This collection of interviews details the environmental movement in Missoula in the 1960s and 1970s, with a particular focus is the group Gals Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), which campaigned against air pollution from a pulp mill in Frenchtown, Montana. The interviews were conducted in 2020 by Leif Fredrickson and Clara McRae. The interviewees discuss other activist groups including Concerned Citizens for a Quality Environment, the Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC), Five Valleys Land Trust (FVLT), and the League of Women Voters. They also talk about the following: environmental issues such as air and pollution, open space and the conservation of resources; the political aspects such as local governance, law and the state legislature, and national environmental movements; and the social and economic aspects including gender and the perspective of mill workers. The original interviews are held as Oral History collection OH 476 at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 6 interviews.
Ellen J. Knight
Ellen Knight discusses her role in the Missoula environmental movement in the 1970s and 1980s as an active member of the League of Women Voters. She talks about spearheading research for the league on renewable energy. Knight recalls her early advocacy of open space preservation ... Read More
Larry E. Weeks
Larry Weeks discusses the Hoerner-Waldorf pulp mill in Frenchtown, Montana where he worked a technician during the 1960s and 1970s. He explains how the mill functioned and describes the labor and environmental issues associated with it. He details the Gals Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) ... Read More
Martha L. Onishuk
Marty Onishuk discusses her involvement in the Missoula environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s as an active member of Gals Against Smog and Pollution (GASP). She talks about helping to lead a sustained effort to reduce air pollution emanating from the Hoerner-Waldorf pulp mill ... Read More
Robin Tawney Nichols
Robin Tawney Nichols describes her role in the Missoula environmental movement in the 1970s and 1980s. She talks about helping found the Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC), as well as her lobbying efforts in Helena for environmental legislation. Nichols discusses the importance of the 1972 ... Read More
Former Montana State Senator Ron Erickson discusses his involvement in the Missoula environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Erickson, who also worked as a professor of chemistry at the University of Montana, discusses creating the Environmental Studies program at the university. He discusses air ... Read More
Virginia L. DeLand
Virginia DeLand discusses her involvement in the Missoula environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s. She describes her activities as a member of Gals Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), including her efforts to lead a sustained effort to reduce air pollution emanating from the Hoerner-Waldorf ... Read More