Stewart Brandborg Interview, December 5, 2013


Stewart Brandborg


Bill LaCroix



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Stewart Brandborg discusses dissent within the Wilderness Society regarding the organization’s support for the wilderness bill, which ultimately became the 1964 Wilderness Act. A number of members feared that their support, particularly through lobbying Congress, threatened their tax-exempt status. He also discusses his departure from the National Wildlife Federation, his relationship with Federation director Charles Callison, and his work with Howard Zahniser of the Wilderness Society. Other topics include Brandborg’s opposition to the Penny Cliffs and Bruces Eddy dams on Idaho’s Clearwater River, as well as the role of Senators Clarence Cannon and Richard Neuberger in conservation efforts preventing the Penny Cliffs dam.


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Document Type

Oral History


Stewart Brandborg; Wilderness Conservation; 1964 Wilderness Act; National Wildlife Federation; Charles Callison; Howard Zahniser; Wilderness Society; Clearwater River, Idaho; Penny Cliffs dam, Idaho; Bruces Eddy dam, Idaho

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


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Oral History Number

OH 459-007

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (01:00:40 min.) digital + 1 transcript (10 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:00:40 minutes

Local Filename

OH_459_007.mp3; OH_459_007.pdf

Stewart Brandborg Interview, December 5, 2013