Guide to the Montana Center for the Aged records
1912-1994

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Montana Center for the Aged records
Title: Montana Center for the Aged records
Dates: 1912-1994 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.8 linear feet of shelf space
Location of Collection: 11:3-1
Collection Number: RS 452
Summary: This collection is comprised of records of the Montana Center for the Aged and includes correspondence (1958-1980), subject files (1953-1980), meeting minutes (1976-1994), personal files of patient Mayme Matson (1912-1930), and maps.
Repository: Montana Historical Society Research Center
Archives

225 N. Roberts
PO Box 201201
Helena MT 59620-1201
(406) 444-2681
mhslibrary@mt.gov

Languages: English 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)

Historical Note

The Montana Center for the Aged was built on a 40 acre site overlooking the city of Lewistown by the State of Montana. It was first occupied in October of 1952.

Today it functions as the Montana Mental Health Nursing Care Center under the Department of Public Health and Human Services. The facility is a licensed 191-bed long term care facility established for persons who have a mental disorder, require a level of care not available in the community, but who cannot benefit from the intense psychiatric treatment available at the Montana State Hospital.

Content Description

This collection is composed of five series:

Correspondence (1958-1980): Including incoming and outgoing correspondence between various organizations and departments dealing with the center.

Subject files (1953-1980): Including records on construction, additions to the facility, emergency plans, a manual on procedures, and dispatch books.

Meeting minutes (1976-1994): Including meetings of directors, supervisors, nurses, food service workers, and other staff.

Mayme “Maime” Matson’s Files (1912-1930): Mayme Matson was a patient at the Center for the Aged. She was born in Montana in 1896 and died in the Center for the Aged in 1981. Presumably staff at the center retained her personal belongings and that is why they were included with this collection. Included are Pratt institute annuals, a sketch book, and a photo album with the bulk of the records related to the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York where she studied dress design and pattern drawing (1916-1917).

Maps: Including maps of the facility and surrounding area.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

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 Information

Arrangement :

This collection is arranged by series.

Acquisition Information :  

Acquisition information available upon request


Detailed Description of the Collection

Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
1 / 1 Board of Institutions 1970-1974
1 / 2 Central Montana Hospital 1969-1974
1 / 3 Communications From Governor or His Office 1962-1979
1 / 4 Department of Administration 1971-1978
1 / 5 Department of Health and Environmental Services 1973-1977
1 / 6 Department of Institutions 1973-1978
1 / 7-8 Department of Institutions 1975-1979
1 / 9 Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services 1978
1 / 10 Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services - Medicaid 1972-1977
1 / 11 Geriatric Nurse Practitioners 1976
1 / 12 Gooch, Tom (Personnel Director) 1965-1978
1 / 13 Legislative Auditor 1973-1978
1 / 14 Lewistown Ministerial Association 1976
1 / 15 Medical Surgical Liaison Office and Contracted Services 1964-1971
1 / 16 Mental Health Association 1958-1979
1 / 17 Montana Foundation for Medical Care 1976-1980
1 / 18 Montana State Fish and Game Commission 1961-1976
1 / 19 Nursing Home Administration 1973-1975
1 / 20 Research Project – Human Services Planning 1974-1979
1 / 21 State Board of Examiners 1969-1973
1 / 22 State Board of Nursing 1969
1 / 23 State Controller 1963-1971
1 / 24 Superintendent’s Council 1965-1969

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Subject Files
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
1 / 25 Administration License Papers 1969-1970
1 / 26 Alterations and Additions to the Existing Heating Plant 1966
1 / 27-30 Building Additions 1974-1979
1 / 31 Census Reports 1972
1 / 32 Complaints and Occurrences 1972-1980
1 / 33 Conservation of Energy 1973-1980
1 / 34 Dispatch Book Jan.-Sept. 1956
1 / 35 Dispatch Book Sept. 1958-Feb. 1963
1 / 36 Dispatch Book 1963-1967
2 / 1 Edward Fire and Alarm System (includes map) No date
2 / 2 Emergency Plan – Employee Strikes 1969-1976
2 / 3 Facility Land Holdings Improvements No date
2 / 4 Fire Alarm Hookup and System 1966-1978
2 / 5 Fire Marshall Report 1970-1978
2 / 6 Foot Care 1970-1974
2 / 7 Information on Montana Center for the Aged 1977-1980
2 / 8 Kitchen Staff Meetings 1974-1979
2 / 9 Land Status – Easements – Leases 1977
2 / 10 Legislative Audit Report 1976-1979
2 / 11 Long Range Building Program – Proposed Rear End Black Topping 1970-1971
2 / 12 Long Range Capital Construction 1975-1976
2 / 13 Maintenance Policy 1974-1975
2 / 14 Manual of Procedures 1965
2 / 15-17 Poetry 1953
3 / 1 Polio Vaccinations 1962-1963
3 / 2 Staff or Supervisors Meetings 1964-1978
3 / 3 State Insurance and Building Appraisal 1974-1979

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Meeting Minutes
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
3 / 4-6 Administrative Staff 1983-1986
3 / 7-9 All Staff 1985-1987
3 / 10 Association-Management Team 1984
3 / 11-13 Care Plan 1985-1987
3 / 14 Director’s Staff 1976-1979
3 / 15-17 Donations 1984, 1986-1987
3 / 18 Employee Dining Room Conversion 1986
3 / 19 Energy Conservation 1979
3 / 20-21 Environmental Safety Inspection Team 1986-1987
3 / 22-27 Food Service 1982-1987
3 / 28 Food Service Delivery Committee 1985-1987
3 / 29 Food Service/Nursing 1983, 1986
3 / 30 Inservice Committee 1985-1986
3 / 31-33 Management Team 1986-1987, 1994
3 / 34-35 Management Team 1984-1985
3 / 36-40 Nursing Supervisors 1983-1987
3 / 41-42 Policy Review Committee 1985-1987
3 / 43-47 Psychiatric Aide 1983-1987
3 / 48-51 RN and LPN 1982-1985
3 / 52 Space Utilization 1986
3 / 53 Superintendent/Department Supervisors 1983-1984
3 / 54 Supervisor’s Development 1986
3 / 55-56 Taskforce Committee 1984

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Mayme “Mamie” Matson’s Files
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
4 / 1 Montana Common School Diploma 1912
4 / 2 Sketch Book 1916-1917
4 / 3 Pratt Institute Annual 1916
4 / 4 Pratt Institute Annual 1917
4 / 5-7 Photo Album 1916-1923
4 / 8 Photo Album Miscellany 1916-1923
4 / 9 Cards and other Miscellany 1925-1930
4 / 10 Plaque No date

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Maps
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
Oversize Center for the Aged Property Boundary Map No date
Oversize “Old Folks’ Home Maps (3 copies) No date

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Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Montana Historical Society Archives catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search under these terms.

  • Subject Terms :
  • Assisted Living Facilities--Aged--United States.
  • Institutional care-­Montana
  • Nursing homes—Montana
  • Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

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