Audra Browman Interview, circa 1972


Audra Browman


Lenora Koebel



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Audra Browman discusses Missoula, Montana history. She talks about 19th and early 20th maps, paintings, and photographs that depict the city’s layout. She also discusses how Missoula served as a temporary state capital in 1889. Browman talks about the establishment of the Missoula city government, debates about the formation and boundaries of Missoula County, and the reason why Missoula has a non-traditional plat. She describes the construction of Mullan Road and other interstate infrastructural projects that facilitated migration and settlement in Missoula and western Montana. She recalls squabbles in the 1950s over city government consolidation, and the correct managerial system—aldermanic versus commissioner. Browman discusses Native tribes such as the Blackfeet, Nez Perce, and the Flatheads and talks about how these tribes got their names and their relationships with white settlers. She also discusses the location of historic places and events in Missoula in relation to modern landmarks.


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Document Type

Oral History


Higgins, Worden; League of Women Voters, Missoula; History, Missoula, Montana; Healy, Stan; Chamber of Commerce, Missoula; Taxpayers Association, Missoula; AFL-CIO, Montana; Grant; City infrastructure; Missoula city layout; Missoula city government; Missoula Mercantile; Native American tribes, Montana; Mullan Road

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Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Lenora Koelbel Missoula History Oral History Project, OH 027, 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 027-005a, 005b, 006

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

3 sound cassettes (03:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (43 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:01:33 minutes

Local Filename

OH_027_005a_005b_006.mp3; OH_027_005a_005b_006.pdf

Audra Browman Interview, circa 1972