Glen Kohls Interview, circa 1978


Glen Kohls


May Vallance



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Dr. Glen Kohls discusses his career in entomology and disease research at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories from 1927-1969. He talks about the failed project of trying to infest ticks with parasites to control their population and hopefully stop the spread of spotted fever in the Bitterroot Valley. Kohls describes the lifecycle of spotted fever, and he talks about visiting researchers and the influence they had on the Rocky Mountain Laboratories and the world. He remembers the research into vaccines for various tick-borne diseases, and describes how different scientists who had worked at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories had created many of the first and effective vaccines for these diseases. Kohls also recalls his retirement, the people who succeeded him, and the transfer of research material to Washington, D.C.


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Document Type

Oral History


Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Rocky Mountain Laboratories [RML]; Missoula, Montana; Vaccination development; Rocky Mountain spotted fever; Tick-borne diseases; Tick population control

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Bitterroot Historical Society Oral History Project, OH 120, 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 120-010b

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.) analog + 1 transcript (9 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:32:26 minutes

Local Filename

OH_120_010_b.mp3; OH_120_010_b.pdf

Glen Kohls Interview, circa 1978