Arnold Olsen Papers 1956-1972

Olsen, Arnold, 1916-1990


116 linear ft.
Organized into six series: I. Correspondence, 1960-1970. II. Legislation, 1961-1970. III. Speeches and Press Releases, 1956-1970 and [undated]. IV. Awards and Certificates, [ca. 1960]-1972. V. Biographical, 1960-1969 and [undated]. VI. Photographs, 1960-1968 and [undated]. VII. Committee for the Paradise Dam, 1957-1959.
Papers Arnold Olsen generated and collected while serving as U.S. Representative for the western Montana Congressional District -- Includes incoming and outgoing correspondence, legislative documents, official news releases, campaign materials, speeches, awards, certificates, gifts, and photographs. Additionally, this collection includes one file of documents Olsen collected as a consultant to the "Committee for the Paradise Dam" prior to his congressional service. Materials document Olsen's efforts on behalf of his constituents, activities in Congress, and election strategies. Correspondence and legislation documents are particularly insightful regarding Congressman Olsen's efforts during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations as well as the early years of the Nixon Administration. Topics include civil rights legislation, debates regarding congressional and presidential powers during wartime, establishment of public land and resource management laws, management of the U.S. Postal Service, Federal civil service reform, surveillance of "un-American" organizations, and national education policy.
U.S. representative from Montana -- The son of Anna and Albert Olsen, Arnold Olsen was born 17 Dec. 1916 in Butte, Mont. After attending Butte public schools and the Montana School of Mines, he received a law degree from Montana State University (now the University of Montana) Law School and began his Butte law practice in 1940. Following four years of overseas duty in the Navy during World War II, Olsen married Margaret Williams, also of Butte. He was Montana Attorney General from 1949 to 1957. Choosing not to run for re-election, Olsen campaigned as the Democratic nominee for Montana governor in 1956; however, he lost the general election to Republican J. Hugo Aronson. After an unsuccessful campaign for the Montana Supreme Court in 1958, Olsen was elected to represent Montana's western District in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1960. During his ten-year career in the House of Representatives Olsen served on the Public Works Committee, the Post Office and Civil Service Committee, and was the Chairman of the Postal Rates Subcommittee. Olsen returned to Montana in 1971 following his loss to Republican Richard Shoup and made an unsuccessful bid to recapture his former congressional seat in 1972. Gov. Tom Judge appointed Olsen to the State District Court at Butte in 1975. Arnold Olsen continued to serve on the state bench until his death on 9 Oct. 1990. He is buried in Butte.
This record replaces NUCMC entry MS 78-1644.
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