Robin Tawney Nichols Interview, September 17, 2020


Robin Tawney Nichols


Leif Fredrickson



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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 Montana Constitution, which contains an article guaranteeing Montana citizens the right to a clean and healthy environment. She also recalls the campaigns that MEIC undertook in the 1970s to further influence environmental policy making. She discusses other environmental groups and activists, including Gals Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), and the role of women in the environmental movement.


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Document Type

Oral History


Subjects: Montana. Constitution; 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; Air – Pollution; Air quality -- Montana – Missoula; Water – Pollution; Water quality -- Montana – Missoula; Sex roles; Gender politics; Montana. Legislature; Legislation – Montana; Land use – Montana; Local government—Montana; Political participation—Montana; Earth Day; Environmental quality; Environmentalists -- Montana -- Missoula County -- Societies, etc; Missoula (Mont.) -- Environmental conditions; Missoula County (Mont.) -- Environmental conditions

Personal Names: Robin Tawney Nichols, 1949-

Corporate Names: Montana Environmental Information Center (Mont.); Gals Against Smog and Pollution (Missoula, Mont.); Montana. Constitutional Convention--(1971-1972)

Geographical Names: Montana--Politics and government--20th century; Missoula (Mont.); Helena (Mont.)

Occupations: Lobbyists—Montana

Titles within the Collection: Constitution of the State of Montana : as adopted by the Constitutional Convention, March 22, 1972 : ratified by the people, June 6, 1972

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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 477

Holding Institution

University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

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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 476-004

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (00:59:19): digital + 1 transcript (13 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:59:19 minutes

Local Filename

OH_476_004.mp3; OH_476_004.pdf

Robin Tawney Nichols Interview, September 17, 2020