Stephen Adams and Townsend Lathrop Interview


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Stephen Adams and Townsend Lathrop discuss their involvement and contribution to the restructure of the Boone and Crockett Club during the late 1980s. Adams and Lathrop recall joining the club in 1985 and describe its organizational structure and culture at that time. They explain that when they joined, the club lacked organization and struggled to obtain and manage funds for projects. Adams and Lathrop discuss their concern that the club’s conservation mission and historical legacy as an activist organization was no longer prioritized and that the club had essentially become a men’s dinner club. They discuss their work to revitalize the club by reorganizing its bylaw structure. Adams and Lathrop talk about their efforts to rewrite the club’s mission statement, change the member admission and acceptance policies, and fundraising efforts. They describe the difficulty they had gaining consensus for these changes, specifically the admission of women members to the club. Despite the “growing pains,” Adams and Lathrop conclude that these efforts revitalized the club’s mission and legacy, as well as member participation and interest.


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Document Type

Oral History


Boone and Crockett Club; Nonprofit; Boone and Crockett Foundation; Membership; Members; Committees; Club organization; Club structure; Admissions; Tim Hixon; Lowell Baird; Teddy Roosevelt; Historical heritage; Conservation; Bylaws; Records; Record keeping; Boone and Crocket associates; Ranch; Trophy-hunting; Dues; Wildlife management; Wildlife biology; Professional members; George Bush; Bill Spencer; Club discrimination; Female members; Activism; Poaching; Game laws; Treasury; Finances; Operating Funds; Fundraising; Staffing; Donations; Pledges; Professorship Conservation; Hal Salwasser

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

United States



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 297-038, 039

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00): analog + 1 transcript (26 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:25:29 minutes

Local Filename

OH_297_038_039.mp3; OH_297_038_039.pdf

Stephen Adams and Townsend Lathrop Interview