Stewart Brandborg Interview, November 22, 2013


Stewart Brandborg


Bill LaCroix



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Stewart Brandborg discusses the proceedings of the Wilderness Society’s 1964 annual meeting, the first following the death of Howard Zahniser and the passage of the Wilderness Act. He also explains the roles of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson in the passage of the act, Senator Wayne Aspinall’s opposition to it, and the compromises that led to the act’s ultimate passage. Regarding the grassroots efforts to pass, and later expand, the Wilderness Act, Brandborg details the Wilderness Society’s direct mail campaigns and his meetings with communities from Montana to Arizona. He also discusses the early 1950s fight against Echo Park Dam at Dinosaur National Monument, which proved to be a formative experience for the conservation movement. Other individuals discussed include Benton Stong, John Saylor, Hubert Humphrey, Benton MacKaye, and Anna Vee Brandborg.


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Document Type

Oral History


Stewart Brandborg; Wilderness conservation; Wilderness Society; Howard Zahniser; 1964 Wilderness Act; Wayne Aspinall; Echo Park Dam; Ben Ston; Humbert Humphrey; John Saylor; Benton MacKay; Anna Vee Brandborg

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana; United States



Original Collection

Bill LaCroix Interviews with Stewart Brandborg Oral History Project, OH 459, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 459-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (01:28:02 min.) digital + 1 transcript (12 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:28:02 minutes

Local Filename

OH_459_002.mp3; OH_459_002.pdf

Stewart Brandborg Interview, November 22, 2013