Richard Borden Interview, March 6, 1977


Richard Borden


Gyongyver "Kitty" Beuchert



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Richard Borden, born in 1910, recalls his childhood in Fall River, Massachusetts. He discusses his affiliation with the U.S. National Museum in the 1930s and his time serving in the Navy during World War Two. Broden explains how he worked first in textiles, then for the National Wildlife Federation, and finally started a film company, Broden Production. He talks about becoming a member of the Boone and Crockett Club in 1938 and working on a controversial project entailing wolf and sheep populations in Mount McKinley National Park [Denali National Park and Preserve]. He describes the Club’s involvement in conservation and biological research efforts, and he talks about Club’s finances and limited resources that at times kept it from carrying out effective conservation measures. Broden discusses the importance of having Boone and Crockett members affiliated with outside conservation organizations as well as the Club’s problems with dwindling membership. He shares his thoughts on where the Club should put its efforts in the future.


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Document Type

Oral History


Boone and Crockett Club; William Sheldon; Francis T. Colby; Clarence Cottam; Fairfield Osborne; Richard Mellon; Clinton R. Gutermuth; Vic Cahalian; DeForest Grant; Mount McKinley National Park; Denali National Park and Preserve; Key deer population; Key deer conservation; Conservation efforts; Craighead, Grizzly study; Boston Museum of Science

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 /

Oral History Number

OH 297-005, 006

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (19 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:08:33 minutes

Local Filename

OH_297_005_006.mp3; OH_297_005_006.pdf

Richard Borden Interview, March 6, 1977