William G. Sheldon Interview, February 26, 1979


William G. Sheldon


Gyongyver "Kitty" Beuchert



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William Sheldon describes growing up in Washington and Canada and learning about hunting and conservation from his father. He talks about joining the Boone and Crockett Club in 1935. He discusses writing The Wilderness: Home of the Giant Panda and mentions the effect that World War Two had on the Club. Sheldon recalls the Mount McKinley National Park resolution and the Club’s decision not to submit the resolution that would support wolf population control within the park. He describes his father’s relationship with Theodore Roosevelt. Sheldon talks about the Club’s conservation committee and the Alaska land controversy concerning the establishment of national monuments. He also mentions the controversy surrounding trophy hunting as a conservation measure.


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Document Type

Oral History


Newton Drury; Horace Albright; Fred Pullman; Jim Trefethen; Prentiss Gray; Boone and Crockett Club; Wildlife conservation; Conservation efforts; Roosevelt family; Trophy hunting; Fair chase regulations; Mount McKinley National Park; Denali National Park and Preserve; Wolf hunting; Wolf population

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

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Original Collection

Boone and Crockett Club Oral History Project, OH 297, 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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 297-022, 023, 024

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (46 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:07:03 minutes

Local Filename

OH_297_022_023_024.mp3; OH_297_022_023_024.pdf

William G. Sheldon Interview, February 26, 1979