Oral History Interview with Ellis Waldron, circa 1972


Ellis Waldron


Robert E. Eagle



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Dr. Ellis Waldron, a University of Montana professor, describes serving on the Constitutional Convention Commission, which was the second of two study commissions that were established to do work leading up to the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention. He talks about the commission’s function, which was to study, research and compile information about a variety of approaches and solutions to revising constitutional provisions and articles. Dr. Waldron notes that the commission decided early on not to recommend any solution over another, but instead, to present the information impartially. He discusses the various committees of the commission, and the substantive reports they compiled for the delegates. He mentions that many of the individuals who served on the commission went on to work at the convention as secretaries or researchers for the various convention committees. Dr. Waldron describes the outreach efforts of the commission to inform the Montana public of the process and how its work would benefit the delegates of the upcoming constitutional convention.


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Document Type

Oral History


Waldron, Ellis (1915-2002); Toole, John H.; Eagle, Robert E.; Constitutional conventions; Constitutional history; Constitutional conventions--Montana.; Government reorganization—Montana; Constitutional history--Montana.; Public welfare—Montana.; Montana. Constitution Convention Commission.; Montana. Constitution Revision Commission.; Montana. Constitutional Convention (1889)--History.; Montana. Constitutional Convention (1971-1972); Montana. Constitutional Convention (1971-1972)--History.; Helena (Mont.); Montana--Politics and government--20th century.; University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.). Dept. of Political Science; University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.)—Faculty; Political science--Study and teaching (Higher)--Montana--Missoula

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

1972 Montana Constitutional Convention Oral History Project, OH 346

Holding Institution

University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights Statement

Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections at the University of Montana, Mansfield Library.

Rights Holder

In Copyright

Oral History Number

OH 346-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.): analog + 1 transcript (8 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:27:41 minutes

Local Filename

OH_346_003.mp3; OH_346_003.pdf

Oral History Interview with Ellis Waldron, circa 1972