Ron Erickson Interview, September 25, 2020


Ron Erickson


Clara McRae



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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 and water pollution issues in the Missoula area, his work with the group Concerned Citizens for a Quality Environment, and his time serving in the Montana State Legislature.


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Document Type

Oral History


Subjects: Environmentalism -- West (U.S.); Environmentalism – Montana; Environmental protection -- West (U.S.) -- Citizen participation; Environmental policy; Environmental policy -- Montana -- Missoula County; Nature -- Effect of human beings on – History; Land use – Montana; Wood-pulp industry -- Montana -- Missoula County; Kraft paper industry -- Montana -- Missoula County; Air – Pollution; Air quality -- Montana – Missoula; Water – Pollution; Water quality -- Montana – Missoula; Montana. Legislature; Legislation – Montana; Land use – Montana; Local government—Montana; Political participation—Montana; Environmental education -- Study and teaching; Environmental quality; Environmentalists -- Montana -- Missoula County -- Societies, etc; Missoula (Mont.) -- Environmental conditions; Missoula County (Mont.) -- Environmental conditionsPersonal Names: Ronald E. Erickson, 1933-Corporate Names: University of Montana—Missoula; University of Montana (Missoula). Environmental Studies Program; Hoerner-Waldorf Corporation (Mont.); Concerned Citizens for a Quality Environment (Missoula County, Mont.)Geographical Names: Montana--Politics and government--20th century; Missoula (Mont.); Helena (Mont.)Occupations: Educators – Montana; Politicians -- Montana

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Time Period

Twentieth century

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Original Collection

GASP and the History of Missoula’s Environmental Movement Oral History Project, OH 476

Holding Institution

University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

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Rights Holder

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 at the University of Montana, Mansfield Library.

Oral History Number

OH 476-005

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (01:27:24): digital + 1 transcript (20 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:27:24 minutes

Local Filename

OH_476_005.mp3; OH_476_005.pdf

Ron Erickson Interview, September 25, 2020