from Montana political leaders Mike Mansfield, former Democratic Congressman Leroy Anderson, and former Republican State Senate majority leader, Charles Mahoney. The first item in the folder is a letter most likely written by a former Toole staff member in 1965 regarding the file of press releases.

The series is arranged chronologically, with the exception of the first item, which serves as a predecessor for the following documents.
Container(s) Description Dates
Press Releases

Series II:  Other Campaign Documents , 1964Return to Top

4 items

Contained within this series are various other documents from the campaign such as correspondence and scripts for radio advertisements. One item is a letter written by Toole to his opponent, James Battin, regarding his voting record and how Toole will address it during his campaign. Another item contains the text of a telegram message sent to Congressman Battin from U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk about an update on the changes in the Soviet Union. The series also contains scripts from campaign advertisements that Toole placed on the radio in the last few weeks before the election. The series is arranged chronologically.

Container(s) Description Dates
Correspondence and Radio Scripts

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Political campaigns--Montana

Corporate Names

  • United States. Congress. House--Elections, 1964

Geographical Names

  • Montana--Politics and government--20th century

Form or Genre Terms

  • Campaign literature--Montana


  • Political candidates--Montana