Guide to the Lincoln Back Country Protective Association Records
1963-1972

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Lincoln Back Country Protective Association
Title: Lincoln Back Country Protective Association Records
Dates: 1963-1972 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet
Collection Number: Mss 195
Summary: The Lincoln Back Country Protective Association was formed to preserve land near Lincoln, Montana, as a roadless wilderness area. The collection contains correspondence, Lincoln Back Country-Scapegoat Wilderness legislation, statements and testimony from Senate hearings, newspaper clippings, and LBCPA publications.
Repository: Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
Archives and Special Collections

The University of Montana--Missoula
Missoula, MT 59812
406-243-2053
http://www.lib.umt.edu/asc
library.archives@umontana.edu

Languages: Materials are in English 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

In 1963 interested people formed the Lincoln Back Country Protective Association to preserve and conserve the backcountry near Lincoln, Montana, as a roadless wilderness area. Dr. George F. Weisel of the Western Montana Fish and Game Association, Dr. John Craighead of the Montana Wilderness Association and Cecil Garland, a Lincoln Outfitter, worked together with Senator Mike Mansfield and Senator Lee Metcalf to change the U.S. Forest Service plan. That plan was to open the entire 240,000 acres for multiple-use. This coalition was formed to preserve a large northern portion for wilderness and a small southern portion for multiple-use. Having successfully designated 239,936 acres as a roadless wilderness area, the organization dissolved in 1972. The Scapegoat Wilderness is located 75 miles northeast of Missoula, 10 miles north of Lincoln, and immediately south of the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

Content Description

The collection contains correspondence, Lincoln Back Country-Scapegoat Wilderness legislation, statements and testimony from Senate hearings, newspaper clippings, and LBCPA publications.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

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.

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], Lincoln Back Country Protective Association Records, Archives and Special Collections, The University of Montana--Missoula.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The collection is divided into five series:

Series I: Policy Statements, 1964, 1 folder

Series II: Correspondence, 1963-1971, 4 folders

Series III: Legislation and Congressional Hearings, 1963-1972 4 folders

Series IV: Publications, 1963-1972, 3 folders

Series V: Newspaper Clippings, undated, 1 Folder

Custodial History :  

These materials were generated and/or collected by Dr. George Weisel and held in his possession until donation to the K. Ross Toole Archives.

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Dr. George Weisel, 1972.

Processing Note :  

The actions of the original processors are unknown. In 1998 the collection was rearranged slightly and a new finding aid was created.

Related Materials :  

Related materials can be found in the Cecil Garland Papers (Mss 637) in Archives and Special Collections at The University of Montana-- Missoula


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Policy Statements , 1964
1 Folder

This series consists of the Policy statements of the LBCPA which state that the purpose of the association "is to inform others of the imminent destruction of this wilderness which should be preserved, and why its preservation for future generations, is in the best public interest."

Container(s)
Description
Box/Folder
1/1 LBCPA Policy Statements , 1964-12-02

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Series II:  Correspondence , 1963-1971
4 Folders

This series includes a wide variety of correspondence, primarily between Dr. George Weisel and various government agencies. Specifically, Weisel corresponded frequently with Senator Mike Mansfield, Senator Lee Metcalf, Cecil Garland and Clifton Merritt of The Wilderness Society.

Container(s)
Description
Box/Folder
1/2 1963-1971
1/3 1963
1/4 1963
1/5 1964

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Series III:  Legislation and Congressional Hearings , 1963-1972
4 Folders

This series consists of United States Senate Bills S.412, S.1121, and S. 1147. Also included are statements and testimony from two Senate hearings on the Scapegoat Wilderness.

Senate bills are arranged by bill number and statements and testimony are arranged chronologically.
Container(s)
Description
Box/Folder
1/6 S.412 1969-07-03 & S.1121 , 1968
1/7 S.1147 , 1963
1/8 Lincoln Back Country Cong. Hearing , 1968-1969
1/9 Scapegoat Wilderness Cong. Hearing , 1972

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Series IV:  Publications , 1963-1972
3 Folders

This series consists of various publications relevant to the LBCPA including several publications from the association itself.

Container(s)
Description
Box/Folder
1/10 1963-1972
1/11 undated
1/12 LBCPA Publications , undated

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Series V:  Newspaper Clippings , 1963-1965
1 Folder

This series consists of newspaper clippings from several papers, including the Great Falls Tribune, The Missoulian, and the Wildlife Federal News.

Container(s)
Description
Box/Folder
1/13 1963-1965 and undated

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Subjects

  • Subject Terms :
  • Nature conservation -- Montana--Societies, etc.
  • Wilderness areas -- Montana
  • Geographical Names :
  • Scapegoat Wilderness (Mont.)
  • Personal Names :
  • Garland, Cecil -- Correspondence
  • Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001 --Correspondence
  • Merritt, Clifton -- Correspondence
  • Metcalf, Lee, 1911-1978 -- Correspondence
  • Weisel, George Ferdinand, 1915---Correspondence

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