Francis Bardanouve Interview, April 29, 1983


Francis Bardanouve


Steve Waldron



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Francis Bardanouve recalls his career as a representative for Blaine County, Montana, in the Montana House of Representatives. He discusses his interviewer, Steve Waldron’s potential run for state auditor, and the possible competition and drawbacks. They talk about the 1983 legislative session, and Bardanouve’s first House run in 1958. Bardanouve recounts his political battles with conservative organizations like the John Birch Society, and his treatment from opponents in a small community. He describes his involvement in major environmental legislation from 1973-1975, his human resources work at Montana mental institutions at Warm Springs and Boulder, and budgeting. He discusses his opinions on various Montana governors during his time in the House, and his own role in Montana history.


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Document Type

Oral History


Montana House of Representatives; 1983 Montana Legislative Session; Montana environmental legislation; Dan Kemmis; Harry Burns; Communism; Warm Springs, Montana mental institution; Boulder, Montana mental institution; Montana state budgeting; Hugo Aronson; Donald Nutter; Tim Babcock; Forrest Anderson; Tom Judge; Ted Schwinden

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Francis Bardanouve Oral History Project, OH 113, 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 113-001, 002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (28 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:00:18 minutes

Local Filename

OH_113_001_002.mp3; OH_113_001_002.pdf

Francis Bardanouve Interview, April 29, 1983